Tahoe Expedition Academy Offers Expanded Hybrid Adventure and Academic Summer Camps for Kids Ages 4-14

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Ranging from art and music to rock climbing and now robotics, Tahoe Summer Camps incorporate TEA’s progressive blend of outdoor adventure and academic challenge

Tahoe Summer Camps

TEA camps blend outdoor adventure with academic learning

Each of TEA’s Tahoe Summer Camps integrates the school’s philosophy of teaching academics and character through adventure.

Tahoe Expedition Academy (TEA) has expanded the school’s Tahoe Summer Camps to include two innovative new camps: Summer Robotics Camp and Claytivity Art Camp. The new camps join TEA’s roster of weeklong summer camps blending outdoor adventure with academic and artistic learning.

Ranging from music and wilderness skills to rock climbing, pottery and robotics, Tahoe Summer Camps reflect TEA’s progressive model of using the outdoor world as a mechanism to stimulate learning, academic curiosity and character development.

“We believe kids should spend more time outside in the real world,” said Mark Kushner, TEA CEO and head of school. “Each of TEA’s Tahoe Summer Camps integrates the school’s philosophy of teaching academics and character through adventure.”

In TEA’s Tahoe Summer Camps, campers build confidence, hone new skills and enjoy Lake Tahoe’s wilderness and waters. The camps also offer an inside look at the school’s academic philosophy, teachers and project-based learning approach for students and parents interested in learning more about the school.

“Each camp offers a bite-sized TEA experience, giving kids and parents a taste of what the school has to offer,” continued Kushner. “Our goal is to have each camper walk away with a passion for learning and a deeper understanding of themselves - all while experiencing Tahoe’s outdoor wonders.”

Tahoe Summer Camps are open to campers ages 4 to 14 and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers meet in Kings Beach, with the exception of those attending Summer Robotics Camp, which meets at TEA’s Upper School in Martis Valley, just outside Truckee. More information at tahoesummercamps.com.

Tahoe Expedition Academy is an independent K-12 school in North Lake Tahoe pushing academic and intellectual boundaries by teaching outside the walls of a traditional classroom. For more information, visit tahoeexpeditionacademy.org or watch a video on TEA’s philosophy here.

AWESOME ART AND ADVENTURE I & II
The Awesome Art and Adventure I & II camps aim to enrich campers’ intellect, skills and character. Campers enjoy daily adventures on Lake Tahoe and in the Tahoe National Forest and work with professional craftsmen, musicians and artists. Session I is designed for 5 to 8-year-old campers, and session II is designed for 9 to 12-year-old campers. Cost: $350.

Awesome Art and Adventure I: Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14
Awesome Art and Adventure II: Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28

CLAYTIVITY ART CAMP
In TEA’s new Clativity Art Camp, campers work extensively with the clay medium, learning hand-building techniques such as coils, slabs, pinch pots and form collage. Mornings are spent in TEA’s art studio creating works of pottery and sculpture, and afternoons will be spent exploring and uncovering artistic inspiration in the Tahoe National Forest. Designed for 8 to 14-year-old campers. Cost: $350.

Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 4

LITTLE INCREDIBLES WILDERNESS CAMP
Little Incredibles Wilderness Camp invites kids 4-6 to explore and experience the natural world. As stewards and caretakers of Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe National Forest, campers learn trail safety and etiquette, orienteering and map-making, and flora and fauna biology. Campers also learn to build their own camp, practice “Leave No Trace” principles, and learn what to do when things go wrong. Designed for 4-6 year olds. Campers must be bathroom independent. Cost: $350.

Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30
Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 8
Monday, July 18 – Thursday, July 21
Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 4

PRIMITIVE SKILLS SUMMER CAMP
Primitive Skills Summer Camp takes campers sailing on the waters of Lake Tahoe, orienteering in Tahoe National Forest, blacksmithing in Kings Beach and so much more. Campers learn to sail on Lake Tahoe with Blake Hoffman, founder of Tahoe Sailing School, including how to read wind and weather, boat basics, points of sail, knot tying and self-rescue techniques. On land, campers learn archery, orienteering and wood carving in the forest with Loren Trux, TEA’s 4th Grade Crew Leader and certified archery instructor. Campers will also learn how to blacksmith using TEA’s forge, metalworking tools and anvils. Designed for 7 to 14-year-old campers. Cost: $400.

Tuesday July 5 – Friday July 8
Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14
Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14
Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 4

ROCK CLIMBING CAMP
Designed to foster the climbing skills necessary to function safely and confidently on rock and alpine terrain, Rock Climbing Camp teaches campers rope handling, route finding, technique and form in an environment focused on building trust and self-confidence. Rock Climbing Camp also includes an earth science focus, with campers learning about geology and the tectonic forces that created the Lake Tahoe Basin. Designed for 8 to 14-year-old campers, and beginner to advanced ability levels. Cost: $450.

Monday, July 5 – Thursday, July 8
Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28

SUMMER MUSIC CAMP
At Summer Music Camp, campers learn and refine musical concepts like harmony and song dynamics to strengthen performance and vocal skills. Campers will learn a repertoire of various songs and strengthen confidence, stage presence and performance techniques. The camp is led by Emily Tessmer, TEA’s music program director and an international recording artist signed to Paradise Music based in the UK. Designed for 6 to 10-year-old campers. Cost: $400.

Monday, August 8 – Thursday, August 11

SUMMER ROBOTICS CAMP
New this year, Summer Robotics Camp inspires students to become problem-solving heroes of tomorrow. Campers learn the fundamentals of robot design and programming, using the VEX IQ platform. The program caters to learners of all levels, from those building their first robot to students who have already mastered the fundamentals and are looking for a design challenge. Beyond the computer lab, campers head outside daily to work in teams and complete physical challenges designed to mirror their robotics thinking and stimulate collaborative work. The camp is led by Nate Martz, TEA’s director of STEAM. Designed for 8 to 14-year-old campers. Cost: $400.

Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30
Monday, August 8 – Thursday, August 11

About Tahoe Expedition Academy
Tahoe Expedition Academy (TEA) is an independent K-12 school pushing academic and intellectual boundaries by teaching outside the walls of a traditional classroom. Students engage in academic adventures, consult with professional experts and learn to think critically and creatively in a project-based learning approach that draws them to the limits of their social and personal comfort zones, where research shows learning happens more powerfully. Graduates of TEA will be prepared both for the finest universities in the country as well as successful and meaningful lives.

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