July 29-August 2 (Week 7)
All courses are dependent on minimum enrollment. For more information, please see our Courses page.
When enrollment is three students from full capacity, we'll indicate the number of remaining spots next to the title of the course or that the class is waitlisted. CampInTouch always has real-time numbers as you move through the enrollment process. The numbers below are current as of 1:20 pm Tuesday 23 July.
Here's a pdf tool you may find helpful in comparing options across weeks. This Course Master lists each week's options alphabetically (pp. 1-3) and by age (pp. 3-5) and also color-coded by type of course (e.g. Culinary Creations, Sports Fun).
This Course Listing matrix will allow you easily to discover when and what your favorite instructors are teaching throughout the summer.
- Nature Artists (4-5) | Waitlist
- Games Around the Globe (5-8) | Waitlist
- Maps, Pirates, and Merry Mischief (5-8) | 1 space
- Sports Shorts (6-9)
- Treasure Hunters (6-9) | Waitlist
- Wizard Land (6-9) | Waitlist
- Sous Chef, Jr. (6-10) | Waitlist
- I Built It! Working with Wood (7-9) | Waitlist
- Treat Yourself (9-13) | 3 spaces
- Delicious Dessert Decorating (9-15) | Waitlist
- Minecraft Community (9-15) | Waitlist
- Advanced Comic Design (9-16) | Waitlist
- Act It Out (10-14)
- D.I.Y. Project Extravaganza (10-14) | 1 space (b/c of a cancellation)
- Fan Fiction, Writing Fun (10-15)
- Space: The Final Frontier (10-15)
- Sports Action (10-15)
- Crime Scene Investigation: Forensic Science 101 (12-18)
Instructor: CFS Middle School Theater Arts Teacher Alice Turner is a Chapel Hill native and a Carolina Friends Lower and Middle School alum. She got her B.FA. in Acting and minor in French from Elon University. She has years of experience doing professional theater in both the Triangle and New York. She has taught in summer camps, pre-schools and after-school programs (including at CFS). When not teaching or making theater, Alice enjoys cooking, playing ukulele, painting, and spending time with her cats.
Course: Ready, set, go for a week of lots of fun playing outdoor and indoor games from South America and around the world. Playing outside keeps kids active, entertained, and socializing. It also helps to build essential skills that go with us as we grow older. In this course students will build their own shelter and play “sapo,” sack race, ring toss, water games (bring your swimwear), and more. We’ll also make crafts every day to play indoors. We’ll end our week with an Outdoor Game Extravaganza. It will be a lot of fun!
Instructor: Kelly Yupanqui is from Perú and moved to the United States in 2005. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Perú. She got her certification as a Montessori Teacher from the American Montessori Society.
She has taught different levels of students for 22 years in public and private settings in her native country and in the USA (including now at Carolina Friends School). She loves to dance, sing, play the guitar, and be outside--and to share all her talents and her native language, Spanish, during Summer Programs.
Course: Arrr!!!! If you're of a mind to search out the finer things in life, then come join the crew as we create, hide, and then seek the treasures we’ll make. We’ll learn a bit about pirates, create our own pirate flags, and build our own indoor pirate island forts. We’ll pursue various types of treasure hunting, most of which will be done outside using the resources on campus. We'll draw maps, write clues and riddles, make our own secret treasures, and then use our detective skills to search for our lost and hidden treasures.
Parents: We’ll develop map-making/reading skills, practice writing fun clues, and attempt to solve challenging riddles. We’ll work as a team to follow the clues to the treasures, to collaborate creatively in whole group and smaller group settings to meet the challenges, to hone fine motor skills creating jewelry and treasures using various materials, and to experiment with different types of inventions to hide and locate treasures most effectively.
Instructor: Jennifer Ferraro joined the CFS Upper School in 2017 to teach American Sign Language. She continues building the School’s ASL program as both a modern language option for students with language-based learning needs and as an elective program for any CFS student who wishes to learn ASL. Jennifer is an active ASL interpreter.
