Specialty Camps

WHAT
Specialty Camps allow campers to pursue their passions more deeply. These theme-based camps are all led by fabulous instructors who also share the specific passion.
 
WHEN
Each week we offer morning Specialty Camps (9:00 am-12:00 pm) and afternoon Specialty Camps (1:00-4:00 pm). Most morning camps are offered for campers entering Grades 1-3 and most afternoon camps are offered for campers entering Grades 4-8. This schedule allows campers who are also attending Camp Wright to attend swim sessions. Most Specialty Camps run for one week, Monday-Friday (exception for the July 4 week). A few Specialty Camps run all day or for more than a week.
 
HOW MUCH?
Specialty Camps are all priced differently. Typically, they cost between $200-$400. Some camps may be more expensive because of supply fees. If you purchase either a morning or afternoon Specialty Camp, you can add Camp Wright for only $99. By making this wise investment, your child receives nearly all that Camp Wright provides.
 

CODING & MAKING CAMPS

Code Make Dream is a specialized summer experience offered by Annie Wright Schools. We use our longstanding expertise in teaching, learning, and igniting passions to cultivate interest and skill in the world of digital making, where we offer hands-on experiences in all areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Our faculty and staff are passionate about helping every learner in our camps to accelerate interest and skill, and we especially love developing creative challenges that spark new ideas and creative approaches to the world.
 
Coding with Kids is a computer programming academy for grades K-12. The programs advance young coders from the very beginnings all the way to the mastery of computer science and software development. No boring theory lectures! We teach kids computer programming concepts through projects, whether it is through Scratch games, website development, mobile application development or scientific computation projects. The fundamentals and theory are brought in to teach the student how to build the project correctly, but are not taught in isolation.

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  • 3D Print Things That Fly

    Grades 4-6 | July 10-14, afternoons | $300
    Description: Let your 3D printing skills soar. This half-day camp will guide makers through the process of developing, prototyping, and testing 3D designs meant to launch, loft, and glide. Teams will draft and print out airplane frames, making iterating the designs to achieve maximum distance. During the second half of the week, campers will develop water rockets to see just how straight and high they can loft them into the atmosphere. This is the perfect opportunity for campers who have some experience with 3D printing but want to take their skills to the next level by designing with physics and engineering in mind. 
  • 3D Prints that Float and Dive

    Grades: 2-3 | August 7-11, mornings | $300
    Take those 3D printing skills to the next level. This half-day camp is for young makers who have some experience with 3D printing. We’ll take on team 3D printing challenges as we design, test, and iterate the buoyancy and speed of small 3D vessels. We will also test best designs for submarines, as well. Any camper interested in engineering, physics, or general swashbuckling will love this hands on experience. For those who are new to 3D printing, we recommend taking “Adventures in 3D Printing” before taking on this intermediate course. 
  • Animatronics

    Grades 2-3 | July 17-21, mornings | $300
    This camp introduces young coders and creatives to the world of constructing and creating exotic creatures and mysterious beasts. We’ll advance our abilities using the block-based computer programming language Scratch while coding the movements and sounds of robotic animals that we construct in the world! Some of our more experienced scientists may also learn about motion and sound sensors, as well. This camp is for the serious computer scientist and the creative artist alike. At the end of the week, parents will be invited in to witness the entire menagerie of robotic creatures. Coders who have taken “The Animator’s Studio” will feel most prepared to do well in this camp. 
  • Arduino for Beginners

    Grades 6-8 | July 31-August 4, afternoons | $300
    Arduino is the platform of choice for makers looking to create customized devices and small, motorized inventions. This half-day camp will introduce coders and makers to the world of motors, sensors, and LED lights as we mix and match various components and create customized code to make them move. While some experience with programming is helpful, this course is open to anyone interested in the world of inventing with electronics.
  • Coding Bootcamp

    Grades 4-8 | June 19-30, afternoons | $300
    Here’s a chance to launch a summer of code. This half day camp will introduce, refresh, and extend a camper’s ability to code in the JavaScript programming language. Campers will split their time undertaking team challenges and experiencing individualized coding tutorials that will build knowledge and skill. This camp will suit a range of experience levels, and will teach invaluable problem solving and collaboration skills, as well. Each camper will finish the session with stronger coding skills and with a toolkit of resources to continue learning independently, as well.
  • Coding for Pythonistas

    Grades: 4-8 | July 10-14, afternoons | $300
    Do you already have some experience with programming languages like Scratch or JavaScript? Interested in learning one of the most versatile programming languages around? This camp will focus on building your abilities to code in Python, one of the easiest object oriented programming languages to learn. We will create games and take on team challenges. Towards the end of the week, we will also dabble in using our newfound Python skills to make Minecraft Mods. While beginning coders are welcome into this camp, some experience with Python or other languages will be helpful for a comfortable transition into becoming a Pythonista.
  • Coding Games: The Next Level

    Grades 4-8 | July 17-21, afternoons | $300
    Take your coding skills to the next level and learn how game developers do their work. This camp will help intermediate programmers learn how to make small video games that they can share with family and friends. We will even form teams to experiment with programming games for the real world, using microprocessors, sensors and lights to dream up options like our own version of Skee Ball or perhaps even LED chess. This camp is ideal for intermediate programmers who would like to advance their computational and creative abilities. Previous experience programming in any language will be beneficial to this course. For campers with no experience, we recommend taking “Coding Bootcamp” first.
     
  • Coding Scratch: Spy Camp

    Grades 2-3 | July 24-28, mornings | $300
    Here’s the perfect camp for any spy-in-training who feels like the need to learn more computer science in order to make that next career move. This half-day camp will teach any young spy how to program traps, detect movements, set alarms, and deploy rolling drones. We’ll build upon our knowledge of Scratch and dive into the world of creative robots to learn those crucial skills of being a secret agent. Beginning spies are welcome. We recommend taking a Code Make Dream camp in Animation or Animatronics before taking this step.
  • Coding Scratch: The Animator’s Studio

    Grades 2-3 | June 19-23, mornings | $275
    This camp is perfect for any coder looking to learn Scratch, the block based programming language developed at MIT. This half-day camp provide opportunities to make multimedia animations and computer games, all while setting a perfect foundation for learning computer programming and computational thinking. Aside from working on computers to develop our creative, computer science skills, we’ll also spend time storyboarding animation ideas and playing games that reinforce the skills and concepts related to coding.
  • Controlling Microcomputers: An Introduction to Raspberry Pi

