Summer 2019 Camps: June 3-7

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Bright Time Summer Camp Program offers more than 60 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun opportunities for children in rising grades 1-8.

Costs: $35-40 per camp (Camps are 60-80 minutes each for five days during the camp week)

Shine On Campcare: a place for kids before, between and after camp so that students can spend the day here.

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Camp Descriptions
Rising Grades 1-2
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. World Adventure. Explore a different country each day by using all your senses! Dance, taste, listen to music, do a craft, and even learn some words in other languages! Instructor: Emma Caskey, Prairie View Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. Invention Connection. Create your own marble roller using recycled materials; then experiment with different ways to make the marbles drop, roll, and even spin. Instructor: Heather Potsander, Parkside Elementary art teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. Hands in the Dirt. Dig in the dirt and explore the world of gardening. Meet up with seeds, bulbs, roots, and stems. We’ll do experiments and activities with seeds and grow plants! Instructor: Malina Kleepbua, former teacher, now a Bethany bus driver. Camp max: 15
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tennis. Beginners and less-experienced players will learn, compete, and have fun exploring tennis basics. Instructor: Matt Miller, Bethany middle school teacher and varsity boys tennis coach.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Outdoor Adventure. We are going to have an adventure everyday! Let’s find new places to explore and learn new nature games that you can play in the summer. There are gobs of new critters and plants waiting to be uncovered! Plan to go outdoors in all kinds of weather (except thunderstorms of course). Instructor: Shelley Kauffman, Waterford Elementary teacher and spouse of Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Soccer. Develop fundamentals and an understanding of the world’s most popular game. Play small-sided games with an emphasis on having fun. Instructors: Hank Willems, Bethany varsity soccer coach, principal, and alumnus; Mark Yoder, former Bethany varsity boys soccer coach.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Lookin’ for Critters. See what lives in a pond in the summer. Be prepared for wet feet! Use screens to sift for tiny creatures while searching for tadpoles, frogs, dragonfly nymphs, and more. Runs rain or shine, so bring rain gear as needed. Instructor: Jeff Hershberger, Benton Elementary teacher and former Bethany parent. Camp max: 15.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Messy Week. Have fun with messy things of summer such as water, sand, soap bubbles, shaving cream, finger painting, edible playdough, worms, and sidewalk chalk. Wear clothes that can get messy. Instructor: Cheryl Mast, Bethany middle school science teacher. Camp max: 15.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Quirky Designs. Printmaking with cardboard, styrofoam, and Gelli plates is a blast—watch the paint come alive! There are endless designs you can make using plants and found objects—decorate cards, notebook covers, or a cloth bag! Plus you can make your own printing plates that can be used again at home. Instructor: Heather Potsander, Parkside Elementary art teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Basketball FUNdamentals. Have fun learning to shoot, handle the ball, and get comfortable on the court. Instructors: Krysten Parson, Bethany phys ed teacher and varsity girls basketball coach; Ryan Gingerich, Bethany varsity boys basketball coach.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. On the Move. Have fun singing, playing, and dancing together! We’ll play lots of music games and discover the fun of instruments, including your own voice! Instructor: Katie Shank, Parkside Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Once Upon a Stage. Want to be on stage? We’ll have fun with dramatic movements, play a variety of games, and use our acting skills. We’ll also work on acting out a scene from a children’s musical. Instructor: Emily Shenk, Model Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
Rising Grades 3–4
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Kitchen Magic. Much of kitchen magic is science. Learn the secrets of cooking and following recipes; create and eat fun food each day. Note: Camp fee of $40 includes cost of ingredients, which include peanut, dairy, sugar, and wheat. Instructor: Cheryl Mast, Bethany middle school teacher. Camp max: 12
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Treksploring! Take an adventurous outdoor trek to identify plants, rocks, and trees and discover interesting facts about the railroad and its ecosystem! Plan to be outside in all kinds of weather. Instructor: Shelley Kauffman, Waterford Elementary teacher and spouse of Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Challenge Games. Grab your thinking caps and solve the mysteries! Who is the spy? Who is really on your team? Play board games, scavenger hunts, word puzzles, spy games, and more. Instructor: Emma Caskey, Prairie View Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Messy Mystery Science. Be amazed and get very messy! How do acid base reactions launch rockets and erupt volcanoes, oobleck, and slime? How is temperature and reaction time related? Discover the mysteries behind the mess. Instructor: Cheryl Mast, Bethany middle school teacher. Camp max: 15
