Winter has just begun but summer is on everyone’s mind. Breathing Space finalizes our camp schedule during the first couple weeks of January and we post details as soon as we can.
We anticipate Summer 2020 registration opening for returning campers the week of January 20 and for everyone by February 1.
Returning campers will need a code to sign up before February 1. The code will be emailed out as soon as registration is open.
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More Camp Frequently Asked Questions
- 8:30 – Drop-off and free play
- 9:30 am – Morning snack
- 10 am – Morning Yoga class and/or themed activity
- 11:30 am – Outside time – walk/bus to park, playground for lunch and free time
- 2 pm – Yoga class or themed activity (K+) or stories and rest time (PK4)
- 3:30 pm – Closing circle
- 3:30-4 pm – Freeplay and pickup for campers not staying for games
- 4 pm – Afternoon snack
- 4:30 pm – Games Club
- 5:30-5:45 pm – Pickup
We love outings. Past camps have visited the following public-transit accessible destinations:
- Smithsonian Air & Space Museum,
- Museum of Natural History, and
- American History Museum,
- the Renwick Gallery,
- the National Gallery of Art,
- the DC DOE Aquatic Resources and Education Center,
- the Botanic Garden,
- the fire department,
- Capitol Hill Arts Workshop,
- Kingman Island, and even
- the National Zoo and
- gone on an Anacostia river boat tour with RiverKeeper!
We take metrobus, metrorail, and our feet to these destinations. Campers should be prepared for a decent amount of walking and for carrying their backpack/lunch wherever we go.
We plan to do outdoor time and/or eat lunch off site nearly every day.
Our favorite playgrounds are Peabody, Brent, Watkins and Tyler Elementary schools and Marion and Garfield Parks (All walking excursions). We have visited both Canal Park and Yards Park for water play (The Circulator bus takes us there from 8th Street).
Drop-off can begin at 8:30 am, though we are unlikely to begin any structured programming until after 9 am.
Please don’t drop off early. Our staff really do need the time between 8-8:30 am to prep for the day.
Unless we have a field trip scheduled and have notified you in advance, we’ll be at the camp location through mid-morning. Activities usually begin by 9:30 am, so campers arriving after that may miss something.
• 8:30 am-3:45 pm – Yoga Camp,
• 3:45-5:45 pm – Aftercare with Games Club class by Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
Campers not staying for games should be picked up between 3:45-4 pm so we can start snack promptly at 4 pm. Thanks.
Campers enrolled in extended day programming will have an afternoon snack between 4-15 pm (we provide air-popped popcorn to supplement packed snacks) followed by Good Moves Games Club by Labyrinth at 4:30 pm. Extended day pickup is between the end of that class at 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm
Please let us know in advance when you have a camp conflict so we can flag any challenges this may pose on a particular day. Camp schedule is somewhat fluid and we are usually out of the church for at least part of every camp day, so pick-up for and drop-off after doctor’s appointments or other conflicts may mean meeting us at an outing destination. Please check confirm with your camp director on the morning of camp.
Please note that yoga camp does not allow for regular half-day pickup and is not appropriate for campers not up for significant walking and activity during the day. All our outing destinations are reached by public transportation and/or walking.
Our camp venues have evening programing most nights of the week. Additionally, camp counselors often have their own evening commitments. Please help us be good community members and avoid staff and camper distress by picking up on time.
Campers picked up after the designated pickup time (4 pm or 5:45 pm) will be charged a flat $15 late fee (per child). Parents will be expected to pay on pickup.
Campers picked up more than 15 minutes late (4:15 or 6 pm) will be charged a flat $50 late fee (per child). Parents will be expected to pay on pickup.
If you think you might be late to pickup, please call.
Campers should wear clothing for movement – shorts under skirts please! – and layers appropriate for the weather. Camp is very active and your camper may be warm during our yoga classes.
Your camper should also have walking and playground appropriate shoes – No flip-flops, no open-healed crocs or clogs, no ballet flats. If your camper arrives in in inappropriate shoes, you may be asked to bring an alternative pair before lunch.
