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Important Note: We are currently in process of making improvements to the Cross Summer Academy. In 2020, we are planning a unique and even better experience than the 2019 Academy. As a consequence, while we are not planning major change, some of the events, activities, and locations may change accordingly. 

  • Download the 2020 Cross Summer Camp Flyer.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: The 2020 Flyer will be released by or before 10/31. The 2020 Cross Summer Academy remains structurally equivalent to 2019.
  • Download the schedule for all 7 Weeks- Coming 01/2020
  • Download the Weekly Flyers for All 7 Weeks- Coming 01/2020

Week 1 (07/13/2020~07/17/2020) at Our Tokyo Campus

Society, Culture, & Communication During this first week of the Academy, we are introduced to the overall Academy Theme, Olympic Minds Change the World. We are also introduced to each of the Academies weekly sub themes, and how they interrelate with one another. Week 1 is spent establishing our community of learners: those in the English Stream, and those in the Japanese Stream. It is a week of social and communicative learning, collaboration, and participation in activities that range from discovering each other, the places where we are all from, the kids of values we hold and share. These learning objectives are encouraged through activities ranging from performance to engineering, presentation, speech, cultural discovery, technology, and environmental awareness building.

Week 1 Highlights (View Week 1 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 13th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 1 Theme, Society, Culture, & Communication (international-mindedness, cultural awareness, global issues, International community, International events, world heritage) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18). 
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): thematic modelling, & architecture using building kits, Lego, Meccano, Wood, and other materials.
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, and more.
  • Family Event 1 – Hip Hop & Jazz Dance Performance (Tues, 13:00~15:00): Hip Hop & Jazz Dance with Satoko Jazz Dance Studio. Workshops follow performance.
  • Family Event 2 – Shonan Beach Park (Friday, 09:00~16:30):  House Project Presentations! Swimming, BBQ, Beach Sports, & More!

Week 2 (07/20/2020~07/24/2020) at Our Tokyo Campus

Technology, Design, & AnimationYes, it is as exciting as it sounds! While we won’t learn to build our own Ironman suits, we may be inspired enough to follow this path into the future when we may just find ourselves doing just that! Using technology and design we can create tools that help us accomplish tasks. Moving on from the accomplishment of the first week, the goal of the second week will be to learn how to design and create really cool things through engineering, robotics, and, digital technologies.

Week 2 Highlights (View Week 2 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 20th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 2 Theme, Technology & Design (international animation, famous characters, making stories, designing characters, claymation, stop motion (youth media assistance) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18). 
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): Technology, Coding, Robotics, Engineering using building kits, Mindstorms, Meccanoid, ThinkBlock, and other materials. 
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, and more.
  • Family Event 1 – Remote Racer Day (Tues, 12:00~16:30): BBQ, house teams, Championship Race Day! 
  • Day Trips – (Friday, 09:00~16:30): Kids (5~11): Heiwa no Mori Adventure Park *bento lunches. Teens (12~18) Minakami River Rafting *BBQ

Week 3 (07/27/2020~07/31/2020) at Our Tokyo Campus

Remote, Virtual, & Real FlightThis week we’ll focus on aeronautics, ballistics, manual, and assisted flight technologies like rockets & drones, combined with video and photography! We’ll learn the basics of drone flight for photography and and video. We’ll learn about the kinds of transportation people use around the world, and especially how we fly in air and space. We’ll make rockets, learn to be pilots. Finally on Friday, we’ll test our skills in a rocket launch competition during a full day in the country complete with sports, swimming, and a BBQ!  

Week 3 Highlights (View Week 3 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 27th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 3 Theme, Remote, Virtual, & Real Flight (modes of transportation, world navigation, moving things, global networks & world needs, air, water, and space, future destinations) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): Flight, Rocketry, Engineering, using building kits, Estes Rocket Kits, Glider & Plane Construction, Drone Piloting with DSJ (Drone School Japan)
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, and more.
  • Family Event 1 – Poi Dance Performance (Tues, 13:00~15:00): Yuta Poi Group Performances & Workshops
  • Family Event 2 – Day Trips – Okutama Adventure Day Trip (Friday, 09:00~16:30): House Project, Presentations, Swimming, BBQ, Rocket Launch, Drone Piloting, Sports, & More.

Week 4 (08/03/2020~08/07/2020) at the Okutama Learning Center

Obon Week Okutama Outdoor CampWeek 4 happens during the traditional annual summer holiday called “Obon.” During this week, all of the campers and teachers take a break from the city and move the operations of the camp to a special Cross location in the mountains about one hour to the west of Tokyo. There they spend the week involved in learning about the Okutama area. They meet prominent local figures involved in woodcraft, agriculture, & social development, and they experience the outdoors, including scientific & ecological experiences. They also get to swim in the clear blue waters of the Tama River, and enjoy barbecues almost every night!