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. Tennis. Learn and improve proper mechanics of tennis fundamentals such as the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley. Instructor: Matt Miller, Bethany middle school teacher and varsity boys tennis coach.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. All Out Games. Play water games, lawn games, and games that keep you running. Plan to work together with your fellow campers to strategize. Instructor: Juanita Hershberger, Bethany 6th grade teacher. Camp max: 15
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. EmPower: Making Peace with Martial Arts. Engage in fun exercises to discover ways to be strong, resolve problems, and resist bullying. Rather than reacting out of fear or anger, learn how to work together to make peace with conflict. We will learn basic martial arts skills, so wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes. Instructor: Steve Thomas, M.Div., Bethany alumnus, Mennonite pastor, cofounder of Peacemakers, and black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do. Camp max: 12
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Engineering for Kids. How do roller coasters stay on the track? Why do bridges sway? What is the best angle to build a ramp? Hands-on activities explore engineering concepts of motion, force, arch, rotation, angle, and lever. Instructor: Malina Kleepbua, former teacher, Bethany bus driver. Camp max: 15
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Center Stage! Want to be on stage? Play fun theater games, learn new dance moves, improve your acting skills, and explore musical theater. Be ready to work on a skit and musical piece to perform center stage on Friday! Instructor: Emily Shenk, Model Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Ta Da! DaVinci! Discover the challenges of making bridges, paper airplanes, and dams just as artist and inventor Leonardo DaVinci did. Try your hand at some of his most fascinating science and art discoveries! Instructor: Heather Potsander, Parkside Elementary art teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Lookin’ for Critters. See what lives in a pond in the summer! Be prepared for wet feet! Use screens to sift for tiny creatures while searching for tadpoles, frogs, dragonfly nymphs, and more. Runs rain or shine, so bring rain gear as needed. Instructor: Jeff Hershberger, Benton Elementary teacher and former Bethany parent. Camp max: 15
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Basketball FUNdamentals. Learn fundamentals, including passing, rebounding, defense, offense, and shooting through individual skill stations. Younger players interact and learn from high school players. Daily competitions and fun activities are integral to the experience. Instructors: Krysten Parson, Bethany phys ed teacher and varsity girls basketball coach; Ryan Gingerich, Bethany varsity boys basketball coach.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Bloxels: Create Your Own Video Game. Bloxels is an incredible platform that allows you to become a game designer, character developer, level creator, and art director to create a video game that tells a wonderful story. Campers will leave knowing that they are all creative individuals who can tell great stories. Instructor: Andrew Kauffman, Chandler Elementary teacher and Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Chess. For those who already play and enjoy chess or want to learn how to play. Learn rules and practical strategies through activities and games, including a tournament! Instructor: Dennis Monokroussos, U.S. Chess Federation master and former Bethany chess coach.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Soccer. Participate in the world’s most popular sport with an emphasis on developing fundamental skills in an environment that stresses sportsmanship and cooperation. Each camper will be challenged individually and in small groups. Instructors: Hank Willems, Bethany varsity soccer coach, principal, and alumnus; Mark Yoder, former Bethany varsity boys soccer coach.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Wacky Experiments. Have a blast as you try these unforgettable experiments. You’ll be amazed by exploding elephant toothpaste, incredible dry ice displays, square bubbles and more! Instructor: Jeff Hershberger, Benton Elementary teacher and former Bethany parent. Camp max: 15
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Drumming Up a Song. What is more fun than singing, dancing, playing music games, and cool instruments like xylophones and drums! Let’s learn a folk dance or two and try composing your own songs. Instructor: Katie Shank, Parkside Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Learning the Ropes. Get roped in as you double dutch, jump rope, and learn new and old jumping rhymes. We will explore knotting techniques, learn to lasso, and play rope and string games. Instructor: Juanita Hershberger, Bethany 6th grade teacher. Camp max: 15
Rising Grades 5–6
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Basketball FUNdamentals. Learn fundamentals, including passing, rebounding, defense, offense, and shooting through individual skills stations. Younger players interact and learn from high school players. Daily competitions and fun activities are integral to the experience. Instructors: Krysten Parson, Bethany phys ed teacher and varsity girls basketball coach; Ryan Gingerich, Bethany varsity boys basketball coach.
