2023 Explore! Camp Descriptions

REGISTRATION DEADLINES are 1 week prior to camp date

BMX Camp
June 12-16 and/or August 21-25 9am-12pm | Ages 6-16

Learn top notch tricks while supporting your skills and greatly enhancing your abilities. Offered by the riders of ProTown BMX, students will participate in groups of similar skills and age. Course will offer safety education, bike maintenance, general skatepark etiquette, and skills/tricks using different ramps. All participants need to be able to ride a bike without training wheels. Any bike will do but prefer a BMX type bike with 2 pegs, rear hand brakes, and a free wheel. Also required are proper fitting helmets and knee pads. Protown BMX will have some demo bikes available to use with helmets and knee pads for purchase at discounted prices. Limited space! Location: TBA, Cost: $189.55

Babysitting Basics
June 12-13, July 13-14 • 9am-11:30am
August 7-8 • 1pm-3:30pm | Ages 11-14

Created for those ages 11 to 14, this two-day 2.5-hour training course is designed for new babysitters. Our basic babysitters training allows you to gain the skills necessary to care for children of all ages. This class will not only help build your skills – and your resume – but can allow you to safely help others in times of need.
In this training you will learn:

  • How to care for infants and children
  • What to do in an emergency and how to stay safe
  • Choosing activities that are age appropriate
  • Recognizing, understanding and handling certain behaviors
  • Starting your babysitting business
  • Certificate upon completion of training

Trainer: Lateshia Whitney-Byrd, MS, ECS. Certified through American Red Cross. Location: CER 203, Cost: $90.55

Beats and Jams: Digital Music Creators
July 10-13 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-10, 1pm-4pm | Ages 11-14

Begin your rise to the top of the charts with digital music production! Just like today’s top artists, you can design your own beats or remix a mashup of your favorite songs to become a digital composer and sound engineer.  In this course, students will learn to produce digital music, record sound, make sound effects, and mix their own tracks. No prior music experience is necessary. Student-created soundtracks will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. Location: CER 147, Cost: $130.55

Beginner’s Kayaking
June 21-23, July  12-14, July 26-28     8:00am-11:00am     Ages 10-15
Campers will learn the basic techniques of kayaking, including water safety, paddle strokes, parts of the vessel, boat orientation, and water recovery skills. Location: Wildwood Park, Cost: $120.55

Beginner’s SUP Board Camp
July 19-21, August 9-11     8:00am-11:00am     Ages 10-15
Students will learn the basic techniques of Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, including water safety, paddle strokes, parts of the vessel, board orientation, and water recovery skills. Location: Wildwood Park, Cost: $120.55

Camp Scrubs
June 12-15 • 8:30am – 1pm, Th 8am-1pm | Rising 9th-12th grade

Do you love watching medical dramas? Are you wondering what it is really like to work in a hospital? Are you interested in learning about the many careers in the Health Sciences and what your future might hold? Please join us as we discover the possibilities within the fields of Radiography, Sonography, Dental Assisting, Emergency Medical Science (Paramedics), Medical Assisting, Nuclear Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Polysomnography, Respiratory Therapy and more! You will tour the lab spaces and participate in activities similar to what our students experience. This in-depth camp will help you to better understand what it is like to be part of the team that helps improve and save lives. Bonus experience: Finish off the week by becoming certified in Basic Life Support CPR. All materials will be provided. Location: TBA, Cost: $150.55

Christmas in July
July 10-13 • 9am – 12pm • Ages 7-11 

Christmas activities come early in this Winter Wonderland camp! Join us for oyster shell santa clauses to be made for your favorite person or yourself, making candy holders, and make your own shirt the last day! Supplies will be provided. Location: CER 201, Cost: $49.55

Explore: Cybersecurity
June 12-16 • 1pm-4pm | Rising 8th-12th grade

The AFA CyberCamp program is designed to excite students new to cybersecurity about STEM career opportunities and teach them important cyber defense skills through hands-on instruction and activities. Through the camp, students will learn how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats, as well as how to harden entire networks running Windows 10 and Ubuntu operating systems. The AFA CyberCamp will culminate in an exciting final team competition that simulates real cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals and mimics AFA’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Location: Main Campus Humber Building 211, Cost $131.55