Your camper needs weather-appropriate outer wear. Unless weather is dangerously terrible, we are going outside. In winter, that means hats, gloves, coats, long pants (yes, we’ve had campers show up with bare legs mid-winter), rain gear etc. If they are inappropriately dressed, they are going to be cold and/or wet.
All PK4 campers need a change of underwear, pants and socks! Even if you think they are completely reliable about their bathroom needs, accidents happen. We find campers caught up in the fun of camp don’t want to stop and go to the bathroom. Even with regular reminders, PK4 campers (and sometimes older ones) tend to overestimate how long they can wait, especially when we are out on the playground and bathrooms are not convenient.
Campers do not have to bring their own yoga mats, but are welcome to do so. In addition campers need the following supplies:
- Morning Snack;
- Lunch; **no tree nuts or peanuts please**
- optional afternoon snack (if staying for games);
- Water bottle;
- Yoga class – shorts under skirts please – and outdoor weather-appropriate clothing;
- Walking shoes – no flip-flops, open-heal crocs/clogs or ballet flats;
- Sunscreen should be pre-applied if needed;
- Swimsuits and a change of clothing on water play days (typically 2 days Tuesday-Friday depending on weather);
- A backpack in which your camper can comfortably carry their own lunch, water bottle and towel (for waterplay days).
PK4 campers need the following additional items:
- A change of underwear, pants, and socks. Even typically reliable children can have bathroom accidents when they get distracted and don’t want to stop playing to visit the restroom and PK/K campers have a tendency to have non-bathroom messy accidents as well, for which a change is helpful.
- **summer only** Nap mat or blanket for rest time (K campers can opt into nap during PK-4th weeks too);
We know that some camps have dozens to a hundred campers in a week.We consciously create a small, intimate camp experience, hopefully allowing campers to let their guard down and truly relax.
We have 14-18 children in most camps. Some camps are dual class and we break into two age-based groups of about that size. For that level of enrollment, we hire two lead teachers and an assistant. At least one of the lead teachers is a certified yoga instructor specializing in children.
Age requirements vary by camp and by season. During the school year, grade designations are the grade in which your camper is currently enrolled. During summer, grade designation is the grade in which they will enroll that fall.
We have limited space available for 4 year old (PK4) campers. We love 4 year olds, but they have different needs and abilities than 8 year olds in yoga class or arts and crafts and they require more attention and assistance for things like bathroom visits, managing shoes, following directions, staying with the group on outings, keeping track of and carrying their belongings, etc.
School Year Camps
Overall, our day camps are small – 16-20 kids. When we enroll just a few 4 year olds, we find everyone has fun. The older campers and staff are able to help the little ones keep up during activities and outings while still doing the activities that the older campers enjoy. When we enroll lots of 4 year olds, it completely changes the camp dynamic. That’s why we limited the number of 4 year olds – same camp, separate roster – during single-class camps during the school year.
Please note we do not have a dedicated rest time scheduled during school-day-off camps, so yoga camp is best for non-nappers. Our school year camps are most appropriate for younger siblings (used to tagging along with older kids and being helped by them) or PK campers with Breathing Space experience (so know our routine and we know them).
During the summer, we offer a PK-1st grade camp completely focused on the needs and interests of 3.5-6 year olds. During those weeks, we run with different expectations and on a different schedule, enabling our younger campers to have lots of fun, but also have dedicated afternoon rest time, for example. (Rising PK3 younger siblings are welcome during these camp weeks with prior approval.)
We also offer a few camps that will be noted as double-class camps when we enroll a full class of PK/K and 1st-4th grade. During those weeks, we will do some activities as a big group, but also lots in our smaller groups. PK/K campers will be offered rest or quiet time activities in the afternoons while 1st-4th campers will do longer outings and themed activities in the afternoons.
Requirements for 4 year olds
PK4 campers should have a year of full-time schooling under their belt and be reliably potty trained and bathroom independent. Campers must have the stamina to walk to public transportations and outing destinations while carrying their own backpack/lunch.
Our camp is not appropriate for students unable to follow basic safety instructions or with a strong tendency to run away from the group or leave a designated area without permission.
