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  • Advanced Chess Summer Camp

    Course Description Advanced Chess Summer Camp starts with advanced chess lessons right away. Players will study opening theory, end game scenarios, and deeper strategic concepts. This is a summer camp for chess players with previous chess experience and a desire to improve! Prerequisite: Previous experience in a YEL chess class or summer camp, or an 800+ ChessKid.com rating. Logistics None Instructor Youth Enrichment League Youth Enrichment League – {YEL!} – was founded in 2004 by Chet and Lisa Gunhus. It was founded to bring the highest quality enrichment to schools throughout Minnesota. Through the combined blessings of amazing teachers and happy clients, {YEL!} has grown to 745 schools and 150 teachers in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
  • Advanced Project Runway

    Course Description Prerequisite: Participants must have prior experience in a {YEL!} Project Runway camp. This is a faster paced camp than Project Runway. The instructor will lead students to design unique and personalized take-home apparel following current fashion trends. Projects include: A romper, tote bag, drawstring bag, and hair scrunchy. Logistics All supplies provided Instructor Youth Enrichment League Youth Enrichment League – {YEL!} – was founded in 2004 by Chet and Lisa Gunhus. It was founded to bring the highest quality enrichment to schools throughout Minnesota. Through the combined blessings of amazing teachers and happy clients, {YEL!} has grown to 745 schools and 150 teachers in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
  • Amazing Architects

    Course Description Calling all builders, makers, and designers! Experience a fun hands-on camp where participants will create blueprints, learn about architectural features, explore scale and build a model of a dream house! Registration Deadline: July 14 Logistics None Instructor TigerLily STEM. TigerLily STEM has led fun and interactive camps and classes for thousands of students in the Des Moines area since 2017. They emphasize instruction through activities and have a ton of fun while learning about science, math, and technology. All TigerLily STEM instructors are professional teachers or college students pursuing careers in STEM related fields https://tigerlilystem.com/
  • Anchor Kids Camp

    Course Description Anchor Kids was built to give kids the tools to lead strong, healthy lives. We do this through the 5 Pillars of Health for Kids: Fitness, Nutrition, Seeds2Snacks, Mindfulness, Sport/Activity. Our summer camp dives deeper into these 5 pillars with fun, immersive, and engaging programs to start the learning process of leading healthy lives. Pillar 1: Fitness. We utilize what we call the 9 foundational bodyweight movements to teach kids proper movement and mix them up in as many ways as creatively possible to put kids through a fun exercise experience. We begin each day with movement warm-ups and a group exercise session together. Pillar 2: Nutrition. We partnered with a local Registered Dietician to put together a fun and engaging infographic that gives kids the creative freedom to learn about each food group in an activity we call "Eat Your Colors". This breaks a plate of food down into proteins, carbohydrates, fats, dairy, and grains. We also reinforce good hydration habits and differentiate between a "healthy" drink and a not-so-healthy drink. Kids will utilize fun coloring activities to show how they can eat their colors. Pillar 3: Seeds2Snacks. This is a fun and innovative pillar that gives kids the tools to plant their own seeds in planting pods that we provide and we teach the basics of caring for the seed to grow into their own healthy snacks. Food just doesn't magically appear in a grocery store and Seeds2Snakcs helps to reinforce that idea. Pillar 4: Mindfulness. Yoga has been around for centuries, but primarily taught and practiced by adults. This pillar gives kids the time, energy, and space to think their own thoughts and feel their own feelings while engaging in fun and interactive yoga flows and poses. Pillar 5: Sport/Activity. Kids will focus on the intangibles of sport and activity like teamwork, working together to achieve a goal, respect, sportsmanship, effective communication, and more. This pillar wasn't designed to coach a sport, even though we do work through some skills of specific sports, it was more so designed to give kids an idea of how sport and activity can be fun and challenging at the same time with the proper tools to engage with others and work hard. Throughout the camp kids will tell stories, read stories, play games, interact with each other in a positive way, create their own Anchor Kids Ethos together, exercise together, eat healthy snacks (considerations made for food sensitivity and allergies), drink lots of water, be inside and outside, and just have an all around great time! Your student will also be issued a book: The Way of the Warrior Kid - Field Manual, by Jocko Willink, that is theirs to keep once the camp is complete. Anchor Kids lead the Way. Logistics All snacks and supplies provided Instructor: Anchor Kids https://www.facebook.com/AnchorKidsOrg https://www.instagram.com/anchorkidsorg/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/anchor-kids-org/
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    Art Camp: Creative Playground

