Summer Programs

Pioneer a magical summer.

We are proud to offer a wide array of enjoyable and enriching summer programs in a safe, supportive and beautiful environment. Our individualized camps provide a taste of the unique experience that is Western Reserve Academy.

Whatever you're looking for — from a half-day, full-day or boarding experience, if you're looking to strengthen your academic or athletic skills, have an adventure or feed your creative drive — you'll find it here.

We invite you to join us for a magical summer of friendship, learning and fun.

Catch up on our Summer Program Blog to see the exciting activities and learning from this past summer.

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Want more info?

Email summerprograms@wra.net or call 330-342-9661.

Explore all our Summer Program offerings:



Reserve a Summer Adventure

WRA Adventure Camp | June 12 - July 21 (Weekly Sessions)

Adventure Camp| June 12 – July 21 (Weekly Sessions)
Coed day camp for ages 7-14

WRA’s longest standing and best recognized summer program, Adventure Camp is popular with kids who want to broaden their horizons by trying new things, meeting new people and having fun, while participating in developmentally appropriate group activities and enrichment programs on WRA’s historic campus and throughout the region. In addition to traditional games and sports, campers will enjoy arts and crafts, swimming, dance, improv skits, cooking, fishing, computer coding, nature hikes, movie creation, creative writing, field trips, and more. Camp runs from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and campers will enjoy breakfast and lunch in our campus dining room. Parents are invited to join their children for breakfast before heading off to work.

Cost: $495 (multi-camper discount available!)
Schedule: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (7:45 a.m. drop off starting with breakfast)
Location: WRA campus, each day begins in Ellsworth Hall Dining Room

Adventure Camp Sessions
  • June 12-16
  • June 19-23
  • June 26-30
  • July 3-7
  • July 10-14
  • July 17-21

For more information, email Director Thomas Adams-Wall at adamswallt@wra.net.

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Pioneer Academics

Foreign Language Summer Immersion Institute | June 11-24

Foreign Language Summer Immersion Institute | June 11-24
Coed, boarding and day program for ages 8-14

There is no better way to learn or further develop verbal and written communication skills in foreign languages than diving in – learning it while living it! WRA’s boarding and day, coed, foreign language immersion program positions campers for such an opportunity. Students will learn the language in a classroom and in “real life” situations while sharing experiences with teachers, counselors, activity coordinators and peers. Offering programs in Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic, campers will grow as language students under the guidance of elite level instructors. Students from all levels of language mastery are welcome, from novice to advanced. Participants will be grouped by age, grade and language proficiency level to maximize learning and socialization. Campers who board will live in the WRA dormitories and eat meals in the campus dining room. Day students will enjoy breakfast and lunch in the dining room as well.

Cost: Boarding: $2,000; Day: $1,200
Location: WRA academic buildings
Academic Day Schedule:
  • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (lunch is served at noon)
  • Saturday, June, 17: 9 a.m.–noon
  • Afternoon, evening and weekend programing will include recreational and enrichment activities

For more information, email Director Khalid Madhi at madhik@wra.net.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted | June 26 - July 14

Summer Institute for the Gifted | June 26 - July 14 (No classes July 4)
Coed, day program for ages 5-12

With 32 years of experience, SIG offers a three-week program that combines challenging academics with social and recreational opportunities to nurture students’ social skills as well as enhance their natural talents and abilities in various fields of study. The SIG curriculum develops critical, complex and creative thinking skills. Courses are open-ended and multi-disciplinary, incorporating concepts from the humanities, math, science technology arts and recreation.

Cost: Full day: $2,295; half day: $1,098
Schedule: 8:45 a.m.–4 p.m. (Extended day drop-off and pick-up is available.)
Location: WRA’s historic academic buildings

For more information, email Kate Kossar at kkossar@giftedstudy.org or visit www.GiftedStudy.org.

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English Language Institute (ELI) | July 14 - August 11

English Language Institute (ELI) | July 14 – August 11
Coed, full-day boarding program for non-native speakers ages 13-17

This month-long program is designed for students who intend to pursue enrollment at an American independent school and for whom English is not their native language. The ELI curriculum emphasizes advanced vocabulary building, reading comprehension and writing skills, including writing research papers and lab reports, study skill work and test preparation, conversational English and American social skill development, independent school and TOEFL preparation.

Cost: $7,800
Schedule: Full academic day schedule, afternoon and weekend activities, evening study hall
Location: WRA’s historic campus, including academic, residential and recreational buildings

Learn more about the English Language Institute.

