MONTGOMERY COUNTY SUMMER CAMPS
Arts, Athletics and Adventure
Summer camps have changed a lot over the decades. No longer a week-long exercise of roughing it in a wooded cabin, they now offer the opportunity to fine-tune skills in athletics, the creative arts, technology, knowledge and even social skills.
Parents considering the options in Valley Forge and
Montgomery County have a lot to choose from. The overall goal of the following
camps is to send kids back to school with two assets: Enhanced abilities in an
area of their interest. And memories of a terrific summer 2015.
ABINGTON ART CENTER
515 Meetinghouse Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Focus: Visual Arts
Programs: The Creative Arts Camp, perfect for the young explorer, opens the door across multiple media, providing a great introduction to the world of expression and creativity. Other summer camp programs concentrate on painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry and even stop-motion animation.
artists' work is posted on Artsonia,
an online "museum" accessible by family and friends.
ABINGTON FRIENDS SUMMER CAMP
575 Washington Ln
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Focus: Indoor-Outdoor Sports, Dance, Arts & Crafts, Gaming, History, etc.
Programs: For more than 44 years, this organization has dedicated itself to enriching children during the summer months. Full day and half-day sessions are available.
Perk: Takeaways vary depending on the program. For example, the class
on engineering builds a working model of a rollercoaster, which is then sent to
a 3D printer for a take-home copy.
CAMP GREEN LANE
249 Camp Green Lane Rd
Green Lane, PA 18054
Focus: Outdoor activities with a special emphasis on nature
Ages: Grades 1-11
Programs: This camp has been engaging kids of a wide variety of ages since 1926. Activities center around the 4 A's: Athletics, Aquatics, The Arts and Adventure.
Perk: Friendships are fostered long after camp ends, with two
Winter Reunions scheduled each year.
DIG/ARTS SUMMER CAMP
Montgomeryville & Limerick
Focus: Cinematic Arts
Programs: Instructors lead young filmmakers through a process that begins with a storyboard and ends with the production of three movies. Lessons on sculpture, print and photography are interwoven.
Perk: Campers receive a DVD of their finished features.
ELMWOOD PARK ZOO
1661 Harding Blvd
Norristown, PA 19401
Focus: Animal encounters and education
Programs: Each week-long session includes learning and fun, with crafts, stories, snacks, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo.
Perk: Regular summer zoo events and shows are included.
FROG HOLLOW RACQUET CLUB
2115 Weber Rd
Lansdale, PA 19446
Programs: Instruction in tennis is given along two tracks, one for team players and one for tournament players, depending on level of commitment, ability and direction.
Perk: Taking the guesswork out of which track to choose,
participants are evaluated free and placed accordingly.
2117 Bethlehem Pk
Hatfield, PA 19440
Focus: Indoor Hockey
Ages: Players ranging from novice to experienced
Programs: Five days of drilling roller hockey basics, including power skating, stick handling, passing, shooting, defense and decision-making. Participants are responsible for their own equipment.
Perk: Registration fee includes Inline 309 Hockey Jersey
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
340 DeKalb Pk
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Focus: Engineering, Culinary Arts, Science, Sports
Programs: For youngsters interested in exploring sports programs, the college offers a traditional athletic experience, across a variety of teams. Teenagers may delve deeply into higher-level, academically challenging experiences.
Perk: Within the Engineering track, students have the opportunity
to earn college credit at John Hopkins University or transfer in as credits at
Montgomery County Community College.
PENN STATE ABINGTON
1600 Woodland Rd
Abington, PA 19001
Focus: Learning experiences in a wide range of topics, with a healthy dose of fun
Ages: Grades 3-12
Programs: Young campers address topics like backyard science and nature, while their older counterparts can choose from sessions on Meteorology, Robotics and Rocketry. High-school students can sharpen their writing, speaking and SAT skills.
Perk: Each class enjoys its own extras. For example, the Harry Potter class engages in a rousing game of Quidditch.
PETER WENTZ FARMSTEAD
2030 Shearer Rd
Lansdale, PA 19446
Focus: Historically themed, Colonial-era learning
Programs: Arts, crafts, songs and even some hands-on chores from the 1700s are all part of the adventure
Perk: Some fees include a one-year family membership in the Peter Wentz
ROCK & ROLL AFTER SCHOOL SUMMER BAND CAMP
305 2nd Ave, Suite 212
Collegeville, PA 19426
Programs: Each day starts with a drum circle that gets the blood pumping. From there, it's games that reinforce concepts like rhythm and tempo, followed by jam sessions throughout the afternoon, all guided by experienced musicians
Perk: The end-of-camp show includes special effects like
professional lighting, fog machines and 24-channel sound
STEEL RIVER PLAYHOUSE
245 E. High St
Pottstown, PA 19464
Focus: Performing Arts
Ages: Elementary, middle and high school ages
Programs: The Lower Camp (grades 1-4) focuses on sparking the imagination through play, song, dance and movement. The Upper Camp (grades 5-12) delve deeper into the fundamentals of performance, culminating in a rousing performance on the main stage
Perk: Tuition also covers a tee shirt
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