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22 - 26 June; 29 June - 3 July
Educational Camp for Ages 10-14
CROSSING BORDERS
Online Summer Camp
Ignite creativity, learn from experts and make new friends at the Le Sallay Academy Online Summer Camp
Drawing on the Le Sallay Academy's experience of blended learning, our virtual summer camps combine the engaging online classes with games and quests. Designed for curious minds and suited for all abilities, our camp offers short courses in literature, history, and science. Team quests, games, and communication exercises will contribute to motivation and foster new friendships.
2 camps
Online
€ 1,000
DATES
22 - 26 June
Camp I for participants from European countries
Classes start at 10 AM CEST (timezone for Paris, UTC +2)
29 June - 3 July
Camp II for participants from the US and Canada
Classes start at 10 AM EDT (timezone for New York, UTC -5)
HOW THIS WORKS
The camp is open Monday through Saturday. The classes start at 10 AM (time might differ depending on your timezone). Six hours of activities are distributed throughout the day.
online classes in Small groups
6-8 participants per group. Three interactive educational classes every day. All courses and games follow the same theme.
interactive activities
A total of two hours of interactive fun and games with our camp counselors. Including a 'wake me up' morning routine, team games, and a sharing circle.
BIG GAME
Our team has developed a week-long fun and challenging quest. Participants will work individually and in teams to solve puzzles, answer questions, and complete tasks in multiple online locations.
creative assignments
Every camp has a joint creative assignment. We might make a movie, conduct an experiment, or learn a new dance.
COURSES
Le Sallay Academy's teachers have developed unique and engaging courses for each camp session
Words and Stories
(both camps)
In this course by our Head of Humanities Matthew McConnel we will approach reading and writing in new ways. Our readings will be from works that break the rules of stories as we normally like to read them. They might end unexpectedly, or in a deliberately contrary way. They might begin with the end or end with the beginning. They might start as one thing and become something else. The genres of magical realism, satire, and pastiche will feature prominently. When we are finished reading, we will also practice transforming work that is normally left alone and received passively, breaking the border between reader and writer. Finally, when we pick up our pens to write for ourselves, we will compose short poems using methods that defy conventional composition. We might compose poems collaboratively, or using internet search terms and found phrases. We might compose a poem that is also a picture, or vice versa. The goal of all this rule-breaking is to show students that reading and writing both can be approached in ways that maximize freedom, instead of constraints; play, instead of drudgery; multiple meanings, instead of just one.
Literature
Crossing Borders and Counting Steps
(Camp I, 22 - 26 June)
How do you feel about combinatorics and graph algorithms? Vera Baturina will turn these scary-sounding words into a fun and down-to-earth course designed for students with different mathematical backgrounds. Advanced knowledge of math is not required, basic arithmetics is enough. You will start by counting the number of ways to seat three people at a rectangular table. What about four people? What if the table is round? Then we will take a virtual trip to Venice or Amsterdam (or any other city with many bridges) and try to establish whether every bridge can be crossed exactly once. These are just a few problems to solve. At the end of the course you will have a new set of tools and an appreciation of the exciting and enjoyable side of math.
Math
Visible Objects and Invisble Substances
(both camps)
How can we find out what is inside the objects around us? What essential substances are there in our body? How can you prove that everything is made from atoms? We will focus on the world that cannot be seen by a naked eye. In this course by Nika Oksenchuk you will conduct experiments to prove that everything is made from atoms,look into the history of science, and investigate microorganisms and viruses. Discover the new world beyond what is visible!
Science
Past and Present
(Camp II, 29 June - 3 July)
In this course by Mindy Rice we will explore the idea of borders in history. First, we will read the accounts of famous travelers like Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta follow in their footsteps as they crossed borders: geographic, cultural, religious and even imaginary. Then we will jump forward in time to examine contemporary political conflicts. Students might study the conflict between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir region or the controversy over the border between the United States and Mexico. The final project in class will be a student led debate on one of these contemporary controversies. At the end of the course students will understand the various types of borders and how borders are often the source of conflict in the modern world.
