Keep exploring…Some summer camp options to get kids moving and learning

Times file photo Campers look for life in a stream at Hervida 4-H camp in 2018.

Several organizations in the area will be offering summer camps for children that will not only help get rid of the summer doldrums, but continue their education during the seasonal break from school.

Trish Stille, child care director at the Marietta Family YMCA, said her organizations Camp Caterpillar for Pre-K children and their Camp W.I.L.D. for those up to eighth grade continue the learning process for attendees.

“We try and curb the education loss over the summer,” she said.

She said her programs, which last between June 3 and Aug. 9, will take the campers on hikes to learn about the environment as well as take tours of local historical sites. But the camp also has a focus on keeping the students entertained with games and trips to local area pools.

“It’s just a fun, active camp,” she said.

There is a $100 registration fee, and a $97-per-week charge for the weeks that children attend. She said scholarships are available for the camp and more information can be found at their website, mariettaymca.org.

Alice Chapman, chairwoman and founder of the Ely Chapman Education Foundation said their Sensational Summer Camp will provide participants with a continuing education through summer as well as a full stomach.

“Kids have the possibility of losing up to two months of academic work during the summer,” she said. “We stress academics, but in a fun way.”

Chapman said the participants will have access to multiple meals and snacks throughout the day so they can concentrate on learning versus a rumbling stomach.

Children between the ages of 3 and 14 will be exposed to fun activities related to future work they could be a part of. She said they will take tours of local businesses to see how they work and even learn how to lay brick.

But the activities aren’t limited to just learning. Chapman said they have time every day for physical activity to include trips to local pools.

The camp lasts from 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from June 3 to Aug. 16. There is a $30 registration fee and a $100 weekly fee that covers all expenses for the camp to include food. Interested parties should contact Ely Chapman at 740-376-9533.

The 4-H is offering education and fun in nature with its 2019 Summer Youth Camps at Hervida 4-H camp near Waterford. The four separate camps that start on May 31 will teach children of all ages the importance of nature while they have fun at the camp’s pool, stream, putt putt course and hiking trails.

Prices range from $40 to $210 depending on the age and experience of the camper. People interested in their children attending one of the camps should call 740-376-7431 for more information.

The Castle will be offering its annual “History Camp: Well Established” from July 8 to July 12. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., campers will learn about westward expansion into the Northwest Territory and the tools and practices that made it possible. Campers will participate in activities titled “Singing Stephen Foster”, “Gold Rush” and the “Telegrapher’s Desk,” to name a few.

Cost for the camp is $30 per day or $125 for the week with limited scholarships available for campers between the third and 12th grades. Interested parties should contact the castle at 740-373-4180.

Campus Martius will also be taking campers into the past this summer with their Passport to Fun. Glenna Hoff, director of education and programs at the museum, said their camp will focus on the waterways that helped form Marietta.

“We’re going to familiarize (the kids) about how rivers and streams form,” she said.

She said the camp that starts on June 25 and ends on June 28 will teach the campers to study the water flowing through the area’s rivers, and determine if they are healthy or not.

“We are going to do a lot of activities with water,” she said.

The cost of the camp is $100 for campers between the ages of 7 and 11. She did request interested parties RSVP at the museum before June 10 to ensure the camper gets a T-shirt.

Marietta College will have multiple camps in which youth can flex their minds and muscles this summer.

The college offers camps for different age groups in basketball, football, baseball, softball and volleyball. The camps are intended to give youth experience in training like a college-level athlete.

The college’s 4-H Space Camp will teach fifth-through-seventh graders about all things that relate to flight. The three-day camp that starts on June 11 will teach everything from building small hot air balloons to learning about aerodynamics. Campers will also learn about space travel with a computer flight and space exploration simulation as well as launching their own model rocket.

People interested in any of Marietta College’s camps should visit their website for prices and times at marietta.edu/summer-camps.

For youth who express themselves more artistically, the Riverside Artists Gallery is offering four days of fun. From July 22 through July 26, campers will be able to create works of art in a different medium each day between 10 a.m. and noon at the gallery located at 219 Second St. Betsy Cook, a member of the Riverside Artists Gallery, said the camp helps replace what students have lost in public school curriculum.

“It’s good that young people can be creative and learn fine art skills…because the schools are kind of phasing out art programs,” she said.

The cost for the camp is $85 and covers the price of materials used in the daily projects, Cook said. To sign up for the camp, Cook said people should visit the gallery or call 740-376-0797.

Camps available

¯YMCA Camp Caterpillar and Camp W.I.L.D.

-Camps run from June 3 to Aug. 9 for those in Pre-K to eighth grade.

-The camps include multiple field trips and learning exercises.

-There is a $100 registration fee and cost of up to $97 per week of camp. Limited scholarships are available.

-Visit mariettaymca.org for more information or to register.

¯Ely Chapman Sensational Summer Camp.

-Runs from June 3 to Aug. 16.

-The camp will focus on continuing education through the summer with fun activities with local businesses. There are also daily physical activities to participate in with food provided throughout the day.

-There is a $30 registration fee with a $100 cost per week to attend. Limited scholarships are available.

– Call 740-376-9533 for more information or to register.

¯4-H Summer Youth Camps.

-Four separate camps for a wide variety of different ages will fall between June 3 and Aug. 16.

-The camps offer a variety of activities to include swimming, hiking, outdoor educational classes and general fun.

-Prices range from $40 to $210 depending on the age of the child.

-Contact 740-376-7431 for more information.

¯The Castle’s History Camp: Well Established.

-The camp operates from July 8 to July 12 for children in the third grade to the 12th grade.

-The camp will focus its activities around things that were happening during the push westward in early American history.

-Prices are $30 a day or $125 for the entirety of the camp.

-Call 740-373-4180 for more information or to register.

¯Campus Martius’ Passport to Fun Camp.

-The camp operates from June 25 to June 28 for children between the ages of seven and 11.

-The camp will focus on the waterways surrounding the city of Marietta. Children will discuss how they were formed, and what kind of creatures live in healthy versus polluted waters.

-The cost is $100 per camper.

-RSVP at the Campus Martius Museum before June 10 to ensure child receives camp T-shirt.

¯Riverside Artists Gallery’s Art Camp.

-The five-day camp is from July 22 through July 26, 10 a.m. to noon for children who are at least 7 years old.

-Each day, campers will complete a new work of art in a different medium.

-The cost is $85 per camper and includes the cost of all materials.

-Call 740-376-0797 for more information or to register.

Source: Times research.


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