    Grades 6-8 | July 3-7, afternoons (no July 4) | $350
    Curious about what makes computers work? This half-day camp will introduce makers and computer programmers to the world of Raspberry Pi. For four years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has taken the computer science world by storm, offering programmers a low cost platform for learning and developing computers and devices. Learn how a Linux operating system powered by Scratch and Python can take your computer skills to the next level. At the end of the camp, campers will walk away with small Raspberry Pi kits (without keyboard and monitor) that they can then plug into their televisions at home and continue learning and playing with the array of inventions, games, and opportunities the Pi presents. Some experience with Python or Scratch is helpful for this intermediate level experience.
  • Fashion Hackers

    Grades 6-8 | August 7-11, afternoons, $350
    Description: Have you always wished that your hoodie would light up with every step you took? Here’s your chance to dress with panache! This half-day camp will walk campers through the steps of sewing electronics into their clothes using the Arduino Gemma platform. Campers should bring hooded sweatshirts of their choice to this session; everyone will walk away not only with their own Arduino Gemma kit that has been integrated into a piece of their wardrobe! This camp will provide hands-on learning experiences for anyone interested in fashion, electronics, and coding. The prerequisite for this camp is “Introduction to Arduino” or another experience that has given the student some experience coding and making with the platform we will use.
  • Game Development with Scratch

    Grades 2-3 | July 3-7, mornings (no July 4) | $300
    This weeklong camp introduces young coders and creatives to the world of constructing and creating exotic creatures and mysterious beasts. We’ll advance our abilities using the block-based computer programming language Scratch while coding the movements and sounds of robotic animals that we construct in the world! Some of our more experienced scientists may also learn about motion and sound sensors, as well. This camp is for the serious computer scientist and the creative artist alike. At the end of the week, parents will be invited in to witness the entire menagerie of robotic creatures. Coders who have taken “The Animators Studio” will feel most prepared to do well in this camp.
  • Game Development-Intermediate/Advanced (Coding with Kids)

    Ages 4-8 | weeks 1-9, mornings | $275 per week
    This camp is for coders who are ready to take their game development skills up to the next level. Instructors serve as guides and coaches to small groups of campers as they build more complex games of their own design. Games can feature concepts as advanced as AI (Artificial Intelligence) or game physics and can include multi-level and multi-player functionality. After the camp has ended, campers will be able to share projects with family and friends and continue programming at home using their Coding with Kids Scratch account.
  • Inventor’s Workshop: 3D Designs That’ll Blow Your Mind

    Grades 4-8 | July 24-28, afternoons | $300
    3D printers give everyone a chance to make inventions that change the world. This half-day camp will show campers how to use the design cycle to find and solve real life problems. Our search for problems may lead us to prototype a new smartphone case or create new, inventive jewelry. No matter what problem we choose to solve, we use our 3D printing skills to design, prototype, and test our solutions. This is perfect for the artist, engineer, or inventor who wants to make an impact on the world! We recommend taking “Adventures in 3D Printing” before taking on this intermediate course.
  • Inventor’s Workshop: Experiments in Arduino

    Grades 6-8 | August 14-18, afternoons | $300
    Microprocessors give everyone a chance to make inventions that change the world. This half-day camp will show campers how to use the design cycle to find and solve real life problems. Depending on what we find, we might build automatic fish feeders or even food delivery systems. No matter what problem we choose to solve, we use our coding, building and problem solving skills to prototype, and test our ideas for how to make impact in the world. This is perfect for the artist, engineer, or generalist inventor who wants a fun challenge this summer. We recommend taking “Introduction to Arduino” before taking on this intermediate course.
  • Inventors Workshop for 3D Printing

    Grades 2-3, August 14-18, mornings | $300
    3D printers give everyone a chance to make inventions that change the world. This half-day camp will show campers how to use the design cycle to find and solve real life problems. Our search for problems may lead us to make shells for the 21st Century hermit crab, or we may find ourselves wondering how to reinvent the pencil case. No matter what problem we choose to solve, we use our 3D printing skills to design, prototype, and test our solutions. This is perfect for the artist, engineer, or generalist inventor who wants to make an impact on the world! We recommend taking “Adventures in 3D Printing” before taking on this intermediate course.
     
  • LEGO Robotics for Mindstorms

    Grades 4-7 | June 26-30, afternoons | $240
    Want to build a robot? Program a robot? Lego Mindstorms is the perfect introduction. This summer camp session will cater for all levels of Lego Mindstorms builders. Beginners will be introduced to the basics and work with Mr. Parrott. Intermediates and experts will work independently and will set each other challenges that they will have to research and problem solve. With 6x NXT units and 2x EV3 units, the maximum number of makers on this camp session is 16. Teacher Bio: Steve is a 4th Grade teacher at Annie Wright Schools who has been working with kids for almost 25 years. He hails from London, England but now lives in Tacoma with his wonderful family. Steve has a background developing and coordinating Science curriculums around the world and will be using his skills and knowledge to stretch each participant's understanding of the chemistry and physics involved in this camp session. More importantly, from a kids perspective, having fun is central to Steve's teaching style and he will be infusing this camp session with plenty of memorable moments.
  • LEGO Robotics: The Great Race

    Grades: 1-4 | July 10-14, mornings | $300
    Take your robotics skills to the next level with the LEGO WeDo 2.0 system. This camp is perfect for those programmers who have some experience with the WeDo. We will learn increasingly complex robotics builds and maneuvers, and we will also include an added twist: developing robots that can navigate the twists, turns, and obstacles on a race track. This class will continue to encourage science exploration and programming skills, and it will also help ignite a passion for the world of computer science.
  • LEGO WeDo2.0 Robotics

    Grades 1-4 | June 26-30, mornings | $300
    The New LEGO WEDO 2.0 system provides an exciting introductory experience into the world of Robotics! Students in this half day camp will use the new WeDo 2.0 kits to design, build, and program their way to completing challenges. This class encourages science exploration and experimentation, and ignites students’ curiosity, while enhancing their skills in science, engineering, technology, and coding. Teacher Bio: Angela Heath is the Educational Technology Director at Annie Wright Schools. Mrs. Heath has spent over 15 years helping students and teachers discover exciting ways to authentically integrate technology into the curriculum.
  • Little Coders (Coding with Kids)

    Grades K-2 (Ages 5-7) | Weeks 1-9, afternoons | $275 per week
    Little Coders camp is an opportunity for young children to develop their computational thinking skills, build their first programs, and have fun with new friends! The curriculum is designed specifically for early readers and takes into account cognitive abilities as well as attention span typical for ages 5-7. Students are introduced to basic coding concepts in a variety of ways, from playing coding board games like Robot Turtles to programming their first games or interactive stories. We will use age appropriate online tools, including code.org, Lightbot, Kodable or Scratch. After the camp, students will be able to share their projects with family and friends and continue programming at home with their Coding with Kids Scratch account.
  • Little Robotics

