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May 2011 5 Sensational summer camps Sensational summer camps by Lynda Exley


Summer camps fill up fast, so register children now to ensure space in their programs of choice. While the following summer camps are outside the SanTan Sun area, they are worth considering.


Mad Science Camps 480-222-2233


madscience@rni.net www.madscience.org


Science Explorations; Moving with Science; Chemicals, cells and crimes; Rockin’ Rockets; and Phenomenal Flights camps are offered to kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Red Hot Robots is open to those in second through sixth grade, and Young Scientists Camp is for 4- to 5-year-olds. SanTan Sun area Mad Science camp sessions are from 8:30 to 3 p.m. June 20 through 24, June 27 through July 1 and July 11 through 15 at Gilbert Presbyterian Church, 235 E. Guadalupe Rd. in Gilbert. May 31 through June 3; June 6 through 10, 13 through 17, 20 through 24; June 27 through July 1; July 5 through 8, 11 through 15, 18 through 22, 25 through 29; and Aug 1 through 6 sessions are held at Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church, 1565 E. Warner Rd., Tempe. The fee is $180 to $225 per child per camp; some camps require a $30 supply fee. $10 per camp discounts are available for multiple weeks or siblings. Register online.


Center for Educational Excellence 1700 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe 480-632-1940


www.campinvention.org, www.ceeeagles.com Camp Invention!, one of two camps is a science and engineering summer camp that encourages creativity, designing and inquiry. Children in grades two through six are encouraged to use their minds to learn more about technology, inventions and the world. Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 through 17. The fee is $240 for the week, which includes a T-Shirt and all supplies.


Fit N Fun Summer Care is a summer care program available all summer from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. It encourages play, physical fitness and peer interaction. Participants attend field trips throughout the summer to locations like the movies, gymnastics gym, roller skating, bowling and swimming pools.


Children may be dropped off at different hours and days throughout the summer. Summer Care is $140 per week or $28 per day.


Camp Game


Offered by Arizona State University 480-727-1516


http://gaming.asu.edu/campgame/index.php Learn to develop video games at this intensive video game creation, visualization and production course sponsored by the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. Students work with game industry experts to understand concepts and create game prototypes using the latest software, hardware and development tools. Middle schoolers may attend one-week classes during June at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa, while high school students choose from three class offerings, lasting two to four weeks during June and July at SkySong in Scottsdale.


iD Tech Camps


Arizona State University 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe 408-871-2227, 888-709-TECH (8324) www.internaldrive.com


Weeklong day or overnight camps for ages 7 to 17 offer topics such as video game design, programming, Flash animation, programming, video editing, web design and more, using the best brand name products from Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Microsoft and beyond.


Camps run 9 a.m. to 3:30 or 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fees for day camps range $699-$899 per week with extended time options available for an extra fee. Lunch is available for $50 per week.


Fees for overnight camps range $1,198 to $1,398 week with meals. Some classes have an additional lab fee. Register online.


Scuba Rangers Camp El Mar Diving Center 2245 W. Broadway Rd., Mesa 480-833-2971 www.elmar.com


Youths ages 8 to 12 get an introduction to scuba diving in a pool environment, learn to breathe, swim and have fun underwater using full scuba gear. They also experience diving with flashlights, taking photos underwater and floating effortlessly in mid-water. Camps are taught by certified instructors from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday and 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Classes begin June 20 or July 25. The fee is $299 per child, which includes a manual, DVD, underwater camera, slate, light and fish identification slate.


Sun Devil Aqua Sport Camp


ASU’s Mona Plummer Aquatics Complex 323 E 6th St., Tempe 480-965-3636


www.sundevilaquasportcamp.com


This outdoor aquatic camp focuses on swimming, springboard diving, water games and fun for ages 7 to 13. Daily schedule: 9:30 a.m. to noon instruction phase, 12:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch, 1 to 2:30 arts and crafts or gym, 2:45 to 4 p.m. open swimming and diving activity, 4:30 camp ends. Two sessions are available: June 13 through 17 and June 20 through 24. The deadline for registration is June 12 for Session 1 and June 19 for Session 2. The cost is $185 per weekly session with discounts available for multiple week and / or child attendance.


EVCT Theatre Camps 4830 E. Main St., Mesa 480-756-3828, info@evct.org. www.evct.org


Imagination Theatre, one of two camps offered, gives young thespians ages 5 to 8 an introduction to performing on stage with focus on basic theatre performance skills including acting, singing and movement. Participants create a musical performance that they present to parents on the final day of camp. A morning snack is included with the $175 fee. The workshop runs 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 6 through 17 at EVCT.


Kids on Broadway for ages 8 to 15 motivates young actors to think creatively and build self-confidence through participation in music, dance and acting at the Mesa Arts Center. Attendees


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