Classes

Morning Classes

  Class Instructor
Arrow Acapella Explosion Nicki Kuiper
 

New this year! 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."

Instructor: Dordt Alumna Nicki Kuiper, Orange City Christian School

Arrow Build Your Own App Kari Sandouka
 

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.

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.

Instructor: Kari Sandouka, Dordt College Computer Science Department

Arrow Cooking with Karen Karen Christians
 

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.

Instructor: Dordt Alumna Karen Christians, Hull Western Christian High

Arrow Design on a Dime Sue Blom
 

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!

Instructor: Sue Blom, Dordt College Costumer

Arrow Digital Music Studio John MacInnes
 

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.

John Mac Innes, Dordt College Music Department

Arrow Down on the Farm Mike Schouten
 

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.

Instructors: Mike Schouten, Dordt College Agriculture Department

Arrow Experiencing Spanish Mary Beth Pollema
 

Would you like to practice your Spanish while learning more about the culture? We'll play games, participate in cultural activities, and build on the vocabulary you may already know. We'll even give you a chance to talk in class! No previous experience required!

Instructor: Mary Beth Pollema, Dordt College Education Department

Arrow Relaxing with Richard: Figure Drawing Lori De Jong
 

Most students are intimidated by the thought of drawing people. But in this class, you'll learn some great tricks that can make drawing the human figure a "relaxing" experience. We'll get inspiration from some of Richard Diebenkorn's figure paintings, draw a friend lounging in a chair (with the help of tracing techniques), and finish our work in oil pastel. Completed figurative artworks will be vibrant and full of character. We promise!

Instructor: Lori De Jong, Dordt College Education Department

Arrow Game Quest Ryan and Val Zonnefeld
 

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 sling shot 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.

Instructor: Ryan and Val Zonnefeld, Dordt College Education and Math Departments

Arrow Golf Mark Christians
 

DDD Golf Camp 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.

Instructor: Mark Christians, Dordt College Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach

Arrow Junk Jam Titus Landegent
 

Fired up about rhythm, percussion, and dance? Then this class is perfect for you! You'll find and create instruments out of junk, trash cans, paint buckets, even the kitchen sink. To inspire creativity, you will watch fascinating performances of musicians and entertainers from around the world. Then we will write our own choreography, combine it with music, and perform a concert of sounds you won't forget. Find out what all the noise is about, and get a pair of free drum sticks!

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

Instructor: Titus Landegent, Sioux Center Community School

Arrow Nursing Dana Burgers
 

Give shots, take blood pressure, do CPR, or practice nursing skills on our patient SAM (simulated automative man) and our other nursing mannequins. There's no end to the discoveries you'll make about your body and how to care for it. From first aid procedures to how to maintain a healthy diet, this class will give you an idea if you're really interested in the medical profession. ATTENTION: If students are willing, we will test their blood sugar, which involves a finger stick with a sterile lancet using proper technique and protective gear. No repeaters, please.

Instructors: Dana Burgers, RN, BSN, Dordt College Alumni

Arrow Ooey-Gooey Science Matt Van Schepen
 

This lab is for anyone who want 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.

Instructor: Matt Van Schepen, Orange City Christian School

Arrow Theatre Troupe Logan Radde
 

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!"

Instructors: Logan Radde, Dordt College Theatre Student

Arrow Thrill Ride Science Kailee Davelaar
 

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!

Instructors: Dordt Alumna Kailee Davelaar, Hull Christian School

Arrow Track and Field Craig Heynen
 

Improve your running, throwing, and jumping skills, or learn them for the first time! Each day, we'll do warm-ups, learn techniques, do field practice, and of course, participate in 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!

Instructors: Craig Heynen, Dordt College Head Track and Field Coach

Arrow Wanna Trade? Vicki Vermeer
 

Ready to make a deal? First, we'll explore everything there is to know about trade-who, what, how. Then, we'll make deals and trade in the classroom. By the end of the week, you'll be ready for our field trip making deals in the community. Before you know it, you'll be confident to make a deal!

Instructors: Vicki Vermeer, Dordt College Center for Economic Education

Arrow Woodworking Paul Kroeze
 

You'll learn construction techniques from a master craftsman and build a small piece of furniture from start to finish! With supervision, you'll learn how to use power tools, make design decisions and properly construct and finish your piece. Hit the nail on the head, and you'll end up with a beautiful piece of furniture to take home! Open only to students going into 8th or 9th grade. No repeaters, please.

Instructors: Paul Kroeze, Dordt College Maintenance and Master Cabinet Builder

Afternoon Classes

  Class Instructor
Arrow Beekeeping Ron Rynders
 

WHAT ABOUT STINGS?! is always the first worry about working with bees. We'll help you overcome your fears-separating facts from myths. Honeybees are a part of God's creation that we depend on for the food we eat. We'll learn new things about our bee friends-how to make things from wax-like lip balm, lotion, and candles-and we'll cook with honey! Protective gear is provided, but pack long pants (and if you are truly allergic to stings, you MUST carry your own epi-pen). It'll be a sweet class.

