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Learning and Fun

Voyagers are children of average or above average cognitive abilities who, despite many strengths, struggle in one or more academic areas or whose overall academic achievement has dipped just below grade level. n An academic program offering small group instruction in reading, math, language arts and written expression with social opportunities n Integrated speech/language and occupational therapies n Executive function skill building n Option to add afternoon recreation Ages 5 – 10 July 7 – August 8, Monday – Friday Half-day 8:15 AM – Noon Full-day 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM

www.summermatters.org 610.296.6725, x115 info@summermatters.org

ESY services are designed to help students maintain skills and reduce regression during the summer months by incorporating academic, social, behavioral and vocational IEP goals. ESY at The Vanguard School Ages 6-17

n Morning academics and afternoon social programs n Integrated related services n Behavior support Vanguard Transition Center Summer Experience Ages 18-21

n Life skills and post-secondary training n Week-long overnight independent living residency at local college July 7 – August 8, Monday – Friday 9 AM – 3 PM

Summer L.I.F.E. is a recreational program supporting students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome and campers who have social anxiety or difficulty connecting with their peers. n Day and overnight camp n Emphasis on strengthening interpersonal skills and self-advocacy n Specialty Camps n 2:1 camper-to-staff ratio n Ongoing behavior support n Travel excursions Ages 8 – 21 one- and two- week sessions available: August 10 – 22

Programs for Special Learners


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2014 CAMP DIRECTORY INDEX 76ers Basketball Camp Abington Friends Agnes Irwin Arc of Chester County Benchmark Schools Cal Sports Camp Camp Invention Camp Media Camp Rim Rock Camp Watonka Chester County Council, Boys Scouts of America Chester County Intermediate Unit Delaware County Christian School Devon Preparatory Elmwood Zoo ESF Summer Camp Garrett Williamson Foundation Girl Scouts Flourtown Swim Club Freedom Valley YMCA French International School Friends Central Summer Camp Fun E Farm Too Handwork Studio i2Camp Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Launfal School Mainline Arts Malvern Prep Mercersburg Academy Merion Mercy Academy Montgomery Early Learning North Penn YMCA Paradise Farm Camps Perkiomen School Philadelphia Zoo Play by Play Broadcasting

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Power Play Rink Red Buffalo Ranch Rocky Run YMCA Shipley School Temple University Think Like a Scientist Thorncroft Center Upper Mainline YMCA- Camp UMLY, Berwyn Upper Mainline YMCA - Camp Leo, Lionville Upper Mainline YMCA - Camp Church Farm, Exton Valley Forge Education Services Valley Forge Military Camp Villa Maria Wayne Art Center West Chester University West Chester Recreation West Chester Studio for Performing Arts Whale Camp YMCA of Brandywine Valley

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Five reasons why your child needs camp

There’s no doubt that summer camp is fun. Kids get to sing silly songs, play fun games, swim in lakes, and tell spooky stories around a campfire. This is the image of camp that has been captured and memorialized in films, books, and television programs for the past 50 years. But there’s much more to camp than just a good time. In addition to fun, parents should be aware of these five reasons their child needs camp. Camp forever changes your child…for the better. American Camp Association® (ACA) research has confirmed that camps build skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults. Campers said that camp helped them make new friends (96%), get to know kids who are different from them (93%), feel good about themselves (92%), and try things they were afraid to do at first (74%). Camp teaches your child to “move it, move it.” Camp provides children the opportunity to try new things and participate in human powered activities. According to surveys by both the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an American child is six times more likely to play a videogame on any given day than to ride a bike. An estimated 22 million of the world’s children under the age of five are already considered obese.

According to research conducted by ACA, 63 percent of children who learn new activities at camp tend to continue engaging in these activities after they return home. This leads to continued physical exercise that lasts a lifetime. Camp keeps all that hard work from going to waste. Camps understand the critical role they play in helping young people learn and grow. Many offer programs that help reduce summer learning loss, bolster academic enrichment and

socialization, provide opportunities for leadership development, and ensure that campers achieve their full potential. Camp allows kids to take a deep breath and feel the nature. Camp is a great way for your child to unplug from the iPod® and plug into the world around them. According to a study by two Cornell University environmental psy-

chologists, being close to nature can help boost a child’s attention span. Additionally, a study conducted by the University of Essex in England concluded that nature can help people recover from pre-existing stresses or problems, has an immunizing effect that can protect from future stresses, and helps people to concentrate and think more clearly. In some instances, camp may be the only time a child is in contact with the natural world. Camp is fun. It’s true; kids do sing silly songs and play fun games at camp. Children are allowed to play in a safe and nurturing environment, and are allowed to just be kids. Play is a powerful form of learning that contributes mightily to the child’s healthy physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. According to an American Academy of Pediatrics report, creative free play protects a child’s emotional development and reduces a child’s risk of stress, anxiety, and depression. Visit www.CampsAndPrograms.com for all your camping information.