    Course Description Embark on a creative journey with Mrs. Hewitt, the Wallace art teacher! Artists will create in various media and techniques, including clay, paint, printmaking, and much, much more. Each budding artist will walk away with one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Explore the captivating realm of artistry! Logistics Tuition includes supply & equipment usage fee. Instructor: Renee Hewitt
  • Art Camp: Handmade Crafts

    Course Description Working with a variety of materials, particpants will explore a new form of craft each day! Participants will work with yarn to create small baskets, create their very own sketchbooks, and make colored handmade paper from recycled materials! Participants will learn about various artists that use these methods of creating as inspiration. Logistics All art materials provided Instructor Kenzie Lindsey Kenzie is an art teacher at JHS where she teaches Drawing, Digital Photography and Art of Craft. She has experience teaching all age groups and working with a variety of materials. Her favorite art related things are knitting, taking photos, and creating collages.
  • Babysitting Basics

    Course Description: The Babysitting Basics course from the American Red Cross gives participants a foundation on which to build a babysitting business. Designed for new babysitters, this course delivers information clearly, concisely and interactively – and it's the perfect way for young people to learn about all of the responsibilities that come with the job. The Babysitting Basics class covers a wide range of information that can help new babysitters gain the skills and confidence needed to care for infants and children. The course includes information on: How to care for infants and children What to do in an emergency and how to stay safe Choosing activities that are age appropriate Recognizing, understanding and handling certain behaviors Starting your babysitting business Safely preparing a healthy snack The Babysitting Basics course culminates with a final exam. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate that they can share with potential employers. Logistics: Participants should bring a sack lunch, a snack if needed, and a labelled water bottle Participants will receive their Babysitting Basics certificate via email from the American Red Cross following the class Instructor: Olivia Stephenson, Aquatics Coordinator at Summit Middle School Pool!
  • Basketball Boys 3v3 Program

    Course Description Extra opportunity for kids to play basketball in a competitive atmosphere. Each time, teams are randomly selected and split up to face as much competition as they can. Games are self-officiated but supervised. Parents are allowed to attend but can't coach. Teams play to a certain total or a time limit. Logistics Enter through Door #9 on west side of building Bring water bottle with your name on it Staff Johnston Community Education
  • Basketball Girls 3v3 Program

    Course Description Extra opportunity for kids to play basketball in a competitive atmosphere. Each time, teams are randomly selected and split up to face as much competition as they can. Games are self-officiated but supervised. Parents are allowed to attend but can't coach. Teams play to a certain total or a time limit. Logistics Enter through Door #9 on west side of building Bring water bottle with your name on it Staff Johnston Community Education
  • Basketball- Family Open Gym

    Please take the time to register online for this program. Register only once per season- and attend as much as you like. Once you are registered, you are on our check-in list. The purpose of this registration: - JCE has your contact information so we can communicate any changes to open gym dates/times - Your emergency contact information is stored within our system - Tracks the interest and attendance easier -Day Pass- $5 paid per child at the gym door, still need to sign in GENERAL RULES- -Ages 6 and under are not allowed due to safety issues. Youth ages 15 and under must be directly supervised by a responsible adult (21 years and older). -Please bring your own basketball with your name on it. No other balls will be allowed to play with during open gym (no football, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, etc). -Full Court games are NOT allowed unless approved by supervisor due to lower numbers. No organized practices allowed. Baskets can be lowered if needed. -No kicking or throwing basketballs during open gym. No half court shots. -Kids must be directly supervised so nobody will be allowed in the hallway unless getting a drink or using the restroom.
  • Basketball: Coach T Fundamentals Camp Gr 3-6