Explore: Drawing Studio
July 17-20 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-10,  1pm-4pm | Ages 11-14

Learning to draw and to draw better. This studio introduces the student to drawing techniques on various kinds of drawing papers for effect and using different drawing tools, graphite pencils, charcoal and ink. Rendering, shading, 2-D and 3-D composition, texture,contour and form/shape drawing skills are explored. Campers will make a portfolio to store their drawings. Location: PCC Main campus, Cost: $99.55

F.L.O.W Future Leaders of Our World
July 10-13 • 12:30pm-3:30pm | Ages 13-17

Did you know that Three of the most requested soft skills employers look for when hiring are Communication (speaking/listening), Leadership (confidence/emotional management) and Teamwork?
Good news!  These are also the three primary skills that FLOW will address this week.  We work with teens to help them learn how to Connect with themselves and others, Communicate effectively, and become healthy Contributors to their families, friends and community.
This class is based on NLP concepts and social and emotional learning.  On the first day of class, your teenager will take a self-assessment of his/her social and emotional skill set.  On day four, your teenager will retake the assessment. 80% of students have a significant improvement.
This unique youth leadership class helps teenagers learn new skills to successfully and effectively manage stress, anxiety, bullying, etc. FLOW is a unique interactive program specifically for teenagers who are feeling disconnected or struggling with anxiety or simply need a way to make new (and keep) friends.
Here’s what other students have said about this class: “It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one struggling with certain things.” – Gabe, “Mrs Rhonda does an incredible job at listening. She isn’t just ‘another adult’ telling you to get your crap together.” – Levi, “It’s most definitely a safe space where you can be transparent and not get judged for it.” – Kyle
[Rhonda Cimorelli is the Owner of A Balanced Life For You LLC. She is a Certified Life and Leadership Coach and NLP Practitioner. Space is limited. Location: CER 207, Cost: $120.55

Hand Building Workshop
July 12-26, Wednesdays • 9am-12pm | Ages 6-12

July 12: Handbuilding Gnomes: Use pinch pots to create a gnome and give it a personality of its own. Make it come to life by decorating, adding accessories, and painting it with underglaze. When it is finished your gnome can chill outside in the garden or hang out in the house.
July 19: Hand Building Mugs and Bowls: Use slab building, templates, and molds to create mugs and bowls. You can build coffee mugs or fruit bowls and customize them the way you like. Follow the templates or come up with your own designs. When they are finished all creations will be food safe.
July 26: Hand Building Toad and Fairy houses: Build a home for the Toad that lives in your flower bed. No matter how you chose to decorate it, your friendly neighborhood buddy will be glad to have a roof over his head. He may even share his home with friendly fairies. We will use slab building, templates, and molds for this project; and when it is finished it will be safe to keep outdoors. Supplies provided. Location: Farmville GlasStation, Cost $79.55

Landscape Horticulture Institute
June 12-15 • 8:30am-12:30pm | Rising 9th-12th students

This camp will introduce rising 9th-12th students to Horticulture landscaping and maintenance. They will learn a variety of skills as they complete hands on activities in our Horticulture area throughout the week. Students will be introduced to basic landscape principles and practices, as well as turfgrass installation and maintenance. Students will need to wear closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing to work outside in the elements. Location: Trailer 25 PCC Campus (Beside greenhouse), Cost: $120.55

Medical Mysteries
July 18 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-11,  1pm-4pm | Ages 12-15

In the medical field, everything starts out as a mystery – and you might just be the person to solve it! Can you track down patient zero? Will you be able to find a treatment for the Royal Disease? Does your patient have a cold, the flu, or just allergies? How would you identify the disease-causing mutation in a patient with an inherited disease? Join us and learn how medical mysteries are diagnosed, researched, and treated.  Location: PCC Main Campus Walter & Marie Williams Building Room 229, Cost: $20.55

Minecraft Animators
June 19-22 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-10,  1pm-4pm | Ages 11-14
Create the next popular animated Minecraft video on YouTube! Practice the same skills professionals at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios use. Discover the process of keyframing and tweening, how to use it to bring your own animated stories to life, and how to publish your content on YouTube. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous yearsLocation: Main campus Russell Building 147, Cost $130.55

