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#1 SKL

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 10:50 AM

What are your plans?

 

Updated:  I went ahead and signed up for a few more camps.

 

June 4-8 - international espionage / lego robotics (how robotics are used to spy)

 

June 11-15 - a camp that takes the kids around on a week of field trips to discover the global heritage of our metro center.  Includes international cooking / eating.  Also gets into currency exchange, history, etc.

 

June 18-22 - culture camp for adoptees from Central America.  Geography, Spanish, music, art, dance, sports ....

 

June 25-29 - Kid 1 - Residential Musical Theater Camp; Kid 2 - "Duct tape engineer" Day Camp

 

June ?? to July ?? - travel (probably Iceland)

 

July 10-12 - half day cooking camp (international foods) - p.m. // a.m. maybe track, gymnastics, horse riding camps ... availability not yet known.

 

July 16-20 - Jr. Medical camp - science & health / careers

 

July 23-27 - Outdoor / horse camp w/ 1 overnight

July 30 - August 3 - Same outdoor / horse camp

 

August 6-10 - Academic (math, reading, grammar, writing, Spanish, study skills)

 

August 13-17 - Super Sleuths camp for kid 1, Putt-Putt Design camp for kid 2.

 

I included a week of academic crunch this year, to take some of the "brain drain" pressure off of me.

 

I might have a driver this summer, so the less-than-full-time camps will hopefully not kill me.  :)

 

Outside of the working day, I will probably have them do Sylvan Edge (math) and some library programs similar to last year.  Gymnastics, horse riding, and TKD.  Music practice.  Hopefully some "afterschooling."


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 12:49 PM

I'm not sure our region is unusual but day camps don't start registering until March here. 


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:49 PM

SKL you are going to make me cry.

 

 

We need to do: Aerospace camp, German camp, Chinese camp, and some kind of art camp. Maybe a horse camp? Half the summer is swim team, which is nice.

 



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Posted 07 February 2018 - 10:11 PM

DD will be going to a week long Careers in Biology camp, a gifted conference, the big national Herpetology conference(coupled with a family trip to Canada) and probably doing tumbling camp at her cheer gym as well. She’ll also be writing a new Herpetology course and maybe doing some teacher training workshops.
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:33 AM

Science camp (Maker space), music camp, basketball camp, robotics camp. 



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:39 AM

Added spy camp (lego robotics = spy science) first week of June.  Because one kid likes robotics and the other kid wants to be a spy.  This is at the science museum, so they will also get other goodies that a science museum offers.

 

I should note the Jr. Medical Camp is at another museum (Natural History).  The nice thing about museum camps is that they always include a variety of mind candy.

 

I am looking at a sleep-away arts camp at a nearby university (theater camp for kid 1, band camp for kid 2).  The price is pretty reasonable and it fits in our schedule.  But I'm waiting for additional info to come in, and I haven't asked the girls yet.  Last year my eldest really enjoyed an outdoor theater camp, but that organization has not posted its camp dates yet.  And honestly, they much prefer indoor camps to hot summer outdoors.  Kids these days!

 

The other option for that same week (late June) is a day camp at the art museum - but again, not enough info yet.


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:45 PM

OK so one kid wanted to do the residential theater camp, but the other kid said "no way" to a whole week of band camp, LOL.

 

So I found a "Duct Tape Engineer" camp for her.  Which is funny because it is so her.  She is a loon when it comes to making things out of duct tape and anything else.  I think she will love this.

 

I added a part-time afternoon cooking camp (international food theme) for 3 days after we return from our July 4 travels.  That leaves mornings free in case there is a morning sports camp or whatever that hasn't been advertised yet.  Or just for lying around.

 

The last week of summer - for some reason there are few organizations that offer camp that week.  In the past we have found a half-day arts camp, but it is kind of inconvenient.  Local horse camp is nice but it isn't usually full-time and it isn't always open.  Then again, maybe I should leave it open for more academic review ... anyhoo, there is time to decide.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:08 AM

I've started signing up camps. But its hard. Especially as our go-tos in the past are starting to not be appreciated by the kids. So I need something with better supervision I guess plus a theme they love.

 



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:01 AM

We do one camp per summer. 

 

The only one who has chosen is my soon to be 13 year old. She will be going to a day camp for medical science. She's also saving her money for youth group camp.

 

Oldest (16 year old) would like to go to GenCyber camp, but no info posted yet on when and where.

 

 



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:14 PM

What are your plans?

Updated: I went ahead and signed up for a few more camps.

June 4-8 - international espionage / lego robotics (how robotics are used to spy)

June 11-15 - a camp that takes the kids around on a week of field trips to discover the global heritage of our metro center. Includes international cooking / eating. Also gets into currency exchange, history, etc.

June 18-22 - culture camp for adoptees from Central America. Geography, Spanish, music, art, dance, sports ....