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JUNGLE ADVENTURES DAY CAMP Camp Anson B. Nixon (Kennett Square) June 23 – 27, 2014 Camp Oakbourne Park (West Chester) July 7 – 11, 2014 Camp Jarvis (Devon) July 14 – 18, 2014 Camp Kerr Park (Downingtown) July 28 – August 1, 2014

MYTHOLOGICAL ADVENTURES CAMP Day Camp (Peach Bottom) August 4 – 8, 2014

Early Bird Registration: Receive a $30 discount when you sign up by April 30th

Cub Scouts Learn About: Outdoor Skills, First Aid, Nature Studies, Team Building, BB Guns and Archery, Sports, Games, Fishing, Swimming, Making New Friends…and MORE!

Overnight Camp (Peach Bottom) Various Sessions, from July 9 – August 3 TO REGISTER OR FOR INFORMATION: Visit: http://bit.ly/2014CubCamp Email: DayCamp@cccbsa.org Call: 610-696-2900


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Top ten questions to ask when visiting a summer camp Tips from www.summercamps.com

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Picking a summer camp or program, every family needs to consider its own personal needs and requirements. Just like every child, every camp has its own personality. The directors and the staff determine that personality. The child’s interest, medical needs, allergies, dietary restrictions, family monetary concerns, co-ed or single sex, length of stay and distance from home are all some of the factors to be considered in determining the proper placement. In addition to traditional camps, there are camps that specialize in individual sports, theater/art/music, education, science, computers, weight loss, outdoor adventure, language, community service and many more. In order to help you make the right choice, here are some key questions you should ask when speaking to a camp director or visiting a camp in session:

How long have you owned the camp? If it is a short period of time, ask about prior experience in owning a camp or experience with children.

er’s schedule? My child loves a particular sport or activity, how often can he play it? What is the level of competition? Can every child play on a team?

How do you handle homesickness? What is your phone call policy?

Are showers and bathrooms available in the bunks?

Is there a doctor and/or nurse on site at all times? how close is the nearest hospital?

Are there religious services and, if yes, are they mandatory?

Where do most of the campers come from?

What additional charges are there? There are many other questions that you may have. Don’t be afraid to ask them. Camp directors understand your concerns and will do their best to answer every question.

What are the age and experience requirements for the counselors? How much selection is there in each camp-

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Co-Ed Programs for Grades 3 - 12

Academics Sports Enrichment

www.malvernprep.org/SummerPrograms


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Main Line Art Center Unearth your inner artist at Main Line Art Center Calling all Art archeologists and anthropologists! This summer, unearth your inner artist and explore ARTifacts of the past and present while creating masterpieces you’ll treasure forever! Summer Art Camp returns to the newly renovated and expanded Main Line Art Center in Haverford, Pa. from June 16 to Aug. 29 in 11 weeklong sessions. Art Camp is open to ages 4 to 5 for half day mornings and ages 6 to 13 for half and full days. This summer, young artists will learn the fundamentals of painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, fiber arts, jewelry and metals through imaginative projects inspired by civilizations from around the world. From the games they played, to the art they made, to the homes they lived in, we’ll examine what it was like to live in their world and interpret it using a variety of art mediums and techniques. Along the way, we’ll forge new friendships, and develop skills in collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and self-expression.

Each session, campers work with professional Teaching Artists in real art studios to explore a new theme and create unique masterpieces that incorporate fine arts and craft techniques and encourage personal expression. Camp is broken down into age groups with low student-to-teacher ratios so each child is challenged with age-appropriate techniques and materials. Back by popular demand, Pre-Teen Studio intensives will be offered every session this summer. Artists ages 11 to 13 select a morning and afternoon intensive to make up a full day (or one for a half day) to focus on a single medium and hone their skills while working closely with a professional artist. Each session features new projects so young artists can continue their artistic studies. Teen Studios are also available for ages 13 and older. Every Friday is a cause for celebration at Art Camp! At the end of each session we welcome a Visiting Artist and conclude the day with a gallery exhibition of masterpieces for family

and friends. Young artists leave with their arms full of awesome art projects, new friends, and skills in collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and self-expression. Children develop a foundation for learning and a passion for the arts that they can build on for the rest of their lives. Main Line Art Center offers before care, after care and lunch care (for half-day campers). Membership is not required to participate in our programs, although it does offer many great year-round benefits including discounted tuition for camp, classes and family workshops, birthday parties, discounts at art supply stores, and more. Scholarships are available

for families with financial hardships; please call for an application. Discounts are available for multiple sessions and siblings, and tuition can be paid in 2 installments. For more information about camp, or to register, visit www.mainlineart. org or call 610-525-0272. Act now… many sessions fill up quickly!

