Summer Camps


Registration for 2016 has ended. Stay tuned for programming updates!

Join us as we develop young leaders, use our resources wisely, and learn hands-on creative skills – essential elements for living an eco-smart life!

Expect plenty of cooperation, celebration, and FUN! at The Scrap Exchange Summer Camp. We offer a variety of signature Scrap Exchange creative arts activities — including Make-N-Take, Build It!, and Junk Jams along with themed activities developed especially for our 2016 Summer Camps.

In addition to our camp leaders (see instructor bios at the bottom of the page), camps will feature visits from local artists and artisans who will offer special sessions in sewing, music, storytelling, and more.

Camp Hours:  9am to Noon (bring a morning snack)
Tuition:  $125/week

Lunch Bunch:  Noon to 1pm (bring your own packed lunch)
Fee:  additional $25/week

Ages:  7 to 12 

Click on the camp dates below to be taken to Eventbrite, where you can complete your online registration.



Puppet Power – Registration has ended.
July 11 – 15

Did you know we all have puppet power?!?

Julia Gartrell will guide campers in making scrap-tastic puppets, as they write and perform an original puppet show, to be presented at the end of the week.

Using papier mache, wood, simple sewing, and other hands-on materials and tools, we will work with a wide range of techniques in one fabulously creative week. From tiny finger puppets to larger-than-life parade-style creatures, we will cover the gamut of puppet styles. In addition to the puppets, we will make a fanciful and interactive set, design posters, and put on a great show!

Build Your World 2 – Registration has ended.

July 18 – 22

Imagine time and space… inside and out!

In this camp led by Juliet Jensen, we will imagine, design, build, and decorate our own model dream parks, play spaces, and fun houses.

Inside, we will create miniature architecture and landscaping along with collage, drawing, and textiles. Outside, we will build and learn about sculpture while being inspired by famous environmental artists. We will also explore the Community Garden where we will create art installations using found objects. Throughout the week, we will have time to work on independent projects chosen by the campers.


Instructor Bios

Juliet Jensen has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Comparative Literature from Duke University. She has worked as an art teacher at the Central Park School for Children and the Duke School. She has also taught many classes and outreach activities at The Scrap Exchange and the Durham Arts Council. She believes that the process of making art should be fun and accessible to each student, and that each project should provide many avenues for creative expression and skills development for all abilities, talents, and artistic interests.

Elyse Mrache is a New Orleans-born, Durham-raised artist who has been creating with The Scrap Exchange since its infancy. She has been facilitating creative reuse projects through Scrap Exchange Outreach for the past 3 years and is thrilled to be a part of the organization’s 25th year celebration! Elyse was a level 10 competitive gymnast and has since shifted into becoming a fire dancer. She has performed at Raleigh’s SparkCon Festival of Creativity with CircusSpark, plus several fundraisers across three states. Other ways she spends her time are teaching gymnastics, gardening, riding her bike, and taking fun photos.

Julia Gartrell is a Durham native and professional sculptor who uses wood, textiles, North Carolina clay, and found objects to interrogate material usage in traditional Appalachian craft. The reuse of materials and “making do” are central to her explorations. She holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has participated in residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art in Michigan, Ifitry Artist’s Residency in Morocco (Africa), and most recently at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.



All materials used in the camps are sourced from local partners participating in the reuse revolution. Limited partial scholarships are still available. Please contact Wendy Ziegler at outreach [at] scrapexchange [dot] org for more information.

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