    Grades K-2 | June 19-23, mornings | $250
    Welcome to Little Robotics! If your child likes to play with LEGOS, then they will love this unique exploration of LEGO’s WeDo program. This first step into the field of robotics will show campers how to construct and move their Lego robots. We will learn crucial collaborative and technical skills that are important for any young roboticist. This camp is designed to spark interest through experimentation and exploration. Teacher Bio: Matt Brooke has been teaching Robotics to elementary school students at Annie Wright School for several years and loves to share his passion for building, making, and coding. As a physical education teacher at Annie Wright, he also knows how to balance focused, intent programming and building with kinesthetic activity to maximize fun and learning in the classroom. 
  • MineCraft Modding (Coding with Kids)

    Ages 8-15 | Weeks 1-7 and Week 9, afternoons or Week 4, mornings | $299
    This camp is the perfect choice for all Minecraft players! Building Minecraft mods is a great way to learn programming, encourage creativity and enhance problem solving skills.  Each camper will be given access to their private Minecraft server where they can customize the game with their own world maps and game features. Students will be coding mods to create new tools, items, environments, non-playable characters, and more! Campers with previous coding experience will be able to create their own skin packs or even make multiplayer battle arenas. Novice coders will be using a simple drag-and-drop coding environment, while experienced coders will be coding directly in Java. All campers will be able to accomplish exciting results and create cool Minecraft features that will impress their friends! *Camp tuition includes a 3-week subscription (week of camp + 2) to a premium Minecraft modding development environment with access to a private server. You may choose to extend the subscription by signing up on a monthly basis afterwards.
  • Minecraft Mods & More

    Grades 4-8 | August 7-11, afternoons | $300
    Description: Learn to program your favorite game! Minecraft creates such a great space to blend passions for gaming with learning to code. Campers will learn how to quickly make blocks and build massive structures with a few quick key strokes in Python. This camp will split its time alternating between team challenges such as Minecraft Capture the Flag to individual build projects that campers themselves can dream up and make real. We recommend some experience coding in Python for this camp. Code Make Dream’s “Coding for Pythonistas” will offer the ideal preparation for “Minecraft Mods.”

BABYSITTING COURSES

Have you been asking to stay home alone? Do you want to babysit? Have you completed 5th grade? Then maybe it’s time for Safe Sitter®.
What is Safe Sitter®?
Safe Sitter® teaches life and business skills to young teens in grades 6-8, so that they know how to be prepared, be responsible, and be considerate, whether they are babysitting or doing odd jobs for family, friends, or neighbors. You’ll have fun. You’ll learn a lot. And at the end of the day, you can proudly say, “I am a Safe Sitter®!” Safe Sitter aims to provide a variety of skills to kids in the areas of safety, first aid, child care, and basic business skills. More specifically, Safe Sitter gives young teens the skills they need to care for themselves and younger children.

Safe Sitter at Camp Wright
Annie Wright Schools is proud to offer three levels of Safe Sitter® classes, and campers can still enjoy all that Camp Wright has to offer, but end the week as a certified babysitter. Safe Sitter® classes are offered as an add-on to regular Day Camp fun, or can be taken separately.

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  • Safe Sitter® Essentials (with CPR)

    June 18, July 15, July 22, July 25, August 5 or August 19, 9:00 am-4:30pm
    $75 (a reduced rate will be offered to those attending weekly camp)

    Essentials with CPR is a 6 ½ hour course that covers all of the course content in Safe Sitter® Essentials, with an additional hour of CPR instruction and manikin practice. This course can be taken as it’s own camp, or can be integrated into your camper’s Day Camp or CIT experience. Regardless of which option you choose, your teen will end the week with a Safe Sitter® Certification and new skills to better prepare them for their future.
     
  • Safe Sitter® Essentials (without CPR)

    June 18, 9:00 am-3:30 pm
    $65 (a reduced rate will be offered to those attending weekly camp)

    Essentials is a 5 ½ hour course that covers all four areas of the curriculum: Safety Skills, Child Care Skills, First Aid & Rescue Skills, and Life & Business Skills. This course can be taken as its own camp, or can be integrated into your camper’s Day Camp or CIT experience. Regardless of which option you choose, your teen will end the week with a Safe Sitter® Certification and new skills to better prepare them for their future.
  • Safe Sitter® Expanded

    June 22-23, June 29-30, July 6-7, July 13-14, or August 17-18 8:30am-3:00 pm both days
    $85 (a reduced rate will be offered to those attending weekly camp)

    Safe Sitter® Expanded is an 11 hour course spread out over two days that includes all of the course content in Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR, with additional instruction in skills like online safety and behavior management, choking rescue skills, and toddler/preschooler care. This course is perfect for teens that want a well-rounded learning experience and who want to practice their skills in a real environment. This course can be taken as it’s own camp, or can be integrated into your camper’s Day Camp or CIT experience. Regardless of which option you choose, your teen will end the week with a Safe Sitter® Certification and new skills to better prepare them for their future.

MORE SPECIALTY CAMPS

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  • ADVENTURES IN DRAMA

    Adventures in Drama!
    Session: Week Four, Morning
    Grades: 1-4
    Price per Camper: $200

    In this beginning acting class, campers will enter the world of theatre and make-believe through the use of theatre games, improvisation for the stage, storytelling, music, and mime.  Children will discover the role of costumes in developing characters and the class will be involved in the dramatization of a story that will culminate in a performance for family and friends.  Actors will learn valuable skills such as how to use their voices and their bodies to communicate characters and to communicate in a group setting. This camp is designed to free the imagination and to bring forth the creative spirit in a safe and supportive environment. Join us!!!

    Teacher Bio: Linda Johnson comes to Camp Wright with an extensive background in arts education.She holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition. Linda has taught music and drama at St. Charles Borromeo School in Tacoma for the past twenty-eight years where she produced numerous productions including
    Annie, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.  In addition to her work as an educator, Linda directs the choir program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. St. Luke’s is a thriving North End church known for its strong emphasis on vocal and musical training through the Royal School of Church Music curriculum for grades pre-k through 8th grade.
     
  • AFRICAN SAFARI

    African Safari
    June 26 - June 30, Morning
    Grades: 5-8 
    Price per camper: $270

    Did you know that “safari” means “trip” or “journey” in KiSwahili?  During this camp, students will learn about Africa through experiencing the culture and traditions of East Africa.  We will learn songs and dances, as well as cook authentic East African food and chai, and even learn several words and phrases in Swahili.  This is a highly interactive and incredibly fun week of experiencing another culture that will culminate with an all-day field trip to the African Savannah at the Woodland Park Zoo.   

