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Countdown to Summer Camp

Countdown to Summer Camp

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Educators fear the minds of their students will turn to mush over the summer. There are summer camp options in the Charlotte area that offer ways to keep kids fresh during the idle summer months.

Options include everything from art to cooking camp. Johnson and Wales offers Chef Summer Camp for older children. Kids become culinary junior masters at the flick of a spatula. There are two week-long camps in July.

Researchers say engaging kids in new activities - on multiple levels - can yield rewards in the classroom. The Harris YMCA offers swimming, gymnastics, dance and sports camps this summer. Squirt camp began this week for toddlers, but all other camps begin the week of June 16th.

JJ Williams, Youth Services Director at the Harris YMCA, says the Harris camps are in demand. “Each week we'll have between 7 and 800 kids playing and having fun.”

Ashley Marques says the YMCA camps have been enriching for her four year old daughter, who now swims like a fish.

“It’s been great for her socially. She's an only child and she's just opened up and blossomed so much being in this awesome environment.”

To awaken your child’s imagination, try the week-long theme camps at Imaginon. Students learn theater, dance, and art, bringing books from the Charlotte Public Library, to life on stage. Michelle Long, education director at Imaginon’s Children’s Theater of Charlotte says the camp is fun and intellectually stimulating. “It's also a time to be creative and gain confidence. We do something called podium. The kids get to stand up and say their name [and] who they are.

The primary camp begins this week at Imaginon, but performance camp and teen intensives launch next week. The teens will put on a stage performance to end the summer.

For a full list of summer camps in Charlotte check out this website http://www.charlottesummercamps.org/.


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