Week: 1 (June 17-21), Leslie Atherholt
Week: 2 (Jun 24-28), Jarrid Logan
Week: 4 (July 8-12), Markeith Gary
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2), Markeith Gary
Week: 8 (Aug 5-9), Sefton Dennis
Week: 9 (Aug 12-16), Markeith Gary
Course: An active, fun-filled week of sports adventure just for you! We learn how to play a variety of sports, focusing on skills and learning the rules. We work on team building and create some crafts that go along with our new indoor and outdoor games! We concentrate on learning how to play, building confidence, keeping in shape, and receiving guidance and encouragement from our coach. An excellent class for the active or wannabe active camper!
Instructor (Week 1): Leslie Atherholt works in the Durham Public Schools. She came from Washington, DC where she taught physical education and other subjects to elementary school students. She has also worked in schools in Central and South America. Leslie attended East Carolina University for her undergraduate program and holds a Master’s degree in Education. She has been teaching for 20 years. Leslie has spent many summers in camps and loves camp! When not working Leslie is learning and exploring North Carolina with her family.
Instructor (Week 2): Jarrid Logan was born in North Dakota but raised in Indiana. He played a lot of sports growing up, including football, soccer, and karate, but focused on wrestling. He’s spent almost 20 years as a competitor or a coach, including 152 high school wins and a few championships. Jarrid coached wrestling for six years in Indiana with athletes ranging from three to 18 years old.
This past year he moved to North Carolina to teach (including Lower School PE courses at Carolina Friends) and work at a movie theater. His hobbies include watching movies, top 10 lists, and helping others with their interests. Jarrid is happy to be a part of Summer Programs for the first year.
Instructor (Weeks 4, 7, 9): Markeith Gary joined CFS in 2016 and serves as varsity basketball coach for the Upper School. He helped co-found a non-profit travel basketball program called the NC Wildcats serving the Chapel Hill-Durham area. A graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, Markeith has served as mentor to many in his community and volunteers at the local community center teaching life skills. He enjoys spending time with his wife Marsha and their three children (Nina, Myles, and Laila).
Instructor (Week 8): Sefton Dennis is a Friends School alum, Class of ’08. He has been coaching Boys and Girls varsity soccer at CFS for four years and has been a private skills development coach for almost seven years. He also works part time for a family business that is a consultancy for public and environmental health research. Before that, he worked with a non-profit in Durham that addresses problems with food security and also worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Since then, he has continued a studio practice as a visual artist and wants eventually to work as a educator in visual arts and art history.
Week: 6 (July 22-26)
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2) Newly Added!
Course: X marks the spot! Join us for a fun week of hunting for treasures. Read maps, solve clues, and decode ciphers to solve daily challenges. Not only will we be participating in treasure and scavenger hunts, students will also have the opportunity to make their own treasures, treasure chests, maps, and scavenger hunts!
Instructor: Carmen Raynor grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received a bachelor’s degree at Towson State University. She has been a teacher of children ages four months through fifth grade, beginning her career in 1988 at an after-hours program in a Baltimore City Public School. In 1996 she arrived at Durham Early School with previous knowledge of the preschools in Reggio Emilia and a desire to continue exploring the richness of ideas and thinking in this work. She is energized by what she learns from the children, her peers, and researching best practice. Passion drives her work with children and her life outside the classroom.
Among her other interests are traveling, music, architecture, volunteer work, and social justice. Carmen spent two months in the summer of 2011 traveling and studying in India and Nepal through a CFS PACE professional development grant and helped organize the 2017 Reggio-focused Wonder of Learning exhibit in the Triangle.
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2)
Course: Wizard fans! Let’s take a creative magical journey into the world of wizardry. We will create and design our own trading cards, spell books, crests, amulets, and wands. We’ll also have a magical treasure hunt, host the very first magician’s olympics,and create our own Potter theatre. Young Harry Potter fans unite for a week of wizard fun!
You might also enjoy Rinah Rachel's "Mystery Brew and Magic" Weeks 3 (July 1-5) and 5 (July 15-19).
Instructor: Rinah Rachel Galper has been doing creative summer and year-long programs and workshops at CFS and throughout the Triangle since 2006 that nurture children’s love and need for magic, mystery, mindfulness, curiosity, creativity, and deep connection to the natural world. She is a performing arts teacher with children grades K-8 at Maureen Joy Charter School in East Durham where she focuses on helping children find and use their voices to create new and different narratives. Rinah is also the the founder of Our Sacred Circles, a brave space for women changing themselves and the world.
