Specialty Camps

Annie Wright Schools' day and specialty camps allow campers to explore and pursue their passions more deeply. These camps are all led by fabulous instructors who also share the specific passion.
 

Arts, Music & Theatre Camps

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  • Annie Wright's Got Talent

    Demonstrating personal talents and receiving positive feedback strengthen self-esteem. The goals of this talent show are solely to practice performing, have fun, and encourage positive feedback, therefore AWGT will not be a competition. Campers will engage in activities designed to build confidence while set designing, directing, and creating with their friends. Talent shows will be open to the public on Friday at 10:30 am.
  • "Broadway Bound!" Musical Theatre

    Whether your performer is obsessed with the latest Broadway show or dreams of the Great White Way themselves, this is the camp to choose! This contemporary Broadway themed camp will culminate with a showcase involving singing, dancing, acting, and even playwriting, as campers write their own NEW scenes to go with their favorite showtunes. This camp is a must for every young actor in a New York state of mind!

    Chelsea Pedro is a certified teacher with a passion for performing arts! She has been acting, singing, and dancing for over 30 years, and has been a featured performer and director across the Puget Sound region for the last 4 years. Chelsea discovered her passion for combining teaching and performing arts about 16 years ago, when she developed a performing arts program on a US Military base as a way to support and inspire kids with deployed parents during the early days of the Iraq War. Chelsea has a master’s degree and teaching credential in Special Ed with special training and experience in Autism and behavioral challenges, and believes that the arts can spark learning, success, and joy in all children.
  • "Dig It!" Musical Theatre

    Hold on tight, because in this archeological adventure performers will time travel to ancient lands like Greece, Rome, Egypt and Mesopotamia with their skeleton friend Lucy! Actors, singers, and dancers have a blast and are challenged as they perform this hilarious and informative musical. Performers will also learn about sets, costumes, props and more as they create this exciting new (er….old?) world on stage! And, of course, no ancient escapade would be complete without a TOGA PARTY!

    Chelsea Pedro is a certified teacher with a passion for performing arts! She has been acting, singing, and dancing for over 30 years, and has been a featured performer and director across the Puget Sound region for the last 4 years. Chelsea discovered her passion for combining teaching and performing arts about 16 years ago, when she developed a performing arts program on a US Military base as a way to support and inspire kids with deployed parents during the early days of the Iraq War. Chelsea has a master’s degree and teaching credential in Special Ed with special training and experience in Autism and behavioral challenges, and believes that the arts can spark learning, success, and joy in all children.
  • Drama with Mrs. Johnson

    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. Campers 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!
  • Jewelry Designers

    We will work on a variety of beading and weaving techniques to create bracelets and necklaces. Hopefully, campers will find a new creative outlet in making jewelry that will allow them to express themselves in new ways and learn how to destress.
  • "Live from Annie Wright…It's Saturday Night!" Improv & Sketch

    Ok, maybe it’s Friday afternoon, but SNL style comedy will be the outcome of this fun and creative camp. Performers will learn the art of improv (think “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) and then use improv to spark ideas for sketches. We will re-create the Hollywood Writer’s Table and then produce our own sketch comedy show. This camp provides a truly unique experience that your camper will never forget!

    Chelsea Pedro is a certified teacher with a passion for performing arts! She has been acting, singing, and dancing for over 30 years, and has been a featured performer and director across the Puget Sound region for the last 4 years. Chelsea discovered her passion for combining teaching and performing arts about 16 years ago, when she developed a performing arts program on a US Military base as a way to support and inspire kids with deployed parents during the early days of the Iraq War. Chelsea has a master’s degree and teaching credential in Special Ed with special training and experience in Autism and behavioral challenges, and believes that the arts can spark learning, success, and joy in all children.
  • Mine-crafts

    Arts & Crafts and Projects that will bring Minecraft to life. Provide blocks to allow for creative play, design, and building. Share information regarding MInecraft’s Block by Block program that partners Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, and UN Habitat to bring real change to real communities.
  • Mrs. Johnson's Musical Theatre Camp

    This is the perfect camp for someone who loves theatre and wants the fun and excitement
    of putting on a show! Campers will experience the thrilling process of creating their own 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! Linda Johnson is a regular substitute at Annie Wright Schools.
  • My Storybook Creations

