Academic Summer Camps

Each summer, Chaminade High School offers high-school and middle-school students the opportunity to explore subjects that interest them through our Academic Camps.  These camps are designed to foster the interest of young people with real-life application in a fun, thought-provoking atmosphere.

Members of the Chaminade faculty serve as camp instructors.  Their experience, together with the use of Chaminade facilities such as the Dolan Family Science, Technology, and Research Center and Bloomberg Financial Lab, help young people keep their minds moving during the summer months.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about each camp, including pricing, times, and availability.

Our Camps

Bloomberg Financial

All students entering 7th-10th grade
Session 1: June 24-28 (Week 1)
Session 2: July 15-July 19 (Week 3)
8 a.m. - Noon
$375 per session

Our Business Camp will involve using the Bloomberg Software but will also cover the strategic management and planning sessions that go on in a boardroom each day.

This will be an innovative leadership-training programs for students in the marketplace as well as a business. Our camp will prepare students to be successful in a business environment and provides them with role models and resources to be successful. Our mission is to expose students to the business world through the Bloomberg Lab as well as projects that face the business world each day.

This will give students exposure to the world of finance through a stimulating and interactive program. Students will have a jump start on the education that is leading the new generation.

Session 1 and Session 2 are the same.

History

Young men entering 7th-10th grade
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$475 per session

Session 1 – Military Turning Points: June 24-28 (Week 1)

The Chaminade Social Studies Department offers young men who are entering 7th - 10th grades the opportunity to explore the major turning points in American military history. We will investigate the major turning point in each war from the French and Indian War to Desert Storm. Field trips will include West Point and the Nassau County Cradle of Aviation. Bro. Lawrence Syriac, S.M., who has taught history for 57 years, will be in charge.

Session 2 – American Presidents: July 15-19 (Week 3)
The Chaminade Social Studies Department offers young men who are entering 7th - 10th grades the opportunity to explore eight important Presidents, their foreign policy and their domestic programs. In addition to the Mount Rushmore Presidents, we will investigate four more. Field trips include Sagamore Hill and Hyde Park. Bro. Lawrence Syriac, S.M., who has taught history for 57 years, will be in charge.

Science

All students entering 6th-9th grade
June 24-28 (Week 1)
8 a.m. - Noon
$375 per session

The Chaminade Science Department is excited to offer an opportunity for young men and women entering 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades to develop their interest and further their understanding of modern scientific theories and practices. Each day, students will be presented with hands-on activities in the four main high-school sciences (earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics) along with many other scientific topics. Our daily team Jeopardy game offers students a chance to make new friends and showcase their newly discovered knowledge of science! The week of activities culminates with a Field Day on Chaminade's Thomas Field. Our camp's mission is to offer a fun and exciting way for young men and women to develop confidence and interest in the sciences prior to entering high school science classes.

College Essays

*All sessions are currently filled. Please register for the waiting list below.  We are in the process of opening more college essay workshop sessions.  An email will be sent to all parents of the Class of 2020 once the new sessions are open. Thank you for your patience. We will make every possible accommodation for Chaminade students.

All students entering 12th grade
$400 per session
Session 1: June 24-27, 4:30-9:30 p.m. (Week 1)
Session 2: July 8-11, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Week 2)
Session 3: July 8-11, 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Week 2)
Session 4: July 15-18, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Week 3)
Session 5: July 15-18, 4:30 -9:30 p.m. (Week 3)
Session 6: July 22-25, 4:30-9:30 p.m. (Week 4)
Session 7: July 29-Aug. 1, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Week 5)
Session 8: Aug. 5-8, 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Week 6)
Session 9: June 24-27, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Week 1)

The College Essay Workshops offer rising seniors the opportunity to craft their college-application personal statements well in advance of application deadlines. The instructors, Chaminade's College Placement Team have years of experience helping students find the most compelling voice and story for their college essay.

Robotics

All students entering 6th-9th grade
8 a.m. - Noon
$375 per session

Session 1: July 29-Aug. 2 (Week 5)
The first level of robotics quickly introduces the topics of coding, circuits and engineering. The basics of circuit electricity is combined with the Arduino micro-controller to create electronic devices. LED's, buzzers, motors and more are used engineer solutions to problems in the real world. No prior coding experience is needed to begin learning how to develop code to meet your needs. 