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CAMPERS PACKING LIST Kids are gearing up for camp, so for parents who don’t know what to pack in their child’s duffel bag, here’s a checklist along with some helpful packing tips. Use this list along with the suggestions from your child’s camp. Tips on Packing and Gear • Review camp packing lists; • Label everything. Laundry pens, and iron-on and sew-in labels ID your camper’s belongings; • Break-in shoes and boots before camp begins. Packing from the Top Down • Headgear: scarves, bandannas, baseball caps, sun hat, eyeglasses, sunglasses, swimming goggles; • Clothing: T-shirts/tank tops, shorts,

long pants, jeans, jacket, raincoat, sweater, sweatshirt/ sweatpants, swim suit, dress clothes (check with camp), pajamas and robe, underwear; • Footwear: boots, tennis shoes, sandals/flip-flops, dress shoes (check with camp), socks. Clothing • 5-6 shorts • 7-9 T-Shirts • 2 sweatshirts • 1 zippered sweatshirts • 1-2 pairs sweatpants • 2 pair of jeans • 12 pair socks • 7 - 9 pair underwear • 3 - 5 swimsuits • 3 pair pajamas/nightwear (include flannel and lightweight options) • raincoat/poncho

It’s not just CAMP...

it’s realizing your potential! Discovery Day Camp Adventure Camps

(ages 8-12)

(ages 7-16)

Young Writers Camp (grades 7-10) Theatre Workshop Dance Workshop Swim Clinics

(grades 6-9)

(grades 7-10)

(ages 9-17)

For more information and to enroll visit www.mercersburgsummer.com

SUMMER IS THE TIME TO DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW, CHALLENGING, FASCINATING AND FUN. SUMMER IS THE TIME TO DISCOVER PERK. Office of Summer Programs: 215-679-1133 Email: summer@perkiomen.org

College Counseling Seminar Skills for Success Robotics Strength and Speed Theater Dutch Total Soccer Camp


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CAMPERS PACKING LIST • windbreaker/jacket • set of dress clothes for special occasion Footwear • 2 pair sneakers • 1 pair hiking boots • 1 pair sandals/watershoes Athletic Gear Most camps can provide sporting equipment but your child may prefer to bring his/her own. • softball/baseball glove • shin guards - 1 pair • mouthpiece • athletic supporter w/cup (boys) • tennis racquet • knee pads - 1 pair • rollerblades

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helmet for specific sports protective pads hockey stick skateboard

Personal Items stationary and stamps pens/pencils games, books & magazines camera and film sunscreen extra batteries hair dryer baseball cap flashlight Toiletries soap soap dish toothbrush toothbrush holder

Where big ideas become the next big thing. Only at Camp InventIOn. Camp Invention inspires confidence in curious children like yours. Not just for a day or a week, but for a lifetime.

S . T. E . M .

Act Now to Save Big. $25 off through March 28. Sign up at CAMPINVENTION.ORG Brought to your community by local educators. Throughout the summer, children will engage in fun activities including: • Field Trips • Swimming • Sports • And, much more!

40+ locations include: Boyertown, Collegeville, Glen Mills, Glenside, Limerick, Pottstown, West Chester ...and more!

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CAMPERS PACKING LIST • • • • • • • • • • • • •

laundry bag.

toothpaste drinking cup deodorant Q-tips brush comb shower cap (girls) shampoo/conditioner nail clippers tissues feminine products shaving gear lip balm

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Miscellaneous Items • sleeping bag • soft trunks • water bottle/canteen • insect repellent

GO TO BASKETBALL OR DANCE CAMP THIS SUMMER!

For more tips and information for

DAY CAMP LOCATIONS:

summer camps, visit www.summercamp.org, www.girlscouts.org and

Bedding & Linen Some camps provide bed linens and towels and some do not. Please check to see if you will need to pack sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels for your camper. Don’t forget the

PENNSYLVANIA

www.campparents.org. Camp list

★ Abington ★ Bryn Athyn

courtesy of Camp Tioga, Thompson,

★ Chalfont

Pa., the National Camp Association,

★ Exton

Inc. and the American Camp

★ Haverford ★ Philadelphia

Association.

Think Like a Scientist! llc Camp for a Cure is a science camp based upon the writings of Eric Carle. Join us as we explore science through literature! All proceeds from this camp are donated to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for a Cure. June 9-12

Animal Planet! Join us at TLaS! to classify, create and explore some of our planet’s most amazing creatures! July 21-24

★ Newtown

SIXERS BASKETBALL CAMP

★ Southampton

FULL DAY CAMPS Mon–Fri ★ 9:00am–3:30pm Boys/Girls ★ 7–13 years old

★ West Chester

★ Wayne

LITTLE SIXERS DAY CAMPS Mon–Fri ★ 9:00am–11:45am Boys/Girls ★ 5–7 years old

NEW JERSEY ★ Cherry Hill ★ Princeton

OVERNIGHT CAMPS One–four week sessions available Boys/Girls ★ 9–17 years old

DELAWARE ★ Wilmington

SKILLS ACADEMY DAY CAMP Boys ★ 12–15 years old

Adventures in Science Join us under the ground, up in space and in our own backyard as we explore some of the astounding features and creatures our earth has to share! August 18-21

DAY CAMP LOCATIONS:

Like us on Facebook! Search: Think Like a Scientist! llc COST:

15000

$

Morning 9:00am to 11:30am Afternoon 12:30pm to 3:00pm

PENNSYLVANIA ★ Newtown

Contact Coleen or Jodi @ 484.678.1602 or tlascientist@gmail.com for details!

