We have a mix of ages as you might expect. Historically, we have a good balance of kids in the following age classifications but not always for every week. I check the enrollments and notify parents if I see a gross imbalance that needs to be addressed.
15+ (includes CIT's)
*Ages 5 & 6 require pre-work prior to being admitted into the program. Typically this is attending our evening fencing class and or taking private lessons to help with the transition.
Monday through Wednesday we follow the same routine but by Thursday and Friday we will start to embed tournament play into the schedule for all levels giving everyone a chance to feel accomplished.
General "game" plan:
8:30 drop off opens and by 9 am we begin with team building activities that brings students of all ages together to showcase their unique talent and perspective. These team games are designed specifically for mixed ages, skills, and talents. We also play badminton, and ping pong.
10:00 break and snack time
10:30 - 12 FUNdations. Feats of dexterity and stretch for all ages. footwork and body movement, hand eye coordination drills, conditioning, strength building and flexibility. with a 1- touch tourney that thrills and excites while teaching concentration.
12 Frosty beverage challenge - Team activity where the victors get ice cold gatorade and the losers get a bucket of sand.
12:15 pick up students at VP Elem. School and or Boys and Girls Club
12:30 to 1:30 Out to lunch. Adult lead excursions into town to buy lunch or brown bag it. Students choose daily between taco, burgers, pizza, farmers market, hotdogs or even sushi. All students are supervised by adults unless parents write a permission letter allowing their tween/teen to go to lunch unsupervised. WE MUST have a letter on file (email not text).
1:30 Group chess play
2:00 pm - 4 pm Students get to choose between fencing, archery, chess instruction. During this period students get to devote more time to something they are passionate about. Typically the instruction level and expectation is higher and more demanding for competitive results oriented players. Again, coaches will assess and meet campers where they are. Tournaments are also run in the afternoon on Thursday and Fridays.
4 pm to 5 pm Dismissal for most but some campers stay and join the evening fencing program that starts at 5 pm on some days.
5 pm to 8 pm Competitiove fencing evening program and chess classes.
This free trial form is valid for 14 days. More than that there is a $10 annual fee due to the United States Fencing Association to become a member in good standing.
Our summer staff includes:
Michael Martin - Director
Abe - Fencing Coach
Alberto - Fencing Coach
Anya - Fencing Coach
Neilson - Chess Coach
Jeehan - Archery Coach
Sydney - CIT
Elana - CIT
Fritzi - CIT
Yes, parents are welcome to visit and watch at anytime. You can also join us for lunch in town if you like.
We follow all CDC guidelines. To date we have had zero cases and zero traces since June of 2019.
Masks are being enforced inside but we have a maskless breath free area outside in the open.
Everyone should come prepared to participate in athletic activities. T- shirt, sneakers, shorts or light pants. Please no heavy sweats. Bring a reusable water bottle not plastic please. All specialized equipment is provided but if you own your own fencing, archery or chess sets bring that along if you like.
Pack snacks for break times, maybe a book or something to do if sitting and resting is required. Younger kids might want to also pack a blanket to nap on the bench or just to wrap themselves for comfort.
Pack lunch of bring money. See QA regarding lunch time
Every camper will receive their own dedicated cleaned uniform that no one will share. Chess and archery equipment is cleaned before and after every use.
All daily lunch time excursions are adult supervised and we cross the street like a train with a locomotive leading and a caboose taking up the rear.
Lunch time is a special experience where kids get to be a little autonomous and eat out at their favorite places. Kids choose from pizza, taco, sushi, or burgers. We will manage money in a zip lock bag for our youngest kids not ready to have cash in hand just yet. We also help kids learn about making change and being responsible with money as an added value.
Tweens/teens can go to lunch unsupervised provided we have a letter on file giving us permission to release them on their own. Once released we are no longer responsible nor can protect your child until they return back to the studio.
Parents must send me an email giving me permission to to release their child during lunch time breaks. No letter, no release.
Yes, we believe in the value of creating a positive and healthy competitive spirit be it team or individual. Being a competitive person, to us, simply means a willingness to be "measured" to accept the results and move on to the next challenge. Perseverance combined with doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong is at the very core of everything we do here.
If you new to our program we'll take a slow and steady balanced approach but for those that have already found their passion in fencing, archery or chess we will give you more time per day to explore, discover and grow in that particular discipline.
Historically, at the end of every camp week there will tournaments in chess, fencing, and archery that campers can participate in.
Yes, we charge $15 an hour per child for this service. Let us know as the need develops.
Earliest drop 7:30 am
Latest pick up 7 pm
A week of camp:
WAY members $400
10% discount for teachers, first responders, military.
10% second child
20% third child
You can pay by Venmo, Zelle, or Credit Card by going to this link to find links for each one. You do not have to wait for an official invoice from us...as soon as you are ready just go on line and make a payment and don't forget to put a note in the comments so we know what the payment is for.
Yes, we have a half day option which cost $60.00.
9 am to 12 (Team building games, conditioning, hand eye coordination, technical fencing skills, fencing bouts)
12:30 to 1:30 (Lunch)
1:30 to 4 pm (fencing, archery and chess instruction and play available)
4 pm Dismissal
We are highly specialized here. We cap attendance at 30 but historically our numbers are closer to 10 or 15 per week.
We keep kids seperated by age for safety and sanity except during chess playing times. Ages vary camp to camp as young as 5 to 15 but we keep kids.
If you write us a week before the camp we are happy to share with you the demographic breakdown so you know who is coming more or less.
Yes, we pick up kids at 12:15 pm from both locations by appointment. Parents must pick up at Way of the Sword