Session 2: Aug. 5-9 (Week 6)
The second level of the Arduino course looks to expand on the foundations and principles developed in the first level. Campers will look to build more advanced electrical circuits and fine tune their coding skills. The campers will have more freedom to customize their inventions and projects in their own vision. The goal is to create independent coders and engineers who can take these skills with them to their next experience. Though participation in the first session is recommended, it is not necessary for participation in the second session.

Biotechnology

All students entering 9th-11th grade
$400 per session

Session 1 – July 22-26, 8 a.m. - Noon (Week 5)
Shopping in the grocery store, your favorite cereal bears the label “Non-GMO.” Your corn is not genetically modified? What does that mean? What is genetics?  DNA is a complex macromolecule that is responsible for providing the template for life as we know it. In laboratories throughout the world, scientists are studying DNA and utilizing DNA to study drugs and diseases, genetic illnesses, and even other organisms. In the Chaminade Science Biotechnology Workshop Session 1, we will focus on various professional DNA techniques to utilize and understand DNA such as DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and enzymatic digest (just to name a few!). Attendees will learn about topics in genetics such as personalized genomic medicine and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and will put together a small project throughout the week.

Session 2 – July 22-26, 1-5 p.m. (Week 5)
A barcode is utilized to label something and then easily identify it. When you go to buy something in a store, the label is scanned and the cashier easily knows which item it is and how much it costs. Scientifically, taxonomists can utilize pictures and complex guides in order to properly identify the species of an organism. This is a time-consuming and specialized task. Since DNA is individualized to each organism, we can utilize DNA as a barcode to determine the species of an organism. 

Chaminade Science Biotechnology Workshop 2 will focus on teaching attendees on how to DNA barcode: collecting real samples from the environment, extracting the DNA, utilizing PCR, and looking at the DNA sequence to identify the species of our samples. Students will learn a wide range of applicable biochemistry techniques commonly utilized in professional laboratories— all within the course of two weeks! At the end of the two weeks, students will gain a deeper understanding of DNA and also of the techniques used to study DNA. Understanding the types of species that live on Long Island gives us an understanding of how our own ecosystem may be changing. 

Chaminade Science Biotechnology Workshop 2 is a stand-alone workshop and not dependent on Workshops 1 and 2. There may be some overlap in material for Workshop 1 with the information/techniques in Workshop 2.

Session 3 – July 29-Aug. 2, 8 a.m. - Noon (Week 6)
We all know that there is protein in food, but did you know that there are proteins in your entire body? Proteins are one of the major macromolecules in our bodies. DNA provides the template for the formation of proteins that are responsible for the main actions and pieces of life. Without proteins we would not even have cells! Being able to monitor protein activity is a sophisticated scientific technique that enables scientists to study the effects of drugs on our bodies, as well as how parts of our bodies, such as our eyes, are able to function. In the Chaminade Science Biotechnology Workshop Session 3, we will focus on the connections between DNA and proteins, making proteins in the lab, and using techniques to study protein activity. Attendees will learn more about proteins, connections with DNA, and put together a small project on protein activity throughout the week.

While Workshops 1 and 3 are related, they can be completed separately. If you are not able to do both, each workshop will provide an in-depth experience in DNA (Workshop 1) or proteins (Workshop 3). Attendees in Workshop 1 will have a complementary experience if they continue into Workshop 3. Their projects from Workshop 1 can be used as a subset or template for their projects in Workshop 3.

Computer Science

All students entering 6th-9th grade
8 a.m. - Noon
$375 per session

Session 1: July 8-12 (Week 2)

Housed in Chaminade’s new state-of-the-art Dolan Family Science Technology and Research Center, the camp is designed for middle school students who have an interest but no background in programming. The course serves as a primer for this increasingly important field. Students will spend the week working on small projects using Sphero robots and Apple’s Swift coding language. They will complete challenges while developing logical reasoning skills and learning the language of programming.