    Teacher Bio: Heather Clauson is a middle school teacher at Annie Wright Schools and spent four years living and teaching in Tanzania, East Africa.  She lived in a small, Swahili speaking village among the Maasai tribe. Heather grew up in Washington State and earned her undergraduate degrees from Trinity Lutheran College, her MA from Pacific Lutheran University, and her Doctorate in Education from Seattle Pacific University. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, reading, and playing with her children.  
  • AMERICAN GIRL®

    American Girl Doll & Other 18-inch doll Camp
    Session: Week Seven, Morning
    Grades: 1-6
    Price per Camper: $300

    Is your doll looking for something to do this summer? How about bringing her to doll camp? We will have lots of fun for both dolls and girls…with crafts to make doll accessories, doll hair-dos, games, stories, parties, cake decorating, and snacks including mini-food for your doll.

    Teacher Bio: Jennifer Bills and Angela Heath are both faculty members at Annie Wright Day School and both have previously taught 3rd grade. Ms. Bills is a learning specialist and the Primary Years Program curriculum coordinator. Ms. Heath is the Educational Technology Director. They have been running this camp for many years and love it!
     
  • ANNIMON CAMP!

    Annimon Camp!
    Session: Week Five, Afternoon
    Grades: 5-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    Campers will spend the week designing their own monsters, hide their creations around campus, catching rare monsters and fight them for fun and prizes. Games and art together for a week of creative activity. It isn't Pokemon, it's Annimon!

    Teacher Bio: James Stowe is a professional illustrator and cartoonist with over 25 years of experience. He is currently the writer and artist of his own regular webcomic, Sidekick Quests, and he also co-founded Tacoma's own local cartooning society, The Cartoonists’ League of Absurd Washingtonian.
  • CAMP BOOK 101

    Camp Book 101
    Session: Week Nine Afternoon
    Grades: 6-8
    Price per Camper: $200
    Max # of Campers: 10
    Learn the ins and outs of creating a yearbook from concept to execution to product. Kids will learn layout design, digital photography, copy writing, and interview skills. Participants will create a book that chronicles the entire Summer @ Annie Wright 2017 experience. Join Yearbook Adviser veteran Emily Weston for a fun and rewarding week!

    Teacher Bio: Emily Weston is an Upper School Math and All-School Yearbook Adviser at Annie Wright Schools. She has always enjoyed design and print media, and was a high school yerd (‘yearbook nerd’).  Emily grew up in Los Angeles and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado – Boulder where she studied both Mathematics and Advertising. Upon graduating, she moved to Tacoma where she later earned her MA in Education from Pacific Lutheran University and has been teaching at Annie Wright Schools ever since.
     
  • CAMP CUPCAKE

    Camp Cupcake
    Sessions: Week Two, Morning and Afternoon
    Grades: 1-4, 5-8
    Price per Camper: $300

    While in CaMp CuPcAkE, bakers will explore baking and decorating cupcakes. They'll learn how to bake various recipes/flavors from scratch, learn the top-secret baking tricks to make store bought mix taste like bakery cakes and practice numerous frosting techniques. The best part? We can’t let all our baked goods go to waste, so not only will we taste-test, but we will share with loved ones! Of course, bakers have to practice measuring and using basic math skills as well as let their creative geniuses flow! Campers get to use art skills to design a cupcake to make at the end of the week! Together we’ll have tons of fun and learn a lot!  

    Teacher Bio: Hello, Adrienne Ottum here and I’m your Cupcake Queen for CaMp CuPcAkE! Other than teaching Preschool, Ms. Ottum’s hobbies include baking cakes and cupcakes for family, friends and events. She’s made everything from a coconut creme pie cupcake (completely from scratch) to a Dr. Seuss baby shower cake complete with edible spray paint! Let’s learn together and have tons of fun!
  • CARTOONING

    Cartooning for Beginners
    Sessions: Week Five and Six, Morning
    Grades: 2-4
    Price per Camper: $150

    Younger campers learn how to draw using simple shapes and techniques. Children learn basic drawing skills in sessions designed to be fun and informative. If you have a child that loves to draw this is the camp for them.

    Teacher Bio: James Stowe is a professional illustrator and cartoonist with over 25 years of experience. He is currently the writer and artist of his own regular webcomic, Sidekick Quests, and he also co-founded Tacoma's own local cartooning society, The Cartoonists’ League of Absurd Washingtonian.
  • COMICS CAMP

    Comics Camp
    Sessions: Week Six Afternoon
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    Have a child who likes to tell stories, draw or loves webcomics? Your student will learn how to create comics. They will learn skills like character designs, scripting, comic drawing, comic coloring and an introduction to digital art programs. By the end of the program, each student will have their own finished comic strip to take home and will have their strip featured on the Sidekick Quests webcomic site!

    Teacher Bio: James Stowe is a professional illustrator and cartoonist with over 25 years of experience. He is currently the writer and artist of his own regular webcomic, Sidekick Quests, and he also co-founded Tacoma's own local cartooning society, The Cartoonists’ League of Absurd Washingtonians.
  • COOKING AROUND THE WORLD

    Cooking Around the World
    Sessions: Week One, Week Five, Week Seven, Afternoon
    Grades: 6-9
    Price per Camper: $300

    Learning to cook is an essential life skill – and learning to cook well is a gift we can give our kids – one that will sustain them and satisfy them throughout their lives.  In this camp, we’ll learn cooking basics (cutting, measuring, reading and understanding a recipe, preparing for success) and then we’ll explore – and EAT – the cuisines of France, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and India.  Get ready to learn a lot and eat a lot of good food.

    Teacher Bio: Shelli Strate has taught Language and Literature to students in grades 6-12 since 1995.  The past three years have been spent teaching 6th and 8th grade at Annie Wright.  Her love of cooking was inspired by her Grandma Busha and was cultivated by Food Network (specifically Mario Batali and Bobby Flay).  She believes in both the health benefits and the joy of cooking for and with her family, and she’d love to share that love with your kids.  
  • COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING/LEADERSHIP CAMP

    CIT/Leadership Camp
    Sessions: Options Each Week, All Day
    Junior CITs: Grade 5-6
    CITs: Grades 7-9
    $215.00 Weekly

    The Counselor-in-Training Program at Camp Wright is designed to offer qualified young people an opportunity to prepare for positions as camp counselors and volunteer leaders. Emphasis is placed upon developing leadership skills, sensitivity to children, and life skills. Graduation from the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program can lead to a volunteer position with Camp Wright once your student is old enough (13-15 years old). If your student will be 13 years old this summer, a minimum 4 weeks of the CIT Program is required unless Program Director Tiffany Shaw grants early graduation. If your student will not be 13 this summer, the 9 week CIT course is available. Students who do the CIT Program are also welcome to participate in other Camp Wright speciality camps that explore their passions. Following successful completion of the CIT Program, students will have an expert level of skills and will be able to apply for a volunteer counselor position next summer, for which they can earn volunteer hours. The CIT Program is a fun time spent at summer camp but with the added aspects of leadership training and goal setting in order to become a positive role model in any community they join. Some opportunities included in the CIT Program are an internship in all aspects of an assistant counselor’s job at Camp Wright; training sessions on basic child care; strengthening leadership and communication skills; involvement environmental stewardship and community service; and a CPR, First Aid, and Choke Rescue course necessary to become a Certified Babysitter through Safe Sitter®.  They are provided with trainings and workshops designed to give them the skills and knowledge necessary to work with youth at camp in the future as well as develop their own leadership styles. Each week of the CIT Program will be personalized to fit the needs, goals, and passions of your student. A positive attitude and pleasant disposition are critical attributes for this program. Please note that supervision of your student is provided from the hours of 7:30am to 5:30pm. Your student will need to bring a daily lunch, and two snacks will be provided by Camp Wright each day.

