LOG IN | REGISTER

· CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE!

 

South Florida camps offer variety

South Florida camps offer variety

Thinking about camps for your kids?

SouthFloridaSunrise.com Staff report

April 16--Spring has sprung, and summer will be here soon. For South Florida kids – and their parents – that often means, "What I am going to do when school lets out?"

Many communities and the public schools have camp programs available – just check their web sites. And there are tons of private camps for all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities.

Just to get you thinking and planning before it's too late, here are a few that caught our eye.

Environmental camp in Boca Raton

A camper looking for animals on a log.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton offers a half-day, week long Environmental Camp during the summer. 

At Gumbo Limbo Environmental Camp, children and teens learn about plants, animals and coastal habitats through many exciting outdoor and hands-on activities, such as collecting shells on the beach, seining and netting.

Registration for Gumbo Limbo's Summer Environmental Camp is handled by the City of Boca Raton.  For  information on the camps, please see the Camp Boca Raton website.   Click on the link for "Summer Camp 2013 Info."  For additional assistance, call the Boca Raton Community Center at 561-393-7888. 

And for summer camps that are interested in bringing their campers to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for a tour, click here for more information.
 

Miami Science Museum 2013 Summer Camp

The Miami Science Museum is gearing up for its 47th Annual Summer Camp. During the eight one-week camp sessions, kids aged 4-14 will enjoy engaging, unique, fun-filled experiences including ecology, robotics, engineering, technology, and field trips. While camp activities will be specific to the session chosen each week, each class will feature science lessons, projects, experiments, and crafts, interspersed with time to explore the museum galleries, planetarium or theater shows, and a 30-minute outdoor PE time. Campers in the 2nd through 8th grade groups will also go on field trips.
 
Classes are offered in the following age categories (campers must be entering the grade(s) of the group in August 2013): Pre-K (age 4 as of August 2013; must be potty-trained and able to handle all aspects of using the restroom alone); Kindergarten; 1st Grade; 2nd & 3rd Grades; 4th & 5th Grades; 6th, 7th & 8th Grades.

Instructor to camper ratio is 1:10. Lead teachers are certified teachers with over 5-10 years of teaching experience in Miami-Dade County public and private schools, who will deliver hands-on, interactive learning. Each lead teacher has experience working with children in the grade level to which they are assigned. Each class will also have a teaching aide.
 
Campers should bring their own lunch. Two healthy snacks will be provided each day.
 
Miami Science Museum 2013 Summer Camp is made possible by the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Children’s Trust provides funding for scholarships to non-profit organizations that enable abused, neglected, and disadvantaged children to attend summer camp classes.
 
Click here for a complete listing of classes for each age category on the Museum's web site summer camp page.
 
Cost: Class fees per week, unless otherwise noted on the class descriptions, are $180 for Miami Science Museum members, and $210 for non-members.  Sibling discount on tuition is 15 percent. Sibling discount applies to tuition only. Before Care and After Care are available for additional fees.

Registrations are entered on a first-come, first-served basis online, by fax at (305) 646-4300, by email at summercamp@miamisci.org or at the Museum’s box office. The cutoff time for registrations for an upcoming week is the Friday before at 4 p.m.

Give your child the gift of culture this summer

Find enriching arts and cultural Summer camps, classes, and activities offered by Palm Beach County arts and cultural organizations online with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s 2013 Summer Cultural Guide,

Apply by May 1, 2013 for $11,500-plus in camp scholarships, memberships and day passes.
 
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County offers its 2013 Summer Cultural Guide as the ticket to finding great Summertime activities and camps – wrapped in arts and culture - offered by 52 Palm Beach County arts and cultural organizations. While online, apply for 27 camp scholarships, memberships, and passes, totaling $11,730.50.  Winners will be notified by May 8th.
 
“We are so pleased to continue to educate the community about the many arts and cultural activities and camp experiences available for families in Palm Beach County with our online 2013 Summer Cultural Guide,” said Rena Blades, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  “The combination of exciting educational programs coupled with generous scholarship donations from the arts and cultural community, offers unique arts and cultural Summer experiences for every age and budget.”
 
To access the Cultural Council’s 2013 Summer Cultural Guide, and to apply for scholarships, by the DEADLINE of May 1, 2013, visit www.palmbeachculture.com/camps
 
Scholarships will be awarded to one child per household. For more information on camp programs, please contact participating Palm Beach County cultural organizations directly.
 

