Classes

Morning Classes

Acapella Explosion

Acrylic Landscape Painting

Advanced Disc Golf

Beginner Disc Golf

Build an App

Cartooning

Cooking with Karen

CrossFit

Design on a Dime

Digital Music Studio

Down on the Farm

Fantasy Sports

Game Quest

Golf

Ooey Gooey Science

Theatre Troupe

Theatre Mask-Masking

Thrill Ride Science

Track and Field

Afternoon CLASSES

Acrylic Still Life Painting

Beginner Disc Golf

Cooking with Karen

Costume Design

Dance! Dance! Dance!

DDD Worship Band

Digital Music Studio

Engineering in Motion

Experience Art

Extreme Paper Crafting

Game Maker

Junk Jam

Lego Ninja Robots

Raku Pottery

Racquets

Stage Combat

String Studio

Survivor

Writing Rollercoaster

Descriptions

Morning Classes

Acapella Explosion – Nicki Kuiper, Orange City Christian School

We will sing a variety of fun songs, from popular to praise. We'll sing in harmony, adding rhythmic instruments and movement. To rest our vocal cords, we'll play games like "Name that Tune."

Acrylic Landscape Painting – Lori De Jong, Dordt College Education Department

Landscape painting, is the depiction natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests with its elements arranged into a coherent composition. In this class, we will learn some of the basic techniques that artists use when painting landscapes. We will learn some classic composition formulas and practice a variety of ways to create the illusion of space and distance. Each student will create two original acrylic landscape paintings on canvases. We will also spend some time discussing the technique, design, style, and emotional impact of our own landscape paintings.

Advanced Disc Golf – Dylan Van’t Hul, Dordt College Alumni and Disc Golf Enthusiast

This advanced disc golf class builds on basic knowledge, techniques, rules, and etiquette and focuses more on individual development of throwing and game knowledge. More advanced throws will be taught. Participants will compete in pairs or individually. Two new discs will be given to each student, but feel free to bring any discs that you may already own.

Beginner Disc Golf – Titus Landegent, Sioux Center Community School

Disc golf is a fun, socially interactive game and here’s your chance to sharpen up your skills! We’ll be playing outside, rain or shine, learning techniques, rules, and etiquette. It’s a great game for guys and gals; zero experience needed. Participants will compete in groups, not individually. One new disc will be given to each student, but feel free to bring any discs you may already own.

Build an App – Kari Sandouka, Dordt College Computer Science Department

App Inventor provides the fastest way to build apps for Android phones and tablets. You’ll dive into it, and regardless of your programming experience, you’ll create mobile applications for Android-powered devices. It will be so much fun to say “I’ve built an app for that!” A Gmail address is required. (No repeaters)

Note: A limited number of scholarships are available for girls who sign up with this class as their first choice. Expect to pay in full at time of registration, knowing that there may be reimbursement. Contact Allison Kraayenbrink at Allison.Kraayenbrink@dordt.edu with questions.

Cartooning – Matt Drissell, Dordt College Art Department

Ready to take on art and literature? Now is your time to get inspired to tell a story through illustrations. During the cartooning class, we will explore a variety of ways to develop characters, styles, and plots leading to a class-made graphic novel.

Cooking with Karen – Karen Christians, Hull Western Christian High School

Even if you've never advanced beyond making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or licking the spoon, this class will show you how to rustle up some grub sure to impress your friends and your mom. Learn how to make healthy snacks, main course dishes, even drinks and desserts. A trip to the grocery store will make ingredient shopping less of a mystery, and if it all pans out, you'll take home a DDD cookbook! Both guys and girls are welcome to learn basic cooking skills that will put you somewhere between Chef Boyardee and Rachel Ray. No repeaters, please.

CrossFit – Kate VerVelde, Coach at CrossFit BKN

CrossFit is one of the fastest growing sports, the sport of fitness! Learn and build new skills and challenge yourself with a different workout each day. This class is for all levels. Skills can and will be tailored to the individual. Come join the community and see for yourself what all the excitement is about!

Design on a Dime – Sue Blom, Dordt College Costumer

Ever want to try some of those thrifty HGTV or Pinterest ideas for your room, but get stopped dead in your tracks when you don't have any cool materials? Now you do! Pick your color scheme and create accessories for your room, like a woven ribbon pillow or a full sized bulletin board. Use gems, trims, elastic, glue, paper, fabric and imagination to enhance your own designs. Our new costume space has been compared to a Hobby Lobby or Michael's store with all the fun stuff to pick from and use! You'll love the HGDV-(Dordt Version) room makeover you'll create!

