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Summer Camp Spotlight
A look at some of the region’s unique summer camps and the varying ways they can help children grow.

by Staff

“This year’s summer camp theme is “Movie Fun.” Weekly activities include arts and craft projects, STEAM activities, Amazing Athletes, water play, as well as in-house and off-site field trips. Parents may sign up for a minimum of three weeks or all 10 weeks of camp. Children love the fun activities and parents love the flexibility of being able to sign up for just the weeks they want.”
Barbara Crankshaw, director

“Children attend robotics summer camps to learn coding and how to design mechanisms and see it come to life in a robot, while having fun and meeting other geeks. The mentors at Robotech have been teaching competitive robotics since 2001.”
John F. Grater, president

“Summer camp at Future Scholars offers something for all kids with a senior camp for 6-to-13-year-olds and a junior camp for 3-to-5-year-olds. Summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for children to make new friends and enjoy in-house, hands-on activities as well as field trips.”
Jennifer Tenner, assistant director

“Nazareth Academy offers a Summer Enrichment Program to girls entering 7th or 8th grade in Fall 2023 as well as a week-long STEM Camp and week-long Art Camp. Our Summer Enrichment Program focuses on preparation for the high school placement test that girls will take in the fall of 8th grade to be considered for admission to Nazareth. It also provides an introduction to our foreign language, fine arts and STEM programs. Our STEM Camp focuses on rocketry, 3-D printing, and laser cutting. The camp is a fun, interactive experience that takes place in our state-of-the-art Innovation Center. Our Art Camp allows girls to express their creative abilities through painting, sculpture, sketching, photography, and much more. Those who attend the camp have their artwork on display in an art show at the end of the camp week.”
Alexandria Derassouyan, director of admissions

“Merion Mercy Summer Programs are truly “a bright spot in all of our summers.” We offer academic, sports and enrichment classes for boys and girls entering 6th through 12th grade. Our classes are curriculum-based and presented in a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere that the summertime encourages. Our students come from a wide-ranging area, fostering a spirit of inclusivity and acceptance here at MMA. Although some students begin their summer course hesitant to continue in an academic environment for the summer months, they leave fulfilled by the skills they have learned, the confidence they have gained and the friendships they have made.”
Gina Briscella, director of summer programs

Intensive Summer Swim is a five-day program designed to help children improve quicker than weekly lessons. It includes a 3:1 student to teacher ratio ensuring each child gets the attention they deserve. A week of Intensive Swim gives students over a month worth of lessons in one week with amazing results. This program was created to help swimmers of all ages and abilities improve their current skills from beginner to advanced. This year we are offering 11 weeks of summer fun and water safety, giving families more options and flexibility. Families can sign up for one or more weeks with no long term commitment.”
Stephanie Lilly, Jersey South regional manager

Nitro1 Sports provides children the opportunity to try new sports through a supportive and positive learning environment. Coaches teach age-appropriate skills while building self-confidence through encouragement and empowerment. Children come out of the program with increased ability and confidence in the sports they have learned. Our small staff to player ratio also contributes to a positive and meaningful experience for our players.”
John Billen, owner/director/team leader

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 9.
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