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Bancroft Summer Programs


Specialty Camps for Grades 1-12 

Get inspired as you engage in an intensive academic, athletic, or art experience! Some programs are full-day, others are half-day, and they range from one to five weeks long. Half-day programs can often be extended to full day by joining our day camp program.

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Bulldogs Basketball Camp

Director: Coach Mark O’Brien
June 12-16
August 7–11
Cost: $250
The objective of the Bulldogs Basketball Camp is to teach age-appropriate fundamentals and skills. You will increase your individual skills, game sense, understanding of offensive and defensive concepts, and overall enjoyment of the game. We hold the camp in the Fletcher Athletic Center at Bancroft School — a state-of-the-art facility that includes two gyms (four cross courts) and numerous teaching stations. We might also play on Bancroft's outdoor court. You'll need to bring basketball sneakers, snack, and lunch each day. Water and Gatorade will be provided. NOTE: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that you provide an updated physical and immunization record to participate in this camp.  

Typical Daily Schedule: 9:00 Drop-off and Free Shooting | 9:30 Skill Stations | 10:30 Break | 10:45 Situation Games | 12:00 Lunch | 12:45 Lectures and Videos | 1:30 Full Court Games | 3:00 Pick-up 


Strings Camp: Violin, Viola, or Cello

Director: Marilyn Butler
Grades 2-8 with at least one year of previous study
June 12-16
No afternoon care available
Minimum: 10 participants/ Maximum: 20 participants
Cost: $195
In this program, you’ll be encouraged to explore various styles of note-reading and improvisation. You will play music games, engage in a variety of ensembles, and learn Suzuki repertoire. Enjoy this special opportunity to be fully immersed in all types of strings music, along with daily specials like contra dancing, show & tell performances of accomplishments, and guest teachers. Classes within the program are designed for small group instruction based on participant numbers and class topic.


Biotechnology for Beginners: Aseptic Obstacle Course

Instructor: Sharon R. Byrne
Grades 7-9
July 31-August 4
Minimum: 6 participants/ Maximum: 8 participants
Cost: $450
In this hands-on program, you will learn about Aseptic Technique and its importance in science, and develop a skill set for future research. Through a series of “obstacle courses” (Can you keep your tissue cultures free from contamination? Do you know how to properly handle and inoculate media?), you will practice and test what you have learned You’ll learn how to safely purify with flames, and pull one colony from a mix of bacteria in order to get a single bacterial colony. Ultimately, you’ll use your newly learned skills to transfer Stage II callus shoots of Venus Flytraps into rooting media for you to take home! Space is limited!


Global Explorers

Instructors: Flavien Collet and Yuhong Xu
Grades 1-5
August 7-11
No aftercare available  
Minimum: 10 participants/ Maximum: 20 participants
Cost: $375
Each day will be devoted to discovering a different part of the world through art, crafts, stories, and games (both indoor and outdoor). You will learn about various customs and traditions, and have the opportunity to compare them with their own family traditions. What better way to develop your multicultural awareness than by engaging in a range of fun and enriching activities?!

Sample Activities (subject to change)

  • The Art of Calligraphy
  • Indian Dance
  • Create an African Mask
  • Learn about Salsa Dancing
  • Try Aboriginal Dot Painting
  • Create Koala Magnets
  • Decorate Russian eggs
  • Learn to Use Chopsticks
  • Make Real Ginger Ale
  • Play the Game of Cinco Marias 


LEGO Robotics & Rockets

Please email cwhitney@bancroftschool.org
for more information on a waiting list
Grades 4-7
June 19-23
9:00 - 3:00
Cost: $425
Minimum: 6 students

Join Bancroft School technology teacher and First LEGO League (FLL) robotics coach Kevin Briggs on a journey into space. This full-day program includes robotics and rockets. You'll spend the morning programming LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Robots to complete space-themed challenges while learning computer science and engineering principles. Then you'll extend your learning in the afternoon using the Kerbal Space Program software to design rockets, test their trajectory, and explore space. The design principles and physics knowledge campers gain using the simulator will be put to the test as you design and construct your own model rocket!


Sport Stats for Would-Be Reporters

Instructor: Carol Ryan, Bancroft School Phys. Ed. Teacher & Coach
Grades 6-8
June 26-30
Minimum: 6 participants/ Maximum: 10 participants
Cost: $350.00

Can you imagine yourself in the press box for the Red Sox or the Celtics? Do you like watching sports on ESPN? Do you also like math? Be inspired by Coach Carol Ryan and explore what it means to score a baseball and basketball game, work the scoreboard, develop statistics, and discover what information goes into those box scores you see online or in the paper. You’ll also gain hands-on reporting experience by writing a short article or making a video broadcast that recaps the results of a game. If your love of sports goes beyond playing the game, this is the program for you! We’ll do sports statistics and reporting in the morning, and camp activities in the afternoon.