    Course Description The goal of his camps is to provide each camper with a positive, fun-filled learning experience. The camp is designed to provide personal attention to help young athletes improve their basketball fundamentals. These camps set the framework for successful future athletes. Different drills/activities per camp. Logistics Enter through Door #12 Bring water bottle with your name on it Camp Director Kenton Tennal- Coach T has been running or assisting basketball camps for nearly 2 decades.
  • Basketball: Coach T Fundamentals Camp K-2

    Course Description The goal of his camps is to provide each camper with a positive, fun-filled learning experience. The camp is designed to provide personal attention to help young athletes improve their basketball fundamentals. These camps set the framework for successful future athletes. Different drills/activities per camp. Logistics Enter through Door #12 Bring water bottle with your name on it Camp Director Kenton Tennal- Coach T has been running or assisting basketball camps for nearly 2 decades.
  • Battle Drones

    Course Description Battle Drones features an exciting combination of aerial acrobatics and engineering design challenges that teaches students STEM concepts, teamwork, and how to skillfully fly a drone. In Battle Drones, teams of students will build robotic launchers designed to fling projectiles at opponents’ drones. Students will be guided by experienced camp instructors in how to construct projectile launchers to maximize speed and accuracy. The camp culminates in an epic battle where students attempt to pilot drones to safety by successfully dodging opponent projectiles while attempting to take down opponent drones. The best drone pilots and launchers will emerge victorious! Students have the option to purchase a drone to take home at the end of camp for $50 (approximately a $100 value). Registration deadline to purchase drone with camp registration: June 23. Logistics If registering for the CAMP ONLY - select the $105 rate If purchasing a DRONE IN ADDITION to camp registration - select the $155 rate (Deadline: June 23) Instructor: COR Robotics
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    Beginning Guitar

    Course Description Join this dynamic course to learn a dynamite instrument! Players will learn the basics of music including reading music, rhythm, melody and meter. Classes are fun and make the instrument easily accessible for all students. Sign up today to let the music play! Logistics Students must provide their own guitar. Need assistance selcting aguitar? Visit https://youthenrichmentleague.com/what-kind-of-guitar-should-i-buy-for-my-child/ Instructor Instructor: Youth Enrichment League Youth Enrichment League – {YEL!} – was founded in 2004 by Chet and Lisa Gunhus. It was founded to bring the highest quality enrichment to schools throughout Minnesota. Through the combined blessings of amazing teachers and happy clients, {YEL!} has grown to 745 schools and 150 teachers in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
  • Climb Iowa Adventures: Gr K-8

    Course Description Time to reach new heights and learn more about the strategies in climbing! Climb Iowa staff members belay the participants on the ropes and help with climbing our bouldering walls. Logistics Signed Visitor Agreement is REQUIRED Wear t-shirt, shorts or pants, and bring a water bottle with your name on it Climbing shoes, rental harnesses, and instruction are provided Instructor Climb Iowa Staff
  • Dance: Broadway BootCamp Disney Edition

    Course Description This two-day musical theatre dance workshop will have campers learning stylized choreography and steps to dances from hit Broadway Disney shows that will be performed at the camp's conclusion. Logistics Enter through the main door on the south side of the building Performance of learned dances will be at 12:45pm on Friday, August 9 Instructor The Dancer's Theatre Staff
  • Dance: Elementary Olympics Mini Dance & More Camp

    Course Description This three-day dance and more camp will have students living Olympic dreams through dance and fun activities inspired by summer games. Logistics Enter through the main door on the south side of the building Performance of a learned dance will be at 1:50pm on Friday, August 2 Instructor The Dancer's Theatre Staff
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    Design Your Own T-Shirt

    Course Description Create a unique t-shirt design! Students will work to design a custom T-shirt using digital graphic design tools. A professional screen printing company will turn the design into a real life T-shirt and ship it home after camp! Experienced instructors will teach students how to run the software and guide the process to turn student visions into reality! Logistics Instructor COR Robotics
  • Dragon Boys Cross Country Camp: Gr 6-12

