Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation MindsAlive! 2020 summer camp has been canceled.

Get ready for a summer of exploration and fun!

At Minds Alive! Middle School Summer Camp your child will have an extraordinary experience in engaging classes designed specifically for curious and adventurous children entering grades 5 through 8. Get ready for a summer of exploration and fun!

Phone: 520-327-6395
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New summer camp Spanish immersion program for students ages 5 to 10 only. Because of the class length, activities, and immersion intensity, previous Spanish language background is preferred. All classes are taught by Señora Boudreau. Students’ level of Spanish must be approved by Señora Boudreau. Registration for this Spanish immersion program is separate from the other Minds Alive! courses and is contingent upon instructor approval.

Spanish Immersion Registration Form

Classes meet Monday through Friday

You may choose either the half-day or full-day option. For example, if you choose the half-day option, please choose one class in either the morning or afternoon per session. If you choose the full-day option, choose two classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, for each session. Please note that lunch is included in the full day option.

Session 1

June 1 - June 12
  • Lego Robotics
    9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Sports and Fitness
    9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Art Journaling 1
    9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Welcome to the FabLab
    12:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Musical Madness 1
    12:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Cooking with Chef Ian
    12:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Art Journaling Extreme
    12:30pm to 3:00pm

Session 2

June 15 - June 26
  • The Fine Art of Painting and Canyon Pong
    9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Art Journaling 2
    9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Let’s Put on a Show
    9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Cooking with Chef Ian
    12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Musical Madness 2
    12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Digital Media Art Craze
    12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Welcome to the Fab Lab
    12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Class Descriptions

Session 1

June 1 - June 12
Morning Classes, 9:30 am to 12 pm
Class NameClass Description
Lego Robotics
In this class you will team up with a partner and compete with other astronauts to transform another planet and make it earth-like! You will learn to design, program, and control fully functional robots. You will use software to create a variety of life-like robotic behaviors. Come let’s explore the universe!
Sports and Fitness
This class is a fun way for kids to exercise and develop skills in the air conditioned Gregory School Gym. The class will offer students the opportunity to play and learn about sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, soccer, and tennis. Students will be guided to improve their strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and coordination through play and exercise.
Art Journaling 1
Spark your imagination this summer and express yourself through words and art in this hands-on class! Journaling is a creative way to illustrate a chronicle of your life by sketching, painting, collage, doodling, graffiti, and other artful techniques. Be inspired by the concepts, materials, and projects explored throughout these courses. Students will receive an advanced journaler's kit.
Afternoon Classes, 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Class NameClass Description
Welcome to the FabLab
Prepare to get your make on! In this class you’ll learn how to use a laser cutter, 3D printer, and a vinyl cutter. We’ll use design thinking and the scientific method. You’ll learn how to create a computer program, create new keyboards, and design new things. Who knows? What you dream up could change the world!
Musical Madness 1
Can you really do a musical in just two weeks? Sure! You’ll act, sing, and dance in a musical with costumes, sets, props, sound, and lights. Have fun, make friends, and during the last week, perform on the stage in front of your family and friends.
Cooking with Chef Ian
Learn some of our baking and cooking techniques from beginner to more advanced. Learn to make some sweet dishes as well as savory. This is a hands on class that will give you a wealth of knowledge. Students will also learn the use of kitchen equipment and recipes as well as putting their own recipe book together. Bon appétit!
Art Journaling Extreme
Learn lots of new art techniques and "hacks" to take your journals to the next level using everyday items and new art products! Campers will learn to use and create bullet journals, altered book journals AND junque journals. This camp is for the any journal lover, or aspiring artist that is looking for new tools and tips to improve and push their creative limits!

