Summer Camps Equal Summer Fun!

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What’s the key to summer camp? Book Early! All the camps throughout the Summer Camp guide of Northern Connection magazine are filled with summer fun. But remember, summer camps and programs fill-up fast so be sure and reserve your spot today.

Camp Spirit of the Game – uses the fast-paced sport of ultimate frisbee to build character, teach and develop teamwork, constructive approaches to conflict 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.” Camp organizers use the “Spirit of the Game” 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 of the Game takes place throughout the area with two camps available in North Park. Each camp is five full days from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 13-17 and July 11-15. To register, go to http://camps.PghUltimate.org.

Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp – For sixty years, Chatham University has hosted one of Pittsburgh’s best-loved summer traditions: the Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp. Now, we’re bringing the best of the CMADC to the North Hills, and adding an environmental element, at Chatham’s new 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA—the world’s first academic community built from the ground-up for the study of sustainability. “We wanted to take the successful CMADC to Eden Hall to give families in the North Hills the same opportunity that our campers at the Shadyside campus have. Our camp is like no other, offering a well-rounded and structured schedule that has a balance between the arts and traditional camp programming,” says Camp Director Alicia Danenberg. Campers entering grades 1-6 this upcoming school year will have the opportunity to participate in a summer camp with a daily schedule including swimming, music, art, sports, and drama. Our campers explore their favorite activities and try new things that they wouldn’t do at a traditional summer camp. Our program includes an Eden Hall Experiences course that introduces campers to our sustainable campus and how it fits into their world. Enroll in the entire three-week session beginning on Tuesday July 5th, or try the camp out with open enrollment on Fridays. For more information visit our website at www.chatham.edu/daycamp  or call 412-365-1148.

GreenE Academy – Created by a faculty and an engineer from Carnegie Mellon University, GreenE Academy has trained over 2,000 children in the past seven years. GreenE offers summer camps rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In 2016, GreenE Academy will offer several programs for kids entering grades 2 to 7 in the fall:
1. Lego Power Function & Tynker Programming (grades 2 and 3). Students will create several projects using the LEGO Technic elements and bring them to life. They learn Tynker, a visual programming language similar to Scratch from MIT and Alice from CMU.
2. EV3 Robotics (grades 3, 4, and 5). Students will use the Lego Mindstorms EV3 elements to program their robots to solve a series of challenges and play fun games such as hockey and sumo wrestling.
3. Advanced Robotics for FLL (grades 6, 7 and 8). This program is for students with previous experience in building and programming with Lego Mindstorms EV3, especially for students who want to engage in the First Lego League Tournament and want to learn advanced building and programming concepts.
4. Video Game Design and Programming (grades 4 and 5). Students create their own world with characters, and use the built-in functions to create fun games.
5. VEX IQ Robotics (grades 6 and 7). This program will introduce students to building and programing with VEX IQ Robots using RobotC.
6. JavaScript and Movie Making (grades 6 and 7). Students will learn basic concepts of JavaScript programming, HTML documents, and creation of videos to produce a variety of fun projects.

Programs will be offered at Alpha School located at 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101, Monday to Friday 9-3 pm. To register, please visit http://greeneacademy.net.

Hampton School District – Open to everyone, including cyber, parochial and students from other districts, Hampton School District offers an incredible list of opportunities available as part of its summer programs in the arts, sciences and much more. This year’s classes are centered on sewing, cooking, robotics and computer programming. Technology enthusiasts can learn 3-D design and how to use a 3-D printer! Participants can even learn how to develop their own video games. There is even a special Babysitting class where participants learn CPR and first aid, learn how to market their babysitting business and even earn a certificate upon successful completion of the program. There will still be three sessions this summer, but the third session is dedicated solely to a new program called Camp Invention. To learn more about Camp Invention, visit http://campinvention.org/2016-program/. Camp Invention will be an all-day program, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Wyland Elementary School. It is for students in grades K-5 only. The classes during the first two sessions generally run from 9 a.m. to noon, with a few exceptions. For the first time this year, an afternoon recreation program also will be offered from noon until 3 p.m. through the Baierl YMCA and is an excellent option for those requiring full-day care. Visit www.ht-sd.org, go to the Community tab and select HTSD Summer Program 2016 to access the brochure and full list of opportunities for summer classes.

Be sure to read our April issue to learn about even more summer camps and programs in our area. If you are implementing a summer camp or would like us to feature a camp counselor or volunteer that is making a difference, be sure and let us know by emailing northcon@consolidated.net or calling 724-940-2444.