Week: 6 (July 22-26)
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2)
Course: Come get into the kitchen and start rattling some pans! In this course for younger students, we'll learn some basic cooking techniques, have fun creating our own food concoctions, and eat a little bit of what we make with Blaine, our chef. We'll be making plenty of homemade treats like pizza, mac & cheese, trail mix, not-so-wild Maine blueberry muffins, and cookies galore! We’ll also make a few non-edibles like playdough and lip balm. Get ready for outdoor play too; to keep our muscles strong for all that mixing!
Instructor: Blaine Barbee is an elementary English as a Second Language teacher for Durham Public Schools. She has 13 years of teaching experience, from ESL to after school programs and summer camps to post-secondary education. She holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts, a B.A. in Psychology, and a Masters in Teaching all from UNC-Chapel Hill. Go Heels! Blaine enjoys reading, running, yoga, cooking, enjoying good coffee, traveling, hiking, camping, and relaxing with her family (husband Jason, daughter Ruby (2), and dogs Edie and Viktor). Blaine will be returning to CFS summer camp for her fifth summer and can't wait to get the fun started!
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2)
Instructor: Cyrise Davis holds a B.A. in Art Education K-12 and a B.S. in Commercial Art and Photography. In addition to her freelance photography, she worked 10 years as an art and photography teacher at The Hawbridge School in Saxapahaw, as a site coordinator and lead teacher for a middle school after-hours program, and as a YMCA summer camp counselor.
Five years ago Cyrise joined the CFS family as the Extended Day (AfterHours) Director, substitute teacher, and Summer Programs instructor. Cyrise employs her child-centered style of teaching (and passion for art, engineering and science) to help CFS summer students, Lower and Middle Schoolers learn to explore and create.
Course: Those of you familiar with the TV show Parks and Rec will recognize the “treat yo’ self” catchphrase as a way to spend a day of taking care of yourself. We will spend a week doing just that--without all that Hollywood flash and excessiveness, of course!
The week will begin with learning about different personality styles, doing some thinking about which ones describe you the best, and figuring out what kinds of things give you energy, meaning, and purpose when you’re feeling stressed and down. We’ll spend a few days “treating ourselves” through a variety of experiences in nature, the arts, meditation, physical activity, cooking, service, and time together. The week will end with a self-designed mini-retreat for yourself on Friday, to which you can invite a family member and “treat both yourselves!”
We will be journaling as a way to develop self-knowledge and insight. Bring your favorite journal/notebook and be prepared to get to know yourself!
Instructor: Rachel Cotterman (they/them, she/her) is an educator, artist, and healing arts practitioner from Hillsborough. A CFS alum (‘06), Rachel holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Social and Cultural Geography from UNC-CH. Rachel feels most alive while dancing, walking in the woods, and jumping in big bodies of water. They are a certified yoga teacher and Polarity Therapy bodywork practitioner and involved in local arts, farming, historical research, and community organizing. Rachel loves finding simple “treats” in the sounds, stones, conversations, and colors they encounter every day.
Week: 2 (June 24-28)
Week: 4 (July 8-12)
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2)
Course: Ever wanted to learn how to write your name in frosting, dust cakes with chocolate powder patterns, create strawberry flowers, use fondant, and create fancy cupcakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries that look like tuxedos, or mold your own chocolate? It is an art form! We'll do all of that and more, starting with easy designs on cardboard before making our own frosting, cakes, cupcakes, and chocolates to decorate. Design your own theme or go wild with abandon and have fun creating edible works of art. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accommodate dietary restrictions in this class.
You might also enjoy Karen's "Kitchen Chemistry: The Science of Cooking" Week 1 (June 17-21).
Instructor: Karen Clark is a science teacher at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham. She teaches middle school, so enjoys working with other age groups during the summer. She has three wonderful kids and an overprotective mini schnauzer named Heidi that keep her active. In her spare time (yeah right) she enjoys playing the flute, reading mysteries, and doing puzzles.
