Innovative Classrooms, Camps and Summer Programs – June 2014

By Marianne Reid Anderson

As the year continues, so does our series on innovative happenings in our areas schools, summer camps and summer programs. We are continually impressed with the wide array of opportunities available and the incredible jobs performed by the educators in our area.

The Art Place Studio – ideal for children of all ages, including adults, you can drop in any time (or drop the kids off) to create fun and interesting art projects from the cornucopia of art supplies available at the studio and in their “Art Buffet” and there is no registration needed. You can paint, sculpt, sew and so much more. They also have a Kids Night Out every Saturday for kids to get together for pizza and art. They also have 10 weeks of summer camps with both half day and full day camps available. This innovative “open” studio is a unique opportunity for the artist in all of us. For more information, visit

Camp Deer Creek – This incredible action-packed day camp is beginning its 82nd season. This camp is such a popular tradition that the Grandparents of many of the kids who currently attend also attended when they were young. For boys and girls ages 4-15, the day camp is Monday through Friday from June 16 to Aug. 8th. Swimming, horse-back riding, an innovative nature program complete with zip lines, a climbing wall, music, archery and so much more. Transportation via school bus to and from the camp is available every day from pick-up points all around the area including Cranberry, Wexford, Shaler, Hampton among many others. Lunch is provided of kid favorites, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese just to highlight a few. To register and learn more, go to

Camp Spirit of the Game – uses the fast-paced, fast growing sport of Ultimate Frisbee to build character, teach ethical behavior, constructive approaches to dispute resolution, good sportsmanship and so much more. Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport that has no referees, so the players must self-officiate, therefore a code of conduct has been developed known as “Spirit of the Game” and what camp organizers use to teach ethical behavior. During the camp, a different word such as Integrity or Enthusiasm is the word of the day and its meaning is worked into the many activities. Camp Spirit North will take place at La Roche College July 7-11 and July 21-25. To register, go to

Community College of Allegheny County – is home to the extremely innovative Labor & Management Institute. The institute was born out of the incredibly popular Robert M. Mill Lecture Series which was developed to recognize and enhance the understanding of labor-management relations and economic development in western Pennsylvania.  The Robert M. Mill Lecture series is FREE and open to the public. Its guest speakers and panel participants feature labor and industry leaders from both locally and around the world. The Labor & Management Institute has also developed The Labor & Management Studies Certificate Program. For more information on the Labor & Management Institute and the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series, visit

Glen Montessori – Open to all children in the area, Glen Montessori School in Perrysville is offering an innovative international and cultural awareness camp called “Passport to Summer 2014”. Where each week, participants will experience different cultures from around the world through, art, music, dance, cooking various cuisines, playing a country’s sports and games, going on a weekly field trip and so much more. The individual cultures include French, Irish, Brazilian, Chinese and man, many others. As the world continues to get smaller, this experience will broaden both a child’s mind and future. To register, go to  

Gymkhana – Gymkhana gymnastics facility offers innovative summer camps designed to keep children, creative, busy and active this summer. Theme-based kamp activities including dry-land water games, parachute play, awesome obstacle courses, craft activities, zoom-zoom zipline, climbing cargo net, bouldering and more. In particular, there is their KHIDS KAMP for 3-10 year olds, using all of the gymnastics equipment including: floor exercise, balance beam, rings, uneven bars, mini trampoline, tumble trak the goliath trampoline and our incredible inflatables. And their Survivor Kamp for 6 to 16 year olds. Based on the popular Survivor TV show, campers will be split into tribes, where they create their own tribal flags and compete in challenges for rewards. To register, go to

Oakland Catholic – has teamed-up with Apple Corporation to provide, via a lending-program, MacBook® Air Laptops for each student and faculty member. Specialists from Apple locations across the country have come to Oakland Catholic to configure servers, teach faculty and student instructors and prepare the MacBooks for the rigourous academic programs available at Oakland Catholic from their online text books for learning Mandarin Chinese to the complex bio-informatics program and software from CMU. For more information, schedule a tour, or to register to be a part of this amazing high school, visit 

Saint Gregory School – located in Zelienople, St. Gregory’s provides a complete combination of the latest educational technical developments such as Chromebooks®, along with the best teaching methodologies while integrating a true –catholic education. Read more about St. Gregory’s in this issue’s: Spotlight on Education. Also, be sure to visit their website at

Throughout this issue are additional schools that are taking applications, summer camps and educational activities. If you are offering an innovative program or camp or planning an innovative program for the coming school year, be sure and let us know by emailing or calling 724-940-2444.