History
COURSES
Le Sallay Academy's teachers have developed unique and engaging courses for each camp session
Words and Stories
(both camps)
In this course by our Head of Humanities Matthew McConnel we will approach reading and writing in new ways. Our readings will be from works that break the rules of stories. They might begin with the end or end with the beginning. They might start as one thing and become something else. The genres of magical realism, satire, and pastiche will feature prominently. When we are finished reading, we will practice transforming work, breaking the border between reader and writer. Finally, when we pick up our pens to write, we will compose short poems using methods that defy conventional composition. We might compose poems collaboratively, or using internet search terms. We might compose a poem that is also a picture. The goal of all this rule-breaking is to show students that reading and writing both can be approached in ways that maximize freedom, instead of constraints; play, instead of drudgery; multiple meanings, instead of just one.
Literature
Counting Steps
(Camp I, 22 - 26 June)
How do you feel about combinatorics and graph algorithms? Vera Baturina will turn these scary-sounding words into a fun and down-to-earth course designed for students with different mathematical backgrounds. Advanced knowledge of math is not required, basic arithmetics is enough. You will start by counting the number of ways to seat three people at a rectangular table. What about four people? What if the table is round? Then we will take a virtual trip to Venice or Amsterdam (or any other city with many bridges) and try to establish whether every bridge can be crossed exactly once. These are just a few problems to solve. At the end of the course you will have a new set of tools and an appreciation of the exciting and enjoyable side of math.
Math
Visible Objects and Invisble Substances
(both camps)
How can we find out what is inside the objects around us? What essential substances are there in our body? How can you prove that everything is made from atoms? We will focus on the world that cannot be seen by a naked eye. In this course by Nika Oksenchuk you will conduct experiments to prove that everything is made from atoms,look into the history of science, and investigate microorganisms and viruses. Discvover the new world beyond what is visible!
Science
A Voyage Through History
(Camp II, 29 June - 3 July)
In this course by Mindy Rice we will explore the idea of borders in history. First, we will read the accounts of famous travelers like Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta follow in their footsteps as they crossed borders: geographic, cultural, religious and even imaginary. Then we will jump forward in time to examine contemporary political conflicts. Students might study the conflict between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir region or the controversy over the border between the United States and Mexico. The final project in class will be a student led debate on one of these contemporary controversies. At the end of the course students will understand the various types of borders and how borders are often the source of conflict in the modern world.
History
TEACHERS
Matthew McConnel
Humanities
Ph.D. from Cornell University, specialist in Medieval Studies and English Literature. Head of Humanities at the Le Sallay Academy
Nika Oksenchuk
Science
M.S. in chemistry and Ph.D. in education. Nika studies virtual labs and contributes to Le Sallay Academy's science curriculum.
Vera Baturina
Math (Session 1)
Google software engineer with extensive experience of teaching math. Studies
Melinda Rice
History (Session 2)
Ph.D. from UCLA, a specialist in XVIII century French history. Teacher of international programs for gifted students. Teaches history at the Le Sallay Academy
Our Team
Sergey Kuznetsov
Founder
Sergey Kuznetsov is a prominent writer and journalist. His novels have been translated into 12 languages.
Ekaterina Kadieva
Founder
Ekaterina Kadieva is a psychologist, instructor at the Center for Systemic Family Therapy.
Anna Kadieva
Program director
Anna holds two Sorbonne degrees, specializing in cinematography, linguistics and cultural projects management.
Ivan Ushtey
Head Counselor
Ivan plays an integral role in creating magical experience at our summer camps. His background in robotechnics and event management allows him to create engaging games for kids of all ages.
FAQ
How does a typical day at the online camp look like?
A typical day starts at 9 AM with a morning exercise routine followed by online classes. More interactive activities follow after lunch. A sharing circle concludes the day. The Big Game runs through all of the activities and helps the flow of the camp. The kids will be engaged in various activities throughout the day and will not require your assistance.