Painting Studio
June 19-22 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-10,  1pm-4pm | Ages 11-14

Explore color mixing, brushwork and the fundamentals of composition through paintingmediums and techniques on canvas and watercolor paper. Subjects will include pets/animals/wildlife, landscapes, abstract, imaginary and still-life. Location: PCC Main campusCost: $99.55

Python Programmers
July 17-20 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-10,  1pm-4pm | Ages 11-14

Want to learn the world’s fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA? ​Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish!​ Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years​. Location: Main Campus Russell Building 147, Cost $130.55

Racing Games with Unity
August 7-10 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-10,  1pm-4pm | Ages 11-14

On your mark, get set, create! Blast off in making your first 3D Mario Kart® and Crash Team Racing® style game! Design your own tracks and customize your karts and characters. Using Unity, a professional 3D game development software, students will combine their creations into their own kart racing game that they can play with friends and family at home. Students can participate in Esports League races against other schools across the country with a chance to have their tracks featured in the Black Rocket master build of the game! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.  Location: Main Campus Russell Building 147, Cost $130.55

July 24-27 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-10,  1pm-4pm | Ages 11-14

Unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design. Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Location: Main Campus Russell Building 147, Cost $130.55

June 26-29 • 8:30am-12pm  | Rising 4th-8th grade

This camp will introduce rising 4th-8th grade boys and girls to STEAM based careers here on PCC campus. They will learn a variety of skills as they complete hands on activities throughout our CIT division, and other program areas throughout the week. We plan to introduce them to approximately two different programs a day, possibly more with time permitting. Each activity will be used to show the students the importance of STEAM and how it is constantly used in the everyday workplace. Location: Main Campus Vernon White Building Room 168, Cost: $120.55

So You Think You Can Science?
June 20  • 9am-12pm and 1pm-4m, Activities will be different in morning and afternoon. Ages 7-11
June 21 • 9am-12pm and 1pm-4m, Activities will be different in the morning and afternoon. Ages 12-15

Are you interested in STEM but don’t like the idea of working in a lab all day? Then, perhaps a career in water quality is for you!  Or do you want to learn to grow a tastier version of spinach? Did you know that there are lots of different types of scientists that work at a zoo?  Come join us for a full or half day in trying out all the ways there are to science!  You’ll learn different lab skills and how to use different scientific tools that you may one day use in a career. Location: PCC Main Campus Walter & Marie Williams Building Room 229, Cost: $20.55

Try a Trade
July 17-July 21 8:30am-12pm  | Rising 7th-10th grade
This camp teaches rising 7th – 10th grade boys and girls about trade skills. We will be highlighting the programs in our PCC Technical Academy to make students aware of what PCC has to offer them. Students will spend a day in one of six areas (Architectural Technology, BioTechnology, AC, Heating & Refrigeration, Electrical System Technology, and Industrial Systems Technology) and learn that particular trade skill. We are hoping to inspire an interest in these programs to make students want to be a part of our Technical Academy their junior and senior years of high school. As our Technical Academy grows, we will offer other trade skill areas. Cost: $149.55

Wheel Throwing Ceramics Camp
June 26 -29 and/or July 31-August 3 • 9am-12pm | Ages 8-14

Learn to throw on the pottery wheel. We will start by going over the basics of centering clay on the wheel. Then we will start making cups, bowls, and plates. All creations will be food safe when finished. Supplies are provided. Location: Farmville GlasStation, Cost: $99.55

YouTube FX Masters
July 31-August 3 • 9am-12pm | Ages 7-10,  1pm-4pm | Ages 11-14

Do you love movies with exciting special effects, like The Avengers, Star Wars, or Harry Potter? Amaze your friends by swinging a lightsaber or blasting fire from your hands and becoming a master of the illusions used by Hollywood artists to create visual effects magic. Whether you want to enhance your YouTube videos or create a cool scene to amaze your friends; this class teaches the tools you need. Experiment with visual effects as you learn the dynamics of camera angles, editing, graphic layering, and sound effects. Then watch as your new creations take your channel content to the next level! Student projects are available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Location: Main Campus Russell Building 147, Cost $130.55