    Course Description Come see why the Johnston Boys Cross Country team has one of the best traditions of excellence and culture in the country! Learn about the sport, train, and participate in team building activities. Logistics Enter through Door #19 (NE side of JMS) by the gym Bring water bottle with your name on it Camp Director JHS Head Boys Track and Field & Head Boys Cross Country Coach Matt Jaschen- Coach Jaschen started coaching at Johnston in 2010 and teaches HS Science at JHS. He was the 2023 State Track & Field Coach of the Year, 2023 Des Moines Register All-Iowa Coach of the Year, 7x At-Large XC Coach of the Year Awards. His teams have been to state the last 12 years in a row! JHS won state in track in 2023, runners-up in cross country in 2013/2022, and have had multiple individual champions in both sports. Coach says "We help athletes develop self-confidence, promote a healthy lifestyle, and create a culture where young athletes can learn and take ownership of their success."
  • Dragon Boys Tennis Camp: Gr 8-12

    Course Description The Johnston Boys tennis camp is designed for Grades 8-12 planning on playing high school tennis. Emphasis will be placed on singles and doubles match strategy and advanced stroke development. Please arrive 10 minutes early so camp can start on time. Contact Coach Nyquist (Snyquist1@msn.com) or Coach Schuessler (dennis.schuessler@johnston.k12.ia.us) for more information. Logistics Campers should bring a racket, water bottle and sunscreen each day. Camp Directors JHS Boys Head Tennis Coaches Dennis Schuessler- Coach Schuessler started coaching at JHS in 2017. Their last state appearance was in 2022. His goal for this camp is to prepare the next generation of Tennis Dragons. JHS Boys Assistant Coach Steve Nyquist- Coach Nyquist started coaching tennis at JHS in 2022. They qualified for team state in 2022 and had state qualifiers in 2022, 2023. Current professional coach has said “You have done a great job and are doing amazing with the Johnston team. They are lucky to have you.” He has over 40 years experience in tennis and has learned from some of the best players and coaches in the country. Coach has tremendous passion for the sport and wants to give back to a sport that has given him a lifetime of fun and pleasure. He wants to be the coach and resource to the players that he didn’t have when he was learning the game. If your son attends this camp and applies what they have learned, they will improve. The camp will focus more on strategy and philosophy that is often not included from professional coaches.
  • Dragon Dance Team Technique Camp: Gr K-7

    Course Description Dancers learn dance team technique/skills that fits their skill level. Learn and improve turns, leaps, jumps, flexibility, and pom motions. Dancers will be working and learning from JHS Varsity Coaches and Dance Team members. Logistics Bring water bottle with your name on it Camp Director JHS Head Dance Coach Paige Meredith
  • Dragon Football Camp- Fit to Hit: Gr 9-12

    Course Description The Fit to Hit Football Camp will focus on skill development , position growth, conditioning and will also learn concepts used by the offense, defense, and special teams. This camp is for athletes that plan on participating in football in the Fall. Each participant will receive a t-shirt. The benefit of attending these camps will give the camper a chance to better their football skills on both sides of the ball by learning an offensive position and defensive position plus will get a chance to start learning specifics about what offensive/defensive formations and plays that will be used during the season. This camp introduces the basics so it will be important to attend so you are ready to go on Day 1. It will also give the camper a chance to get some conditioning in and gauge where the players are at with their stamina. All campers just need to come with T-shirts, shorts and cleats if they have them, plus bring the attitude to work and get better as a football player! Be coachable, open minded and HAVE FUN! Logistics Bring water bottle with your name on it Camp Director JHS Head Football Coach Brian Woodley- Coach Woodley started at Johnston in 2002 and has coached for 30+ years overall. He teaches Physical Education at JHS. He has been named State Coach of Year in both classes 4A and 5A twice in 2017 and 2022. Johnston has qualified for the football playoffs 16 times, 3 Quarterfinal appearances, 1 Semifinal appearance. Coach says "I really enjoy instructing my football camps as I really enjoy getting to know kids that enjoy football and are passionate about bettering their football skills. I also love developing relationships with the kids at a younger age and watching them grow as a person and a football player while participating in the Dragon football program."
  • Dragon Football Camp: Gr 8

