Summer At Dawson

Dawson is very excited to announce the launch of our 2019 summer camp program led by our very own AMAZING faculty! 
Dawson Summer Camp offers a variety of unique adventures for rising kindergarten through fourth-grade students.  

Dawson Summer Camp

This summer camp experience will offer opportunities for students to explore the design-thinking process through engaging, collaborative activities. The creative minds and abilities of students will grow as they explore exciting summer camp themes!  Dawson Summer Camp is open to the public so share with your friends and don't delay.

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  • Summer Cubs (Entering Kindergarten & 1st Grades)

    Dawson Summer Cubs is for children ages 5-7 entering kindergarten and first grade in fall 2019. 

    Week 1: June 3-7: ESCAPE Week! 
    It’s time to CRUSH boredom by transforming the first week of summer break into an escape room adventure!  Campers will explore daily “escape” themes that will captivate their imagination with activities such as solving puzzles, creating an escape room experience, designing tools with 3Doodlers (3D pens), completing technology tasks with Cubelets, designing a dream vacation to escape town, and escaping the heat with refreshing water activities on the last day.

    Week 2: June 10-14: Mysterious Missions: Detect. Design. Construct. Code. 
    Get ready for your mission!  Campers will be detectives who solve real-world problems through math tasks, scavenger hunts, coding, decrypting messages, and breaking cases. Campers will use social skills to analyze characters and friends’ intentions and emotions to become strong mystery solvers. They will use design-thinking challenges to code Ozobots, detect clues, construct and solve puzzles.

    Week 3: June 17-21: Need for Speed! Force and Movement
    Hot Wheels SpeedometryTM encourages inquiry and real-world, problem-based learning through play and hands-on activities.  This curriculum combines Hot Wheels fun, imagination, and action, as well as toys and tracks to accelerate learning.  Campers will continue to explore the concepts of force and motion, extending their understanding beyond push and pull.  They will understand how other forces, such as natural and man-made forces, can impact the movement of an object.

    Week 4: June 24-28: Passport to the World
    Campers will be captivated by design challenges and STEAM stations based on the architectural wonders of the world. When arriving in an unfamiliar city, you must figure out how to navigate unfamiliar territory. Once you are there, can you use the materials to design and build this structure?! We will keep a passport and travel log of places we’ve visited and the activities we’ve done. The world is at our fingertips!

    Week 5: 
    July 1-5: Nature Detectives!
    Eco-Improvements, National Geographic’s newest campaign, asks the question, “planet or plastic?” Campers will spend the week working to overcome problems created by society’s use of plastic and non-recyclable materials. Campers will use virtual reality to take field trips across the globe. Through design thinking, students will reflect and look for solutions to human impact on the environment. Students will create videos, poems, songs, public service announcements, and essays to explain and educate the public and will work to advocate for solutions. 
  • Summer Bears (Entering Second, Third & Fourth Grades)

    Dawson Summer Bears is for children entering grades two, three and four in fall 2019.

    Week 1: June 3-7: ESCAPE Week!
    It’s time to CRUSH boredom by transforming the first week of summer break into an escape room adventure!  Campers will explore daily “escape” themes that will captivate their imagination with activities such as solving puzzles, creating an escape room experience, designing tools with 3Doodlers (3D pens), completing technology tasks with Cubelets, designing a dream vacation to escape town, and escaping the heat with refreshing water activities on the last day.

    Week 2: 
    June 10-14: Mysterious Missions: Detect. Design. Construct. Code.
    Let's get rolling!  As detectives, campers will construct and build code to program their Sphero robotic ball that dances, spins, and rolls to conquer racing challenges and mysterious missions around the world.  Campers will create and design accessories for the Sphero to solve important problems while learning the basics of coding.  It’s a chance to discover how real-world robotics works through playful projects designed by Dawson campers. 

    Week 3: 
    June 17-21: Red, Hot Summer STEM Bucket List! 
    Prepare to be challenged! Campers will cooperatively persevere in exciting group challenges through a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) proposed problems. Using design thinking and collaboration, they will work to improve outcomes and out-think their competition. Campers will use accessible materials and Ozobots robots in their learning tasks. Perseverance, grit, and curiosity required.

    Week 4: 
    June 24-28: Cardboard Arcade Challenge
    The Cardboard Challenge is a fun experience that fosters creativity and 21st-century skills such as ingenuity and resourcefulness, perseverance, collaboration, teamwork, and critical thinking. Participating in this challenge means you are joining a global community that represents entrepreneurship and creativity. This challenge is inspired by the short film, Caine's Arcade. Campers will design a special t-shirt to promote their arcade. Then, while embracing a unique engineering process, they will use cardboard boxes, everyday objects, and recyclable materials to create their own elaborate working cardboard game.

    Week 5: 
    July 1-5: Nature Detectives! 
    Eco-Improvements, National Geographic’s newest campaign, asks the question, “planet or plastic?” Campers will spend the week working to overcome problems created by society’s use of plastic and non-recyclable materials. Campers will use virtual reality to take field trips across the globe. Through design thinking, students will reflect and look for solutions to human impact on the environment. Students will create videos, poems, songs, public service announcements, and essays to explain and educate the public and will work to advocate for solutions.

General Summer Camp Policies

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  • Please Read Dawson's General Summer Camp Policies

    • Students must enroll for the full session.
    • Your registration will be complete when this form is submitted and the registration fee is paid. We will contact you immediately if the selected camp is no longer available. Detailed camp information and billing statements will be sent prior to each session. Please note that all sessions must be paid in full one week prior to the start of camp. Campers cannot attend a session until full payment is received.
    • Camp fee is refundable if written/email notice of cancellation is received two weeks before the start of a session.
    • Unacceptable conduct by a camper may result in dismissal without a refund.
    • The Dawson Summer Camp reserves the right to cancel any program that does not reach an acceptable enrollment level
    The following forms must be completed before your child attends Dawson Summer Camp:
    • Online Registration Payment Form
    • Online Student Information Form

Camp Is In Session

Five weeklong sessions available:
June 3-July 5
Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch and snacks are provided daily.
Cost: $375 per session

The Alexander Dawson School

Welcome to The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain! Located in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada, The Alexander Dawson School is a non-sectarian, non-profit school offering students in preschool through eighth grade an inspired and meaningful education. Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.