Please respect our age minimum. We recognize that it is challenging to find an enriching camp experience for preschoolers, but need to be sure we are offering a quality experience for all our campers. The needs of a 3-year-old – attention-span, interests, verbal abilities, physical coordination, stamina – are very different for that of a 7-, 8-, or 9-year-old. A 3-year-old needs more assistance with nearly all tasks and is unlikely to be able to do – or be interested in – the same craft projects as older campers, pay attention to the same stories, or follow the same game rules . . . . Our only exception is 3-year-old younger siblings and we require pre-approval before enrollment. Thank you.
Younger Siblings: We do take a very limited number of younger siblings, one year younger than the stated age range, so PK4 for camps marked K+ or PK3 for camps marked PK4+. Pre-approval is required. Contact us if you are interested.
School Year / Day-off Camp
Registration may be rescheduled or credited to a future camp or class (minus $5 processing fee per camp day) until 21 days before a scheduled camp. Rescheduling is subject to space availability.
Within 21 days of a camp day, credits are only available if a waitlisted camper takes the spot (processing fee still applies). Camps often sell out well in advance. The further in advance you tell us about your camper’s change of plans, the more likely it is that we fill your spot.
Registrations cancelled before May 31 will be issued as a refund minus the $100 non-refundable portion of tuition or credited to any other available camp week or program for a $5 processing fee.
Refunds and credits will only be issued after May 31 if a waitlisted camper takes the available spot. Switching weeks is still be option, space permitting, but the $100 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable at this point.
If Breathing Space cancels a camp due to under-enrollment, inclement weather, or other emergency, registrants will have the option of applying a credit or taking a refund.
Because your reservation represents a space in camp that was held for you and not available for purchase by other campers, there are no refunds issued after the dates listed above.
Edit 01/07/19: We’ve had a rash of refund requests for day off camp right at the previous 14-day deadline, which was very disruptive because that is also our final staffing and camp-cancellation deadline. Within two weeks of camp, parents need to know that we have sufficient enrollment to run and staff need to confirm their work plans. We do not want campers holding a spot in camp unless they are planning to use it. Consequently we ended refunds for day off camps, credit only, and pushed the deadline back by a week.
Refunds will usually be issued by check mailed to the address on your account profile within 30 days of refund request receipt.
If your refund is dependent on another participant taking your spot in a program and the spot isn’t immediately filled, refunds will be issued within 30 days of the scheduled program start date rather than request receipt.
We sometimes fill cancelled spots, but sometimes don’t. When we hit our refund deadlines, the vast majority of possible participants – even those who put themselves on our waitlists – have made other plans and filling vacant spots can be challenging. At that point we are counting on our registration numbers to cover our costs. If we allowed last minute refunds, we’d have to raise the price of camps and classes for everyone to compensate.
Managing changes to class and camp rosters, waitlists and refunds actually takes up a lot of staff time. While we understand that life isn’t always predictable, we don’t want clients registering to “hold their spot” while they firm up plans. Processing fees discourage this and compensate us for staff time.
We hate to cancel camp. We know parents are counting on camp and our staff are counting on the work. If we cancel camp, we issue refunds.
School Year Camps may be cancelled due to low enrollment 14 days in advance of camp. Within 14 days, we would only cancel due to weather or another emergency.
Summer Camp cancellations are unusual and will be made based on enrollment projections by May 31.
Weather or emergency cancellations: Because we do not use DCPS facilities for camp, we are not obligated to follow their weather cancellations policies, but some of our venues do anyway. If staff can safely get to camp and the facility is available, we will try to hold camp. We are more likely to cancel if the federal government shuts down. We will send emails and post messages to social media if camp is cancelled or delayed due to weather. Make sure your registration email is one you check regularly and follow us on social media.
Each summer season, we need a signed liability waiver and photo release for each camper. This is a longer version of the waiver you complete when you register. Please bring a copy or plan to fill it out in the morning.
We also need you to update your participant information in your account profile. Include anything you think would be useful but especially:
- Allergies – Remind us about food allergies at drop-off on the first camp day of the week too please.