★ Philadelphia ★ Rosemont ★ Southampton

ENROLLING NOW FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS

June 16 to Aug. 15

• Ages 3-months through Kindergarten/Primary • Co-educational Summer Junior Camp • • • • • • •

Ages 4-14 coeducational Full & part time enrollments Instructional & recreational swimming Sports, dance, rec hall & computers Arts & Crafts Weekly field trips Weekly visits from professional

performers

★ Wayne ★ West Chester

FACILITIES Grass & Hardtop Play Areas. Wooded Nature Area. Gardening Area. Playground Apparatus. Large Classrooms. Large indoor Play Area & Office. LICENSED Launfal School is a private school licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Academic Schools as a Pre-School, Kindergarten, and Primary School. The Office of Child Development has licensed Launfal School for its infant, Toddler, Two-Year-Old, and Extended-Hours programs.

SIXERS DANCE CAMP FULL DAY CAMPS Mon–Fri ★ 9:00am–3:30pm Boys/Girls ★ 7–13 years old OVERNIGHT CAMP August 3–6 Boys/Girls ★ 9–17 years old

SIXERSCAMPS.COM ★ 610.668.7676

NEW JERSEY ★ Cherry Hill ★ Princeton DELAWARE ★ Wilmington


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OPEN HOUSE DATES:

SAT., FEB 22 & SAT., MARCH 15 HELD AT THE FLOURTOWN SWIM CLUB FROM 11AM-3PM

Traditional Summer Day Camp • Boys and Girls Ages 4-14 CIT Program • Extended Care Both AM and PM Camp Dates - June 17 through August 9 Mini-Camp - August 12 through August 16

Activities include...

• Daily Swim Lessons • Recreational Swimming • Baseball/Softball • Archery • Soccer • Arts & Crafts • Tennis • Basketball • Culinary Arts • Dance • Lacrosse • Golf • Music • Volleyball • Weekly Theme Days • On-site Special Activities • Age Appropriate Field Trips • Tutoring Services Available

Facilities include large swimming pool with water slide, child wading pool, tennis and basketball courts, large pavilion, indoor changing areas, baseball/softball field, lacrosse/field hockey fields, golf course, Camp Nurse. Lunch menu also available. Tutoring available. Registration and application forms, pricing and more information for 2012 will be made in January on our web site at www.flourtownswimclub.net For more information contact Danny Collins, Day Camp Director: dcollins@flourtownswimclub.net

215-836-1429

1538 Bethlehem Pike • Flourtown, PA (behind the Flourtown Fire Co.)

www.flourtownswimclub.net

WE SEE ONE HAPPY CAMPER.

THEY SEE TRAIL HIKES. YOU SEE TEAMWORK.

Start your child’s “summer of a lifetime” at Jewish overnight camp. From ziplines to waterskiing to singing under the stars, at camp your child can discover who they are while having a total blast. Find your perfect Jewish camp today and you might be eligible for $1000 off when you enroll. Participating camps include: B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp, Camp Galil, Golden Slipper Camp, Camp Harlam, Camp JRF, Pinemere Camp, Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Young Judaea Sprout Lake, Young Judaea Tel Yehudah ... and many more!

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girl scouts Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania offers summer camps for girls ages 5-17 Many of our favorite childhood memories involve time spent at summer camp. It’s a place where we develop character, discover hidden passions, forge new friendships and grow our independence. Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) wants every girl in our region to have the best camp experience possible this summer. GSEP summer camp is open to all girls – you don’t need to be a Girl Scouts member to sign up for an incredible camping experience with the premier leadership organization for girls in eastern Pennsylvania! Offering 3 resident camps and 3 day camps spread throughout its nine-county footprint, all girls between the ages of 5 and 17 are invited to take part in GSEP outdoor programming. Girls choose between dozens of themed day, overnight and specialty camping

opportunities to fit their unique interests. This summer, new programs and amenities are available at all of GSEP’s campsites. In addition to “traditional” camp activities, GSEP offers themed weeks that appeal to young artists, adventurers, animal lovers, and performers. Both day and overnight campers will be engaged in activities ranging from campfires, hiking, cookouts and swimming to horseback riding, stand up paddleboards, archery, pottery, music, theatre, leadership training and outdoor education. What’s more, GSEP provides an affordable camping experience for all families so that no girl is denied access to the benefits of camp. Financial assistance, camp scholarships, and early bird registration discounts are all made available to parents looking to sign their daughter up for camp

this summer. For parents facing the challenge of day camp schedules during the summer months, bus transportation and extended days are also offered at some of GSEP’s campsites. Most importantly, Girl Scout camp offers unique leadershipbuilding experiences for girls of all ages. While your daughter spends time at camp, you can feel good knowing that she’s not only having fun and making new friends, but is also developing real-world skills that will encourage her to pursue her dreams and challenge herself in the future. GSEP’s mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character is embodied by its summer camps, which are designed to empower our young girls into becoming the leaders of tomorrow. A local mom shares her daughter’s experience at GSEP camp: “Thank you for an amaz-

ing week for my daughter. She LOVED camp! I personally believe that camp is building her into an amazing young woman. She is more confident, more independent, more helpful, more knowledgeable and more adventuresome with each week of camp she completes.” Early bird registration for 2014 summer camp is now open! Register online at www.gsep. org by March 15th to receive $50 off each resident camp and $25 off each day camp session. To register for your perfect camping experience or for more information, email camps@gsep.org, or visit www.gsep.org and select “Camps” to view our Summer 2014 Camp Guide. About Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is the

largest girl-serving organization in Pennsylvania and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSEP serves more than 40,000 girls in partnership with almost 15,000 volunteers in Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties. Today, 80 percent of women in leadership and executive roles in the U.S. were Girl Scouts. Girl Scout alumnae comprise 70 percent of women in the U.S. Congress. For further information about Girl Scouting, how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 215-564-4657 or visit www.gsep.org. Follow us on Twitter @ GirlScoutsEPenn and like “Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania” on Facebook!