Digital Music Studio – John MacInnis, Dordt College Music Department

Have you ever dreamed of making your own album? Always wanted to write your own songs? Curious how you can use the computer to create music? We're doing it! We'll listen to a variety of styles to examine the structure of music and use what we learn to craft our own songs using software like Garage Band. We'll start by building songs from pre-recorded loops, but we'll move on to finesse editing and even record ourselves. From cool jazz to bluegrass country and funky techno to straight-up rock-and-roll, you'll learn techniques to tweak your tunes to your auditory pleasure. By the end of the week, you'll walk away with a CD containing at least six tracks laid down by none other than talented you! Bring your own headphones, please.

Down on the Farm – Mike Schouten and John Olthoff, Dordt College Agriculture Department

Feed the calves! Vaccinate the steers! There are farm chores to do at Dordt's Agriculture Stewardship Center! Learn about caring for farm animals and about growing food for them in a real farm setting. Because farm safety is important, you'll learn firsthand how to properly use equipment like a skid loader. You might even get to harvest from the garden and process the food into tasty treats. (Think strawberry jam and homemade ice cream!) Don't pass up this chance to be a farm kid for a week! No repeaters, please.

Fantasy Sports – Matt Van Soelen, Sioux Falls Christian Schools

"Whether you’re a recent champion in fantasy sports or someone who wants to jump in, this class will help you gain the tools and tricks understand fantasy sports! We will look closely at player statistics from the previous football and basketball seasons by creating algorithms to set up a fantasy league and draft players. In this class we will combine our knowledge of sports with our knowledge of math to help us win that next championship!" Gmail account highly preferred.

Game Quest – Val and Ryan Zonnefeld, Dordt College Math and Education Departments

Strategize. Agonize! Cooperate. Instigate! This board game extravaganza hones your game playing skills in ways that Minecraft and Angry Birds won't. You'll learn board games like Acquire, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride where strategy is of vital importance. There's no Nether or Land of Mushrooms, and a slingshot is not the best weapon against the "Sheriff of Nottingham" if you aim to dominate! Hey, we'll even cover board game secrets and have some free-play time to choose from over 70 games to play.

Golf – Mark Christians, Dordt College Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach

DDD Golf is a great opportunity for first-timers to learn to swing a golf club or for junior golfers to refine your skills. We'll keep you busy with kid-friendly competitions on the putting green and driving range, as well as on-course learning to make each morning session fly by. By the end of the week, you'll have learned fundamental golf skills, etiquette, rules, and sportsmanship. The golf camp will be hosted at The Ridge Golf Club, which has outstanding practice facilities and a championship-level golf course where junior golfers can practice their skills.

Other information:

* You may bring your own set of clubs or have us provide them.

* All campers will be required to walk the golf course, unless there is a medical reason to do otherwise. We can provide pull/push carts for campers with full size clubs, but campers should be prepared to carry their golf bag.

* Golf shoes are encouraged but not required. Bring comfortable shoes that provide lateral support and have soles that do not slip in grass (running shoes with aggressive tread designs work well).

* Some other items that may make your time more comfortable: sun block, a golf cap, sunglasses, and a golf glove.

* Snacks and bottled water/Gatorade will be provided during the week. You may bring your own water bottle. Due to varying morning temps, we suggest you pack a wind shirt or sweatshirt.

Ooey Gooey Science – Matt Van Schepen, Orange City Christian School

This lab is for anyone who wants to get his or her hands into biology and chemistry! You'll do dissections and create slimes-and then there's the quicksand and culture bacteria experience. Microscopes, Petri dishes, scalpels, and beakers-we'll do real science together. Ready to get messy? No repeaters, please.

Theatre Troupe – Dordt College Theatre Department

We want you to make a scene in this class as you learn improvisation and acting techniques. You’ll gain experience and confidence as you use costumes and props to contrive characters and scenes. Be someone new every day! We encourage you to “act up!”

Theatre Mask-Making – Josiah Wallace, Dordt College Theater Department

In this class, students will sculpt a mask out of clay, create a negative of the mask cast in plaster, and then use a slip casting process to produce a wearable and extremely durable neoprene copy of the mask that can be painted and worn for a theatrical show or just for fun. Examples of masks similar to the ones they might create can be found online at the instructors Etsy site: JWMasks.

Thrill Ride Science – Kailee Davelaar, Hull Christian School

Physics is so much more than formulas and guys in white coats – it’s a total rush! In this hands-on class, you’ll learn about motion, forces, and energy, by building a variety of contraptions—including roller coasters, dragsters, engines, and who knows what else! Guys and girls, here’s your chance to put your creativity and God’s natural laws together to find the fun in physics!