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Escape Quest! Can you beat the clock? Hurry and solve clues and top-secret codes to “escape” from a new room with new hiding places! Work in small groups and be challenged to think in different ways in order to find clues and solutions to your predicament. And try your hand at creating your own escape room for others to try! Instructor: Emily Shenk, Model Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 12
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Ta Da! DaVinci! Discover the challenges of making bridges, paper airplanes, and dams just as artist and inventor Leonardo DaVinci did. Try your hand at some of his most fascinating science and art discoveries! Instructor: Heather Potsander, Parkside Elementary art teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. All Out Games. Play water and lawn games that keep you running. Work together with your fellow campers to strategize. Instructor: Juanita Hershberger, Bethany 6th grade teacher. Camp max: 15
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. EmPower: Making Peace with Martial Arts. Engage in fun exercises to discover ways to be strong, resolve problems, and resist bullying. Rather than reacting out of fear or anger, learn how to work together to make peace with conflict. We will learn basic martial arts skills, so wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes. Instructor: Steve Thomas, M.Div., Bethany alumnus, Mennonite pastor, cofounder of Peacemakers, and black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do. Camp max: 12
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ultimate Survivor. Can you survive in the great outdoors? Hunt for edible plants. Learn about mapmaking/orienteering, how to tell time without a watch, and how to build our own fires to cook a snack. Plan to go outdoors in all kinds of weather (except thunderstorms of course). Instructor: Shelley Kauffman, Waterford Elementary teacher and spouse of Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Bloxels: Create Your Own Video Game. Bloxels is an incredible platform that allows you to become a game designer, character developer, level creator, and art director to create a video game that tells a wonderful story. Campers will leave knowing that they are all creative individuals who can tell great stories. Instructor: Andrew Kauffman, Chandler Elementary teacher and Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Chess. For those who already play and enjoy chess or want to learn how to play. Learn rules and practical strategies through activities and games, including a tournament! Instructor: Dennis Monokroussos, U.S. Chess Federation master and former Bethany chess coach.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Soccer. Participate in the world’s most popular sport with an emphasis on developing fundamental skills in an environment that stresses sportsmanship and cooperation. Each camper will be challenged individually and in small groups. Instructors: Hank Willems, Bethany varsity soccer coach, principal, and alumnus; Mark Yoder, former Bethany varsity boys soccer coach.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Breakerspace. Have you ever broken a toy and wondered what could be done other than throwing it away? Here’s your chance to take apart broken items and reconfigure them into something new! Take a broken toy, toaster, and CD drive and come up with an amazing sculpture, art piece, invention, or anything whimsical. Your mind truly is the limit when entering the breakerspace. Bring your own broken gadgets if you want!  Instructor: Andrew Kauffman, Chandler Elementary teacher and Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 18
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Challenge Games. Grab your thinking caps and solve the mysteries! Who is the spy? Who is really on your team? Who, what, when and where, or more importantly, why? Play board games, scavenger hunts, word puzzles, spy games, and more. Instructor: Emma Caskey, Prairie View Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. Kitchen Magic. Much of the magic is actually science. Learn the secrets of cooking and following recipes; create and eat fun food each day. NOTE: Camp fee of $40 includes cost of ingredients, which include peanut, dairy, sugar, and wheat. Instructor: Cheryl Mast, Bethany middle school teacher. Camp max: 12.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Learning the Ropes. Get roped in as you double dutch, jump rope, and learn new or old jumping rhymes. Explore knotting techniques, learn to lasso, and play rope and string games. Instructor: Juanita Hershberger, Bethany 6th grade teacher. Camp max: 15
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Magical Music. Explore the magic of music by composing, improvising, and beating out rhythms. Play cool instruments like xylophones, drums and more! Instructor: Katie Shank, Parkside Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee for Ultimate Fun. Ever want to make a frisbee fly farther and faster? Excited to be a part of a team even though you may not feel very athletic? Come learn about the physics and geometry of throws, how to work as a self-regulated team, and have an ultimate time learning a new sport! Instructor: Elizabeth Franks-North, Bethany high school teacher. Camp max: 20
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Perform! Want to be on stage? We’ll play fun theater games, learn new dance moves, improve your acting skills, and explore musical theater. Be ready to work on a skit and musical piece to perform center stage on Friday! Instructor: Emily Shenk, Model Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15  
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Tennis. Learn and improve proper mechanics of tennis fundamentals such as the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley. Instructor: Matt Miller, Bethany middle school teacher and varsity boys tennis coach.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. 3D Printing and Design. Imagine, design, and create multiple 3D digital designs and make them a reality with 3D printing technology. Come ready to imagine, tinker, and engineer fun and original projects of your own creation. Instructor: Benji Hurst, Bethany digital communication teacher and cross country/track coach. Camp max: 14
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Volleyball for Beginners. Focus on passing and setting through drills and games as you begin to learn the game of volleyball. Beginning work on serving and hitting will also be part of the week. Instructor: Jes Buller, Bethany varsity assistant volleyball coach and Bethany alumna.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Up and Down and All Around. Learn to juggle and practice sleight of hand techniques to astound your audience! Instructor: Jeff Hershberger, Benton Elementary teacher and former Bethany parent. Camp max: 15
Rising Grades 7–8

first camp starts at 8:40 a.m. and all camps run 80 minutes

  • 8:40–10:00 a.m. Pottery. Practice techniques for throwing on the wheel, creating hand-built pottery pieces, and glazing and decorating the surface. Instructor: Eric Kaufmann, Bethany art teacher and professional potter. Priority given to students taking class for the first time—others may request waiting list. Materials fee: $5. Camp max: 12
  • 8:40–10:00 a.m. Soccer. Participate in the world’s most popular sport. Emphasis is on developing fundamental skills in an environment that stresses sportsmanship and cooperation while challenging each camper individually through competitive activities and small sided games. Instructors: Hank Willems, Bethany principal, varsity boys soccer coach, and alumnus; Mark Yoder, former Bethany varsity boys soccer coach.