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America summer camp for children with digestive diseases
 
Dealing with a disease, especially a digestive disease, is never easy. It is especially difficult when you are a child or teenager. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) can help to alleviate some of that stress.

With CCFA’s fun-filled summer program, Camp Oasis, specifically for any child with medically stable Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, campers can enjoy incredible activities with people who truly understand them.   
 
The week-long sleep away camp offers swimming, boating, and fishing, as well as visual and performing arts, special events, team sports, and outdoor adventures. It is a safe environment where children are not defined by their illness, but instead are encouraged to try new things, make life-long friendships and have the time of their lives.
 
Camp Oasis will be held at Camp Will-a-Way, located in Winder, Georgia from July 14 through July 19, 2013. The camp is staffed with 24-hour on site medical supervision by healthcare professionals, as well as dedicated counselors, many of whom have IBD, to ensure the best possible care for campers while they are away from home. To be eligible for Camp Oasis, campers must be in grades 2 through 10 in 2013. Leaders in training must be in grade 11 - 12. Those interested in volunteering must be at least 19 years old, and meet additional requirements.

Applications are due by May 15, and space is limited. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee and $250 attendance fee. Parents are encouraged to apply online at www.ccfa.org/camps or contact 561-218-2929 for a hard copy of the application. For additional questions, contact Katie Keohane at (561) 218-2929 or kkeohane@ccfa.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
 
The 2013 Summer Program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will be held at four different locations: the Hank Kline Club, Northwest Club, South Beach Club and Kendall Club. The Summer Program allows children to learn values such as friendship, honesty and teamwork by providing a safe and secure environment in which they can express and develop such relationships.
 
Summer Programs are open to all boys and girls ages 5–16 (must be entering kindergarten in the fall – cannot turn 17 before Sept. 1, 2013), and run Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; however, counselors will be available to supervise children beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.
 
The Summer Programs at all Clubs are staffed by qualified full-time and summer staff.
 
During the Summer Programs, children participate in indoor activities such as arts & crafts, computer room, game room, table games, movie room, basketball and much more. Outdoor activities include all types of organized group games, and swimming at the South Beach Club. Field trips are also offered to locations and events such as the movies, bowling, Chuck E. Cheese’s, and swimming field trips for older groups.
 
A free nutritious lunch and afternoon snack will be provided daily at no additional cost, or children may bring their own lunch. At each Club, awards will be given to recognize the boys and girls who have made a positive contribution to the Summer Program.
 
For more details about individual Clubs’ Summer Programs, please call the contact/phone number listed.
 
Where/Cost:
Hank Kline Club
2805 SW 32nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33133
305-446-2654
8-week session: $450
 
Northwest Club
10915 NW 14th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33167
305-758-5753
2 4-week sessions (June 10–July 5 and July 8–August 2): $100 each session
 
South Beach Club
Fienberg Fisher Gym
1400 Pennsylvania Court
Miami Beach, Florida
786-319-7214
8–week session: $60
 
Kendall Club
9475 North Kendall Drive
Miami, Florida 33176
Tel: 305-279-3013
2 4-week session (June 10–July 5 and July 8–August 2): $325 each session
 
HOW:
To register, parents must come in person to the specific Club where their child(ren) will be attending the Summer Program.  Mailed or faxed registration cards will not be accepted. Children will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled. With questions about the Summer Program or for more information, call Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Administrative Office at (305) 446-9910.                                                                                      

 
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County offers its 2013 Summer Cultural Guide as the ticket to finding great Summertime activities and camps – wrapped in arts and culture - offered by 52 Palm Beach County arts and cultural organizations. While online, apply for 27 camp scholarships, memberships, and passes, totaling $11,730.50.  Winners will be notified by May 8th. The  2013 Summer Cultural Guide is generously sponsored by the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation.
 
“We are so pleased to continue to educate the community about the many arts and cultural activities and camp experiences available for families in Palm Beach County with our online 2013 Summer Cultural Guide,” said Rena Blades, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  “The combination of exciting educational programs coupled with generous scholarship donations from the arts and cultural community, offers unique arts and cultural Summer experiences for every age and budget.”
 
To access the Cultural Council’s 2013 Summer Cultural Guide, and to apply for scholarships, by the DEADLINE of: May 1, 2013, visit www.palmbeachculture.com/camps
 
Scholarships will be awarded to one child per household. For more information on camp programs, please contact participating Palm Beach County cultural organizations directly.