May Program Descriptions
Colonial and Early Republic History Through the Eyes of African Americans and Women
Our region is full of rich and informative colonial and early republic historic sites that can help us understand the founding and evolution of the United States. Students will visit sites in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to trace this history. This program has a special emphasis on seeing history through the eyes of Blacks/African-Americans, both enslaved and free, and of women. Local trips may include Towson’s Hampton Mansion, The Delaware History Museum and African American Heritage Center, and the Banneker-Douglass Museum. The second week will be spent visiting Williamsburg and Jamestown, Virginia. Over the course of the program students will chronicle their experiences in a journal that involves both analysis and reflection on what they have seen, felt, and learned.
Design your own structures, machines, decorations, games, and more! This STEM program includes multiple design/construction and playing/competing phases. Over the course of these two weeks, students will develop strategic thinking, build their personal relationships through cooperation and competition, and gain significant practice on the design-and-revision process. Design projects include, but are not limited to, bridge building, designing a sticker to be cut by a Cricut® machine, building a complicated Lego model, working with 3D printers and laser engravers, building a working catapult, and completing an off-campus ropes course. Expect to explore our campus in new ways and find new challenges, from scavenger hunts to decoding hidden information in plain sight. Students will play team-building and problem-solving games throughout their two weeks involving engineering and teamwork. In addition, participating students will have the opportunity to propose their own ideas and pursue them, creating a unique blend of designing, building, and playing.
We often hear “you are what you eat,” but do we really know what to eat for good health and nutrition? In today’s society, we have to take into consideration various food allergies and intolerances along with maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. Nutritional excess and deficiency can lead to certain chronic diseases. Many dietary and herbal approaches attempt to balance the body's nutritional well-being. Students will explore different and unfamiliar diets and herbs from the East, such as traditional Chinese medicine, while also analyzing prevailing dietary styles from the West, such as functional medicine and a ketogenic lifestyle. Students will spend several days off campus, visiting local restaurants, farms, markets, and specialty food shops. Guest speakers who are professionals in the fields of nutrition and alternative medicine will share their knowledge with students. As a hands-on component, students will make culinary creations such as Guangdong and Hong Kong soups, Japanese shirataki noodle dishes, French cassava crepes, and plant-based smoothies. By the end of the program, students will be able to make healthy and nutritious food choices at restaurants, markets, and in the kitchen.
Habitat for Humanity-Women Build
Faculty Sponsor: Betsy Isaacs
Price: $700 - $900
Women Build is for students who seek to challenge themselves physically and are seriously invested in community service. Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build was designed to empower women by offering them the training to develop the skills needed to complete all parts of home construction. We will work with Patuxent Habitat for Humanity in beautiful Calvert County, Maryland, using free days and afternoons to explore surrounding areas. Visiting the beach, hiking in local parks, and searching for artifacts (such as shark’s teeth!) at Calvert Cliffs are just some of our activities. There will be opportunities to work on the site of a home construction, as well as helping out with Habitat’s local Restore, an independently owned reuse store that accepts donations of furniture, appliances, and home goods and resells them to the general public for a fraction of their original price. This is the perfect program for students who like to give back to others and desire to learn a new skill set that will enhance their future. Nailing boards, framing walls, sawing, and painting with your peers and other volunteers will offer you a sense of purpose, as well as the camaraderie that inevitably grows when we are joined by the common bond of helping others less fortunate than ourselves.
Healthy Inside and Out
Faculty Sponsor: Rebecca Bloom
Price: $250 - $350
Breathe in. Breathe out. “Healthy Inside and Out” is a two-week exploration of the mind, body, and spirit. This program will navigate both the outer and inner components of an individual, giving thought to what we put into and on our bodies, the health benefits behind skincare trends, and a focus on meditation. Throughout the first week, students will have the opportunity to make a variety of skincare products such as sugar scrub, deodorant, and body wash using natural ingredients. The shift then turns to one’s physical health with varied opportunities to get outside and be active. Students will take a yoga class, go hiking, and visit local farms. For the second week, the program focuses on what we put into our bodies and how it gets to our tables. Students will have the opportunity to make a variety of healthy snacks, from granola to smoothies. Students will journal through their experiences over the two weeks to make their own discoveries and reflections along the way.
Maryland: From the Mountains to the Sandy Shores
Do you enjoy spending time outdoors, or have you always been curious about ways to get fresh air and have fun? Then this is the program for you. During this two-week outdoor adventure program we will spend time exploring Maryland from its mountains to its sandy shores. We will spend our days navigating the woods through challenging and scenic hikes, exploring various waterways while kayaking, rafting, boating, and fishing, as well as ziplining above the tree lines. This program will allow the students to learn about the great outdoors while experiencing it first-hand. We will visit areas throughout the state of Maryland such as Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland, where we will explore the lake by boat and maybe even swim if weather allows. Hikes will include visiting the famous Swallow Falls and sites at other scenic state parks. On the eastern side of Maryland we will explore Calvert Cliffs State Park, hunting for fossils and taking in the beautiful sights. These cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species, including sharks, whales, rays, and seabirds. We will enjoy the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay where the students will splash, swim, and soak up the sun. During our time off campus the students will have the opportunity to cook for themselves using ingredients from local farms as well as visit local outdoor restaurants including a traditional Maryland crab dinner.
Explore the sport horse through breeding, conformation, and performance. This program will cover the basics of equine studies and help students understand the science behind preparing and keeping a competitive horse healthy and sound. Over the course of these two weeks students will increase their knowledge of horse anatomy and physiology, ride on campus, and visit various farms to observe training operations. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to speak with equine health professionals including veterinarians and rehabilitation centers, and have hands-on practical experience. Students will also spectate at the Devon Horse Show to observe top equine athletes in competition. The ultimate goal of this program is for our students to strengthen their equine knowledge and skills to be applied to their time at Oldfields and beyond.
The Maine Stage
Explore the beautiful coast of Maine while working on your acting skills! Students will travel first to the beautiful town of Kennebunkport and spend three days beginning to craft an evening of one-act plays. The first days will be spent writing and rehearsing, while also taking time for yoga on the beach, shopping in Kennebunk, a lobster dinner, and a lighthouse boat tour! Our second stop will be near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park where we will bike the carriage roads surrounding Acadia, lunch at the Jordan Pond House, view the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain and the sunset from the beach. Students will rehearse their plays in several spectacular outdoor spots and enjoy the stunning beauty of Maine. We will return home in time for a dress rehearsal before a community performance.
MAY PROGRAM Additional Information
- May Programs have minimum and maximum enrollments.
- If minimum enrollment is not reached, a May Program will not be offered.
- Priority for a May Program assignment is given to students in higher grades.
- May Program assignments may be influenced by factors like how many students request financial aid and health and safety protocols, particularly for off-campus overnight travel trips.
- Itineraries and final program costs will be provided with May Program placement notifications.
- Students and families are encouraged to contact May Program sponsors with specific questions about the program.
- General questions should be directed to Director of Academics Dr. Jeremy Jernigan at JerniganJ@OldfieldsSchool.org.