    I welcome any questions you may have about this exciting opportunity! Email Tiffany Shaw here!
     
  • CRAFT CAMP

    Craft Camp
    Sessions: Week Two, Morning and Afternoon
    Grades: 1-3, 4-8
    Price per Camper: $350

    Craft camp, the perfect camp for students who like to create and make things with their hands and imaginations. This summer campers will get to try string art, water colors crayon canvas, working with clay, decoupage and beading just to name a few.

    Teacher Bio: Raven has been working with the youth for over 10 years. She has has taught dance, modeling, acting and has lead many arts and crafts workshops in the past. She had her first arts and crafts camp at Annie Wright last summer. Raven has her BA in performance arts and has been working with the youth in arts ever since 2007.
     
  • CRITTERS & SCIENCE

    Critters and Science
    Session: Week One Morning
    Grades: K-5
    Price per Camper: $220

    Critters and Science will explore the amazing world of my critters in the Science Lab. The kids will hold (if they want to) walking sticks, turtles, freshwater frogs, Arrow the corn snake, and Annie the chameleon. Feedings will take place every day. Worm Art and Slug Art (yes… ART) will be created by their own worm. I also plan to buy a Madagascar hissing roach and several millipedes for the lab. And let’s not forget the Praying Mantis egg case. If they emerge, each participant will get several to take home for your garden. Should be fun and interesting!

    Teacher Bio: Join the fun with Robin Menke as the nature boy naturalist. He has been a science teacher for 33 years, the past 25 spent at Annie Wright. He has a Master's of Education from the University of Portland.
  • DANCE & CHEER CAMP

    Dance and Cheer Camp
    Sessions: Week Five, Morning and Afternoon
    Grades: 1-3, 4-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    In this high-energy camp, students will learn different styles of dance covering, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, cheer, Bollywood and salsa.  Great way to have a taste of many different styles. Will be learning choreographed routines that will be filmed for parents to see.

    Teacher Bios: Raven and Giselle have been performers for most of their lives. Raven has experience in acting, modeling, dancing, choreography, and cheer. She has modeled professionally and instructed kids in cheer and dance for over four years. It is Raven’s hope to motivate, inspire, and cultivate others’ passions for the arts whether as a model, dancer, or actor. Giselle has spent the past few years choreographing for schools in the PNW and teaching in Gig Harbor. A co-owner of Sound Movement Arts Center, Giselle has also lived in New York where she worked professionally with “New York Theatre Dance Ensemble” and “Broadway on Broadway” in addition to performing in numerous industrials with Broadway choreographers.
  • FASHION CAMP

    Fashion Camp
    Sessions: Week Seven Morning, Week Eight Afternoon
    Grades: 1-3, 4-8
    Price per Camper: $350

    Students in this camp will get to create and make their own clothing that they will get to wear in a fashion show put on for other campers and parents.  Campers will also learn how to walk the runway, photo posing and partake in a mini photoshoot.

    Teacher Bios: Raven and Giselle have been performers for most of their lives. Raven has experience in acting, modeling, dancing, choreography, and cheer. She has modeled professionally and instructed kids in cheer and dance for over four years. It is Raven’s hope to motivate, inspire, and cultivate others’ passions for the arts whether as a model, dancer, or actor. Giselle has spent the past few years choreographing for schools in the PNW and teaching in Gig Harbor. A co-owner of Sound Movement Arts Center, Giselle has also lived in New York where she worked professionally with “New York Theatre Dance Ensemble” and “Broadway on Broadway” in addition to performing in numerous industrials with Broadway choreographers.
  • HANDCHIMES FOR BEGINNERS

    Beginning Handchimes
    Sessions: Week Two, Week Four, Week Five Afternoon
    Grades: 5-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    This beginners course is designed for campers that have little to no music reading experience. Playing hand chimes is a challenging and exciting music activity where beginner, Intermediate, to advanced bell ringers learn to participate in a music performing ensemble. This camp will provide an introduction to the beautiful art of playing hand chimes, while also teaching campers to read music and be apart of a musical team.

    Teacher Bio: Linda Ponce has a Master's in Music and Education with 30 years of Creating & teaching Hand Bell/chime programs in schools.
  • HANDCHIMES (INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)

    Intermediate/Advanced Handchimes
    Sessions: Week Six, Week Seven, Week Eight, Week Nine
    Grades: 5-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    Playing hand chimes is a challenging and exciting music activity. Campers will learn to participate in a music performing ensemble. The beginning Hand chimes class would be a great way for your student to prepare for this class level, but is not required. These chimes are patterned after the piano keyboard. This camp will allow your student opportunities based on their skill level, while also teaching campers to read music and be a part of a musical team.


    Teacher Bio: Linda Ponce, who will be teaching the program has a Master's in Music and Education with 30 years of Creating & teaching Hand Bell/chime programs in schools.
  • HOOP DANCE: GET CENTERED

    Hoop Dance: Get Centered
    Session: Week Nine Afternoon
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $250

    Hoop dance is a Native American method for telling stories and weaving the magic of dance into our lives. Today the practice has exploded and is an international phenomenon. Hooping leads to a deeper connection to Self and self-expression, it stimulates creativity and empowers the hooper to find their own flow. Hoops are larger allowing for a slower reaction time as the hooper develops their coordination and body awareness with beginner "moves" and "grooves."

    Teacher Bio: Sara Corbishley is a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher currently pursuing her 500 hr certification through Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way. She is a certified in the "Art of Sound Healing" and works locally with yoga studios and wellness centers providing sound baths and crystal singing bowl sessions. She teaches yoga and mindfulness with a focus on cultivating the tools we need for a healthy, happy life in a simple, accessible way. Her teaching is heart forward and authentic. She is a professional (Hula) Hoop Dancer and has a deep love of the expressive flow arts working with both hoops and poi. This is Sara's second summer at Camp Wright and she is thrilled to be back.
  • I AM LIVING ART

    I am Living Art
    Session: Week Four Afternoon
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $350

    Creativity and art are powerful tools for self-exploration, self-confidence and FUN. Campers will work with a variety of mindful mediums. Projects include mind jars, mandalas, vision and soul collage, name art, affirmation art and abstract creation.  