June 25-29 - Kid 1 - Residential Musical Theater Camp; Kid 2 - "Duct tape engineer" Day Camp

June ?? to July ?? - travel (probably Iceland)

July 10-12 - half day cooking camp (international foods) - p.m.

July 16-20 - Jr. Medical camp - science & health / careers

July 23-27 - Outdoor / horse camp w/ 1 overnight
July 30 - August 3 - Same outdoor / horse camp

August 6-10 - Academic (math, reading, grammar, writing, Spanish, study skills)

August 13 - ?? - open


I am not 100% sure of our travel and work schedule, but I hope to have most of it wrapped up in the very near future.

There is talk of them helping design and teach at a 1-week horse camp at a property we are rehabbing, but I am not sure it will happen, or if so, when.

I included a week of academic crunch this year, to take some of the "brain drain" pressure off of me.

If available, one kid can go to sleep-away theater (and possibly scout) camp. The other kid can go to science or horse camp. I also wanted to look into the music lessons they have at the nearby career center.

I might have a driver this summer, so I could maybe consider some half-day camps such as cooking school.

Outside of the working day, I will probably have them do Sylvan Edge and some library programs similar to last year. Gymnastics, horse riding, and TKD. Music practice. Hopefully some "afterschooling."



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 05:52 AM

I haven't seen any local catalogues come out yet--bummer! They sure would be a welcome sight in this dreary February! We are planning a trip to Philly. Also, a trip to see the corraling of the wild ponies on the Eastern shore of MD. Probably a beach trip as well. The biggest trip will be to Costa Rica! Yippee!

After plotting all that on the summer calendar, I will plug in some camps. My daughter loves Camp Invention. I'd like to entice her into a photography camp. Arty math, straight up art, cooking, sewing, and coding camps are possibilities. I'd like her to do an outdoors camp--hiking, swimming, kayaking, orienteering, archery, etc. Swim & dive lessons plus possibly ice skating lessons are on my radar.

We like to be outdoors during the summer months so ropes courses, hiking, kayaking and paddle boarding plus camping are on my list. I want to introduce her to horseback riding. Local parks, nature centers, amusement parks, and museums are great things to do on a whim. O! Live Shakespeare! That has been on my list for some time and I am determined it will happen this summer!

In terms of 'mom work' I will finally teach her to read & write Spanish. We will (continue) to do science (amping it up, baby!) and history. I will keep plugging away on her French literacy. We will do tons of read alouds and keep sharp on our math with lots of rich math talks and games. I want to explore ideas of her making $$--a kid business. A tech project too is another idea. We will hang in our backyard a lot--gardening and watching the wildlife. We will spend lots of time at the local pool. We will ride bikes too!

I am sure there are more things floating around in my head so I will probably come back to add &/or edit this post. Thanks SO much for starting this thread as I needed to clarify my thoughts. Long live summer!

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:19 PM

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LOL - my tweens think they have a rough life.
 



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:34 PM

I haven't seen any local catalogues come out yet--bummer! They sure would be a welcome sight in this dreary February!

 

Have you done searches online?  Our best camps tend to start advertising and taking registrations online in January / early February.  Some of the best camps are already filled!  I learned my lesson a few years ago when we were left with the most lame and inconvenient camps because I waited until Spring.

 

I am annoyed with the camps that haven't posted yet.  I keep checking every day.

 

So far I've only found 3 real options for the last full week of summer break.  Not sure why most of the camps close by early August.  The options aren't all that exciting and they are expensive.  But, they do sound like they would develop mental skills, without being paper-and-pencil academics.  They are:

  • Super Sleuths - detective camp using STEM and problem solving somehow.
  • Grocery Games - team is given a list of groceries and has to come up with recipes to use them up.
  • Putt-putt design - what it sounds like.

If nothing better gets posted in the near future, I will probably go with Super Sleuths for my Ninja and Grocery Games for the one who is a more confident cook.


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 01:47 PM

I haven't seen any local catalogues come out yet--bummer! They sure would be a welcome sight in this dreary February! We are planning a trip to Philly. Also, a trip to see the corraling of the wild ponies on the Eastern shore of MD. Probably a beach trip as well. The biggest trip will be to Costa Rica! Yippee!

After plotting all that on the summer calendar, I will plug in some camps. My daughter loves Camp Invention. I'd like to entice her into a photography camp. Arty math, straight up art, cooking, sewing, and coding camps are possibilities. I'd like her to do an outdoors camp--hiking, swimming, kayaking, orienteering, archery, etc. Swim & dive lessons plus possibly ice skating lessons are on my radar.

We like to be outdoors during the summer months so ropes courses, hiking, kayaking and paddle boarding plus camping are on my list. I want to introduce her to horseback riding. Local parks, nature centers, amusement parks, and museums are great things to do on a whim. O! Live Shakespeare! That has been on my list for some time and I am determined it will happen this summer!

