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Waring Summer Programs

Online and On-Campus Offerings for Summer 2021


Summer Programs 2021

Waring Summer Programs looks forward to a summer of online and on-campus programming. We will have the return of our WaringWorks camp, as well as other week-long programs in Art, Robotics, Writing, Soccer, and Debate. Look for updates here in the coming weeks, and reach out to Becky Schaeffer - to be placed on our email list for news! 


COVID Safety: While we are thrilled about the return to in-person summer programming that we are able to offer this year, we remain aware that safety is paramount. Waring will be consulting CDC guidelines regularly and following all recommended safety protocols - and requiring campers to do the same - including masks and distancing. Our staff will be well versed in safety protocols and we will be regularly consulting not only public guidance but our on campus health professionals. If guidelines change we will be in touch when/as updates are necessary.


About Our Camps

  • WaringWorks

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    Camp Directors: Becky Schaeffer, Cory Grant, Sparhawk Mulder '21

    Dates: July 5 - 30 (one week sessions)

    Ages: 7-13

    Hours: 9-4, Monday - Friday

    WaringWorks is a full-day program for ages 7-13 that involves visual arts, theater, filmmaking, nature exploration, yoga, baseball, and more. 

  • WaringWorks Jr.

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    Camp Director: TBD

    Dates: July 5 - 30 (one week sessions)

    Ages: 5-7

    Hours: 9-1, Monday - Friday

    WaringWorks Jr. is a half-day program for ages 5-7 that involves arts and crafts, movement, outdoor play, jewelry-making, theater, yoga, and more. 

  • FIRST Tech Challenge Prep Camp: Robot CAD & Design


    Instructor: Francis Schaeffer and members of Waring School's FIRST Tech Challenge team

    Dates: June 28-July 9 (two weeks), 9am-4pm

    Ages: Rising 9th-12th graders

    Come and learn how to design and CAD robots for FIRST Tech Challenge. During our two-week camp, learn AutoDesk Fusion 360 as you design, 3D model, and then build solutions to robot challenges. The intent of this camp is to prepare campers for roles on robotics teams by giving them hands-on experience tackling fun challenges. This camp teaches specific skills needed to 3D design as a part of a FIRST Tech Challenge team, but is also fun and valuable by itself. Space is limited. 

  • FIRST Tech Challenge Prep Camp: Java Coding for FTC

    Instructor: Francis Schaeffer and members of Waring School's FIRST Tech Challenge team

    Dates: July 12 - July 30 (three weeks), 9am-4pm

    Ages: Rising 9th-12th grades

    Do you want to learn to Code for robots?  During our three-week camp campers will learn how to program in Java and use Java to control a FIRST Tech Challenge robot. By the end of the three weeks, campers will program the robots to both move autonomously, based on sensor input, as well as to operate based on input from a remote control. To participate in this camp campers must complete Unit 1, From the Calculator to the Computer, and Unit 2, State Transformation, of a free programming course from EdX (see course page) before the first day of the camp. This preparatory work could take 15-20 hours, depending on experience level, so please plan ahead. This camp teaches specific skills needed to program as a part of a FIRST Tech Challenge team, but is also fun and valuable by itself. Space is limited. 

  • FIRST LEGO League Prep Camp

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    Instructor: Francis  Schaeffer - Robotics Head Coach and Members of Waring's 2x State Champion FLL Team

    Dates: August 9-13, 9am to 4pm

    Ages: Rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders

    Do you want to learn robotics from the two-time FIRST LEGO League State Champions, holders of the top robot score in the 2019-2020 season? Join our experienced staff for a week of EV3 Lego Robotics fun. The focus of the camp will be to prepare for the 2021-2022 First Lego League robotics season by designing, building and coding robots and attachments to take on the new season’s challenges. Space is limited.

  • Ceramics Day Camp

    Instructor: Michelle Ramadan, Waring School Humanities teacher

    Week 1: Handbuilding techniques - pinch pots, coil building, slab building. Morning nature walks. 

