Some people call them sanity savers. It's pretty win-win for all of you- kids get to do something fun & you get much needed break. Personally, I'm not a big camp-signer-upper. Main reason: it's super expensive to put 3 kids in camp. The other reason is that I like to be a free spirit in the summer. We're so incredibly scheduled during the school year that I like having nothing to do in the summer. I feel like it's everyone's time to relax & unwind.
BUT, it isn't all about me over here & I know some of you are interested in what's out there. So when my son's teacher emailed me a list of summer camps, I decided to check them out. Below is a list of what she sent & a quick summary of what you're getting in to. Hope this helps you find an awesome fit for your kiddo!
* This is a listing for camps in the Cincinnati area. If you're outside of this area, sorry :( I don't have a staff so I can't help you. If you're reading this & have camps that you know about in your area, feel free to send them my way & I'll share! email@example.com
**Also, I have no personal experience with 95% of these camps listed; if you have questions or need references please visit their websites. Please be responsible when choosing a camp for your child & make sure the staff has background checks & are operating in a manner that is safe for your child. Ask questions now rather than right before...
Phew! That was a lot of explaining. Let's get to it!
- Science Discovery Camp: A fun filled week of hands-on Science http://sdc.davidtraxler.com/
- Glen Helen Nature Camp: just like it sounds, nature camp http://glen.antiochcollege.org/glen_helen/outdoor_education_center/ecocamp/
- Gorman Farm: camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. http://gormanfarm.org/products/camp/
- Heritage Village Museum: Civil war Camp, Pioneer Camp http://www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org/day_camp.aspx
- Cincinnati Zoo: Camps & animal interactions for all ages http://cincinnatizoo.org/education/kids-families/zoo-camp/summer-camp/
- Drake Planetarium: Robotics, Adventure Builders, Crazy Contraptions & more! http://www.drakeplanetarium.org/Family/summercamp.html
- ExploreMore! Summer Programs: Enrichment activities for grades K-8 http://coehs.nku.edu/centers/gifted/youth.html
- grades 6-12: promote an interest in the four STEM disciplines -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics http://cinsam.nku.edu/Student-and-Parents/SummerCamps.html
- iSPACE: explore a variety of STEM topics such as robotics, rocketry, space exploration, engineering and more! http://ispacescience.org/programs/students-and-families/camps/
- Seven Hills Schools: hands-on, adventurous, energetic, creative, and offers a full spectrum of activities from architectural modeling and wakeboarding to top-secret science and space exploration. http://www.7hills.org/summerprogram?rc=0
- Cincinnati Country Day: this is really is for all ages 18months-6th grade http://www.countryday.net/programs/summer_camp.aspx
- My Nose Turns Red: Circus Camp, oh yeah! http://mynoseturnsred.org/
- Docentitos: Art ambassadorial program for young people ages 9-12 yearshttp://www.westonartgallery.com/docentitos.php
- CCM Prep: Music, Dance & Theatre arts http://ccm.uc.edu/prep/summer2013/jumpin.html
- Playhouse in the Park: Summer Theatre day camp http://www.cincyplay.com/index.php?option=com_classesworkshops&view=classesworkshops&type=Camp&Itemid=554
- Center for the Arts- Wyoming: Art, music, dance & theatre camps http://musicartdance.org/category/summer-camps/
- Taft Museum of Art: for grades 3-12 http://www.taftmuseum.org/?page_id=166
- Carnegie Art Center: explore the world of theatre http://www.thecarnegie.com/summer.php
- Leaves of Learning: on the right of the website, click Summer Camp 2013 Guide for a pdf brochure http://leavesoflearning.org/classes.asp
- The Art Academy: art instruction in the visual arts http://www.artacademy.edu/community-education/community-education/children-5-to-12-art-academy-of-cincinnati.php
- Cincinnati Recreation Commission: Activities vary by center but include arts and crafts, outdoor play, swimming pool time, field trips and more http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/recreation/camp-crc1/
- Camp OFLA: foreign language camp; Activities for the week will include language learning, ethnic cooking, dancing, singing, sports, arts and crafts, campfires, games and swimming. http://campofla.org/campofla.org/About_Camp.html
- Imago: Nature study & art camp http://www.imagoearth.org/home/summer_camps.html
- Sunrock Farm: interact with animals & learn about farm life http://sunrockfarm.org/
- Camp Invention: Hands-on Science fun http://campinvention.org/
- Young Chef's Academy: Camp I-Can-Cook http://youngchefsacademy.com/ourprograms.php
- King's Domain: King's Domain camps are intentionally unique in what they offer children. Our staff and college counselors get to know each child individually and work to foster their relationship with Christ. Our goal is for children to learn character traits and who Christ created them to be. http://www.kingsdomain.org/camps
If I had to slap a label on these camps I'd call them "educational" or "enrichment". There's a variety out there, hope you find something that works for you!
While I'm at it, I'd like to plug a few free or 'free-ish' camps that my local church offers: MAD Camp (music, art & drama) for grades 1-6 & the ever popular VBS (Vacation Bible School) for grades K-6. Check it out: http://www.ccmason.org/index.asp click events to register. Both of these are "awesome!" (kid quote)
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