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Waring Summer Programs

Online and On-Campus Offerings for August 2020


Summer Program Update

Last Updated: JULy 21, 2020

With the safety of our campers and staff in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our WaringWorks and WaringWorks, Jr. camps this summer. In their place we will be running four exciting new offerings: Debate at WaringWorks, Soccer Skills Camp, College Essay Workshop, and Art: Drawing from Observation.


About Our Camps

  • College Essay Workshop (Online)

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    College Essay Workshop 

    Instructor: Jill Sullivan

    Dates: August 17-21, 10:00am - 1:00pm (not all hours online - class time and independent writing/workshop time)

    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.

  • Art: Drawing from Observation (Online)

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    Art: Drawing from Observation

    Instructor: Marika Whitaker

    Dates: August 10-21, M/W/F, 3:00-4:00pm

    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.

  • Debate at WaringWorks (Online)

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    Debate at WaringWorks

    Instructor: Tim Averill

    Dates: August 10-14, Monday - Friday (Daily Schedule Below)

    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. Our Zoom format will allow students to work in small breakout groups with their teaching assistants and Debate Coach Tim Averill. The formal class will run from 10:00am - Noon on each day, except Friday, when we will have a tournament with judges. Our teaching assistants will be Arion Carraher-Kang, Jack Martin, and Camille Gimbrere. Julie Durning will join us as a guest judge on Friday. Rowan Malatesta, our lead "speech team TA," will join us on occasion to explain the various speech events that Waring Debate Society may do during the year. There is no previous experience required of the students. Those who enroll will receive a copy of the Waring Debate Handbook. Although it is not required, students may wish to enroll with a partner in mind, although we will be happy to assign partners on the first day.

    Daily Schedule:

    Monday: Introduction to Public Forum Debate (practice speaking, extemporaneous debates, essentials of argumentation [ethos pathos logos], note taking in debate - the flow chart).

    Tuesday: Choosing a topic and beginning research (learning where and how to find evidence and how to evaluate and cite credible sources). Introduction to case writing and "word economy."

    Wednesday: Writing cases in lab groups with Teaching Assistants. Practice flowing debate classes. Introduction to speech events with Rowan.

    Thursday: Anticipating your opponents' best arguments and writing "answers to" their best arguments. Learning to think and speak "on your feet."

    Friday: 9:00 AM - Noon - a tournament (3 rounds) for all teams. Results, critiques, and awards!

  • Soccer Skills (On Campus)

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    Soccer Skills

    Instructor: Mike Kersker

    Dates: Monday - Thursday, August 17-20. 9 - 11:30am daily.

    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. Soccer Skills will be offered Monday - Thursday, August 17-20. 

  • WaringWorks (Canceled, Summer 2020)

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    WaringWorks is a full-day program for ages 7-13 that involves visual arts, theater, robotics, filmmaking, nature exploration, makerspace activities, yoga, baseball, and more. The program runs form 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday-Friday. One week sessions run from July 6 - 31.

  • WaringWorks Jr. (Canceled, Summer 2020)

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    WaringWorks Jr. is a half-day program for ages 5-7 that involves arts and crafts, movement, elementary robotics, makerspace activities, outdoor play, jewelry-making, theater, yoga, and more. The program runs 9:00am - 1:00pm, Monday-Friday, with extended day options available. One week sessions run from July 6 - 31.

  • FIRST LEGO League Bootcamp (Canceled, Summer 2020)

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    FIRST LEGO League Bootcamp is a one-week workshop to help FLL teams get their 2020-2021 season started. Learn from the two-time state champion Waring School Brickwolves with oversight from their coach. The camp will run from 9:00am - 4:00pm for one week in August (TBD–coming soon).

    The new FLL board will be released on August 1. Campers will examine each mission in detail and develop mechanisms and programs to take them on. Chassis design, code development, attachment design, mission grouping, run transitions, launch jigs, and other FLL topics will be taught in the context of the new board. Get your season off to a great start.


Schedule and Registration


College Essay Workshop (Online) Soccer Skills (On Campus) Debate (Online) Art: Drawing from Observation (Online)
Mon - Fri
$ 175
$ 1200
10:00am - 1:00pm
Mon - Thur
$ 185
$ 1000
9 - 11:30am
Mon - Fri
$ 125
$ NA
10:00am - Noon
Mon, Wed, Fri
$ 125
$ NA
3:00pm - 4:00pm
August 10-14
August 17-21
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More Information



Limited scholarships are available for all programs. Contact summer@waringschool.org 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