    Early childhood campers will engage with storybooks in a new light. We will read books, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, accompanied by activities in order to help campers begin to build upon critical reading skills. Activities will consist of art projects and science projects to help campers express their creativity and develop motor skills to help learn about the world around them.
  • Origami & Beyond

    Campers will work with paper to create a variety of projects, using techniques such as origami and paper quilling. They will make a wide variety of objects such as origami animals, wreaths, frames and flowers. We will then put some of the projects in a book for campers to keep and be able to display what they have made. Activities such as origami can be incredibly relaxing, so the goal of this camp is not only to help campers improve motor skills, but also find a creative outlet that can help them begin to learn how to deal with stress.
  • "Welcome to the Jungle!" Musical Theatre

    Your little monkey will join a menagerie of other zany zoo animals as they perform this fun and engaging musical that tells the story of Aesop’s Lion and the Mouse. When your young performer isn’t SINGING from the vines or DANCING on the wild side, they will participate in a variety of jungle themed activities. We aren’t LION when we say that this camp is a jammin’ jungle-riffic journey of joy!

    Chelsea Pedro is a certified teacher with a passion for performing arts! She has been acting, singing, and dancing for over 30 years, and has been a featured performer and director across the Puget Sound region for the last 4 years. Chelsea discovered her passion for combining teaching and performing arts about 16 years ago, when she developed a performing arts program on a US Military base as a way to support and inspire kids with deployed parents during the early days of the Iraq War. Chelsea has a master’s degree and teaching credential in Special Ed with special training and experience in Autism and behavioral challenges, and believes that the arts can spark learning, success, and joy in all children.

Language & Culture Camps

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  • Beginning Japanese Language & Culture

    Dust off your passports as we get ready to explore Japan! You'll practice some basic language skills, as well as discover and try your hand at some cultural activities that include art, food culture, music, pop and traditional culture and more!
  • Beginning Mandarin through Crafting & Cooking

    This week-long language and cultural camp is designed for those who have no prior Mandarin language experience. Mandarin will be introduced through crafting and cooking activities. Learners will learn the basic language patterns and vocabulary words through a series of hands-on activities that are associated with Mandarin culture. Each day, we will craft, cook and have lots of fun learning about Mandarin culture and language. At the end of each day, campers will bring home an item or two of either crafts or little Mandarin dishes they made to share with their family members.
  • Celebrations of Nations

    Campers will embrace, create and share ancient and modern traditions from nations all over the world. We will explore and celebrate music & dance, food, arts & crafts and games.
    Families are welcome to join us in our Celebration of Nations Exhibit on Friday at 10:30 am.

STEM & Design Camps

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  • All About Slime

    All About Slime camp is a lively and exhilarant way for campers to engage in many of the awesome STEAM activities available. All About Slime campers will learn about how slime is created, as well as where and how slime can be found, naturally, in the world we live in. All About Slime campers will also incorporate arts and thematic units daily while experimenting with different “slimes”.
  • Eco Action

    Eco activists will be motivated to take action and solve some of our current and future climate change issues in this interactive climate education experience. Campers will participate in activities designed to challenge us to reflect and solve some of the major issues caused by our interconnectedness between energy use and climate change.
    Families are welcome to join us in our Eco Action Exhibit on Friday at 10:30 am.
  • EV3 Robotics

    Interested in coding and robotics? Hoping to join the AWS middle school robotics team? Join Mr. Wilde's EV3 Robotics camp and learn to code using LEGO Mindstorms to program an EV3 robot to solve a variety of mission challenges - from a synchronized dance group to dragster races, mountain climbers, and more!

    Beginners will learn valuable programming skills by collaboratively working through guided video tutorials. More experienced roboticists will explore more advanced applications including gear trains, sensors, and modular attachment.
  • Forensics

    Campers will enjoy fun and engaging STEAM projects, such as collecting & analyzing evidence and designing & solving escape rooms and nonviolent crime scenes.
    Families are welcome to join us in our Forensics Exhibit on Thursday at 10:30 am.
  • Lego Robotics NXT Mindstorms

    Want to build a robot? Program a robot? Battle with robots?
    Lego Mindstorms is the perfect introduction.
    This interactive summer camp session will cater for all levels of Lego Mindstorms builders.
    Beginners will be introduced to the basics of building, problem solving and programming, and work directly with Mr. Parrott, Grade 4 teacher at Annie Wright Schools.
    Intermediates and experts will work independently with guidance from Mr. Parrott and will set each other challenges that will require research and creative engineering problem solving.
  • Mr. Parrott's Rocket Factory

    Mr. P's Rocket Factory is a 1 week trip through basic pneumatics, hydraulics and chemical reactions. In that time participants will design and make a range of rockets that will be safely blasted into the sky. Mr. Parrott is a Grade 4 teacher at Annie Wright Schools.

