School’s out, let the summer fun begin

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
In this file photo, kids and counselors scramble under a parachute during a game at Camp Discovery, at Beechwood park in Maysville. -
In this file photo, area children spent the day at Camp Harmony in Bracken County swimming, riding horses, playing games and exploring. -
Maysville Community and Technical College culinary students Hollianne Collings supervise while campers make no-bake cookies in this file photos from MCTC’s Culinary Kids Camp at the Cox Building. -

Those of us of a certain age may remember the 1960s summer classic:

Hello Muddah, hello Faddah

Here I am at Camp Grenada

Camp is very entertaining …

If that song brings back memories of summers past, it may be a good time to help your children develop some summer memories of their own, and keep boredom at bay with one or two of the many summer camps available in the area.

If you aren’t adverse to a little traveling, Morehead State University’s Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will offer four summer camps designed to spark students’ interests in space science, engineering, aeronautics and the arts. They include:

— “Take Flight: an FPV Drone Racing Camp,” June 21 and 22, open to incoming eighth and ninth grade students. During the two-day non-residential camp, students will learn to build, fly and race FPV drones. The cost is $250 and includes lunch, snacks and camp materials.

— “Blast Off: an Exomedicine Camp,” June 24-29. The five-day residential camp is open to students who will enter ninth or tenth grade in the fall. Campers will learn about the field of exomedicine and compete in groups to create an experiment to be built and launched to the International Space Station. The cost is $500 and includes housing, meals and snacks, camp activities and materials.

— “SpaceTrek 2018” is a girls-only camp for students entering ninth or 10th grade in the fall, July 6-14 and will engage girls in space science and engineering-related activities. The cost of the nine-day residential camp is $500 and includes housing, meals and snacks, activities and camp materials.

— “The Final Cut: A Filmmaker’s Boot Camp,” July 8-14, open to students entering the 10th grade in the fall. Campers will learn about digital media and documentary film making, and will work to write, direct and shoot a short documentary film. The cost is $600 and includes housing, meals and snacks, activities and camp materials.

If history is more in your child’s area of interest, the John P. Parker Summer History Camp is free and will take place June 4, 5, 6 and 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Parker House, 300 North . Front Street in Ripley. Ohio. The Parker History Camp, now in its 13th year, is open to students who have completed the third, fourth and fifth grades. Each year the focus is different so students who have participated in previous years are welcome to attend again.

Students will learn about John Parker and other conductors on the Underground Railroad. There will be crafts and other activities as students learn about life in the 1800’s. Peggy Mills Warner will be the camp director. Call 937-392-4188 by May 27, 2018 , and leave name and phone number. You will receive a return phone call of conformation.. Or you may also send student’s name, address and phone number to: The John Parker House. P.O. Box 246, Ripley, Ohio 45167. For additional information call Carol Stivers at 937-392-1135 or Peggy Mills Warner at 937-618-9104.

If you child has an artistic bent, then the ORVAG Teen Art Camp June 25-29 my be the ideal fit.

Ohio River Valley Artists Guild is offering Teen Art Camp 2018 for students ages 12-15. While the organization has held art camp for children for more than 20 years, this is the first for teens. The camp is limited to 30 students and will be held at Washington Hall, 2110 Old Main Street, in historic Old Washington from noon until 4 pm.

Go to the ORVAG website, www.orvag.org, print off the registration form and mail the completed form to ORVAG, P. O. Box 183, Old Washington, Ky 41096. Space is limited.

ORVAG is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to support area artists, both with peer group and outside educational opportunities; to promote arts within the community and area; plan and execute various outreach programs that include guild members, students and other organizations promoting the arts and enhancing the local environment. ORVAG is partially funded through the Kentucky Arts Council and the Hayswood Foundation.

ORVAG will also offer:

— ORVAG Art Camp Session 1, June 4-8, noon- 4 p.m., for ages 7-11. Contact: [email protected]

— ORVAG Art Camp Session 2, June 11-15,noon- 4 p.m., for ages 7-11. Contact: [email protected]

— ORVAG Chihuly Art Camp, July 19-21, noon-3 p.m., ages 9-15. Contact: [email protected] or 513-314-1175 .

For summerlong fun, your child may want to enroll in Camp Discovery. The summer day camp offers children of the community a place to explore, eat and socialize. It operates Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and includes lots of fun activities and educational field trips as well as delicious wholesome food.

For more information please contact, Jessica Johnson, director at 606-584-1014 or Marainda Tull, director at 859-982-8187.

Maysville Community and Technical College, Workforce Solutions Department on the Maysville Campus has a variety of summer camps and classes.

— 2018 Career Craze Camp for middle school students, June 4, 5 and 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Career Craze shows students the benefits of education, and teaches them about jobs and career opportunities in our area. Highlighted career tracks this year include manufacturing, coding, cosmetology, early childhood education, public service, health and nutrition, culinary arts, logistics, agriculture and horticulture, drones, communication and photography. There is no cost to attend the program, however students will need to either pay $12 for lunch for the three-day camp or bring their lunch.

— Kids College for ages 5-13, July 9-12, 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (unless otherwise stated) each day. Ages 5-8 will take art, reading, and be a chef each day enjoying many hands on activities during the week. Ages 9-13 can pick three classes they would like to attend from the following: Creative Crafts, Fish like a Pro, History, Painting, Mad about Science, Cake Decorating, Cosmetology, and Safe Sitter. Cost for Kids College is $20 per session / $55 for all three sessions. If taking Safe Sitter, there is an additional $20 charge for the required book. Lunch will be served each day at 12:30, provided by Maysville Housing Authority. Your child must be picked up each day by 1 p.m.

— Kids Culinary Camp, July 17-20 or July 24-27, for ages 9-13 at the MCTC Institute of Culinary Arts building, located in the Cox building in downtown Maysville, 8:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. The fee for the camp will be $129 and includes a book. Seating is limited.

For more information on any MCTC camp mentioned phone 606-759-7141, ext. 66120.

Camp Harmony offers opportunities from children living with disabilities. It is set for June 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 3165 Dover Road in Augusta.

Campers will be able to choose from a variety of activities including fishing, horseback riding, farm animal care, arts and crafts, music, haywagon rides, sand and water stations, inflatables, and a puppet show.

Reservations for Cam Harmony are required and limited. Deadline is May 26 and those interested can register by email to [email protected] or [email protected] or by phone at 716-515-8019 or 606-301-3842.

Next week — Sports camps

In this file photo, kids and counselors scramble under a parachute during a game at Camp Discovery, at Beechwood park in Maysville.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_campdiscoery-1.jpgIn this file photo, kids and counselors scramble under a parachute during a game at Camp Discovery, at Beechwood park in Maysville.

In this file photo, area children spent the day at Camp Harmony in Bracken County swimming, riding horses, playing games and exploring.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_campharmony-1.jpgIn this file photo, area children spent the day at Camp Harmony in Bracken County swimming, riding horses, playing games and exploring.

Maysville Community and Technical College culinary students Hollianne Collings supervise while campers make no-bake cookies in this file photos from MCTC’s Culinary Kids Camp at the Cox Building.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_culinary-camp-1.jpgMaysville Community and Technical College culinary students Hollianne Collings supervise while campers make no-bake cookies in this file photos from MCTC’s Culinary Kids Camp at the Cox Building.

Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]