GET READY FOR A

SUMMER OF FUN & DISCOVERY! YMCA OF THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY

Summer Day Camps At Y day camps, kids explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, make lasting friendships and have fun! • Traditional Day Camps • Specialty Camps • Sports Camps • Gymnastics Camps • Aquatic Camps

June 16 – June 25

• Teen Camps • Preschool Camps • Skateboard and Adventure Camps (not all camps available at all locations)

Download a camp guide: www.ymcabwv.org/camp YMCA OF THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY Brandywine YMCA 295 Hurley Road Coatesville 610-380-9622

Jennersville YMCA 880 W. Baltimore Pike West Grove 610-869-9622

Kennett Area YMCA 101 Race Street Kennett Square 610-444-9622

Octorara YMCA Program Center 104 Highland Rd. Suite 1, Atglen 610-593-9622

West Chester Area YMCA 605 Airport Road West Chester 610-431-9622

Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center One E. Chestnut Street West Chester 610-696-9622


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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AMBLER

SUMMER EDUCATION CAMPS Cartooning & Drawing Computer Gaming Website Design Film & TV Robotics Science Explorers Debate for Teens Jumpstart! Skills Building Camps Camps are open to kids, tweens and teens ages 8-17. To receive a camp brochure, call 267-468-8500, or visit ambler.temple.edu/camp.

ambler.temple.edu/camp

THREE 3-WEEK SESSIONS! 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS!

Plymouth Whitemarsh & Lower Merion

EXTENDED HOURS AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

Weekly Themes & Field Trips Arts & Crafts Sports Counselor in Training Program

Visit melc.org for complete activities, fees and schedules!

PLUS! MELC offers year round

Early Learning and Childcare including Before & After Care at 19 sites for children 6 weeks to 12 years old! MELC Main OfďŹ ce: 610-617-4550 Lower Merion Camp: 610-658-8601 Plymouth Whitemarsh Camp: 610-828-1785

WWW.MELC.ORG


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Benchmark Summer Camp Campers learn to soar at Benchmark Harnessed and wearing helmets, Benchmark campers climb high into the trees with a team of experienced counselors offering guidance and words of support. They navigate their way through one of five challenging routes to reach the 45-foot high Zip Wire. It’s only a moment on the platform before each camper is sent soaring down the line. “Our kids are just so happy and proud of what they have accomplished,” says Wayne Reichart, Benchmark’s Summer Camp recreation director. “It makes for a great summer.”

Benchmark’s Zip Wire experience is just one component of the camp that builds children’s confidence and competence. In its 44th year, Benchmark Summer Camp welcomes children ages 6 to 12 from all over

the Delaware Valley who can benefit from the school’s internationallyrenowned reading and writing program that is embedded in a fun-filled Please see Benchmark on A18

Merion Mercy Academy Independent Catholic College-Preparatory School for Girls Grades 9–12

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Academic & Enrichment • Sports Camps RegisteR At:

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Campers learn to soar at Benchmark Benchmark, from A17

recreational day-camp experience. “During the five-week session we help children develop a love of reading in a highly supportive environment,” states Sally Laird, director of Benchmark’s Camp. “Instruction is individualized. Children meet in small reading groups of two to four students with a knowledgeable, experienced teacher. They are taught decoding and comprehension strategies, learn how to figure out words they don’t know, and how to make sense out of what they are reading.” “Our campers also begin to see themselves as confident writers,” Laird adds. “They write every day. They get to select their own topics and write about things they know.

We teach them to plan before they write and to use that plan as they develop the piece.” One parent commented, “Our son has had a complete transformation of academic confidence. He is reading, but more importantly, he believes in his abilities.” The recreation program is as carefully designed as the language arts part of the day and revolves around the half-day and full-day sessions. Using the school’s sprawling, wooded 23 acres, campers enjoy art activities and play games in the gym, on the playing field, and on the “green top” beside the gym. The full-day camp adds a hands-on science experience called “Discovery,” an additional art program, and swimming which includes both recreation and instruc-

tion. In addition, Benchmark has long been known for its 35-event ropes Confidence Course, along with the Zip Wire complex. “It’s a great combination,” Reichart says. “The parent responses we get at the end of the summer have proven that. I especially like this note I received from a parent, ‘My child thoroughly enjoyed every single day. We can’t wait for next summer!’ That is what summer camp should be.” Learn more about Benchmark Summer Camp by attending an Open House: Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 8, and June 5 (9 to 11 a.m.). For further information, call 610565-3741, visit BenchmarkSchool.org, or email Benchmarkinfo@BenchmarkSchool.org.