- Pickup notes/authorizations
- T-shirt Size
If your camper would like to have an extra shirt(s), please use this form to order them by noon on Tuesday, May 28.
Also, make sure you get updates about Breathing Space programming as well as messages from your counselor with additional information about your camp by opting into our email list in the registration system. If you choose not to get emails, you will only get receipts and emergency cancellation notices.
What’s this t-shirt thing? Order Extras!
Campers are required to wear either a camp t-shirt or bandana on all outings for safety reasons. No exceptions. Each camper will get a t-shirt during their first camp week of the season (one shirt per camper per summer, size requests are in your account profile).
But we do outings almost every day and t-shirts are unlikely to stay clean all week. We always have bandanas on hand (and those are required on water days because they can get wet), not all campers care for them.
If your camper would like to have an extra shirt(s), please use this form to order them by noon on Tuesday, May 28.
Extra shirts are $12 per child. We get a bulk discount because this is part of our annual order, so the order form will not take payment, only size requests. We will charge to the card on your account file or we will send a payment request if there is no card on file.
We put our Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) on all our receipts, so check there. The receipt may be all you need for reimbursement. If you can’t locate your receipt. Please send a request by email to have it resent.
If you need forms signed, you can
- Get them signed by any of our lead instructors on the day of camp. Please have them filed out with camper information, EIN, and date(s) of attendance.
- Mail them with a with a self-addressed stamped envelope for return to: Breathing Space, 713 14th Street SE, Washington DC 20003
Unfortunately, we cannot accept emailed forms or arrange for pickup of forms. We work with several hundred families and printing and mailing your forms adds up in administrative time.
Our registration system automatically creates waitlists for any fully enrolled camp or class. To get on the waitlist, you complete the registration process but do not submit payment.
If a camp fills way in advance, we will consider expanding staffing to accommodate waitlisted families.
If a spot opens up, we will contact you about submitting payment or for confirmation before we charge the payment method in your profile.
It is impossible to predict waitlist movement: Some camps we have several families change plans, sometimes at the very last minute. Sometimes when a spot opens, the first waitlisted family takes it. Other times, we call through the whole list and everyone has made other plans. So while we always recommend getting on the waitlist if you want to be called, we generally cannot make likelihood predictions.
Speed things upon confirmation up by saving a payment card to your account profile. We use NMI which is a secure, PCI compliant merchant processing gateway to store payment information.
Important: Do not include a waitlist registration on the same order as camp enrollment. The registration system will charge you in full for both camps even though your waitlist registration does not represent an enrollment. Tech support is working on fixing this problem. In the mean time, please do separate orders: one order for any camp with a waitlist and a separate order for any camp
Breathing Space has had a chronic problem of last minute additions to camp aftercare. While accommodating one or two campers isn’t usually a problem, sometimes we get half a dozen last minute additions in the week before a camp and sometimes several on the morning of camp.
We get that life is sometimes unpredictable and last minute changes happen and want to help, but we suspect a fair amount of the last minute additions are caused by parents not being sure of their after camp plan when they sign up and then forgetting to do anything about it until days before or even the day of camp.
Last minute additions to aftercare sometimes leave us or the Labyrinth education director scrambling to add staff to aftercare or push us over our desired camper to staff ratios.
Aftercare costs $15 per day until two weeks before camp. After that, it’s $20 per day.
While we are excited about the potential, virtual camp is not the same as in-person camp.
Our team has been teaching yoga and mindful art activities over Zoom since COVID19 social distancing began. Our experience has lead us to the following age recommendations in summer virtual programming.
Rising Middle-school – Full Day Programming
Our day-long programming involves both staff-led and camper-led interactive, online activities over Zoom AND offline projects. There are a wide-variety of project topics for campers to choose from and our staff will offer
Rising 1st Grade and up – All programming.
Our day-long programming involves both staff-led and camper-led interactive, online activities over Zoom AND offline projects. There are a wide-variety of project topics for campers to choose from and our staff will offer
Our part-day programming includes just the yoga and mindful art components.
Rising K – Part-day programming only.
