Summer Camps: Offering the Best in Tradition and Innovation

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By Marianne Reid Anderson

Oh to be a kid again!! The opportunities in our region for children, tweens and teens continues to amaze and inspire. Choose among these incredible summer camps or mix-and-match, either way, enjoyment awaits and as our children will be embracing, sun, fun and incredible learning experiences throughout the summer! Remember – the key is to register early!

YMCA – The YMCA has a long-standing tradition of offering both day and overnight camping. The Y’s day camp offers a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving kids’ well-being, such as swimming, hands-on science experiments with University of Pittsburgh’s School of Science, nature hikes and developing 21st Century skills through leadership and small group team building. The Y’s camp Kon-O-Kwee offers both day and overnight camping with over 60 unique activities from archery to nature crafts to zip-line and so much more. To learn more about the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s Day Camp programs throughout Allegheny County, visit www.YDayCamps.org   or contact your local Y http://www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/locations/. For Y Day Camps in Butler and Cranberry visit: www.bcfymca.org. Rose E. Schneider YMCA, 724-452-9122. Butler YMCA, 724-287-4733 and for Y Day Camp in Sewickley visit: http://www.sewickleyymca.org. Sewickley Valley YMCA 412-741-9622 ext. 103. Register for overnight camp at Camp Kon-O-Kwee by MARCH 10th to receive EARLY-BIRD PRICING! For more information, call us at 877-YMCA-KOK or visit www.ycampkok.org

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts – The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year and offering an incredible array of camps from traditional studio arts to high-tech graphic design and multi-media to an incredible blend of visual arts with other creative mediums like performance, literature, architecture and science under the direction of teaching artists who are working professionals in these creative fields.  Eleven weeks of camps are available and include Zen-Yoga, Clay Animation, Digital Photography, Legomation, Stained Glass, and so much more.  High School students will have the unique opportunity to participate in a more immersive, elevated level that will give them a professional and collegiate experience to advance skills and learn what it means to pursue a career in the arts. These weekly camps are available from June 8 – August 21st. There is a rolling admission, but be sure and register early as camps fill-up quickly and if you register on March 13th, you can receive a 10% discount. To learn more and register, visit http://pca.pittsburgharts.org/education/summer-camps

 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. In addition to dance, knitting, weaving, edible science experiments, summer theater productions, drivers Ed instruction with CCAC, SAT-prep including the re-designed SAT, Intro to Debate, college essay prep, and the list keeps going. 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. Visit www.ht-sd.org, go to the Community tab and select HTSD Summer Program 2015 to access the brochure and full list of opportunities.

Get Fit Families offers Get Fit Summer Camps. These summer camps keep your child active and fit during the summer break with innovative training techniques. These camps are week long camps for 4-13 year olds.   Camps include Triathlon, Running and Cross Country.  All camps include personalized and group instruction.  All meals and snacks are included. And, all camps are held at the Zelienople Community Park. For camp dates and more information visit the Get Fit Families Website at www.getfitfamilies.com or contact Joella Baker at joella@zoominternet.net.

Forest Dancing – Forest Dancing is a one-week intensive summer dance camp for serious dancers ages 8 and older with a minimum of 1 year ballet training.  Located in one of the most beautiful settings in Pennsylvania, dancers have the opportunity to do what they love best surrounded by the beauty of virgin pine forests and mountain laurel overlooking the Clarion River. A Forest Dancer’s week also includes the fun of crafts, a canoe trip on the Clarion River, a talent show, nature walks, swimming and an evening out at the local theater. Visit our website at www.forestdancing.com for details about this innovative and creative summer camp.

Chatham University – The Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp provides intensive music and art experiences to students Pre K – 9th grade. Campers enjoy both traditional summer camp activities such as swimming and sports available every day, as well as, the core art, theater and music curriculum. While, pre-k through 4th graders are given a structure agenda to art and music, 5th through 9th graders can choose and arrange their own schedule to what they particularly wish to pursue from American sign language, to musical theater, to ceramics, to archery and to so much more. To learn more about this well-rounded, traditional and innovative camp experience, visit http://www.chatham.edu/daycamp.

Be sure to read our April issue to learn about even more innovative classrooms and summer camps. 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.