    Course Description Learn all about offensive and defensive positions and special teams play. We’ll emphasize the fundamentals of various positions so players can learn about the game of football and build confidence. The camp will include sport-specific conditioning drills, position-specific fundamentals, and games and competitions. Logistics Camp will take place at the JMS Stadium. Enter on south side of stadium. Wear appropriate clothing (t-shirt, shorts, cleats), and bring a water bottle. No other football gear/equipment is needed. Camp Director 8th Grade Head Football Coach Tom Griffin
  • Dragon Future Champions Training Clinic: Gr 6-8

    Course Description Future Dragon Champions!! Please join us in this opportunity to work with JHS coaches and athletes to develop the strength, skills and mindset of championship athletes. This clinic is designed to develop athletes across ALL sports. Logistics Bring water bottle with your name on it Camp Director JHS Girls Cross Country Head Coach Patrick Hennes- Coach Hennes has been a Dragon since his first days of student teaching at JHS in the Spring of 2002. He has had a front row seat as the number of graduates has doubled over time and taken great joy in witnessing JCSD grow into a thriving and diverse community serving the needs of a broad, multicultural group of learners. After volunteering with the JHS Track & Field squads as a student teacher in the spring of 2002, Coach Hennes was hired as an assistant coach for both the boys and girls Cross Country and Track & Field squads for the 2002-2003 school year. The following year (2003) he was hired as the Head Girls Cross Country Coach, remaining with the Boys Track & Field program as the distance coach until joining the girls Track & Field TEAM as distance coach in the spring of 2007. In the classroom, Mr. Hennes enjoys teaching mostly JHS seniors in one of their final required courses: American Government or American National Government. In one action-packed semester, students learn about the Foundations of American Government, Citizenship and Civic Participation and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Coach Hennes has been recognized with the following awards: 2016 Des Moines Register/USA Today Iowa All Sports Coach of the Year following the Dragons undefeated and record-setting State Championship season 13-time recipient of the IATC Cross Country Coach of the Year Award, including most recently the Dragon’s 2023 State Championship season 2016 USTFCCCA Iowa Coach of the Year 2018 IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction Conference Championships (what years) The Dragons have earned a total of eight CIML Conference Championships under Coach Hennes, who took the Dragons from “Worst to First” in the Conference in his first season as Head Coach in 2003. The Dragons celebrated the 21st anniversary of that Championship with another in the 2023 season. They have also won a total of 13 State Qualifying Meet Championships under Coach Hennes and his amazing staff. State Appearances- The Dragons have competed in the IGHSAU State Championship in 20 out of the past 21 seasons and are currently the defending State Champions State Titles- The Dragons have won *six* out of the past 10 IGHSAU Class 4A Cross Country State Championships (2014-2016-2017-2019-2020-2023) and have finished in the Top 4 in 14 out of the last 18 years. In 2016, the Dragons set the State Meet record for the All Time lowest TEAM score (26) and fastest TEAM finish (18:41 for 5K) "As coaches, we take great pride in living and coaching by our TEAM Mission Statement: We are dedicated to developing strong, confident women who are committed to building community while pursuing excellence in competitive athletes. As coaches, we deeply value the trust that parents place in us to help guide the development of their daughters as both athletes and as individuals. As coaches, summer is our opportunity to take the time to really, truly get-to-know our athletes on an even deeper level as individuals. Life is an adventure and we can’t wait to share that adventure with your daughter!!” Why should they attend/benefits? Participants will learn what it takes to live by our TEAM values: Be Healthy Dream Big Dreams Pursue Excellence Take Ownership Be Accountable Have Fun Embrace Your Sister