Week: 1 (June 17-21), Achiri Acha
Week: 2 (Jun 24-28), Achiri Acha
Week: 3 (July 1-5), Marshall Wilfong (Ages 5-8)
Week: 4 (July 8-12), Achiri Acha
Week: 5 (July 15-19), Marshall Wilfong
Week: 6 (July 22-26), Achiri Acha
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2), Achiri Acha
Week: 8 (Aug 5-9), Achiri Acha
The objective of Minecraft Community is to “get lost, together,” building community. With a little direction and a lot of improv, students will enter into Minecraft’s Survival Mode, banding together to outlive the Mobs and Elements, within a democratic community. With inventive jobs (e.g. Hunters, Explorers, Architects, Artisans, etc.) and responsibilities and a community lot-casting system, students will forge ahead to establish a lasting society amidst wiles of Mobs and the unforgiving wildernesses.
Instructor: Achiri Acha has been at CFS since he was six years old! He mentored with Jordan Shamp in Sports camp, became a counselor-in-training, and then moved on to become a camp assistant and instructor for the past seven summers. Achiri has worked in Extended Day at Lerner School and School’s Out Camps at the Jewish Community Center and currently works at USA Ninja Challenge during the school year. Achiri's goal is to be an elementary school physical education instructor and coach.
Week: 3 (July 1-5)
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2)
Course: For our older students, here’s an opportunity to enhance your skills in comic drawing. Led by Jamie Charles who has been teaching Comic Design in CFS Summer Programs for many years, the workshop provides a meeting place for expanding skills and talents. You do NOT have to have taken Comic Design prior to this. This is for those students who want to work a bit intensely on their creations. Share your techniques, exchange tips, learn new skills, collaborate with a partner, and learn from the community.
Instructor: Jamie Charles, a working illustrator, graduated from UNC-G in Fine Arts. Besides exhibiting his own work, Jamie works at CFS as an art instructor for Middle School students. He is also a champion Capture the Flag leader, having coached his workshop groups to many victories (not that he is bragging). Jamie offers private lessons in drawing and art.
Course: Lights, camera, action! Join us to explore the basics of script-based acting and perform in scenes! Students will learn improvisational games and other warm-ups, character development, vocal exercises, and other performance skills that will help them gain confidence on stage. On Monday, we'll choose several two- and three-person scenes and rehearse them throughout the week to prepare for a performance on Friday! No experience necessary.
You might also enjoy the "Improv 101" course Abby is teaching Week 2 (June 24-28) and Week 3 (July 1-5), followed by "Improv 201" Week 5 (July 15-19). She also offers "Musical Cabaret" Week 8 (Aug 5-9).
Instructor: Abby Kameny has been involved in Carolina Friends School Summer Programs for 15 years. She started out as a camper, then became a Counselor-In-Training, and later was hired to work in the Extended Day program. She is currently a linguistics major and Spanish minor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and plans to become a teacher. She’s studied theatre for years and has participated in school plays and a regional improvisational theatre team. Abby has also had experience singing throughout high school and college in musicals, choir, and a cappella groups.
Course: Come spend a week making a variety of projects with topics that include cooking, arts and crafts, science, woodworking, and a few hidden surprises along the way. As you create each project you will learn the best techniques and strategies for teaching the project to someone else. You’ll make videos of your favorite projects and, if you’d like, present them to the other students at the end of the week.
Instructor: Laura Lamberson has been a teacher in Mountain Class since January of 2007. She was a part-time teacher at Durham Early School for four years prior to her move to the Lower School. She began her teaching career in 1997 in the Orange County School system where she developed her skills as a special education and literacy teacher. She has been a lifelong runner and enjoys reading and gardening. Laura is the mother of three children, all of whom attend CFS.
Course: Have you ever experienced a story that was so real, so meaningful, so filled with awesome characters, that you couldn’t stop thinking about it? That you kept on wondering ‘what would’ve happened if…..?’ Have you wanted to fill in those blanks yourself? Well, this is the course for you!
Go ahead, and take an existing world, be it sci-fi, fantasy, action, video game, or other, and mold it to your image – want to know the consequences if Luke Skywalker missed when he fired at the Death Star? Do you wish vampire hunter Blade would go after Edward? What other adventures does T’Challa get up to when he leaves Wakanda? What does Sauron do for fun? Well – quit waiting for the authors to answer these questions – write it yourself!