Session 2

June 15 - June 26
Morning Classes, 9:30 am to 12 pm
Class NameClass Description
The Fine Art of Painting and Canyon Pong
There will never be a dull moment in this unique session! Students will receive customized fine art instruction in watercolor and acrylic painting, as well as the opportunity to participate in the innovative game of Canyon Pong, Ping Pong’s creative cousin. Using the paddle that you will design and paint, have fun playing games guaranteed to increase your eye-hand coordination. Build your creative art skills on canvas, paper and paddle! All skill levels welcome!
Art Journaling 2
Session Two of Art Journaling will focus on letter art, creating alphabets, using journal prompts and creative expression to make your journal explode with color and originality! We will use technology to enhance your artwork through collage-style projects, as well as learning photography tricks and techniques to enhance your art journal.
Let’s Put on a Show
Come play! Spend two weeks putting on a comedy play with costumes, sets, props, sound, and lights. You’ll improve your acting skills, have fun, and make friends. On the last week of class, we’ll perform on the stage in front of your family and friends.
Afternoon Classes, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Class NameClass Description
Cooking with Chef Ian
Learn some of our baking and cooking techniques from beginner to more advanced. Learn to make some sweet dishes as well as savory. This is a hands on class that will give you a wealth of knowledge. Students will also learn the use of kitchen equipment and recipes as well as putting their own recipe book together.
Musical Madness 2
Can you really do a musical in just two weeks? Sure! You’ll act, sing, and dance in a musical with costumes, sets, props, sound, and lights. Have fun, make friends, and during the last week, perform on the stage in front of your family and friends. If you took this class in Session 1, it will be even more fun as we put on a completely different musical!
Digital Media Art Craze
Learn to use web-based photo-editing and digital art programs to create original works for a virtual art portfolio! Master a variety of techniques to manipulate, edit and transform photos both virtually and hands-on. Some of the projects will include; combining images, use layers, turning photos into caricatures/sketches, and creating animated gifs. Students will create an iMovie of their portfolio for an end-of-camp presentation.
Welcome to the Fab Lab
Prepare to get your make on! In this class you’ll learn how to use a laser cutter, 3D printer, and a vinyl cutter. We’ll use design thinking and the scientific method. You’ll learn how to create a computer program, create new keyboards, and design new things. Who knows? What you dream up could change the world!

Our Teachers

Amie Bergersen

Mrs. Amie Bergersen received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and her M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University. Amie loves books and stories, and can often be found walking with her dog on the river walk. She currently teaches math at The Gregory School and loves creating new inventions with her class.

Lisa Bodden

Mrs. Lisa Bodden holds a BS in Theater Education and an MA in Theater Arts. She just completed her fourteenth year teaching drama and stagecraft classes and directing shows at The Gregory School. When not in the classroom, she is often found onstage or in front of the camera performing with community theater companies in Tucson and making films for the U of A.

Betty Boudreau

Mrs. Boudreau has been a Spanish teacher for 20 years. Teaching is her passion and being around kids is a pleasure for her. She is currently a Spanish teacher at The Grgory School. Mrs. Boudreau enjoys reading and watching movies in addition to working with children.

Travis Cain

Mr. Travis Cain attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and is currently a pharmaceutical student at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He has several years experience teaching at youth camps and summer learning centers. Travis enjoys science and sharing his knowledge with others.

Chef Ian Churchill

Chef Ian Churchill did his undergraduate studies at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and his culinary studies at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY. He is currently the Food Service Director at The Gregory School. It is his 14th year with SAGE Dining Services. When he is not in the kitchen he enjoys U of A athletic events, golfing, fishing, sailing, and relaxing in the beautiful Arizona sunshine.

Josh Dickinson

Mr. Josh Dickinson has been teaching physical education for the past 15 years. As an athlete Mr. Dickinson played basketball, tennis, and golf at the college level for Trinidad State and the University of Hawaii Hilo. Mr. Dickinson has also worked as an all-sports camp director for the past 19 years. He is currently a P.E. teacher and the associate athletic director at The Gregory School. This year, Mr. Dickinson has coached the middle school tennis and boys’ basketball teams, as well as the upper school girls’ basketball team.

Marsha Eisenberg

Ms. Eisenberg holds a BS in Microbiology and Chemistry from the U of A. She earned her M. Ed. at NAU in December 2017. Marsha is an engineering teacher with BASIS Schools and is is the coach for the LEGO Robotics team.

Virginia Encila

Virginia Encila is a high honors graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA and a major in Art Education. She is a member of The Gregory faculty and has forty years teaching experience, including seven years with the Summer Fine Arts program, and twelve years at Esperero Canyon Middle School. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including Southern Arizona Middle Level Teacher of the Year, Virginia Art Teacher of the Year, and the Arizona Administrator’s Association / Arizona Alliance for the Arts Interdisciplinary Award. Her work has been featured on The Learning Channel and Arlington Virginia Television, Fine Arts Series.

Laurie McBride

Ms. Laurie McBride has a BFA in Music Education from the University of Arizona and has been teaching musical theater, band, and general music for over 20 years. Ms. McBride has been pursuing her love of art in teaching after school clubs, moderating an art website, and creating original works.
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3231 N. Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: (520) 327-6395
Fax: (520) 327-8276
The Gregory School is an independent, private,
non-profit 501(C)(3), coed day school for grades 5-12.