In terms of 'mom work' I will finally teach her to read & write Spanish. We will (continue) to do science (amping it up, baby!) and history. I will keep plugging away on her French literacy. We will do tons of read alouds and keep sharp on our math with lots of rich math talks and games. I want to explore ideas of her making $$--a kid business. A tech project too is another idea. We will hang in our backyard a lot--gardening and watching the wildlife. We will spend lots of time at the local pool. We will ride bikes too!

I am sure there are more things floating around in my head so I will probably come back to add &/or edit this post. Thanks SO much for starting this thread as I needed to clarify my thoughts. Long live summer!

 

My kids are going to Camp Invention for the second year this year. This year the theme fits both of them! Robots for my son and Puppies/Veterinarian stuff for my daughter! The hardest part is that it ends at 3p and I have to figure out if I leave work early or if I get a second layer of care to handle the rest of the day each day.


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 06:34 AM

My kids are going to Camp Invention for the second year this year. This year the theme fits both of them! Robots for my son and Puppies/Veterinarian stuff for my daughter! https://www.youtube....h?v=6JUh4a_QalY The hardest part is that it ends at 3p and I have to figure out if I leave work early or if I get a second layer of care to handle the rest of the day each day.


Ooo, I like those themes! My daughter will dig them too I'm sure! They don't post the dates at our school unt much later (say April) when all snow is past & they know for certain when the school year's over, etc. It can delay other camps or we've had to pass it up all together becasue it conflicted with travel plans. It's on my radar though!

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 06:44 AM

Have you done searches online? Our best camps tend to start advertising and taking registrations online in January / early February. Some of the best camps are already filled! I learned my lesson a few years ago when we were left with the most lame and inconvenient camps because I waited until Spring.

I am annoyed with the camps that haven't posted yet. I keep checking every day.

So far I've only found 3 real options for the last full week of summer break. Not sure why most of the camps close by early August. The options aren't all that exciting and they are expensive. But, they do sound like they would develop mental skills, without being paper-and-pencil academics. They are:

  • Super Sleuths - detective camp using STEM and problem solving somehow.
  • Grocery Games - team is given a list of groceries and has to come up with recipes to use them up.
  • Putt-putt design - what it sounds like.
If nothing better gets posted in the near future, I will probably go with Super Sleuths for my Ninja and Grocery Games for the one who is a more confident cook.

Yeah, you're right. I'll look online this weekend. I'm also on their e-mail lists and so get alerts but I could always check myself. The Costa Rica trip will determine everything else & we're not quite ready to solidify that--probably mid-March. Plus I want to see what some of her friends are doing this summer so she can perhaps enroll with them. There are a lot of moving pieces so while summer is fun overall pulling it together can involve a bit of maneuvering, no??
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Posted 16 February 2018 - 11:35 AM

Yeah, you're right. I'll look online this weekend. I'm also on their e-mail lists and so get alerts but I could always check myself. The Costa Rica trip will determine everything else & we're not quite ready to solidify that--probably mid-March. Plus I want to see what some of her friends are doing this summer so she can perhaps enroll with them. There are a lot of moving pieces so while summer is fun overall pulling it together can involve a bit of maneuvering, no??

 

Absolutely yes.  :)  This is my 6th year doing this, so I've learned that waiting has more cons than pros, at least for me as a single mom who works full time and needs full-time programs for the whole summer.

 

On the positive side, this planning is making me think about summer and fun stuff, which is a good thing to think about in February!

 

I have some uncertainty too, as the government puts out a huge application at random times each year.  Last year they did it so the deadline was mid-June.  Sometimes it's August, which really really sucks if you're trying to travel or have fun.  We haven't bought our Iceland tickets due to the uncertainty.  But due to various work demands, it's unlikely we could take a long trip any time other than early July.  So I went ahead and booked camps for the rest of the summer.  Theoretically I could get a refund from most of them if it comes to that.



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:43 AM

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me too, together with all my family :laugh:



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 06:50 PM

OK, signed the kids up for the final week of camps.  My youngest surprised me and chose putt-putt design rather than cooking.  Whatever floats yr boat.  :p  It's possible that those camps may be cancelled if they don't get enough interest.  I won't know that until May.  :/

 

Still open is one week of mornings, and a couple of partial weeks.  Most likely these will be filled with horse riding for one kid.  For the other, maybe track camp if that happens the same time as last year.  Or maybe a gymnastics camp.

 



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Posted 18 February 2018 - 05:56 AM

We won't have any camps this summer but rather programs that will run through all summer holidays.

Of course there will be lots of changes yet, but so far I think it will look something like that:

 

DS10

Robotics - 1 morning/week

Sailing - 2 days/week

French club - 1 morning/week

Piano

Swimming, tennis, gymnastics and chess.

 

DS8 

Science club - 2 mornings/week

Sailing - 2 days/week

Arts with granny

Swimming, diving, gymnastics and chess

 

And as usual lots of sun, sea and time with their granny, unfortunately with the only one as from this year :(

 


Edited by rushhush08, 18 February 2018 - 06:03 AM.