Day-long programing involves self-driven, offline projects that will be difficult for 5-year-olds to execute on their own. If you or a caregiver are comfortable providing assistance and your child really wants to participate in the rest of Brain Chase camp, contact us.
Rising PK – Yoga only
We find 3 and 4 year olds have trouble following along with art projects on Zoom, but movement classes might be perfect.
We won’t be able to to confirm in which hour of the 2.5 hour program yoga will be held until we finalize our Zoom class schedules for the week, closer to camp start.
If you think your PK camper should participate in both aspects of part-time PK camp and you are prepared to provide additional assistance with arts & crafts if needed, please contact us.
Younger Sibling Participation and Discounts
Sibling discounts in either full-day or part-day camp should be automatic. They only apply when two children sign up for the same program. If you are signing up for two different part-day groups, contact us about applying your discount.
If you have a rising PK or K child and older children, the younger sibling is welcome to participate in the older child’s Brain Chase elective or mindful art activities at no charge. However, the younger student should be enrolled in the age-appropriate yoga class. Contact us with any questions.
Returning campers will recognize our daily flow, mindfulness activities, crafts, and games from summers past. New campers will learn the rhythm quickly. Here are a few notes, in either case, about what to expect.
are for structure. This is when campers are fresh and best able to focus. We’ll spend most of the morning in a Zoom room interacting and being active. Yoga and guided art will happen during this time. We’ll be in the same Zoom meeting all morning with a break for snack, so once your campers are set up, you shouldn’t need to be involved in tech support.
Please be sure your camper is wearing their play clothes! We’re going to have them stretching, crawling, jumping, and sometimes working with messy art supplies. They’ll be able to participate more fully if they are easily able to move.
are for independent creative play. We’ll give your campers lots of options for projects and activities. Our focus is on creating, building, resting, and getting outside. Each camp week will feature suggested activities for campers to use their open afternoon time to complete. We strongly encourage you to get your kids outside during this time, if at all possible–even if its just a quick walk around the block or eating lunch on the balcony.
You’ll want to review the weekly activities ahead of time. Our goal is to set your camper up to need your help and attention as little as possible during the camp day, but some activities will need more parent set-up and involvement than others, especially for younger campers. By getting a sense of which activities your camper might be interested in, you’ll be better able to plan out your week and avoid a messy art project on the same day as your weekly team presentation.
We’ve seen that different children handle online activities and instruction in different ways. Some of your campers will join a Zoom meeting and be online all day, happily. Others may drift in and out of activities. Some children crave social interaction and will want to participate in every social opportunity we provide. Another group actually feels the distance from their friends more acutely when viewing them through a screen, and they may surprise you by opting out of lunch dates or coloring club. There’s no wrong way to do yoga camp!
At #yogacamp, we do art every day! That won’t change when we go virtual. The kids love it, we love it, and its a great practice in mindfulness and getting into flow. Morning art class will require basic supplies that parents should plan to provide.
You may already have most of these supplies. If not, affiliate links are provided below, but certainly buy locally, or purchase from us. Most of these items should be easy to find at Target or CVS. In many cases, shopping locally will be cheaper than ordering from Amazon.
Supplies Needed For ALL Campers – Parent Supplied:
- Plain white paper–printer or copier type
- Markers (washable recommended)
- Colored pencils
- Black Sharpie or similar permanent marker
- Scissors your child can easily handle
- Colored chalk (sidewalk or chalkboard) or chalk pastels
- Clear drying liquid glue
- Glue sticks
- “Scotch” tape
- Masking tape
- Watercolor paint
- Paint brushes
(This kit contains markers, crayons and colored pencils and can be a great investment if your camper is generally artistic and doesn’t already have most of these things on hand.)
Supplies Needed for Select Weeks – Parent Supplied:
- Household/toiletries, such as
- corn syrup,
- corn starch,
- cotton balls,
- dish soap,
- paper plates,
- shaving cream, or
- toilet paper tubes.
- Liquid food coloring OR liquid watercolors
- Oil Pastels
- Play Doh (homemade is fine, we can provide a recipe)
- Tempera* or Acrylic Paints
We will send a supply list out 7 days in advance so if there are any special supplies needed for planned art projects so that you have time to gather them.