    Week 2: Glazing techniques. Morning nature walks. 

    Dates: August 2-6 and 10-13 (M-F first week, T-F second week) - 9am-12pm - two week session.

    Ages: 8-12. Space is limited

    Tentative schedule:

    - check-in, introduce project of the day

    - morning nature inspiration walk

    - snack

    - work on projects

    - clean-up

    We will work outside as much as possible. Space is limited.

  • Art: Drawing from Observation

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    Art: Drawing from Observation

    Instructor: Marika Whitaker

    Dates: MWF the weeks of August 2-6 and 9-13, 9am-12pm

    Ages: Rising 9th and 10th graders

    Drawing from observation is the cornerstone of the art program at Waring. Many people think that they are either “good” at art or “bad” at art. We believe that visual art elements comprise a language that can be learned by anyone, and that this framework gives students a medium to develop their own visual voice and share their point of view with those around them. This course will prepare new students at every level entering the Waring Art program and will cover the basic elements of the foundations of drawing (composition, mark-making, line, shape, value) as well as giving students an opportunity to build the mental “muscles” involved in the observational drawing process. Each class will include a foundational art lesson, peer critique, and an assignment for the following class.

  • College Essay Workshop

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    College Essay Workshop 

    Instructor: Jill Sullivan, Writing Department Chair

    Dates: July 26 - July 30 (in-person), August 2 - August 6 (online)

    Ages: Rising High School Seniors

    In this workshop, students entering Senior year will get a head start on writing their college essay.  Students will first investigate what makes for a successful essay. Then they will engage in exercises designed to help them discover what they want to write about - what story do they want to tell about themselves. They will learn to control both the outer story and the inner story - the text and the subtext. We will also dig into what supplements are all about. The atmosphere will be relaxed and collegial. By the end of the week, students will not only have one workable draft of a college essay, but also a trusted community of readers to help see them through the fall application season.

  • Debate at WaringWorks

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    Debate at WaringWorks

    Instructor: Tim Averill

    Dates: Monday - Friday 10am - 12pm, Dates TBD

    Ages: Incoming 6th-9th graders

    Debate at WaringWorks is a program aimed at incoming 6th-9th graders who wish to learn about interscholastic Public Forum Debate as practiced in Massachusetts and in the National Speech and Debate Association. The program will teach the skills or argumentation, organization, writing persuasive speeches, researching topics, and countering opposing arguments. 

    Email for information on Debate Camp scheduling.

  • Soccer Skills

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    Soccer Skills

    Instructor: Mike Kersker

    Dates: August 16 - August 19, 9am - 12pm

    Ages: 8-14

    Soccer Skills is a camp for 8 to 14-year-olds facilitated by Aztec Soccer's Mike Kersker and coached by Waring School's Varsity Soccer Captains. 


Schedule and Registration


WaringWorks WaringWorks, Jr. FTC Prep Camp: Robot CAD & Design FTC Prep Camp: Java Coding for FTC FIRST LEGO League Prep Camp
$ 330
$ 6
$1200 for 4 weeks
$ 285
$ 7
$1000 for 4 weeks
$ 775
$ 29
$ 1050
$ 79
$ 400
$ 99
June 28 - July 2
July 5-9
July 12-16
July 19-23
July 26-30
August 2-6
August 9-13
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Ceramics Day Camp Art: Drawing from Observation College Writing Skills (On Campus) College Writing (Online) Soccer Skills
$ 525
$ 1200
$ 385
$ 1000
$ 275
$ NA
$ 185
$ NA
$ 200
July 26-30
August 2-6
August 9-13
August 16-20
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Cancellation Policy

  • March 10–April 30, 2021: Full refund
  • May 1, 2021–May 31, 2021: Refund minus $100 per session deposit
  • After May 31, 2021: No refunds unless accompanied by a doctor’s note

More Information



Limited scholarships are available for all programs. Contact for more information.

If you would like to contribute to a scholarship fund to make the camp more accessible to those in financial need, click here to make a donation.

Becky Schaeffer, Summer Programs Administrator