Every year I'm amazed at just how much there is to do at the end of the year. It's already time for the second year of Summer Camp. I mused last winter that offering an enrichment program to my existing students might be a hit, and they proved the theory correct. Despite the wandering topics, the kids had a great time. I had a great time. It was a great time.

After the first day last year I knew I was doing it again. 


Like last year, I want the students to dictate the agenda. If they want to wander down a rabbit hole, we will explore all there is to see. I'll lay out a few base objectives and go from there. I want to simplify the focus a bit and just have a few bullet points to hit.

  • financial literacy
  • spreadsheet/programming literacy
  • space
  • drones
  • games

A new component will be a game of the day. There are a billion non-phone non-video games out there, and the only one my kids seem to know is UNO. I think we can do better here. Last year's live action parser proved to be quite popular.


The surface objective is to explore some random stuff in the summer. The secondary objective is to focus on relationship building. All of these kids are enrolling in AP Math next fall. Unlike last year, about half of the campers will be new to me. This a unique opportunity to work with them prior to letting them experience the full insanity of Varsity Math.

The fascinating thing is just how many kids are super excited to do something in the summer. Most of my participants jump at the chance because their summers are fairly unremarkable or their parents want them to be up to something productive. I handed out 60 permission slips for about 50 spots. Two days after handing out the forms both sessions are half full. I expect camp will sell out before the deadline. It's awesome.

AuthorJonathan Claydon