Orton-Gillingham Reading & Writing Language-Literacy Program

Please email cwhitney@bancroftschool.org
for more information on a waiting list

For students entering Grades 2-8 who have dyslexia or other language-based learning differences
June 26-July 28 (5 weeks – closed July 4)
Includes a snack each day and a mid-morning recess.
Cost: $2,000
8:15–8:30 Students get dropped off at the McDonough Center
8:30 –11:30 Reading & Writing Tutorial Groups
11:30–3:30 (Optional) Extended Camp Afternoon Activities (additional $175/week)                                                                          
Do you struggle with reading, writing, and spelling? Do you have dyslexia or another language-based learning difference? Then join us for this five-week summer program and build up your skills and confidence in those subjects while you make friends and have fun! Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a method of teaching reading, writing, and spelling that uses many of your senses — visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), tactile (touch), and kinesthetic (movement) — to help you learn and remember. In small groups, we’ll do a variety of structured learning activities throughout the morning. We’ll help you use your strengths to work on your reading skills. We’ll act out stories in Reader’s Theater. We’ll also do some writing, and work on comprehension skills. The teachers will get to know you and your individual needs. They’ll make sure you get the right support for you, and they’ll make sure you’re in a group with other kids who are working at a similar level.
Parents/Guardians: The OG summer program is a five-week summer class designed to reinforce reading, writing, and spelling skills. OG is a structured, sequential, multisensory teaching method proven to help struggling readers. The class is sponsored and taught by the faculty of the Hope Graham Program at Bancroft School, a comprehensive curricular and extracurricular program for Bancroft students with LBLD/dyslexia. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and includes a snack each day and a mid-morning recess.  For questions, contact: Candace Anderson, Director of Hope Graham Program at Bancroft School.


Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Instructors: Carrie Whitney and Abigail Church
Ages 13–15 
Session 1: June 26 – July 7
Session 2: July 10 – July 21  Session 2 is NOW CLOSED

Session 3: July 24 - Aug 4
Cost: $250 for a 2-week session

Our Counselor in Training program is specifically designed for teens aged 13 to 15 who want to develop their leadership skills in working with children. You will learn behavior management, communication, and activity leadership by helping counselors work with younger campers. Supervised by our Summer Program Director and Assistant Director, you will have the hands-on opportunity to assist group counselors, teach activities, and plan special events.

To Apply: We only take a small group of applicants, so if you’re seriously interested in taking part, please fill out an application, provide a letter of recommendation, and set up a personal interview with us. Click one of the instructors' names below to send an email inquiry:

Bancroft Entrepreneurship Academy

Instructor: Cameron Martin
July 17-28
Cost: $395
Ever thought of owning your own business? Do you want the chance to develop your skills as an entrepreneur? Turn your passion into a business with impact this summer in the Bancroft Entrepreneurship Academy. This program takes a hands-on approach to understanding business concepts, combining interactive lessons with activities where you will learn by doing! You will learn to spot opportunity, take risks, and persevere, all while making decisions about strategy, marketing, and finance for a new business venture with impact. Throughout the program, you will develop your own business plans, immediately applying what you learn using the Business Model Canvas. On the final day of the program, you’ll present your new business ventures to “prospective investors” in a formal trade show. Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Join us and find out!


Chess Camp

Instructors provided by USA Chess
Ages 5-16
Introductory to Advanced
July 31-August 4
Whether you’re interested in casual or competitive chess, you’ll receive chess instruction and play in a fun-filled environment designed to improve your skills. You’ll be taught by some of the finest children’s chess instructors in North America. Choose mornings, afternoons, or all­-day sessions. Your tuition includes a trophy, a chess set, and much more.

NOTE: This class is held at Bancroft School, but registration takes place directly through USA Chess/Active Learning. Learn More and REGISTER HERE or call 888-652-4377.

Video Game Design: Modding, Networking & Hosting with Minecraft

Updated for 2017!

Ages 8-16
Minecraft is hugely popular because it’s collaborative, open-ended, and moddable. Our program preserves those qualities and adds a large dose of fun! As the week begins, you’ll learn the game, controls, recipes, and a bit about hosting & networking. Next, you’ll connect to different worlds hosted on our secure server, and experiment with character skins, mods, and custom maps. By Day 3 you’ll be building in the Active Learning World that grows over time. Whether you’re adding a room, building a moat, or even creating a chessboard, the possibilities are nearly limitless! This is a half-day program. Students can add an additional program to make it a full-day camp.

NOTE: This class is held at Bancroft School, but registration takes place directly through USA Chess/Active Learning. Learn More and REGISTER HERE or call 888-652-4377.

Video Game Creation: 3D Concepts

Updated for 2017!

Ages 9-16
Intermediate to Advanced (should have prior experience with GameMaker software)
Learn the principles used in making 3D-style games while creating your own “home base defense games.” Lessons will include the principles of perspective, scale, infinity, and other concepts. You will be challenged as you creatively apply your GameMaker skills, and learn how game designers make the 2D computer screen come to life with 3D effects! This is a half­-day program. Students can add an additional program to make it a full day camp.

NOTE: This class is held at Bancroft School, but registration takes place directly through USA Chess/Active Learning. Learn More and REGISTER HERE or call 888-652-4377.

Kodu Video Game Creation: Adventure

Ages 7-16
Introductory to Intermediate
You’ll have the option of learning how to program using a Microsoft Xbox controller as you create your own cool custom world and navigate through it. Within this world, you will create tasks that need to be completed in order to progress to the next level. Tasks might include escaping a sewer maze, survival mode, outwitting rivals, creating decoys, and collecting bonus items —  all while having fun! Xbox controller is optional and supplied by the student. This is a half­-day camp. Students can add an additional program to make it a full day camp.

NOTE: This class is held at Bancroft School, but registration takes place directly through USA Chess/Active Learning. Learn More and REGISTER HERE or call 888-652-4377.

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