    Campers will:
    Step 1) Investigate the properties of effective projectiles and make their first air powered rocket.
    Step 2) Get creative designing weird and whacky rockets before launching them using simple pneumatics.
    Step 3) Investigate alkali/base mixtures to find the best ratio before using this safe explosive combo to fire a well designed mini rockets.
    Step 4) Turn to simple hydraulics to blast yet more projectiles into the air.
    Step 5) Review the success of steps 1 to 4 before designing and creating their ultimate rocket to be entered into the end of week Big Blast launching competition.

    Note:
    • All rockets can be kept and taken home.
    • All rockets are kid safe.
  • Space Journey

    Campers will explore our solar system, build and launch rockets, consider what it's like to live on the international space station and more!
    Families are welcome to join us in our Space Journey on Friday at 10:30 am.
  • Thinkers & Tinkers

    Imagining, inventing and exploring! Campers will explore imaginative activities and put their inventiveness into action. We will take things apart, practice reverse engineering, and explore different tools and materials.
    Families are welcome to join our Thinkers & Tinkers Exhibit on Friday at 10:30 am.

Sports & Dance Camps

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  • All Sports Academy

    Annie Wright provides a wide variety of fun, safe and positive programs that emphasize critical lessons in sports and life, such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship. Campers will be introduced to a wide range of team and individual sports and learn skills and tools they can use in ALL SPORTS and life. Campers will be in groups based on their skill level, not age.
  • "American Road Trip!" Dance

    Dancers will hit the road this summer to explore dance styles of America! We may stop in Texas for some line dancing, beat the heat in Miami with some spicy Latin moves, try our hand at Broadway-style choreography in NYC, do some hip hop in the big city, and who knows what else? We will culminate in a showcase at the end of this very fun, busy, exciting week.

    Chelsea Pedro is a certified teacher with a passion for performing arts! She has been acting, singing, and dancing for over 30 years, and has been a featured performer and director across the Puget Sound region for the last 4 years. Chelsea discovered her passion for combining teaching and performing arts about 16 years ago, when she developed a performing arts program on a US Military base as a way to support and inspire kids with deployed parents during the early days of the Iraq War. Chelsea has a master’s degree and teaching credential in Special Ed with special training and experience in Autism and behavioral challenges, and believes that the arts can spark learning, success, and joy in all children.
  • Basketball Academy

    Annie Wright provides a wide variety of fun, safe and positive programs that emphasize critical lessons in basketball and life, such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship.
    Campers will be in groups based on their skill level, not age.
  • Move It, Move It!

    Bend, stretch, dance & move with beloved Annie Wright Schools teachers Mrs. Peterson & Ms. Weir. This camp is all about healthy movement. We'll practice a little bit of everything - yoga, barre, pilates, dance and more! Come dressed ready to stretch, bend, and move! With the help of music, videos, the natural outdoors, and calming sounds and meditation, we'll stay active together in a fun and healthy setting. Don't forget your water bottle!
  • Princess & Prince Dance Party

    Young children instinctively love to dance, and often find themselves glued to the screen watching their favorite animated characters. In this fun, supportive, joyful exploration of dance, campers will be introduced to ballet, jazz, musical theater and tap, all while engaging with their favorite princess (or prince) themed songs and characters.Your camper will perform at a showcase on the final day of camp.

    Chelsea Pedro is a certified teacher with a passion for performing arts! She has been acting, singing, and dancing for over 30 years, and has been a featured performer and director across the Puget Sound region for the last 4 years. Chelsea discovered her passion for combining teaching and performing arts about 16 years ago, when she developed a performing arts program on a US Military base as a way to support and inspire kids with deployed parents during the early days of the Iraq War. Chelsea has a master’s degree and teaching credential in Special Ed with special training and experience in Autism and behavioral challenges, and believes that the arts can spark learning, success, and joy in all children.
  • Tennis Clinic (off campus)

    Come enjoy tennis with Coach Nate Jones, the Director of Tennis, at Annie Wright Schools. This will be a great week of conditioning, competition and fun. Campers will develop skills and receive an end of session evaluation to help guide them towards their next level. See you on the courts!