For more information and questions, email John Gordon at gordonj@wra.net.

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Mastering Middle School | July 31 - August 4

Mastering Middle School | July 31 - August 4
Coed, half-day camp for ages 11-13

This course is designed for middle school students and has it all – hot tips for readiness, organizational and study skill strategies, note and test taking skills, hints for creating dynamite projects and polished presentations along with ways to meet new friends and impress teachers. Get a head start and a helping hand in successfully navigating middle school.

Cost: $225
Schedule: 9 a.m.–noon
Location: WRA's academic buildings

For more information and questions, email Director Melanie Patterson at mpatterson@oldtrail.org.

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Pioneer Technology

Classroom Antics | June 5-9

Classroom Antics| June 5-9
Coed, day camp for ages 7-13

Ohio’s #1 Tech Camp for kids offers a fun, innovative educational program that combines your child’s passion with top instructors to achieve amazing things.

Cost: $235
Location: WRA’s Wilson Hall

Program opportunities include:
  • Jr. Lego Robotics for ages 7-9 | 9 a.m.–noon
  • Lego Robotics Automation Driven for ages 10-14 | 9 a.m.–noon
  • Minecraft: Mod Mania for ages 10-14 | 9 a.m.–noon
  • Video Game Design: Uncharted Worlds for ages 10-14 | 9 a.m.-noon or 1–4 p.m.
  • Computer Programming: Creative Coders for ages 9-14 | 1–4 p.m.
  • Jr. Video Game Design: Keepers Quest for ages 7-9 | 1–4 p.m.
  • Stop Motion Animation: Brick Flicks for ages 9-14 | 1–4 p.m.
  • Video Game Design: Uncharted Worlds for ages 10–14 | 9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.

For more information, visit classroomantics.com.

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Digital Fabrication Camp | July 10-14

Digital Fabrication Makerspace Camp | July 10-14
Coed, full-day program for ages 10-13

Learn to make, create and innovate as a part of our cutting edge Digital Fabrication Makerspace Camp in WRA’s remarkable Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity. Students will explore design, 3D scanning, garment and UV printing, vinyl cutting, poster and decal creation, laser and plasma cutting, electronics, and more. Led by WRA's Director of Information & Education Technology Matt Gerber, campers will receive advanced training and instruction and create several products each day.

Cost: $475
Location: WRA’s state-of-the-art Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity
Schedule: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Lunch is included.)
  • Monday, July 10 – CAD and 3D scanning
  • Tuesday, July 11 – Garment, vinyl, UV and poster printing
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Laser cutting and engraving
  • Thursday, July 13 – Electronics
  • Friday, July 14 – Plasma cutting

For more information and questions, email Director Matt Gerber at gerberm@wra.net.

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Pioneer the Arts

Pioneer Summer Intensive Dance Camp | June 19-30 (Weekly sessions)

Pioneer Summer Intensive Dance Camp | June 19-30 (Weekly sessions)
Coed, day program for ages 8-13

The Summer Intensive Dance Camp for beginner and advanced students offers instruction in ballet, modern and jazz dance along with creative movement and choreography. Each session will culminate with a performance at the conclusion of the week. Highly regarded and energetic WRA dance instructor Emily Barth will direct the camp and provide instruction. Lunch will be provided each day in the Ellsworth Dining Hall.

Dates:

  • June 19–23 for ages 8-10
  • June 26–30 for ages 11-13

Cost: $375
Location: WRA's Knight Fine Arts Center dance studio
Schedule:

  • 8:45–11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
  • 12:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Recommended Attire
  • Girls:
    • Ballet: solid color leotard with pink tights and ballet shoes
    • Jazz: ballet attire with jazz shoes (black jazz pants optional)
    • Modern dance: ballet attire with bare feet
    • Hair should be pulled back in a secure bun.
  • Boys:
    • Ballet: fitted white shirt or boys leotard, black tights, white socks, white shoes
    • Jazz: ballet attire with jazz shoes (black jazz pants optional)
    • Modern dance: ballet attire with bare feet

For more information, email Director Emily Barth at barthe@wra.net.

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WRA Jazz Institute | June 19-23

Western Reserve Academy Jazz Institute | June 19 - June 23
Coed, boarding camp for grades 7-12

The WRA Summer Jazz Institute offers an array of opportunities to learn, perform and experience the art of jazz music born in America. Our Jazz Institute is open to student musicians who play saxophones (alto, tenor and bari), trombone, trumpet, electric guitar, piano, bass (electric or upright), piano and drums. Students will have the opportunity to perform in small and large jazz ensembles while focusing on the unique style of jazz performance. Students will also learn about improvisation and other specific techniques in individual lessons and small group master classes. Performances by local jazz musicians and a student showcase concert are all a part of the amazing WRA Summer Jazz Institute.