    Teacher Bio: Sara Corbishley is a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher currently pursuing her 500 hr certification through Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way. She is a certified in the "Art of Sound Healing" and works locally with yoga studios and wellness centers providing sound baths and crystal singing bowl sessions. She teaches yoga and mindfulness with a focus on cultivating the tools we need for a healthy, happy life in a simple, accessible way. Her teaching is heart forward and authentic. She is a professional (Hula) Hoop Dancer and has a deep love of the expressive flow arts working with both hoops and poi. This is Sara's second summer at Camp Wright and she is thrilled to be back.
  • THE INSPIRED ARTIST FOR KIDS

    The Inspired Artist for Kids
    Sessions: Week Two, Week Seven, Morning
    Grades: K-3
    Price per Camper: $225

    Does your child enjoy art and working with a variety of art media? In this camp your child will read all about the masters such as Monet, Warhol, and O’Keefe and create works of art inspired by these great artists. Children will work with a variety of materials, learn handy techniques, and create works of art using watercolor, paper, and collage and by the end of the week they will have created frame worthy art they can be proud of. We will explore Pointillism using sandpaper, make Georgia O’Keefe inspired flowers using coffee filters and splatter paint, create cubist self-portraits, and much more! Students should be prepared to get a little messy, take some risks, and see where their creativity takes them! Think colorful, messy, and fun!

    Teacher Bio: Maggie Archbold is currently a Kindergarten teacher at AWS. She has taught a variety of grades in Seattle Public Schools with quality time spent in second grade and Kindergarten and has taught at AWS for seven years. Mrs. Archbold holds a Bachelor of Education from Central Washington University and is currently certified to teach grades K through 8 with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys blending literacy and art and believes that you’re never too young to appreciate the masters.
  • JEDI CAMP

    Jedi Camp
    Session: Week Eight Morning
    Grades: 1-4
    Price per Camper: $250

    This IS the camp you were looking for. The perfect class for Star Wars fans. Does the Force interest you? Do you wish to wield a lightsaber? Do you wish to fight Evil and uphold the moral code of a Knight? If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place to undergo Jedi Training. Please join Mr. Smith in an imaginative week in learning the secrets to becoming a Jedi Knight! May the Force be with you...

    Teacher Bio: Matt Smith is a Special Education teacher for the Tacoma Public School District. Matt has also enjoyed teaching art and drawing for the Annie Wright summer camp over the last three years. Matt considers himself an artist and was trained through private lessons in his younger years. Ever since the age of five, when Star Wars was first introduced to him, Matt has had a strong passion for the force. Matt thoroughly enjoys sharing this hobby with his two sons and looks forward to sharing it with campers too.
  • KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

    Kids in the Kitchen
    Sessions: Week Seven and Week Eight Morning
    Grades: 1-4
    Price per Camper: $300

    A fun, educational experience with cooking! Your child will become familiar with the kitchen in a safe, collaborative way. They will learn important skills such as: following directions, measuring, chopping, mixing, nutrition, teamwork, as well as the importance of manners and cleaning up. Participants will receive a keepsake recipe book and apron. Join Kindergarten teacher Laura Weir for a fun week with yummy treats!  References from past camp participants available. Please indicate any food allergies upon registration.

    Teacher Bio: Laura Weir is a Kindergarten teacher at Annie Wright Schools. She has always enjoyed quality time with children, and started cooking as soon as she could reach the counter. Laura grew up in Seattle and earned her undergraduate degree at Linfield College in Oregon. “Learning through doing” was severely stressed in her Masters program at Seattle University, and she constantly seeks opportunities to teach using this philosophy. She has enjoyed several sessions of both after-school cooking clubs, and day camps, and she hopes your child will join her this summer!
  • MILLENNIAL MAKERS

    Millennial Makers - Creative reuse and upcycle in art and design
    Session: Week Five Afternoon
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $250

    Calling all artists, craftspeople, and up-cycle enthusiasts for a week filled with creative reuse projects for all your old junk. Pull out your mismatched socks, and out-dated t-shirts! Gather your empty spaghetti jars and bottle caps! We’re making cute, stylish, and useful stuff out of junk. Don’t be a waster, be an innovator! All projects are yours to take home and share with others.

    Teacher Bio: Craftswoman Kiki may be addicted to Pinterest but she is proud to be a Re-use Guru! In her free-time she enjoys crafting and creating “stuff.” Her favorite pastimes include sneaking off to Artist and Craftsman (the new art shop down the road) and rummaging the Goodwill Outlet for treasures. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Residential Life at Annie Wright where she gets to play with 100 brilliant boarding students and teach them a thing or two about life.
  • MIND & BODY

    Mind & Body
    Session: Week Seven Afternoon
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $350

    Explore the basics of yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Discuss what yoga truly is (union between MIND and BODY) and how we can use yoga as a tool to live a happier more heart centered life. Yoga is a helpful practice to cultivate self-compassion, emotional regulation, awareness and self-love. End the week with a crystal singing bowl guided meditation and restorative practice to carry the bliss into the weekend. Camp includes your very own yoga mat to take home at the end of the week!

    Teacher Bio: Sara Corbishley is a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher currently pursuing her 500 hr certification through Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way. She is a certified in the "Art of Sound Healing" and works locally with yoga studios and wellness centers providing sound baths and crystal singing bowl sessions. She teaches yoga and mindfulness with a focus on cultivating the tools we need for a healthy, happy life in a simple, accessible way. Her teaching is heart forward and authentic. She is a professional (Hula) Hoop Dancer and has a deep love of the expressive flow arts working with both hoops and poi. This is Sara's second summer at Camp Wright and she is thrilled to be back.
  • MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP

    
    Musical Theatre Camp
    Session: Week Five Morning
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    This is the perfect camp for someone who loves theatre and wants the fun and excitement of putting on a show!  No experience necessary! Experienced music teacher and director, Linda Johnson, will lead fun games and skill-building exercises in singing, movement and acting,. Campers will grow in confidence and self-expression on stage and will experience the thrilling process of launching an original production from start to finish.  Musical theatre numbers from popular shows will be worked on throughout the week and performed for family and friends on the final day.  Beginning, intermediate and advanced actors are welcome!