    *OFF CAMPUS-Tennis Clinic is located at the Galbraith USTA PNW Tennis Center. Transportation is only provided for campers that add day camp. The fees for transportation are included in the add day camp tuition. For campers that will only attend Tennis Academy, drop off and pick up is at the Galbraith USTA PNW Tennis Center: 1680 S Mildred St, Tacoma, WA 98465

Adventure Camps

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  • Maggie’s Dinosaur Camp

    Do you have a budding paleontologist? Then come and join Mrs. Archbold for this fun-filled week of hands on and engaging dinosaur activities. We will explore all things Jurassic with science, movement, cooking, and arts and crafts projects for your camper. Your child will delight in the variety of activities like making their own dinosaur fossils, excavate frozen dinosaur eggs, make dinosaur masks and feet and fizzy dinosaur bath bombs, just to name a few. Please join Mrs. Archbold, Kindergarten teacher at Annie Wright, for this fun and exciting camp!
  • Superhero Camp

    In Superhero Camp, campers will discover what kind of Superhero they are. Campers will create their own Superhero personas, complete with a great Superhero name, what superpowers they would want to have, and how their costumes would look. We will play fun games centered around well-known Superheroes along with creating special art.
  • Wizards of AWS

    Led by Wizards and Witches, campers will learn about the world of wizards with their house friends. Magical creatures, spells & potions, house competitions, duels and more!
    Families are welcome to join us in our Wizards of AWS Exhibit on Thursday at 10:30 am.

Special Interest Camps

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  • Counselors In Training & Babysitting Bootcamp

    Is your camper eager to start earning money babysitting? Are they interested in caregiving or teaching careers someday? This camp will train campers to become safe, confident, and successful babysitters, helpers, and volunteers. We will tackle topics like child development, behavior management, designing activities, creative problem solving, emergency preparedness, safety, and basic first aid. Campers will also be taught CPR and First Aid, and may even be eligible for certification. Once our babysitters are all trained up, we will create a Babysitter’s Binder, prepare for job interviews, and talk about safe and effective ways to market our babysitting services. Successful graduates of this program will be eligible to apply to volunteer at Summer@Annie Wright Schools.

    Chelsea Pedro is a certified teacher with a passion for performing arts! She has been acting, singing, and dancing for over 30 years, and has been a featured performer and director across the Puget Sound region for the last 4 years. Chelsea discovered her passion for combining teaching and performing arts about 16 years ago, when she developed a performing arts program on a US Military base as a way to support and inspire kids with deployed parents during the early days of the Iraq War. Chelsea has a master’s degree and teaching credential in Special Ed with special training and experience in Autism and behavioral challenges, and believes that the arts can spark learning, success, and joy in all children.
  • Doll Camp with American Girl

    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, and snacks including mini-food for your doll.

    Jennifer Bills and Angela Heath are teachers at Annie Wright Schools and both have previously taught Grade 3. Ms. Bills is a learning specialist and the Primary Years Programme Coordinator. Ms. Heath is the Educational Technology Director. They have been running this camp for many years and love it!
  • Gator Tank

    Inspired by the hit tv show, Shark Tank, Gators will learn about branding, budgeting, advertising, and contract negotiations. Campers will learn how to serve as a Project Manager and take a project from an idea to a creation and then pitch it in the Gator Tank.
    Learning entrepreneurship skills creates self-confidence, resilience, problem solving, creativity and innovative thinking, goal setting, initiative and empathy.
    Families are welcome to join the Gator Tank Exhibit on Friday at 10:30 am.
  • Masters of Pokémon

    Pokémon Masters Camp will bring fantasy and reality together allowing campers to capture the excitement of Pokémon through creativity, expression, mobility, teamwork and more. Campers will create their own Pokémon cards and characters through art and science. Other activities will include: Pikachu Mask Making, Pokéball Paper Lanterns, Lego Card Holder Creations, Pokémon Puppet Making and more!

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Contact

Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
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 coed 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.