The DEN - Middle School Summer Program

  • Imagine a summer where you get to hang out with your friends, participate in fun and active enrichment camps, take weekly field trips, try something new, join a student led club or try a new sport!

    Join The DEN, our NEW full day, middle school exclusive, youth program that will offer your child the chance to build socialization skills, experience their local community, use their creative and academic brain throughout the summer and have fun in a safe welcoming environment. Kids who participate in The DEN are involved in choosing their activities for each day and what field trips they want to take. This program is specifically designed just for middle school students!


    The DEN Experience

    The DEN provides time for hanging out with friends, playing games, participating in sports and creating student-led clubs. You will have the chance to bring out your inner artist, create crafts, and spend time with a good book from the MMS library. Our counselors are here to help provide a safe and secure place for you to be, while allowing you to help guide what you want to do this summer! Kids at The DEN will be left with a summer full of great memories!

    Student Choice
    This isn’t an ordinary program! In addition to awesome staff-led activities, you will help guide our activities. Start a photography, gaming club or fitness club. Choose from a list of enrichment activities and field trips.

    Enrichment Activities
    Each week, you will have the opportunity to participate in a choice of enrichment activities like arts, STEM and sports camps.

    Fitness & Sports
    Get out and move your body each week! Whether it be trips to the local parks for nature walks, learning tennis or pickle ball, shooting hoops in the gym or jumping into the pool for open swim, you will get the chance to get moving.

    Field Trips & Off Site Experiences
    Worried you will be stuck inside all summer? Not at The DEN! We will get plenty of fresh air with walking field trips and outdoor sports and games. Don’t miss our Friday adventures! Our Fridays will include trips to: Lakeville Bowling Alley, Escape Room, Dairy Delite and a park, Emagine Theatre and more!


  • Week One

    During the first week of the DEN, our amazing counselors and assistants led the students through a variety of activities related to our theme: Express Yourself. We encouraged students to share their interests, reflect on their strengths, and use their creativity to help create a safe and welcoming environment.

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  • Week Two

    On Wednesday June 30th we had our first FutureU enrichment class. These enrichment classes are sponsored by the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce and are designed to help get kids thinking about their futures.

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  • Week Three

    Pan-O-Prog, short for Panorama of Progress, is an annual celebration of Lakeville’s success that takes place just a few blocks away from McGuire Middle School. One of the highlights of this festival is the Family Fun Fest & Carnival. Because of its close proximity to the DEN, we decided to walk to this carnival to enjoy some fun, food, and festivities!

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  • Week Four

    Whirlyball is a team sport that combines elements of lacrosse, basketball, hockey, and bumper cars. Using their bumper car and a scoop, students worked with their team to maintain possession of a wiffle ball and shoot it into the other team’s goal. We all had such an amazing time competing against each other and playing this unique game!

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