    Teacher Bio: Linda Johnson comes to Camp Wright with an extensive background in arts education.She holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition. Linda has taught music and drama at St. Charles Borromeo School in Tacoma for the past twenty-eight years where she produced numerous productions including Annie, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.  In addition to her work as an educator, Linda directs the choir program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. St. Luke’s is a thriving North End church known for its strong emphasis on vocal and musical training through the Royal School of Church Music curriculum for grades pre-k through 8th grade.
  • NACHO MAMA'S SPANISH CAMP

    Nacho Mama’s Spanish Camp
    Sessions: Week Four Morning and Week Five Afternoon
    Grades: 1-4, 5-8
    Price per Camper: $250

    Watch your confidence and verbal fluency in Spanish skyrocket in just one week! Our innovative, engaging methodology features play, gesture, and kinesthetic learning as the bedrock for fun, long-lasting language acquisition. Through song, dance, play-acting, story-telling, games, and 15 hours of intensive immersion, your communicative ability will grow by leaps and bounds. Avoid the summer slump and keep your Spanish skills hot as a jalapeño popper! (No prior Spanish knowledge required - the program easily accommodates a broad range of abilities.)

    Teacher Bio: Emily Stokes believes that language learning is most profound when at its most playful. Trained in the Accelerated Integrated Methodology (AIM) program, she currently teaches Spanish in the AWS Upper School for Girls, and has also taught French, Japanese, and ESL to students preschool through adult.  She loves to sing, dance, work, and play, most especially en español.
  • RESTORE & REJUVENATE

    Restore and Rejuvenate
    Session: Week Six, Afternoon
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $400

    Learn mindfulness techniques for keeping your body and mind in balance. Explore the practice of restorative yoga, body scanning and simple meditation techniques. Learning how to regulate emotions, explore physical sensations (imagining hot/cold etc) and to body scan helps kids and teens learn how to be at home in their Being. This camp is based on the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn (U.Mass Amherst MBSR) and his years of Mindfulness Research. Similar techniques are used by hospitals, schools, sports teams and large corporations (the Seahawks and Google are two examples) and have been repeatedly proven to lead to increased well-being and happiness. Students will be given a workbook with tools they can use long after leaving camp. No experience necessary.

    Teacher Bio: Sara Corbishley is a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher currently pursuing her 500 hr certification through Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way. She is a certified in the "Art of Sound Healing" and works locally with yoga studios and wellness centers providing sound baths and crystal singing bowl sessions. She teaches yoga and mindfulness with a focus on cultivating the tools we need for a healthy, happy life in a simple, accessible way. Her teaching is heart forward and authentic. She is a professional (Hula) Hoop Dancer and has a deep love of the expressive flow arts working with both hoops and poi. This is Sara's second summer at Camp Wright and she is thrilled to be back.
  • ROCKET CAMP

    Rocket Camp
    Session: Week One Afternoon
    Grades: 4-7
    Price per Camper: $240

    Come make and launch ROCKETS! We will design and make a range of rockets that use simple pneumatics, hydraulics and chemical reactions to blast into the sky. Kids will: get creative designing weird and whacky rockets before launching them using simple pneumatics; play with alkali/base mixtures to find the best ratio before using this safe explosive combo to fire well designed mini rockets; turn to simple hydraulics to blast yet more projectiles into the air; design and create their ultimate rocket to be entered into the end of week BIG BLAST launching competition. All rockets can be kept and taken home. All rockets are kid safe.

    Teacher Bio: Steve is a 4th Grade teacher at Annie Wright Schools who has been working with kids for almost 25 years. He hails from London, England but now lives in Tacoma with his wonderful family. Steve has a background developing and coordinating Science curriculums around the world and will be using his skills and knowledge to stretch each participant's understanding of the chemistry and physics involved in this camp session. More importantly, from a kids perspective, having fun is central to Steve's teaching style and he will be infusing this camp session with plenty of memorable moments.
  • ROYAL COURT CAMP

    Royal Court Camp
    Sessions: Week Four and Week Eight, Morning
    Grades: PK-1
    Price per Camper: $250

    In this unique magical land, little girls and boys will get to become their inner prince or princess for the week. There will be tea parties, crafts some of which include make your own crown, wand and 3d prince, princess and castle. Disney dance parties, dress up, photos and more. Every day is a day filled with magical new experiences. Disney guest appearances at the end of camp.

    Teacher Bios: Raven and Giselle have been performers for most of their lives. Raven has experience in acting, modeling, dancing, choreography, and cheer. She has modeled professionally and instructed kids in cheer and dance for over four years. It is Raven’s hope to motivate, inspire, and cultivate others’ passions for the arts whether as a model, dancer, or actor. Giselle has spent the past few years choreographing for schools in the PNW and teaching in Gig Harbor. A co-owner of Sound Movement Arts Center, Giselle has also lived in New York where she worked professionally with “New York Theatre Dance Ensemble” and “Broadway on Broadway” in addition to performing in numerous industrials with Broadway choreographers.
  • SIDEKICK QUESTS: THE ROLE PLAYING GAME

    Sidekick Quests: the Role Playing Game!
    Session: Week Seven, Afternoon
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    Campers join a troop of players to play a week long campaign of the Sidekick Quests Roleplaying Game lead by the creator of the game himself. Players will take on the roles of kid magicians, jesters and knights in training as they spend afternoons completing quests and exploring a fantasy world. Sidekick Quests is a tabletop roleplaying game designed specifically for kids. Children will leave the week with everything they need to play the game at home.  

    Teacher Bio: James Stowe is a professional illustrator and cartoonist with over 25 years of experience. He is currently the writer and artist of his own regular webcomic, Sidekick Quests, and he also co-founded Tacoma's own local cartooning society, The Cartoonists’ League of Absurd Washingtonians.
  • SING! SING! SING!

    Sing! Sing! Sing! - a Voice Camp designed to develop the singer in you!
    Session: Week Six, Morning
    Grades: 3-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    Each day will include fun voice exercises, round singing, music games, sol-feggio (do-re-mi), and solo and group singing all led by experienced music teacher and choir director, Linda Johnson.  Singers will grow in confidence as they work on group and individual songs carefully selected to enhance his or her vocal development.  Join the fun and enjoy the world of song in this exciting and supportive group lesson experience..  We will culminate our week of singing with a performance for family and friends.

    Teacher Bio: Linda Johnson comes to Camp Wright with an extensive background in arts education. She holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition. Linda has taught music and drama at St. Charles Borromeo School in Tacoma for the past twenty-eight years where she produced numerous productions including Annie, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.  In addition to her work as an educator, Linda directs the choir program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. St. Luke’s is a thriving North End church known for its strong emphasis on vocal and musical training through the Royal School of Church Music curriculum for grades pre-k through 8th grade.
     
