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For students entering grades 6-8, O’Dowd’s Middle School Camp offers a fun and enriching experience on the O’Dowd campus. Our holistic program encourages self-exploration – creating opportunities for students to grow academically, creatively, socio-emotionally, and physically, through hands-on learning, engaging activities, small group work, and sports (basketball, football, soccer, running, and more.) See our sample list of courses below! Most classes average about 15 students, and families can choose to enroll students in as many or as few classes as they like!

Session Dates and Schedule - 2024

This summer we are offering two Middle School sessions:

Session 1: June 17-28, 2024 (no classes June 19)

Mini-Session: July 1-3
Session 2: July 8 - July 19 (no classes July 4 & 5)

Daily Schedule

Block One                             9:00 - 10:00am

Dragon Community            10:00 - 11:00am

Block Two                            11:10am - 12:10pm

Lunch                                    12:10 - 12:55pm

Block Three                          12:55 - 1:55pm

Block Four                            2:00 - 3:00pm

Adventure Time                   3:00 - 4:30pm

Dragon Community Time

Students who choose to take a morning class also participate in Dragon Community Time guided by trained teen camp counselors and supervised by adult staff. In Dragon Community Time, students participate in various fun social and camp activities.



Middle School Camp provides a daily lunch option made with organic produce, some sourced from O’Dowd’s on-site Living Lab. For students who enroll in 3 or more courses, daily lunch is included!

FAQ here

Middle School Classes - Sample List

Full list and details will be available on registration site

Anatomy and Sports Medicine

Basic anatomy, common sports injuries, emergency medicine, and more.

Basketball (Boys and Girls)

Basketball fundamentals and team dynamics, including offensive and defensive concepts.


Develop public speaking skills while becoming a critical thinker and an informed global citizen.


Master the basics of acting and musical theater in a fun and safe environment. All skill levels welcome!

Edible Garden Adventure

Learn to grow seasonal vegetables using sustainable agricultural principals.

Math 1

Fundamental skills for high school algebra, including fractions, decimals, ratios, percentages, and graphing.

Math 2

Algebra skills including order of operations, exponents and radicals, ratios and proportions, algebraic notation, and solving linear equations and inequalities.


Math 3

For students who have successfully completed Pre-Algebra, topics include solving linear equations, slope and graphing linear equations, polynomials and factoring.


Mental Skills Training

Learn sports psychology techniques, including communication, imagery, motivation and confidence. 



Learn the basic elements of a “Wow!” photograph, with outdoor and indoor shoots, and photo editing programs like Adobe Lightroom.


Reading the Write Way

Improve reading comprehension by analyzing fiction and writing short stories.


Spanish Language & Culture

Learn the basics, practice listening and pronunciation, and create fun skits.

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