We expect many, but not all of our families have the occasional art supplies in the list above. Breathing Space plans to provide a for-purchase kit of these occasional or harder-to-find items which can be added on to the specialty supplies kit we’ll provide. For example, apparently kids tempera paint kits in bottles of 3-4 oz are sold out everywhere, so we are purchasing full gallons to divide up for families that need them.
Breathing Space Art Supply Kits:
Afternoon art projects (and very occasional morning projects) will require what we consider to be “specialty” supplies. These supplies may include plastic bottles, specialty paper (water color, card stock, tissue), acrylic paint, and air dry clay.
Kits will be available and mailed or delivered (as part of camp tuition cost) to all campers enrolled at least 8 days before the start of a camp week when those supplies will be needed. Last minute registrants can pick up their kits from Jen’s porch near Potomac Ave Metro for pay for them to be express shipped.
Afternoon Coloring Club Supplies:
Each afternoon, we’ll host an optional coloring club/storytime for full day campers. Our mandalas are always super popular coloring pages. These will be available for parents to print at home. If you do not have access to a printer and let us know, we can supply hard copies to campers enrolled at least 8 days before the start of a camp week.
In light of the current situation, we are updating our summer camp refund policy to provide additional flexibility. Deadlines and non-refundable deposits enable Breathing Space to organize staffing and plan, compensate us for the staff time involved in managing waitlists and registration changes, and discourage registrants from holding camp spots they do not intend to use.
Normal policy (summary):
- If parents cancel before May 31, refund – $100 per child/week deposit.
- If we cancel, full refund.
Read in full.
New Cancelation Grace Period and COVID19-Triggered Summer 2020 Policy:
Please note these policies are based on the currently published school scheduled. If DCPS adjusts Fall 2020 start dates, additional flexibility will apply to affected weeks. Aftercare is always refunded when associated with a camp refund.
We will begin processing refund requests the week of May 4 and do so approximately weekly after that. It will then take a few days to appear on your payment card, so please allow two weeks for this process.
- If we cancel, full refund.
We are treating in-person camp and virtual camp as two separate offerings. You may transfer between them, but if we cancel in-person camp that is us cancelling your registration. You may choose to transfer to virtual or not at that time. We do not hold deposits when we cancel no matter when that happens.
By May 15
- If parent cancels after health emergency was declared and by May 15 = full refund (We are waiving the deposit requirement and admin fees).
- If parent transfers any camp week registrations to our virtual camp by May 31 = refund of price difference + 10% (earlybird registration discount)
This is option is for parents who know now that they are not comfortable with in-person camp this summer. You may choose to transfer to virtual and take advantage of the early-bird promotional discount.
By May 31
- If parent cancels after May 15 but by May 31 = refund – $100 per child/week deposit.
- If parent transfers to our virtual offering by May 31 = refund of price difference + 10%
This option is our regular policy plus and incentive to switch to virtual camp if have realized you need to back out of in-person camp.
After May 31 AND More Than 4 Weeks Before Camp
- If parent cancels but does not transfer more than four weeks before enrolled camp weeks starts = 50% refund.
- If a parent transfers into a virtual offering more than four weeks before = refund of price difference – $20 admin fee.
This is Summer 2020 special flexibility and applies if it is after May 31 and we are still running in-person camp, but your comfort level or plans have changed and you are able to give us 4 weeks notice. You retain most of your deposit value if you switch to virtual.
After May 31 AND Within 4 Weeks of Camp
- If parent cancels within four weeks = no refund.
- If – on a week camp is running in person – a parent transfers into a virtual offering less than four weeks before camp = refund of price difference – $100 deposit.
This applies if we are still running in-person camp, but your comfort level or plans have changed LAST MINUTE. You may still transfer and take a partial refund. Deposit is not refunded.
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What if DCPS starts in August and we can no longer attend?
That would generally be considered an event outside of your control and a special exception – even if it happens to a lot of people. We would issue a full refund.