  • SOCCER CAMP

    Soccer Camp
    Session: Week Eight, Morning and Afternoon
    Grades: 1-5, 6-12
    Price per Camper: $225

    Annie Wright Summer Soccer Camp will be a week of engaging, challenging and fun soccer games and activities for all players of all skill types. By the end of the week campers will have learned valuable soccer skills and techniques but most importantly they will have gained more confidence in themselves and their abilities! The week will challenge campers to improve on a wide variety of technical skills while also engaging them in fun soccer games to ensure every camper leaves with a smile on their face and excitement for the next day's session. Join us on Annie Wright's brand new soccer field this summer to be a part of an unforgettable first annual Annie Wright Summer Soccer Camp!

    Teacher Bio: Sam Zisette is a Seattle native turned Tacoma transplant after attending and playing varsity soccer for the University of Puget Sound. During his time at UPS, Sam was a 1st-Team All Conference midfielder and captained his team during his senior campaign in 2015. He is entering his second year as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs at UPS while also holding various youth coaching jobs around Tacoma including Annie Wright Middle School JV head coach and Varsity assistant in 2016. Sam is passionate about the game of soccer and believes that the valuable life lessons of teamwork, camaraderie, accountability, and hard work can all be learned on the field!
  • STORYTELLING & CREATIVE WRITING

    Storytelling and Creative Writing

    June 19 - June 23, Morning
    Grades: 1-4 
    Price per camper: $220

    What if your family pet could talk?  What if we were all fairies?  What if the monster under the bed was actually afraid of you?  During this week of storytelling and creative writing, we will look at stories from many different perspectives and get creative as storytellers and authors.  At the end of this week, your child will have a unique and completed story to take home that he or she has written.  This will be a week of fun, interactive learning looking at storytelling and creative writing...creatively!  

    Teacher Bio: 
    Heather Clauson is a middle school teacher at Annie Wright Schools and has taught every grade from K - 12, both nationally and internationally. She enjoys telling stories to her own children and likes to look at the world through creative eyes.  Heather grew up in Washington State and earned her undergraduate degrees from Trinity Lutheran College, her MA from Pacific Lutheran University, and her Doctorate in Education from Seattle Pacific University. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, reading, and playing with her children.  
  • TACOMA MUSEUMS: GET OUT & EXPLORE

    
    Tacoma Museums: Get Out and Explore
    Session: Week Four, Morning
    Grades: 2-5
    Price per Camper: $250

    Discover, Question and Create! Get out and explore a different Tacoma Museum each day (Children’s Museum, Art Museum, Glass Museum, History Museum and the LeMay – America’s Car Museum!). Campers will discover new and exciting fun at each museum through journaling, a scavenger hunt, and drawing pictures of their experiences. This is an engaging camp for those who are curious and enjoy conquering a new location every day! Tickets for each museum, supplies and a snack will be included in the price of the camp.

    Teacher Bio: Sherah Webster has worked with children in a variety of roles over the last 15 years including being a teacher’s assistant at Annie Wright Schools. She loves living and being a part of an incredible Tacoma community. She enjoys her role as a mom to her two children (her son who is 2 years old and daughter who is a one-year-old), spending time with her musician and computer nerd hubby and watching the Seahawks with her friends and family. Go Hawks! She looks forward to spending part of her summer out exploring with your camper at some fun Tacoma locations!
  • TENNIS CAMP

    Tennis Camp
    Sessions: Weeks One & Two, Mornings
    Grades: 2-4
    Price per Camper: $200

    This will be a fun tennis camp for kids to learn through games and coach-led drills. There will be instruction for technique and plenty of repetitions to improve, with the main goal being having fun through the process. 

    Teacher Bio: Nate Jones is the Director of tennis at Annie Wright Schools and has been teaching/coach tennis for 8 + years. Nate played Division I college tennis and has worked in a variety of capacities within the tennis industry. After working with students at the Nike Tennis Camp in San Diego, California, he is excited to lend his love of teaching tennis at camp to Annie Wright.
  • THE SECRET TO CREATING YOUR OWN COMIC

    The Secret to Creating Your Own Comic
    Session: Week Nine Afternoon
    Grades: 5-8
    Price per Camper: $250

    Pow! Bang! Boom! The perfect class for the comic book lover. Your child will learn to create his or her own comic book that includes a script, illustrations, and original characters. Your student will have the opportunity to work on important skills in planning, organizing ideas and writing, as well as basic drawing techniques. Your child will love taking home an original comic book at the end of the week. Please join Mr. Smith in an imaginative week in learning the secrets to creating your own comic book!  

    Teacher Bio: Matt Smith is a Special Education teacher for the Tacoma Public School District. Matt has also enjoyed teaching art and drawing for the Annie Wright summer camp over the last three years. Matt considers himself an artist and was trained through private lessons in his younger years. Matt thoroughly enjoys sharing his hobby of drawing with his two sons looks forward to sharing it with campers too.  
  • VOLLEYBALL CAMP

    Volleyball Camp
    Sessions: Week Five, Morning and Afternoon
    Grades: 3-5, 6-8
    Price per Camper: $200

    Come and experience the Wonderful World of Volleyball.  This will be a great camp filled with tons of fun.  We will play a variety of different games, compete and get better at volleyball.

    Emphasis will be placed on teaching/reinforcing:
    • Forearm & Overhead passing techniques
    • Underhand and Overhand serving techniques
    • Three contact volleyball
    • Teamwork
    Young or old, beginner or experienced… this is the camp for you!

    Teacher Bio: Jeff Grosshans has been coaching volleyball since 2001 and recently received his Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration at Concordia University. He co-founded the South Sound Volleyball Club in 2010 and recently joined the Annie Wright Athletic Department as the Upper School Volleyball Coach. After leading the Gators to an undefeated season this fall, Jeff was also named the Emerald City League Coach of the Year.
  • VOYAGERS OF THE PACIFIC WONDERLAND

    Voyagers of the Pacific Wonderland
    Session: Week Three, All Day
    Grades: 4-8
    Price per Camper: $350

    Embark on an adventure of a lifetime as you travel with a troupe of fellow voyagers on a mission to uncover the lost keys of the Pacific Wonderland. As explorers you will voyage to Mountain, River, Sea and Forest. As Shutterbugs and Wordsmiths you will document the discoveries of your adventures in your personalized journal and photo-log. As Ambassadors of Kindness, you will learn to follow the honor code of respect for self, others, and the natural wonderland, our Earth. Following each day’s voyage we will gather to reveal the wonder-key of that ecosystem that will eventually reveal the Pacific Wonderland Treasure Chest, our mission’s end.

    Teacher Bio: Captain Kiki is an avid adventure seeker and loves to explore the beauty of our natural world. Her favorite voyages have included watching the sunrise in the Sahara Desert and walking through the misty bamboo forests of Japan. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Residential Life at Annie Wright where she gets to play with 100 brilliant boarding students and teach them a thing or two about life.

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Contact

Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
253.272.2216

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.