Instructor: Ron Rynders, Retired Dordt College Staff Member

Arrow Cooking with Karen Karen Christians
 

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.

Instructor: Dordt Alumna Karen Christians, Hull Western Christian High

Arrow Costume Design Sue Blom
 

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.

Instructor: Sue Blom, Dordt College Costumer

Arrow Dance! Dance! Dance! Melissa Knobloch
 

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.

Instructor: Dordt Alumna Melissa Knobloch, Robin's School of Dance

Arrow DDD Worship Band New City
 

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. We will contact you regarding the position (vocalist, guitarist, etc.) you will fill on the team, so final email confirmation for this class will come out later than other courses. Positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (for example: we'll take the first two drummers who register).

Instructor: New City, Dordt College Worship Band

Arrow Digital Music Studio John MacInnes
 

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.

John Mac Innes, Dordt College Music Department

Arrow Engineering Bridges Justin Vander Werff
 

How do bridges work, anyway? You see them cross rivers, highways, and even railroad tracks, but have you ever thought about how to design them? You'll get to dig into basic bridge-engineering ideas, such as how bridges are designed to support vehicles and to withstand snow, wind, and even earthquakes. Then, you'll test these ideas by building your own bridges and using our laboratory equipment to load them-even overload them to the point of total failure. How often do you get to see bridges twist and snap and crash to pieces? You won't want to miss it!

Instructor: Justin Vander Werff, Dordt College Engineering Department

Arrow Frisbee Golf Titus Landegent
 

Frisbee 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. Two new discs will be given to each student, but feel free to bring any discs you may already own.

Instructor: Titus Landegent, Sioux Center Community School

Arrow Living Paintings Lori De Jong
 

Let's bring an old painting to life! If you like to paint, act, write, or research, this class is for you! You'll work together to re-create a famous artwork by painting a life-size version of the masterpiece. Your painting becomes the setting for a short theatrical production in which students act the parts of the characters in front if the backdrop. Get your creative energy flowing because we will need painters, researchers, scriptwriters, actors, and narrators to work together to make an old painting come to life!

Instructor: Lori De Jong, Dordt College Education Department

Arrow Movie Date TBD
 

Lights...camera...ACTION! Get in the director's seat as you learn more about your favorite movies. We'll watch a wide variety of clips from movies from all across the ages. We'll explore how level of violence has changed in past decades, how to recognize a film's message or theme, and how special effects promote the plot. We'll even check out the history of movies and what movies were like in the "old days." Of course, we're having snacks and popcorn the whole time! As a group, we'll become film critics, learning how to view films through our biblical glasses and figure out what movies are "good" and why. You'll definitely give this class two thumbs up!

Instructor: TBD

Arrow Raku Pottery Jake Van Wyk
 

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.

Instructor: Jake Van Wyk, Retired Dordt College Art Professor

Arrow Racquetball Craig Stiemsma
 

Whether you've never played racquetball or whether you want to improve your score, this class is for you. We'll cover basic rules, skills, and game safety, and you'll get a chance to put them into action on the court. If you are interested in learning this fast-paced game, we'll get you off on the right foot!

Instructor: Craig Stiemsma, Dordt College Health and Human Performance Department

Arrow Stage Combat Josiah Wallace
 

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.

Instructor: Josiah Wallace, Dordt College Theater Department

Arrow String Studio Gary Vander Hart
 

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 lap, 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.

Instructor: Gary Vander Hart, Musician and Instrument Builder

Arrow Survivor TBD
 

Spend afternoons at Oak Grove State Park or the Dordt College Prairie learning survival skills and having lots of outdoor fun! You'll learn how to build shelters, make a campfire, discover special uses for prairie plants, and learn how a GPS unit can get you back home. There will be a canoeing day with canoe games, and at the end of the week, we'll have a survival relay to test all your skills! This class is jam packed with skills you can use on your next camping trip! No repeaters, please.

Instructors: TBD

Arrow Theatre Make-up Logan Radde
 

Do you want to look like an old man or like you've been on the wrong end of a back street brawl? Want to make your friend look like a vampire? Ora clown? This class will give you basic theatre makeup knowledge so you'll be able to transform faces. You'll experiment with crepe hair, spirit gum, and learn what to do with a stipple sponge. You'll get to straighten some noses and make others crooked. But watch out; you could end up with a black eye yourself! No repeaters, please.

Instructor: Logan Radde, Dordt College Theatre Student

Arrow Writing Rollercoaster Howard Schaap
 

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? In Writing Rollercoaster 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!

Instructor: Howard Schaap, Dordt College English Department