ESL LAUNCH provides international boarding students the opportunity to learn through personalized ESL lessons by an experienced ESL instructor. The daily schedule will include full English immersion programming ranging from academically challenging coursework, social interaction with native English speaking students, and camp directed activities. The focus will be placed primarily on building confidence using the English language, as well as utilizing proper grammar and pronunciation in real-world academic and social settings.
During our ESL LAUNCH program, campers will have an academic and creative language session integrated into their morning LAUNCH activity. ESL students will participate in a specifically designed English language development and enrichment program, to help them better understand American culture and the English Language in both social and academic environments, while simultaneously developing skills needed for success in their desired LAUNCH track.
This will give students the language development structure they need during the morning LAUNCH session while simultaneously allowing campers to stay involved with all other members of LAUNCH. This ESL component will combine traditional academic language development with hands-on integrative learning.
Immersive Experience for an ESL LAUNCH Camper
In the morning, dive deep into interesting and engaging topics like rocketry, sustainability, and creativity. Gain hands-on experience in the subjects of your choosing. Connect with a diverse group of students. Unleash your creativity and discover. Afternoons will be filled with athletic and creative opportunities, with enough choice to inspire everyone:
swimming in the lake or in the pools;
dance or improv
playing ultimate Frisbee
hiking/biking the 15.9-mile Fairfield Loop Trail
playing team/individual sports including basketball, soccer, and tennis
or participating in Destination ImagiNation Instant Challenges.
We help kids gain confidence in themselves by providing opportunities for English development, creativity, and collaborative teamwork. All this in a safe, engaging environment.
Instruction in the Transcendental Meditation® technique, practiced by all of our students and faculty, is available upon request. Teachers are available during summer camp. Additional charges of $360 apply.
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Our goal is to ensure that kids at LAUNCH have the best time ever!
Meet Our Camp Director
A native of Fairfield, Mr. Hyde has driven from London to Mongolia, played basketball tournaments in Italy, sung for the Pope, and visited every professional baseball stadium in South Korea. He double majored in Social Studies Education and Vocal Performance and is a talented singer. As an educator, he has taught and consulted in the United States and in several countries in Asia and Europe. However, his first teaching position was at Maharishi School as a coach and educator, an influential start to his professional career. Currently, Brandon is the Director of a small school in southeast Iowa and working towards his Master’s Degree in Teaching Leadership.
Choose Your LAUNCH
Our rocketry program will include designing, building, and flying model rockets with designated altitude targets and time duration for a particular motor classification. We will measure the performance of our rockets against simulation to determine the success of the design. Participants will receive hands-on instruction from Rick Rudloff, an esteemed engineer, and rocketeer who has taught rocketry for 10 years and led teams to partnerships with NASA. Last year Maharishi School was 4th in the U.S. in the Team America Rocketry Challenge and one of only 15 U.S. schools in the NASA Student Launch program.
This highly innovative program will premiere this summer at LAUNCH! Destination ImagiNation (DI) is the world’s largest creativity and problem- solving competition, inspiring participants to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions to solve mind-bending challenges. Last year Maharishi School students were World Champions at the DI Global Finals!
In our Creativity Launch track, participants will learn and practice creative quick-thinking skills called Instant Challenges, where they must solve an innovative challenge in 4-8 minutes. These activities develop students’ creative and critical thinking and their collaborative problem-solving skills will be tested. This section will be led by DI alumni from previous years.
Do you have aspirations to run a company or start your own business one day? Why wait? We want to help you start right now! Maharishi School has an incredible track record of producing smart, business-minded individuals. In this LAUNCH track, campers will develop a business plan and model for their ideas, and learn how to take calculated risks and make important decisions about strategy, development, marketing, and finance required to bring their ideas to life. Throughout this session, we will bring in entrepreneurs who have experience in the real world of business to give you tips and tricks so you can get a head start on reaching your goals.
National magazines have cited Fairfield as “One of the ten most interesting small towns in America.” Fairfield is a unique community that combines the best traits of a traditional agricultural community with a sophisticated center of arts and culture. People from around the world have made Fairfield their home, bringing international restaurants, art galleries, and entrepreneurial businesses.
Boarding students will stay within walking distance of the town square in our newly renovated dormitory on the Maharishi School campus. The dormitory has 15 double rooms for students to share, a common area, and the dorm parent’s apartment. Camp Director Brandon Hyde will be the resident dorm parent and will be available 24/7, whenever students need assistance or support. He will also supervise the before-camp and after-camp activities, including English lessons and special weekend trips.
Deep conversations over dinner, impromptu jam sessions with the vocally talented Camp Director, pizza night and board games, ping-pong in the Student Center or badminton in the Recreation Center, walks through the woods, or organized -campus weekend trips – these are some of the ways campers can relax and enjoy the company of their friends and counselors. New experiences, new friends, and new challenges shape campers into confident, independent kids.
ESL LAUNCH Details
ESL Session: July 22 – August 4
Completion of grades 4-10
7:30 am Wake up
7:45-9:00 am Dorm Room Clean up, Meditation (optional), BREAKFAST
8:30-9:00 am English Enrichment
9:00-12:00 pm Morning LAUNCH-Choice of Rocket, Creative, or Entrepreneurial LAUNCH
12:00-1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00-2:30 pm Activity Choices 1 (ESL Activites)
2:30-4:00 pm Activity Choices 2
4:00-5:00 pm Relaxation/Meditation
5:00-6:00 pm Free Time
6:00-6:45 pm DINNER
6:45-9:30 pm Night Activity
10:00 pm Lights Out
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