VILLA MARIA GIRLS SPORTS CAMPS, MALVERN

Basketball: June 16-20 Field Hockey: June 23-27 www.vmahs.org Contact: Athletic department (610) 644-2551 - School ext. 1056

Summer Sports Camps Baseball Basketball Cross Country Field Hockey Football Gymnastics

Lacrosse Softball Soccer Tennis Track & Field Volleyball


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A life-changing summer experience at Jewish overnight camp

jewish federation

$1,000 to first-time campers, ages 8 to 16. Eligible campers must live in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties. Now in its seventh year, the program is designed for those children who do not currently receive intensive daily exposure to Judaism through a day school education. It immerses them in a JewThe Neubauer Family ish setting where they can Foundation, the Foundation enjoy a traditional camp for Jewish Camping and experience. To qualify for the Jewish Federation of the first-year grant, children Greater Philadelphia, have may not have previously atjoined forces to make atten- tended an overnight Jewish dance at Jewish overnight summer program of three camps more affordable for consecutive weeks or more. Greater Philadelphia JewChildren who particiish families. pated in the summer 2013 The 2014 Overnight program will be eligible Camp Incentive Program for a second year grant of will provide grants of $750 if they are enrolled in

a Jewish overnight summer camp for a second year in summer 2014. Rabbi Joel Seltzer, director of Camp Ramah, has personally experienced the transformative power of Jewish overnight camping. “When I look back on the course of my life and take account of all the important formative life experiences that have helped to shape me: my synagogue, community, high school, college, rabbinical school, and my professional life, without a doubt the one that has done the most … is Jewish camp, and in my case, Camp Ramah,” he said, emphasizing that children have fun while learning important values and ethics. “Jewish camp not only teaches our children to love

and appreciate their Jewish tradition, it simultaneously teaches them lessons of inter-personal skills, the power of living within a community, and the importance of personal accountability and leadership,” he said. Campers must attend a Jewish overnight camp

across North America listed by the Foundation for Jewish Camp on the One Happy Camper website, www.onehappycamper.org, for 19 consecutive days. In addition to Camp Ramah participating camps include B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp, Habonim Dror Camp Galil, Golden

Slipper Summer Camp, Camp Harlam, Camp JRF, Pinemere Camp, Young Judaea Camp Sprout Lake and CampTel Yehudah. Apply on-line at www.onehappycamper.org For more information, call Drew Martin at 215832-0530 or email him at dmartin@jfgp.org.

16 in the Poconos at Hawley, PA Boys 87-15 Offering qualified instruction and laboratory work in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, electronics, geology, physics, photograpy, robotics and rocketry. The sciences are incorporated into a fun-filled, camper selected program that also includes archery, arts and crafts, ropes, climbing, mini-bike riding, riflery, sailing, swimming, tennis, trips, windsurfing, and woodworking, etc. Private Lake. American Camp Association accredited 2, 4, 6 & 8 week sessions.

www.watonka.com

For catalog write: D. Wacker, PO Box 127, Hawley, PA 18428 Phone:

570-857-1401

pusH. your. Limits. summer day camp

June 16-August 29 at Main Line Art Center

One-Week Sessions | Full & Half Days Before & After Care | Ages 4 - 13 Unearth your inner artist through imaginative projects inspired by ancient civilizations and tthe he iinteresting nteresting iitems tems tthey’ve hey’ve lleft eft b behind. ehind.

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boys and girLs ages 6-17

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fitness camp boys and girLs ages 14-17

A place where children can Give your camper their first Challenge your camper practice without peer pressure, experience away from home. like they have never been work to improve a particular Your preteen or teen will learn challenged before. Campers skill, or simply try something what it means to be responsible self-image will improve so that ages 9 to 17 ages 14 to 17 ages 6-17 new, all while having the time for themselves with guidance they can face their high school of their lives. from our counselors. years with confidence.

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Whale Camp

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Experience marine science at Whale Camp

delphia magazine selected The Whale Camp as one of ten of The Coolest Summer Camps For Your Kids. A New York magazine listed The Whale Camp as #1 in their description of 50 Great Summer Camps. Perhaps our highest honor remains the $40,000 Scholarship offered by College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine for any Whale Camp participant accepted into their program Over the years, Whale Camp’s inspirthat distinguished him ing marine science experience has received or herself while at Whale Camp. While high praise from many sources. Recently, we appreciate the recognition, we remain MSN Money.Com honored Whale Camp as focused on making your child’s summer a 1 of 10 Best Summer Camps “Worth The time of exceptional inspiration and a deeply Money.” meaningful learning experience. In the recent past, a suburban PhilaIf you’ve already experienced The

Whale Camp program, the article is not news to you. Whether it’s the time at sea documenting the feeding and social behaviors of the numerous whale species or being on Machias Seal Island observing thousands of puffins and razorbills feeding their chicks, you know the value of The Whale Camp. It’s in your heart and in your mind and nothing can dislodge it. These experiences are irreplaceable.