Track and Field – Craig Heynen, Dordt College Head Track and Field Coach

Improve your running, throwing, and jumping skills or learn them for the first time! Each day will include warm-ups, instruction in techniques, field practice, and of course, plenty of races, relays, and other friendly competitions. The week culminates in a mock track meet on Friday where you’ll get the chance to beat your best times!

Afternoon Classes

Acrylic Still Life Painting – Lori De Jong, Dordt College Education Department

Still life is a work of art, which consists of commonplace inanimate objects such as flowers, fruit, bowls, and any other items of interest to the artist. We will focus on the principles of balance and variety as we arrange our own still-life objects. We will follow the steps of “blocking-in” our shapes, identifying values, and using warm and cool hues to create the illusion of three-dimensional objects. Each student will create two original acrylic still-life paintings on canvases. We will spend some time discussing the technique, design, style, and emotional impact of our own still life paintings.

Beginner Disc Golf – Dylan Van’t Hul, Dordt College Alumni and Disc Golf Enthusiast

Disc golf is a fun, socially interactive game and here’s your chance to sharpen up your skills! We’ll be playing outside, rain or shine, learning techniques, rules, and etiquette. It’s a great game for guys and gals; zero experience needed. Participants will compete in groups, not individually. One new disc will be given to each student, but feel free to bring any discs you may already own.

Cooking with Karen – Karen Christians, Hull Western Christian High School

Even if you've never advanced beyond making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or licking the spoon, this class will show you how to rustle up some grub sure to impress your friends and your mom. Learn how to make healthy snacks, main course dishes, even drinks and desserts. A trip to the grocery store will make ingredient shopping less of a mystery, and if it all pans out, you'll take home a DDD cookbook! Both guys and girls are welcome to learn basic cooking skills that will put you somewhere between Chef Boyardee and Rachel Ray. No repeaters, please.

Costume Design – Sue Blom, Dordt College Costumer

Ever wonder what it would feel like to dress as a Victorian queen, a movie star, or maybe a gangster? You’ll have a lot of fun trying on outfits from different eras in our costume shop. You will also make jewelry, and other exciting pieces to take back home with you. Talk about photo ops! This class is a great choice for both theater and design enthusiasts.

Dance! Dance! Dance! – Mel Knobloch, Robin’s School of Dance

So you think you can dance? Chances are we’ve got some new moves to show you. Whether hip-hop, jazz, swing, or country line dance, you’ll be groovin’ to the tunes in no time. We’ll also change the mood and contrast modern dance steps with liturgical dance. After this class, you’ll know how to express yourself in lots of new ways. No dance experience necessary.

DDD Worship Band – New City Band

We're looking for drummers, bassists, guitarists, pianists, vocalists, and even a violin and sax player or two. You will work with New City band members, Dordt's traveling worship team, to learn ensemble principles, how to lead worship effectively by choosing and playing songs and creating your own orders of worship. By the end of the week, you will be able to lead praise and worship for all DDD students. Note: you must be able to read music and have more than beginning experience with your instrument. You will be asked to indicate part on your registration, and may be considered for class assignment.

Digital Music Studio – John MacInnis, Dordt College Music Department

Have you ever dreamed of making your own album? Always wanted to write your own songs? Curious how you can use the computer to create music? We're doing it! We'll listen to a variety of styles to examine the structure of music and use what we learn to craft our own songs using software like Garage Band. We'll start by building songs from pre-recorded loops, but we'll move on to finesse editing and even record ourselves. From cool jazz to bluegrass country and funky techno to straight-up rock-and-roll, you'll learn techniques to tweak your tunes to your auditory pleasure. By the end of the week, you'll walk away with a CD containing at least six tracks laid down by none other than talented you! Bring your own headphones please.

Engineering in Motion – Jordan Severson and Dylan Schmitz, Dordt College Engineering Students

Engineering plays a huge role in getting us from here to there. We use bridges to cross over rivers, highways, and even railroad tracks, but have you ever thought about how to design them? And cars use energy to propel us forward over those bridges, but have you ever thought of using an energy source like wind to move them? You'll get to dig into basic bridge-engineering ideas, and then you'll get to test these ideas by building your own bridges and using our laboratory equipment to push them to their limit. You’ll also get to put together test cars and experiment with using wind or gravity to propel them forward. See how engineering helps keep us in motion every day!

