Specialty Camps

Roeper Specialty Camps provide an opportunity for campers to dig deeply into a specific topic and are smaller in size and shorter in duration than other Roeper camps. Campers have fun while learning from Roeper teachers who are experts in their fields.

Camps are available for children currently in grades 2-11.  Read each camp's description for its specific grade requirements.

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE are available. For detailed information, click on the Extended Day tab.

Location: All Roeper Summer Specialty Camps take place on The Roeper School Birmingham campus at 1051 Oakland Avenue, Birmingham, 48009.

Chess Camp

This camp is for both the beginner (those that have never played a rated tournament game) and experienced tournament chess players currently in grades 2 through 11. Players will be divided by experience.  In addition to daily lessons, we will be playing unique chess games such as: a scavenger hunt where you solve a chess puzzle to move to the next location; bughouse games; two man team chess; and chess jeopardy played.

Session 1: July 6 - 10, 9am - 3pm
Session 2: July 13 - 17, 9am - 3pm
Session 3: July 20- 24, 9am - 3pm
Session 4: July 27- July 31, 9am - 3pm
Cost: $350 per session
Chess Camp is led by BRYAN WILSON, the three time state title winning head coach of The Roeper School chess team and award winning National Chess Championship coach at Cass Technical High School. Bryan privately trains top chess students throughout the community. Currently he trains five of the top 100 chess players in the nation.

Digital Art & Bookmaking

Campers currently in grades 4 through 7 will utilize computers to create illustrated books. Campers will use the software package called BookWright to design the layout of the books, in addition to using its printing company, Blurb to print out the books. We will also create, edit, and enhance images using Autodesk’s Sketchbook. The final products completed from this camp could include comic books, story books, and photobooks, amongst other creations. In addition to the illustrating and writing of the various media, a major focus of this camp will be interfacing between the different software packages and other media, in addition to troubleshooting technical problems that may occur during the bookmaking process. One printed book is included in the camp tuition. Additional books may be purchased for an additional fee.

Session 1: July 20 - 24, 9am - 3pm
Session 2: July 27 - 31, 9am - 3pm

Cost: $350 per session

Digital Art & Bookmaking Camp is led by Blake Pynnonen a Stage III Team Teacher at Roeper. In his free time, Blake creates digital artwork and writes movie reviews. As a digital artist, Blake is self-taught. His background as a writer comes from the educational experiences he’s had growing up in the Detroit area, as well as from his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh and his graduate studies at the University of Michigan.

Science Camp: Vex IQ Robotics

A week long camp for students currently in 5th through 7th grades, campers explore VEX IQ robotics programming, driving, building, and design to solve a variety of virtual and real challenges. They work collaboratively in small groups to trouble shoot and investigate the limits of the robots using different graphical programming sequences, sensors, building designs and environments.

Campers develop science knowledge and experience using inquiry-based activities that employ the scientific method, data collection and pure discovery. They learn to relate experimentation and science to the real world in these lively classes.

Session 1: June 22 - June 26, 9am-3pm
Cost: $350 per session
Science Camps are led by Roeper School science teacher, Wendy Mayer. Wendy holds an Associate degree from Schoolcraft College, a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Master Degree in Science Education from Wayne State University. She has been teaching for 17 years and currently teaches 8th Grade Science, Robotics, and a variety of middle school science electives.

Photography Workshop Camp

Photography Workshop Camp teaches campers how to work in a wet lab darkroom. The darkroom experience is a wonderful way for campers interested in photography to explore the magic of black and white pinhole photography using an authentic darkroom. This is a hands-on experience for students currently in 6th to 11th grades. Campers shoot with a variety of pinhole cameras starting with the standard oatmeal container and produce paper negatives, make positives and learn how to hand-color black and white photographs. All materials are provided. Campers also have the opportunity to scan their pinhole images and work on them in Photoshop. In addition, campers are able to work with digital images that they bring with them to camp.

In case of inclement weather in which campers are unable to go outside, campers will use digital equipment. Each session is limited to 10 students.

Session 1: June 22 - June 26, 9am-3pm

Cost: $350 per session
Photography Workshop Camp is led by Roeper faculty member, Michelle Stamler. Michelle holds a Bachelor Degree in Art History from Oakland University. She has been teaching photography at The Roeper School for over 25 years, currently teaching darkroom photography, digital photography, digital video editing and graphic design to middle and upper school students. A freelance and fine art photographer, Michelle began her career in England and has exhibited in Europe and across the United States. 

Speak Out: Forensics Camp

Just to clear up the most commonly asked question, this is an ACTING camp, not a crime scene investigation camp. At SPEAK OUT: FORENSICS CAMP, a two-week long program, students currently in grades 6 through 9, use plays, stories, poems, or their own writing to focus in on the details of performance and public speaking. Students can perform a solo piece, with a partner, or in a group performance. Participants play with different techniques that address line interpretation, character development, stage fright, body language, improvisational theater, and finding ways to connect with their own emotions and with their audience through the words of their piece. Students will be working with some of the top forensics coaches in the state of Michigan. 

Students are welcome to bring any of their favorite children's stories, poems, excerpts from books or plays, or TV/movie scenes to the first day of camp. They are also welcome to bring their own creative writing. Please keep in mind that we will have a little show from 2-3:00pm on the Friday at the end of the second week of our camp session.  
Session 1: July 20 - 31, 9am-3pm

Cost: $700 per session

Forensics Camp is led by Roeper teacher, Dan Jacobs. Dan has taught science fiction and fantasy literature, forensics, debate and a myriad of other classes at The Roeper School for over 20 years. Dan graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English, a minor in Social Sciences and certification in Secondary Education. He is the Head Coach for speech activities at Roeper, including Lincoln-Douglas Debate, High School Forensics and Middle School Forensics. 

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41190 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
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