Location: Hayden Hall and other buildings on WRA’s historic campus
Cost: Boarding: $750; Commuter (includes lunch): $350

For more information or questions, email Director Will Talaba at talabaw@wra.net.

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WRA Piano Institute | July 31 - August 4

WRA Summer Piano Institute | July 31 - August 4
Coed, full-day camp for grades 9-12, college and adult pianists

The WRA Summer Piano Institute offers an advanced enrichment opportunity for high school, college and professional pianists to learn and grow while working with master-level musicians and mentors. Our partnership with Pierre van der Westhuizen and Sophie van der Westhuizen at the Cleveland International Piano Competition will make this a very special opportunity for pianists aspiring to further their craft. We are happy to have the 2016 winners of the Cleveland International Piano Competition as our faculty, including Nikita Mndoyants, Leonardo Colafelice, Dinara Klinton and Georgy Tchaidze.

Cost: $800
Schedule: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (Lunch is provided.)
Location: Hayden Hall and other buildings on WRA's historic campus

For more information and questions, email Director Will Talaba at talabaw@wra.net.

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Pioneer Imagination

Puppet Camp | June 26-30

Puppet Camp | June 26-30
Coed, half-day program for ages 7-10

Campers will learn beginning puppetry and acting through creative play, movement and storytelling, while experiencing a vast collection of costumes, props and puppets! The kids will create their own puppet friends using a fun and surprising range of materials.

Cost: $225
Schedule: 9 a.m.–noon
Location: WRA’s historic academic buildings

For more information and questions, email Director Melanie Patterson at mpatterson@oldtrail.org.

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Pioneer Cooking Camp | June 26-30

Pioneer Cooking Camp | June 26-30
Coed, half-day camp for ages 8-12

Led by WRA's Executive Chef Ben Baragay, WRA’s Pioneer Cooking Camp will introduce campers to the pleasure involved with preparing and enjoying real food! The experience will include learning about planning, purchasing and preparing food for a meal. Campers will learn basic cooking skills and the importance of basic nutrition. Our young chefs will start the week with a welcome package of essential kitchen tools including an apron with their name on it, take a field trip to West Side Market and prepare a dinner at the end of the week for parents and/or grandparents.

Cost: $550
Schedule: 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: WRA's Ellsworth Dining Hall

For more information or questions, email Director Ed Mundy at mundye@wra.net.

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Playmakers, Pirates and Princesses | July 24-28

Playmakers, Pirates and Princesses | July 24-28
Coed, half-day program for ages 5-8

Campers will delight in acting out their favorite stories with realistic props and costumes. The week will be fully scheduled with theater games, creative play, movement to music and making innovative crafts. Familiar fairy tales are the building block for each day’s theme. Catch the Gingerbread Man, trip trop over the troll’s bridge and run lickety split down the stairs from the three bears during a fun-filled week.

Cost: $225
Schedule: 9 a.m.–noon
Location: WRA’s historic academic buildings

For more information and questions, email Director Melanie Patterson at mpatterson@oldtrail.org.

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Pioneer Athletics

Great Lakes Elite Football Camp | June 8

Great Lakes Elite Football Camp | June 8
Boys day camp for grades 9-12 and PG

This showcase camp creates an opportunity for high school football players to learn skills and drills and showcase their talent in front of the region’s top college football coaches. In 2016, more than 30 colleges had coaches in attendance. Competition segments of camp will be recorded and available to share with coaches.

Schedule: June 8: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $98 for one day
Location: WRA’s field located behind the Murdough Athletic Center

For more information, email Jeff Hildebrand at hildebrand@wra.net, or visit greatlakespremierfootballcamp.com.

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WRA Instructional Swim Camp | June 12-16

Western Reserve Academy Instructional Swim Camp | June 12-16
Coed, day program for ages 8-14

Led by highly regarded head coach for the WRA swim team Katie Monroe, this camp will focus on developing four strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. The morning will involve in- and out-of-pool teaching, training and activity. This is not designed as a swim lesson camp, but rather a camp to teach four core strokes to children and early adolescents who know how to swim.

Cost: $225
Schedule: 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: WRA’s Murdough Athletic Center pool

For more information, email Katie Monroe at monroek@wra.net.