Session 2: July 15-19 (Week 3)
Designed for middle school students who have completed our Computer Science Camp 1, the course serves as an extension of the skills previously learned. Students will spend the week enhancing their understanding and ability with Apple’s Swift coding language on both the iPad and Mac. They will utilize their skills to develop basic programs and solve novel problems.

Video Production

All students entering 7th-10th grade
Session 1: July 29-Aug. 2 (Week 5)
Session 2: Aug. 5-9 (Week 6)
8 a.m. - Noon
$375 per session

The Element Film team, Chaminade's award-winning film making club, is excited to offer an opportunity for young men and women to experience modern film making. Each week students will develop skills in script writing, filming, editing, storyboarding, lighting, etc. Students will use our DSLR cameras and 4K editing suite to produce their own short film. No experience necessary! Session 1 will focus on the basics of film making, while Session 2 will advance on these skills. Students can sign up for one or both weeks. We welcome boys and girls entering 7th-10th grade, of all different experience levels, a chance to make new friends while creating a short film. Each week of activities culminates with a film screening in Chaminade's Hearst Auditorium. Our camp's mission is to offer a fun and exciting way for young men and women to develop their interest and skill in modern film making!

Sports Broadcasting

All students entering 7th-10th grade
July 22-26 (Week 4)
8 a.m. - Noon

Chaminade's Sports Broadcasting Camp gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of sports broadcasting. From play-by-play and color commentary to anchoring a sports news program or hosting a sports radio call-in show, all aspects of sports broadcasting will be covered at this camp. Several professional broadcasters, from both the local and national levels, will give presentations at the camp and allow campers to receive feedback as their broadcasting skills develop.  The camp will be coordinated by Mr. Patrick Reichart, who has spent several years in sports broadcasting and won two New York State Broadcasters Association awards for production.

Introduction to High School Reading

Chaminade students entering 9th grade

This summer, Chaminade High School will host a reading program designed to restore the joy of reading for our students.  Meeting once a week for four consecutive weeks, students will read, discuss, and search for meaning in a variety of engaging texts.  In this relaxed, thoroughly non-academic setting, students will be asked to consider the value of the selected texts in relation to their lives while sharing in guided discussions with their peers and an instructor from the Chaminade High School faculty. At the program's conclusion, students will be given an introduction to the summer reading assignments.

The reading program takes place on four consecutive Tuesdays in the summer: July 16, July 23, July 30, and Aug. 6.

  • Students can participate in either the morning session or the afternoon session. The sessions are the same.
  • The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to noon
  • The afternoon session runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Please note that this program is only for Chaminade students from the class of 2023.

Speech and Debate

All students entering 7th-9th grade
July 8-12 (Week 2)
8 a.m. - Noon
$375

The Chaminade Debate Camp offers students the opportunity to learn the art of debate. Students will learn how to analyze a topic, how to research material, how to formulate arguments, how to structure a speech, how to conduct a cross examination, and how to clash with an opponent's case. The week will end with students competing in a debate tournament. The camp will be run by Chaminade debate coaches and by some of Chaminade's nationally-recognized debaters.

Medical Profession Seminar

Open to Chaminade students and alumni from the classes of 2017-2020
July 8-12
9 a.m. - Noon
$275

A valuable seminar for anyone interested in the medical/health professions, this week-long seminar, students will understand the process of applying and preparing for medical school, and learn about the professional life of a physician. Professional physicians will review various medical specialties and discuss medical finances and ethics. There will be hands-on medical procedures performed as well as mock doctor/patient interviews.

“Science Camp is a place where I was able to let my love for science run free.”
rob gallego
“The Essay Writing Camp helped me organize my thoughts in a way that pushed my writing potential way above where I thought it could go.”
BRIAN ST. PIERRE
“History Camp was one of my best experiences.  If you are looking at camps for the summer, I would definitely recommend them.  You will not be disappointed.”
Max Leston
“The radio show was my favorite part of Sports Broadcasting Camp.  I got to speak with Tim Bontemps, an NBA writer for the New York Post, and we discussed various players and their statistics.  It was a really great experience because I was new to sports broadcasting.”
Nick Aubrey