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Academic-enrichment camps

4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer


Children take part in an Akron Zoo ZooCamp program last year.
Photo courtesy of the Akron Zoo
The Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave. in West Akron, will offer 25 age-appropriate camps for children ages 2-15 from June through August. Camps are broken into age groups, with each group having several sessions and options from which to choose. Children can learn about the zoo’s animals and their environments, conservation programs and what it is like to work at the zoo. The zoo also will offer a special program for youth ages 13-15 to become a Junior Zoo Keeper. All sessions have limited space, and reservations must be made in advance. Fees range from $35 to $180, depending on the length and type of camp. Discounted rates are available for zoo members and those who sign up for more than one camp.

Phone: 330-375-2550

Website: www.akronzoo.org



Lesson-based camp is open to students entering grades one through five. Weeklong sessions will be held June 23 to Aug. 8 with different themes weekly, including Super Science and What’s Cooking in the Garden. Camp takes place at Arrowhead Primary School, 1600 Raleigh Blvd. in Copley.

Email: arrowheadgreenhouse@gmail.org

Website: www.copley-fairlawn.org/page/1058



Emmanuel Christian Academy, 1650 Diagonal Road in West Akron, will host its Back to the Basics summer enrichment program June 9 through July 25 for students between the ages of 4 and 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program incorporates the three basic academic requirements of reading, writing and math for both struggling and advanced students. The program also includes field trips and special camp activities. Also offered is Entrepreneurship Camp for children in fourth through 10th grades. Daily lunch and extended-care programs also are available.

Phone: 330-836-7182

Website: www.ecarams.org



Camp Invention, a nationwide, nonprofit summer enrichment day camp, integrates science, math, history and the arts. Led by local educators, the program immerses children in grades one through six in hands-on, inquiry-based activities that are fun. Camps are planned the weeks of June 16 at Fort Island Primary School in Fairlawn and Richardson Elementary School in Cuyahoga Falls; and June 23 at Our Lady of the Elms in West Akron and St. Hilary School in Fairlawn. Call or visit the website for additional Akron area locations and prices. Discounts are available.

Phone: 800-968-4332

Website: www.campinvention.org



Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Road in Bath, will offer Summer Farm and Science Camp: Lessons from the Land for children ages 6 to 11. Campers will explore the 115-acre farm and investigate the natural cycles of plants, animals and people on a farm through interdisciplinary, problem-solving activities. Six one- or half-week sessions will take place June 23 through Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family discounts are available. Some scholarships are available on a limited basis.

Phone: 330-668-8992, ext. 102

Website: www.crownpt.org



Children participate in a past Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park camp.
Photo courtesy of Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Residential and day camps are offered in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Junior Ranger Adventures Day Camp is for ages 6 to 11 and is scheduled for July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road in Peninsula. The cost is $200 per week, and before and after care is available. Residential camps will begin in June and run from Sunday through Friday. Programs include Theatre Camp (through Magical Theatre Company; also available as day-camp only for $325), Farm Camp, Survivor Camp and Advanced Survivor Camp. Residential camps are based at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, 3675 Oak Hill Road in Peninsula. An open house will take place there April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. Residential camps are $425, with discounts available. Also offered is a Junior Ranger Mini Overnight Camp in two sessions at a cost of $215.

Phone: 330-657-2796

Website: www.conservancyforcvnp.org



Art and Engineering Summer Camp will take place June 16-Aug. 8 by the week for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The school, which offers year round child care for ages 2-1/2 though 12, will host an open house April 12-13 from noon to 3 p.m. at 707 Schocolog Road in Copley.

Phone: 330-867-6222



A residential and day camp program will be presented at John Carroll University in Cleveland for one- and two-week sessions in July. The camp is marking its 37th anniversary this year and features video game design, digital video production, networking, web page design and computer programming, as well as an optional sports program.

Phone: 203-710-5771

Website: www.nccamp.com



Th program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as teams of campers learn about gravity racing. Camps are for ages 9-12 and take place June 9-10 or 16-20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Derby Downs in South Akron. The cost is $205 and there are sibling discounts. Register by June 1.

Phone: 330-733-8723

Website: www.aasbd.org

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