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All-Star Lacrosse Camp | June 19-23

All Star Lacrosse Camp | June 19-23
Coed, day program for ages 8-16

Get a quick start on one of America’s most popular sports. Campers will learn about the game, develop as players and build skills while working with WRA’s decorated lacrosse coaches Audi and Amanda Glass and their impressive staff – many of whom are former Western Reserve Academy and college players. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Lunch is provided in the Ellsworth Dining Hall.

Cost: $300
Location: WRA’s Stadium and surrounding fields beside the Murdough Athletic Center
Schedule:

  • 9 a.m.–noon
  • Lunch: Noon–1 p.m.
  • 1–4 p.m.

For more information, email Camp Director Audi Glass at glassa@wra.net or Amanda Glass at glassa1@wra.net.

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Western Reserve Soccer Academy | June 26 -30

Western Reserve Soccer Academy | June 26-30
Coed, day program for ages 7-17

Led by decorated WRA soccer Head Coach Herb Haller and his top notch staff, this fun soccer program is designed to improve skills through a combination of instruction, drills and scrimmaging. This is an instructional, player development camp in a fun atmosphere. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Lunch is provided in the Ellsworth Dining Hall.

Cost: $275
Schedule: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (lunch is provided)
Location: WRA’s front soccer fields along College Street

For more information, email Herb Haller at hallerh@wra.net.

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NFA Cleveland Pre-Season Prep Football Camp | July 15-16

NFA Cleveland Pre-Season Prep Football Camp | July 15-16
Boys day camp for football

The Pre-Season Prep Camp, founded by Darin Slack in 1988, utilizes a proven system of building better football players by building better men! 25,000 athletes attest to the success in life, work and football achieved through training and developing with NFA Camps, books and DVDs. Coaches and parents have returned year after year to benefit from our progressive, sequential, dynamic development curriculum. Recognizing the immense value of systematic, precision training, we have invested heavily in coach certification so you can have confidence that every camp meets our industry-leading standards. For more information, visit nationalfootballacademies.com.

Cost: $259 for quarterbacks; $159 for running backs and receivers
Schedule:
  • Day 1: 3–8 p.m.
  • Day 2: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (lunch is provided)

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Pioneer Tennis Camp | July 17-21

Pioneer Tennis Camp | July 17-21
Coed, half-day and full-day program for ages 8–15

The Pioneer Tennis Camp combines fun activities and individualized tennis skill instruction for the beginner through experienced player. Each morning session will include stroke-of-the-day instruction, singles and doubles strategies, effective serve technique and a fitness component. The afternoon program will focus on match play and play-based drills. Instruction will be led by talented WRA tennis Head Coach Sebastian Glinzler on the 10-court, state-of-the-art tennis facility at Western Reserve Academy.

Cost: Half day: $225; Full day: $400

Location: WRA’s tennis courts neighboring the Murdough Athletic Center
Schedule:

  • Half day: 9 a.m.–noon
  • Full day: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (lunch provided)

For more information and questions, email Director Sebastian Glinzler at glinzlers@wra.net.

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Keli Smith-Puzo Gold Medal Field Hockey Camp | July 10-14

Kelli Smith-Puzo Gold Medal Field Hockey Camp | July 10-14
Day camp including half-day, morning and afternoon sessions

Led by two-time Olympian Keli Smith-Puzo, Gold Medal Field Hockey Camp will teach skills and drills to younger girls during the morning session, while offering a competitive training camp for high school players preparing for their upcoming season during the afternoon session. Learn the technique and training concepts used at the highest level of the sport. All training will take place on WRA’s athletic fields neighboring the Murdough Athletic Center.

Cost: $250
Location: WRA athletic fields neighboring the Murdough Athletic Center
Schedule:

  • 9 a.m.–noon for ages 8-12
  • 2–6 p.m. for grades 9-12

For more information and questions, email Director Keli Smith-Puzo at kelismith13@gmail.com.

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Game On! Sports 4 Girls | August 7-11

Game On! Sports 4 Girls | August 7-11
Girls day camp for grades K-4th

A camp to play and discover for K-4th grade girls. Game On! is passionate about inspiring girl's appreciation in play, sports, health, fitness and camraderie. High quality instruction is provided across a variety of sports in ways that inspire girls of different ages and skill levels.

Cost: $325 (Lunch is included.)
Schedule: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (Extended care until 5:30 p.m. is available for $75.)
Location: WRA's Murdough Athletic Center


For more information, visit gameonsportscamp.com/Hudson-OH, or email Barb Lazarus at barb@gameonsportscamp.com.


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