Same thing applies if a family member contracts COVID-19. That would be considered a significant family emergency that justifies a policy exception.
What if my child hates virtual camp?
Refund – $20 per week admin fee to withdraw, capped at $50 per child.
Anytime – Full refund for aftercare if associated with camp refund request or when transferring to virtual camp.
In addition to our daily, interactive yoga class, group puzzle solving, and games, campers will choose 2-3 independent, offline projects to complete. We’ll then get together at the end of the day and report back.
Campers can choose from a dozen or so subjects on the Brain Chase dashboard. There will be a new project daily, which will take an hour or less to complete. Some parental supervision will be required, and more for some electives than others, so we are happy to assist with selections. And, if you don’t like your choices, you can change them.
Breathing Space staff will offer check-ins for accountability and optional “office hours” for troubleshooting and camaraderie. Supply lists for electives will be provided in advance.
Sample electives and projects below (subject to change):
Art with Thorpe Studios
Some of our campers can’t get enough of art, so this is for them. A new project challenge every day to completed with typical household supplies.
This is a Breathing Space created elective to encourage students to observe the natural world. Scavenger hunts and observation activities can be completed on daily walks or in the backyard. We are filming this right now, so sample video coming soon!
Cooking with Edible Education
Chef Ann from Edible Education is a master of preparing simple, healthy, and delicious recipes. With each challenge, students will watch Ann prepare one of her favorites. They’ll then download the recipe and follow her lead.
Engineering with Leo Labs
With each challenge, Miss Brooklyn, a scientist, engineer, and tinkerer from the Leonardo Museum will treat Brain Chase students to a new Leo Labs webisode showcasing a different science or engineering project. They’ll watch the video, then replicate the experiment on their own using everyday household materials.
Entrepreneurship with Acton Children’s Business Fair
The Acton Children’s Business Fair is excited to bring your student real-life business experience, an opportunity rarely experienced as a child. This unique elective will teach your student the basics of running a business, from budgeting to keeping inventory, to pricing and understanding profits and losses.
Ninja Warrior Fitness
Meet David Yarter, a three-time contender on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, SGX-certified Trainer, and owner of Power Park Fitness in San Antonio, Texas. David will take your student on a fitness adventure unlike any they will encounter anywhere else. This is one of our most time-intensive electives. Your child will dedicate 30-60 minutes a week to fitness.
Math with Khan Academy
It’s what it sounds like. At first log in, Brain Chase adventurers will adjust the curriculum to their level. From there, students can select any math skill and get to work completing practice exercises. Brain Chase tracks the points you earn in Khan Academy so you get credit for your work.
Self explanatory? Build some incentives and structure around daily music practice for whatever you child is learning.
Mindful Arts & Crafts
Does your camper adore Breathing Space mindful art activities? Mindful art focuses more the process than the product, so many activities don’t require special supplies. But there will be an add-on kit for unusual craft supplies for this elective so campers can make things like eye pillows, mind-jars, and other projects that reinforce what we do in yoga class (one special supplies project per week).
Mindful art will have video instruction just like the other electives, but Miss Jessica is finding that her students really enjoy creating with the Zoom window open so they can ask questions and talk with their friends. So optional mindful art “office hours” will be scheduled each day.
With cameras on most phones these days, chances are our kids are going to be taking photographs for their entire lives. Whether they’re into selfies or still-life photography, this elective will teach them basic photography skills such as composition, lighting, focal length, and more. Brain Chase photographers are standing by to provide personalized feedback and encouragement each week. We can’t wait to see what they create!
Reading with Google Books
Some Breathing Space campers always have a book with them and read every chance they get. Wonderful, this is for them! Students may choose to read off-line and have their parents report their reading hours via our dashboards or track their reading by using Google Books.
Is your child trying to keep up with lessons or academic work this summer? You can use this elective to build incentives and accountability into that routine. You can also use this elective to provide more free-time in your camper’s day.
Updated description coming soon.
Got a storyteller? This elective covers different aspects of writing, and students will be given several different writing prompts to choose from. After the students submit their work, Brain Chase will review each entry and provide customized feedback.