  • 10:10–11:30 a.m. Basketball FUNdamentals. Work on individual skills and fundamentals with emphasis on proper shooting form, ball handling, passing, and the attitude required for team success. Learn concepts of team play through small-sided games and group instruction by skill level. Instructors: Krysten Parson, Bethany phys ed teacher and varsity girls basketball coach; Ryan Gingerich, Bethany varsity boys basketball coach.
  • 10:10–11:30 a.m. Escape Quest! Can you beat the clock? Hurry and solve clues and top-secret codes to “escape” from a new room with new hiding places! Work in small groups and be challenged to think in different ways in order to find clues and solutions to your predicament. And try your hand at creating your own escape room for others to try! Instructor: Emily Shenk, Model Elementary teacher and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 12
  • 12:00–1:20 p.m. Chess. The aim of the game is checkmate. Learn attacking chess from the best players in the world. The week concludes with a tournament! Instructor: Dennis Monokroussos, U.S. Chess Federation master and former Bethany chess coach.
  • 12:00–1:20 p.m. EmPower: Making Peace with Martial Arts. Engage in fun exercises to discover ways to be strong, resolve problems, and resist bullying. Rather than reacting out of fear or anger, learn how to work together to make peace with conflict. We will learn basic martial arts skills, so wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes. Instructor: Steve Thomas, M.Div., Bethany alumnus, Mennonite pastor, cofounder of Peacemakers, and black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do. Camp max: 12
  • 12:00–1:20 p.m. Tennis. Great for girls and boys at beginner and intermediate levels to learn, compete, and have fun. Review proper mechanics and techniques and advance to skills of consistency, placement, and power. Instructor: Matt Miller, Bethany middle school teacher and varsity boys tennis coach.
  • 1:20–2:40 p.m. 3D Printing and Design. Imagine, design, and create multiple 3D digital designs and make them a reality with 3D printing technology. Come ready to imagine, tinker, and engineer fun and original projects of your own creation. Instructor: Benji Hurst, Bethany digital communication teacher and cross country/track coach. Camp max: 14
  • 1:20–2:40 p.m. Brainy U. Put your brain to the test solving mazes, manipulative puzzles, and other logic puzzles and games. Learn how to design your own maze, and then challenge other campers to solve them. Instructor: Renae Yoder, Bethany high school math teacher. Camp max: 14
  • 1:20–2:40 p.m. Volleyball. Learn and practice the basic skills for success in volleyball. Each session will include specific skill work (passing, setting, serving and hitting) as well as time for competitive play. Instructor: Lois Mast, phys ed teacher, Bethany varsity volleyball coach, and Bethany alumna.
  • 2:40–4:00 p.m. Sphero Robotics. Learn the basics of coding by programming a Sphero Robot to create artwork, maneuver through an obstacle course, and challenge another robot to race or a game of tag. Use block based coding to collaborate and program robots through mazes, form geometric shapes, create robot dances, and robotic transportation. Come and see the wonderful world of creative coding. No experience necessary! Instructor: Andrew Kauffman, Chandler Elementary teacher and Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 18
  • 2:40–4:00 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee for Ultimate Fun. Ever want to make a frisbee fly farther and faster? Excited to be a part of a team even though you may not feel very athletic? Come learn about the physics and geometry of throws, how to work as a self-regulated team, and have an ultimate time learning a new sport! Instructor: Elizabeth Franks-North, Bethany high school teacher. Camp max: 20