What is the Big Game?
The Big Game is an interactive quest that helps the students to get to know each other and motivates them to engage with their studies. The quest has different tasks, questions, and challenges relevant to what was taught during the online classes.
How much time will the children spend in front of the screen?
Three hours of classes, two hours of activities, and one hour for the Big Game amount to six hours distributed throughout the day. As a rule, offline tasks will not require any screentime.
Is the camp open to all countries?
The camp is open to all, but it is important to note that camp activities are conducted in one of the two timezones. The first session (22-26 June) will run in accordance with the Central European Time -- the best fit for the residents of European countries, Russia and Israel. The second session (27 June - 3 July) will follow the Eastern Daylight Time -- a comfortable schedule for the residents of the US and Canada.
Is the number of places limited?
For best results we limit the number of students in one class to 6-8. This means that every camp can have 12-16 participants, at most. Early enrollment is advised.
Can parents join the activities?
We can not prevent parents from being in the same room, but we believe that children will learn best when they do not feel observed by their parents. We encourage you to help your child engage with the process. Allow them to give their full attention to our activities.
What kind of equipment will my child need?
The most important requirement is to have a fast Internet connection. Web-camera is required. The device should allow for typing, speaking, and watching. The child should be comfortable using this device. We strongly recommend a headset with a microphone to remove the background noise.
What is Le Sallay Academy's experience in online camps?
Le Sallay Academy is a blended learning schoo. All of our teachers are well versed in online education.

Our team has also conducted over 20 Marabou summer camps in Europe. In 5 years we have had 300 participants from 20 countries.
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About Le Sallay Academy
We are an inclusive blended learning school founded in 2018. Our challenge all learners to grow beyond what they believe is possible, enable them to explore widely and empower them to delve deeper wherever their passions lead them. In our caring and compassionate environment, students discover that high expectations develop lifelong habits of excellence.

At Le Sallay students will study at home — and four times a year will travel to France to learn in person from teachers and socialize with new friends. We are an inclusive school and glad to welcome any children who felt uncomfortable in their previous schools: neurotypical students, gifted, twice-exceptional, students diagnosed with diverse learning needs (ADHD, Autism spectrum, etc.).

If your child loves math — they will be at home with Le Sallay. If they are afraid of mathematics — here your student will fall in love with it. Along with a strong mathematics program, we will provide engaging instruction in the Humanities.

Learn more about our program here.
Reviews
Nadya
mother of Oliver (11 years old, USA)
Le Sallay has excellent teachers. We enrolled our kid during the coronavirus school closures because the "regular" school was clearly not prepared for remote learning. Ollie reports that he loves his math. It is a lot more interesting and more advanced as compared with his usual curriculum. History has been amazing and is another favorite. I appreciate that there is a broader and more cosmopolitan focus at the moment as compared to a standard US curriculum. It is important in our global society. In science, they manage to perform experiments with items readily available at home. In general, there is an active and lovely discussion in every subject and class. Times when my child is engaged in his Le Sallay studies are fun and productive. I have a peace of mind that my child is learning. I appreciate that after an assessment process, he was placed in classes that are appropriate for his level and that his interest in sustained across a breadth of subjects.
Tatiana
mother of Dmitry (11 years, Netherlands)
I had my doubts about the online camp, given the deficiency in online classes at our regular school. But I was SO wrong! I don't know what the Le Sallay team did and how they did it, but from 10 AM to 10 PM my son has disappeared in his room, with just a few breaks for sandwiches. He was in such a hurry to get to his online classes in order not to miss a single word. He was fascinated with lectures on Bosch and alchemy, movie-making exercise, dances, games... This online camp turned his world upside down and we couldn't be happier!
GALINA
mother of Natalia (14 years old, Switzerland)
Thank you for this wonderful camp. Our daughter is very happy and is planning for her next year's camp already. She is full of new ideas and a thousand stories about her camp friends. Most importantly she realized that many other kids are also interested in sciences while not at all looking like nerds. We will definitely come back.
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