Experience Art – Matt Drissell, Dordt College Art Department

Ready to push your creativity to a new level? Students will try out a variety of media – 2D, 3D, and more. We’ll have fun exploring creativity in the art studio. If you love all things art, you’ll enjoy dabbling in a bit of everything!

Extreme Paper Crafting – Marsha Larson, Dordt College Advancement

Have fun making and decorating boxes, tags and cards! Learn how to use crafting tools to create a variety of designs. Techniques include wet embossing, punched and die-cut shapes, dry embossing, stamped messages and designs, as well as various embellishments to make your projects truly unique.

Game Maker – Noah Pollema, Dordt College Computer Science Student

Have you ever wanted to make your very own video game? It's time to learn the steps that can turn your dream game into a reality! This class will teach you the basics of programming in Game Maker Studio 2 and give you skills to create your own game (within reason, you aren't an entire studio!). You'll learn all the ins and outs of the program, tips, and tricks that will allow you to continue making great games after you leave. Make sure to bring a set of headphones if you have some.

Junk Jam – Titus Landegent, Sioux Center Community Schools

Fired up about rhythm, percussion, and dance? Then this class is perfect for you! You'll find and create instruments out of junk, trashcans, paint buckets, even the kitchen sink. To inspire creativity, we watch fascinating performances of musicians and entertainers from around the world. Then we create our own musical “skits” to perform for each other throughout the week. Come for a great week of jamming, and let’s make some noise!

Note: We will perform at the final DDD ceremony on Friday evening. It is important that each student is present or the choreography will be difficult to execute!

Lego Ninja Robots – Matt Van Soelen, Sioux Falls Christian Schools

Calling all Master Builders! So, girls and guys, you’re ready to move past building Emmet-style double-decker couches, and take your Lego skills to the next level? Or maybe you’ve always been fascinated by robotics, and would like to try your hand at building and programming one for yourself? Sounds like you’re ready to create functional robots, using Lego Mindstorms kits! We will build several different robots throughout the week, as we team up to conquer design challenges and hone our programming skills. By the end of the week, we’re pretty sure you’ll be singing along: “Everything is Awesome!”

Raku Pottery – Jake Van Wyk, Retired Dordt College Art Department

Turn a lump of clay into a personal masterpiece! Raku-yaki or Raku ware, is a type of Japanese pottery that is molded by hand instead of turned on a potter's wheel. It is created with a firing process that uses both fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. Get your hands dirty shaping the clay, learn important design elements, and take home a unique piece of art. You'll visit the artist's personal studio on a farm with a horse and goats, and load the pit for firing.

Racquets – Robin Fedders, Sioux Center Christian School

Ready to hone your tennis skills? Practice your racquetball serve? Compete individually and on a team? We will be exploring racquet sports and putting those skills to practice! You may bring your own equipment if you’d like, but equipment will be provided.

Stage Combat – Josiah Wallace, Dordt College Theater Department

Did you just knock down a guy who weighs twice as much as you? Pretty impressive, but illusion is what this class is all about! You'll learn how to work with other actors to create the illusion of violence used on the stage and in film. This can be as "simple" as someone being slapped and/or falling down, or as complex as a duel with "swords". You'll receive instruction on hand-to-hand combat and single sword fighting techniques. Of course, safety is key, so don't worry mom. The swords aren't real either.

String Studio – Gary Vander Hart, Musician and Instrument Builder

Build and learn to play a stringed instrument worth $300! You read correctly; a $300 instrument will be yours to take home! In five days, you’ll build a four-stringed, Appalachian mountain dulcimer. Lying on the lay, they are easier to play than the guitar and are the perfect first instrument for novice musicians. You will carve decorations, install frets, French polish, plus learn how to play and tune. No previous lessons required. A DVD on how to do the work will be mailed to you a few weeks before the session.

Survivor – Sarah Davelaar, Sioux County Conservation Board

Spend each afternoon learning survival skills and having lots of outdoor fun! You’ll learn the basics survivor skills: how to build shelters, make a campfire, find wild edible food, build traps, and learn how to use a compass and GPS unit and more! And at the end of the week, we will have a survival challenge to test all your skills!

Note: Please bring jeans and old clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Closed toed shoes are also recommended. We will be outside as much as possible. No repeaters, please.

Writing Rollercoaster – Howard Schaap, Dordt College English Department

Do you like stories with twists and turns, with dips and dives, and with lo-o-o-o-ng buildups of suspense that suddenly plummet to a final ending? We’ll use things like triggers, turning points, and obstacles to put characters you create through a tortuous plot that’s sure to thrill your readers! Aspiring authors, don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to build your own rollercoaster thrill-ride! No repeaters.