At Whale Camp, as we learn about the processes of life in the sea we help each other put our own life’s path into perspective. The tides of the Bay of Fundy surge through us and empower our daily investigations, discoveries and inspirations, like nutrition for the mind, heart and soul. Visit us at www.whalecamp.com and join the excitement.

Back for our 13th year!

Nation’s #1 Sports Broadcasting Camp

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June 23-27, 2014 • Villanova University Day/Overnight Sessions Available • Learn from the Pros • Meet sports celebrities • Make sports anchor tapes from a TV studio • Make play-by-play tapes of Super Bowl & NBA Finals

Boys & Girls Ages 10-18

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Experiences that meet and exceed families’ expectations

ESF Summer Camps Why ESF? In a nutshell, they do everything possible to fill their camps with experiences that not only meet, but also exceed families’ expectations. ESF is a place where campers feel at home their very first year. Their 32 years in camping, expert staff, award-winning programs, rich traditions, excellent facilities, and intensive yearround planning converge on one goal: creating the perfect camp experience for their campers. Founded in 1982 by brothers Michael and Bill Rouse, ESF has a long-standing reputation for excellence, and every year they strive to raise the bar even higher. They provide a safe, supportive and fun environment where new experiences can be tried and individual achievement is encouraged. Their values and goals are reflected in every

also offers Mini Camp, age 3 and Tennis Camp, ages 6 to 15 in select locations. Campers looking for specialty camp experiences would love ESF Major Camps for boys and girls ages 8 to 15. They choose their path in areas such as Science, Technology, Design, Business, Adventure, the Arts and ESF’s new Overnight Adventure Camp! ESF has evolved significantly since its founding in 1982, and is constantly moving forward, continuing to remain at the forefront of the camp industry. Today, letters, phone calls and e-mails from campers, parents and team members continue to reflect ESF’s positive impact on so many families. Michael and Bill Rouse’s commitment to

aspect of their camps ESF provides summer camp experiences at five great locations in the area, which include: The Haverford School in Haverford, The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, NorwoodFontbonne Academy in Chestnut Hill, Montgomery School in Chester Springs and Moorestown Friends School in Moorestown, N.J. Each site offers a selection of truly unique camp experiences for boys and girls; Day Camp, ages 4 to 8, Sports Camp, ages 6 to 14 and Senior Camp, ages 9 to 15. ESF

Enjoy swimming, arts, crafts, sports, games, music, drama, trips and special events

remain true to their one-of-akind vision has afforded ESF continued, well-deserved success. At ESF Summer Camps, the Rouse brothers want your children to “Grow Up with ESF.” Families can enjoy flexible enrollment with sessions available from one-week through the full summer. ESF

operates the award-winning Phillies Baseball Academy (“Best of Philly” Award Winner) for boys and girls, ages 6-14, with great locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. ESF also operates the Union Soccer Schools, the official soccer camps of Philadelphia Union, for boys and girls, ages 6 to

and New ved! Impro

• Unforgettable wildlife encounters! • Week long sessions for ages 4-13 years old • Work side by side with keepers • Before and after care available

Register online today at philadelphiazoo.org/learn

Camp Open House Days

• PRESCHOOL TO GRADE 9 • EXTENDED CARE • 7 LOCATIONS • OUTDOOR SETTINGS • SWIMMING 3 DAYS A WEEK • COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM

Indian Valley February 21st 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Skippack Camp March 7th 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Lansdale Branch February 21st 6:00pm - 8:00pm

RECEIVE A $25 CAMP COUPON ASK HOW!

Meets state guidelines for child/counselor ratio. County child care assistance accepted. YMCA financial assistance available.

NORTH PENN YMCA INDIAN VALLEY BRANCH 890 Maple Avenue Harleysville 215-723-3569

LANSDALE BRANCH 608 E. Main Street Lansdale 215-368-1601

Download camp forms at

www.northpennymca.org

HARLEYSVILLE BRANCH 311 Alumni Avenue Harleysville 215-256-0767

14. Additionally, ESF offers camp for the “grown-ups” too, the award-winning Phillies Phantasy Camp for participants age 30+ held in Clearwater, Florida each January. For more information about ESF Summer Camps, please call 610-581-7100, or visit esfcamps.com.

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West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts This summer, kids have the chance to shine as they take center stage at West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts. Performers discover just how cool their ideas are as they create a show which is performed each week for friends and family. And guess what? We never have a chorus! With only 16 kids in every camp, each performer has their role to create in our productions. WCS talented teaching staff is comprised of professional actors/directors

along with certified teachers; our student teacher ratio is 8 to 1. At WCS summer camps we see students develop

strengths in areas that contribute to success across the board, in all areas of life: Becoming an active listener and learning to work with others helps with collaborative problem solving. Discovering how to overcome shyness, take risks and tune out distractions gives students the ability to take on challenges and stay focused on their end goal. Learning to read nonverbal cues, strengthen memory and recall ability gives them greater perspec-

think camp Ages 3-15 Early Enrollment Discount

June 16- August 15 215-576-3996/ 3952

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AFS Abington Friend School

www.afssummercamps.com

Kids find their voice and put it out into the world tive and understanding of their world. By accepting others for the way they are, students recognize the importance of their own individual voice and can feel confident putting that voice out into the world. WCS Summer Camps are the perfect place for

all performers — whether they adore the spotlight, are trying to come out of their shell or developing advanced theatrical skills, we offer a camp for them. In addition, our warm, encouraging and professional atmosphere allows students to express themselves in ways some never dreamed

possible. Join West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts for some awesome summer fun. Stay with us throughout the year for our exciting theater classes and Spring Show. Your child deserves to know his/her voice is amazing and how to put it out into the world!

