Summer is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a fun, educational way for your kids to spend those school-less months, consider an NIU summer camp. From June to August, NIU offers more than 30 day and residential camps for students entering first- through 12th-grade. From athletics to activism, there is something for every young learner.
Registration is now open for all camps, many of which offer early registration discounts. Some camps also offer reduced rates for multiple campers from a single family, children of NIU employees, and returning campers. Need-based and merit-based scholarships are also available from many camps.
Camps also offer a social outlet for students. Deborah Booth, director for the College of Visual and Performing Arts External Programs, has seen lasting friendships form between campers. “Beyond providing campers with expert training in something they love, these camps provide a great social setting for kids with the same interests to get to know one another,” Booth says.
Campers will also have a chance to explore university life, from living in residence halls and dining in the cafeteria to experiencing advanced curriculum and problem-based learning. STEM Outreach Director Pati Sievert tells parents and students that summer camps are not like a typical week of school. Read more →
The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department is once again offering the popular Kish-U-Pick all-day art, science, and technology camp during the week of June 18 – 22. The camp is for students who will be entering grades 4, 5, and 6. The registration deadline is June 11.
Kish-U-Pick is built around the campers’ choice of activities, creating a week-long experience unique to each participant. There are three sessions each day: morning (8:45 – 10:45a.m.), mid-day (11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.), and afternoon (1:45 – 3:45p.m.). There is a lunch break for campers to enjoy their sack lunches from 10:45- 11:30a.m. Campers and their parents have the flexibility to select an activity during each session time for the week and can choose to spend the whole day at Kish-U-Pick or choose to attend one or two session times for the week.
Activities that campers may choose from include: Game On! (classic strategy board games), Clay Creations (ceramics and pottery), What’s Inside? (take apart electronic items), Digital Photography, Outdoor Cooking Adventures (campfire and coal cooking plus more), Take A Bow (theater), Be A Rockstar! (music video production), All Wired Up (creating jewelry), and Green Screen (using green screen technology in video production). All camp sessions involve hands-on experiences with adult instructors.
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Indian Valley Theatre (IVT) is now taking registrations for it’s two Summer Theatre Workshops. With these two sessions, IVT offers children of all ages a fun, safe and rewarding atmosphere to learn about theatre and build confidence. Whether this is their first exposure to theatre or they are already comfortable on stage, IVT has a place for everyone.
IVT’s first workshop session, Children’s Theatre Workshop, will be held June 18th thru June 29th (Mon. – Fri.) and is for students entering 1st grade in the fall through 8th grade. The cost for the two-week program is $80.00 per student. Now in its 29th year, and under the direction of Christine Roe, IVT’s Children’s Theatre Workshop continues to create quality children’s theatre enjoyed by everyone. This year’s theme is Knight of the Dragon, which takes place in an ancient land full of creatures that include fairies, knights, gnomes and of course a dragon. The heroine of the story is a pampered princess who dreams of being a warrior and going on great adventures. Every child is cast in a part adapted to fit their specific talents and needs that allow them to explore, imagine, create and have fun through the world of theatre arts.
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Children’s Community Theatre will provide youth interested in theatre a trip into outer space and into the halls of Harvard during its “Imagination Camp 2012”, scheduled for this June at NIU’s O’Connell Theatre. Beginner’s Camp is open to students who will be in kindergarten through 6th grade in the fall of 2012 and will follow the theme “2012: A Space Odyssey.”
Camp session runs from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day and concludes with public performances at 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 22 and 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23. Children will ‘launch’ into the stars at 17,500 mph about CCT’s very own space command module. Campers will not only learn a thing or two about the galaxy, but will create their very own theatrical performance, complete with cosmic songs and gravitational dance. Cost of the two week camp is $95 and includes daily instruction, as well as participation in the two public performances.
CCT also offers older students an opportunity to create a full-scale musical in just two weeks during “Advanced Camp”, which is open to students entering 7th grade through 12th grade in fall 2012, and includes graduating seniors.
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Children’s Community Theatre will provide campers a trip into outer space at its Beginner’s Imagination Camp, scheduled for June 11-23. The theme for the two week theatre camp is “2012: A Space Odyssey.” Children will ‘launch’ into the stars at 17,500 mph about CCT’s very own space command module. Campers will not only learn a thing or two about the galaxy, but will create their very own theatrical performance, complete with cosmic songs and gravitational dance.
In its 7th year, Beginner’s Imagination Camp is open to students who will be in Kindergarten through 6th grade in the fall of 2012. Camp session runs from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day at NIU’s O’Connell Theatre, and concludes with two public performances on Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. Cost of the two week camp is $95 and includes daily instruction, as well as participation in the two public performances.
“We do our best to keep the cost of our camp as low as possible,” said Kris Pagoria, President of CCT. “We realize that times are still tough, and for about $7 a day, we hope your children can be a part of this too.”
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The Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore is hosting its 3 day Summer Camp: ‘Animal Adventures’ this week, from July 13-16, 9am-11am, and 1pm-3pm. Kids entering 1st-3rd grade may attend the 9am session, and kids 4th grade and up can attend the 1pm session.
The Mission of the Midwest Museum on Natural History is to inspire an appreciation for the great diversity of the natural environment and human culture through education and recreation. Russell Schelkopf is a local veterinarian, entrepreneur, community leader, conservationist and life-long hunter. In 2004, Schelkopf donated his priceless collection of preserved mounts to the City of Sycamore. His collection was the seed that sprouted the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
Cost for the 3 day summer camp is $60/non-member children, and $55/member children. Registration is required. For more information about this exciting opportunity, visit www.mmnh.org or call 815-895-9777.