Week 4 Highlights (View Week 4 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 27th, 09:00~10:30 (Important: Week 4 Orientation is held on Monday, July 27th)
  • Tokyo to Okutama: meet between 07:00~08:00 at Showa University Gates. Bus Departure: 08:30. 
  • Okutama Orientation (Mon, 10:00~11:00): Student only orientation on site at Okutama Outdoor Facility.
  • Morning & Wakeup (Mon, 06:00~08:00): wake up in a beautiful lodge in the forest near a mountain river. Get ready, eat breakfast, & move to Cross Okutama facility.
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Fri, 09:00~11:00): Studies in Week 5 Theme, Obon Week Okutama Outdoor Camp (outdoor learning experiences in science, art, ecology, engineering, and crafts, and more.) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Outdoor Sports Programs (Mon~Fri, 11:00~12:00): Archery, River Rafting, Canoeing, Orienteering, River Swimming, and more.
  • Lunch: catering by Okutama Community Catering
  • Afternoon Adventure Activities (Mon~Thurs, 13:00~17:30): Hikes, nature games, river, swimming, orienteering, rock climbing, archery, & more. 
  • Dinner: dinners generally outdoors. Frequent BBQs and student-led meal preparation & cooking. Also, catering by Okutama Community Catering
  • Evening Activities:  Games, stories, movies, astronomy, and more.
  • Family Event 2 – The Big House Event (Thursday, 15:00~18:00): On this afternoon and evening, parents re invited to join us if they can make it. We will join with local kids and youth from Okutama for an afternoon of communication, sport, food, and fun.
  • Checkout & Return to Tokyo (Friday, 13:00~16:30): Parents, guardians, and families can meet students at Showa Women’s University Gate.

Week 5  (08/10/2020~08/14/2020) the 2020 International Youth Summit

Cross Summer Academy: the 2nd Annual International Youth Summit! — The 2020 Cross Summer Academy will again feature the International Youth Summit! The details of this special week, supported by the UNESCO Global Chair on Education, will be announced in the 2020 New Year. It will be another exciting adventure in International collaboration, and it is a week you will not want to miss: participate with local kids, participate in fun community events (including, yes, BBQs), stay in fantastic accommodations, learn regional culture, and participate in learning and athletic experiences guided by some of Japan’s most prominent figures in the Arts, Technology, Media, and Sports. In teams, we work all week on internationally relevant projects about the environmentsustainabilitycommunity, and more. And finally, we present those projects along with everything we learned. Stay tuned for more announcements about Week 5 since there is more to tell!

Week 5 of the 2019 Cross Summer Academy happens from August 10~14. Students interested in participating in the 2019 Cross Summer Academy (in all , in part, or for any number of weeks) are encouraged to register as soon as they are able, and especially for Week 5.  For more information, contact us now!

Week 5 Highlights (check out the 2019 Summit Schedule for an idea of what you can expect: 2019 Week 5 Schedule. 2020 will be even better.)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 27th, 09:00~10:30 (Important: Week 5 Orientation is held on Monday, July 27th)

****Details of the 2020 International Youth SUmmit will be released early in 2020. 


Week 6 (08/17/2020~08/21/2020) at Our Tokyo Campus

Week 6: Community Building  — In Week 6, the focus of the classes turns to social, cultural, geographical, and international awareness learning. Camp participants will look closely at those things that make people believe and behave differently from one another in terms of language and culture, and equally at those things that make us similar in terms of popular culture, international fashion, and common human endeavour. They will look at how geography and climate affect people differently, and how natural environments impact lifestyle, thought, and behaviour. 

Week 6 Highlights (View Week 6 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, August 17th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 6 Theme, Community Building (community & society, community & culture, community & geography, community & technology, community & individuals) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): Part I: Trains, Planes, @ Cars: Modelling, Landscape. Community design: building a Georama/Diorama that includes society, geography, technology, transportation, and more. 
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Weds, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, and more.
  • Family Event 1 – Cross Mini World Cup (Tues, 12:00~16:00): Soccer tournament (with Coerver), BBQ, camp house teams, cheerleading.
  • Family Event 2 – Day Trips – Fly Station Indoor Skydiving (Thursday, 09:00~16:30): House Project Presentations! Indoor Skydiving, Buffet Lunch, Games & Activities, & More!
  • Family Event 3 – Day Trips – Oume Farm by the River! Part I (Friday, 09:00~16:30): Farming & Ecology, Swimming, BBQ, River Ecology

Week 7 (08/24/2020~08/28/2020) at Our Tokyo Campus

Eco-Environmental Studies — This component of the Cross Summer Academy curriculum ranges from learning about renewable energy sources to learning about agriculture and farming, to learning about natural environments and ecosystems. The camp participants will create their own eco-systems, energy sources, and environmental conservation projects. They will look at how societies use resources, and how they deal with the waste products using efforts and technologies such as land reclamation, waste to energy processes, recycling, and reprocessing. 

Week 7 Highlights (View Week 7 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, August 24th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 7 Theme, Eco-Environmental Studies (This week carries on the theme from Week 6, community & society, but from the perspective of how we interact with our environment, our geography, and the ecology around us.) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): Part I: Trains, Planes, @ Cars: Modelling, Landscape. Community design: building a Georama/Diorama that includes society, geography, technology, transportation, and more. 
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, Cheer Dance with Cheer Spirit.
  • Family Event 1 – Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tues, 13:00~15:00): POTB Comedy and Improvisation Performance and acting workshops to follow.
  • Family Event 2 – Day Trip – Oume Farm by the River! Part II (Friday, 09:00~16:30): Kids 5~11 Farming & Ecology, Swimming, BBQ, River Ecology, & More!
  • Day Trip – Chichibu Forest Adventure (Friday, 09:00~16:30): Teens 12~18 Chichibu Forest Adventure Park