Instructor: Kyle graduated from Durham School of the Arts in 2018 with a focus in Visual Arts and Spanish. He is currently in his second year attending Durham Technical Community College with a plan to transfer to an NC college and major in English and Psychology. For the past 3 years, Kyle has been working in Duke Recreation and Physical Education teaching classes for the Aquatics and Outdoor Adventures departments. A first time instructor at CFS, he will be teaching the Fan Fiction program with the guidance of Matt Arnold. Kyle was born and raised in Durham and enjoys writing, reading, climbing and spending time with his dogs outdoors in his free time.
Course: Ever dream of being an astronaut, looking out the window of your space shuttle watching planet Earth turn into a pale blue dot as you venture out into the unknown depths of the cosmos?
Throughout the week our astronaut trainees will build rockets, study the stars, and discover the history of space exploration, asking and attempting to answer some of science’s most thought-provoking questions. We’ll learn of the harsh conditions in space as well as the planets that surround us within the solar system. We’ll also conduct experiments to try and develop an understanding as to how one might survive outside of Earth's atmosphere.
Instructor: Marshall Wilfong was born and raised in Durham. An Eagle Scout from Troop 400, he’s been volunteering and working as a summer camp counselor since the age of 12. When he was 15 he got his first job as a merit badge counselor at Camp Raven Knob instructing First Aid, Search and Rescue, Safety, Camping, and Wilderness Survival. His time spent in the Scouts gave him a massive amount of respect for the outdoors as well as for the youth he instructs. Marshall has also been an after-school counselor at the Orange County Sportsplex and Aldersgate UMC.
He’s a Red Cross and BSA-certified lifeguard and takes the time to swim whenever he can get it. He’s been playing drums since he was 13 and one day hopes to study at the Berklee College of Music. An avid animal lover, Marshall has a four-year-old dog by the name of Willow and a 18-year-old cat by the name of Melvin. Marshall and Melvin have been best friends since Marshall at age seven found him in the woods one day.
Week: 1 (June 17-21), Jonathan McGovern
Week: 2 (June 24-28), Jonathan McGovern
Week: 3 (July 1-5), Jack Crowley
Week: 4 (July 8-12), Mary Forringer (Girls, Goals, Glory)
Week: 5 (July 15-19), Jochen Wachter (Soccer)
Week: 6 (July 22-26), Jack Crowley
Week: 7 (July 29-Aug 2), Jack Crowley
Week: 8 (Aug 5-9), Markeith Gary (Basketball)
Week: 9 (Aug 12-16), Achiri Acha
Sports experience is absolutely not necessary. Our goal is for you to learn how to play so you’ll feel comfortable knowing the rules, understanding the strategy, and practicing good teamwork. We don’t stress competition. We're here to help you improve your game and have fun!
Instructor: A CFS alum and Durham native, Jack Crowley is an educator, parent, and working artist currently pursuing his degree in Art Education. After studying at the School of the Art institute of Chicago, Jack has lived throughout the US, where he has worked variously as an educator, community organizer, and disability advocate. Besides his studio sculpture and drawing practice, Jack is also an avid athlete and adventurer, hoping to help bring creativity, vision, and fun to the CFS summer program
Course: Learn the science behind solving crimes as we explore some of the tools and methods used in forensic science. Physical evidence left behind at a crime scene (such as fingerprints, hair, fibers, and DNA) can provide valuable evidence linking a suspect to a crime and telling the story of the crime. Through a variety of hands-on experiences including finger-printing, microscopy, gel electrophoresis, and fiber burn analysis, we will explore how crime scene investigators collect and evaluate evidence. With this expertise, students will complete the week by working together to solve a crime scenario, then collaborating in small groups to design their own crime scenario for the rest of the class to solve based on the evidence presented.
Instructor: John Bray teaches biology and physical science at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in Durham. He graduated from Appalachian State University with B.S. degrees in both Ecology and Biology Education. While at App State, John worked in a freshwater conservation ecology lab where he surveyed crayfish populations along the Blue Ridge Parkway and sequenced the DNA of freshwater mussels. After spending three summers at Camp Riverlea--as the tennis counselor for two years and the agriculture counselor for one--this will be John’s second year working at CFS.