BRING IT ON SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS BASKETBALL ** VOLLEYBALL ** SOCCER FITNESS EXPLOSION ** MULTI-SPORT rls d Gi s an Boy es 6-14 Ag

Challenge Yourself and Bring It Strengthen Your Skills, Gain Confidence, Explore New Drills, Play Competitive Games, Build Lasting Friendships

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For More Information and to Register Online Go To: www.calsportsacademy.com/2014-summer-camps

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Sports academy

Sports academy develops the ‘mind, body and soul’ CAL Sports Academy located in Harleysville, Pa. is a year-round youth sports development facility where we are committed to providing the highest level professional training for beginner to high school level players in a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, speed and agility, strength and conditioning, and soccer. By discovering a player’s “Strength Through Sports,” CAL Sports Academy not only develops the athlete but develops the whole being… mind, body, and soul. We were founded to provide positive sports programs for the youth in the area. Our goals are to instill leadership qualities in each participant with a “can do” attitude by providing sports training development.

Our motto, “Strength through Sports,” applies to strength of mind, body and soul. Our academy focuses on integrity, credible sports education, and commitment to results that exceed expectations, and the belief that children need good role models both inside and outside of their homes. All of our work is youthcentered and strives for the highest possible quality. We bring a developmental approach and a community-wide perspective to everything we do. Many can play the game but we provide players with the skills in order to play in the game. Our coaches have a dedication to each player by influencing their mind to become better players on and

off the court. Our positive motivation and energy keeps bringing players back into the gym. Whether it is an intense skills workout or a Pre-School Sports Explorers class, our coaches bring it each and every time with a joy and passion for what they do every day. You can’t help but leave one of our programs a better player, a better individual, and with a smile on your face knowing you worked hard. We also have a strong belief in paying it forward to the community we serve. We celebrate individual success and encourage our players and teams to become stronger in all they do. Whether it is helping with a food drive, walking in a parade, writing a letter to a military person overseas, or working to raise awareness

to end bullying, we focus on family and being there for players and families alike. We bring awareness to building lasting relationships through a shared passion for sports and

well-being. Join us in one of our summer camps, in-house league teams, developmental program, or clinics. Our summer campers have said “CAL

SPORTS ROCKS.” Visit our website, www.calsportsacademy.com, for more information on our sports programs, camps, and clinics throughout the year

DEVON PREP Summer Enrichment Program Open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14

Session 1: June 16 – 27

Session 2: July 7 – 18

Join Us For A Summer of Fun!

video production, soccer, golf, basketball, 3D art, web building, drama, history, food science, study skills, algebra, Latin & more

610‐688‐7337 ext. 404

363 N. Valley Forge Rd. Devon, PA 19333

danmass21@verizon.net

www.devonprep.com

New!

Fiber Crafts Ages 3-5

A Kids’ Needle Arts & Fashion Camp!

Machine Sewing, Fashion, Knitting, Crocheting, Crafts & Embroidery

* Fiber Crafts Ages 3-5 * Handwork Day Camp Ages 5-12 * Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp Ages 10-15

* Teen Fashion Bootcamp Ages 12-15 (Taught by Project Runway’s April Johnston with guest Jay McCarroll)

610.660.9600 or TheHandworkStudio.com Photos: Mary Hunt Davis


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How to find the right summer camp for your child said Michael Chauveau, executive director of the Keystone Field Office of the American Camp Association. “Touring the camp and Even though temperaunderstanding the phitures are hovering around losophy and discipline and freezing and children are counselor-to-camper ratio returning back to school is important. You want the from winter break, it’s not camp to infect your children too early to begin thinking with comfort.” about summer camps. But He also explained that navigating the wide variety getting references from of camps can be overseasoned parents and campwhelming. From overnight ers are keys to having a camp, to sports camps, successful experience. to acting camps, to day “If they [the camps] are camps, parents are sure to willing to give out names, be inundated with a plethora it’s a good sign,” he said. of options when it comes to “If they are reluctant, that choosing the right camp. So doesn’t mean it’s a bad just how do you go about camp, it might just mean making sure a camp is the that they have certain priright fit for your child? vacy issues.” “It’s a joint selection For Samantha Drossprocess involving the ner, of Blue Bell, talking youngsters and the parents,” to other parents played an

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important role when it came time to choosing a camp for her two children. “I asked my friends who already had children in camps, what camps they looked at and what they liked about their camps and things they might change,” she said. Like Chauveau, Drossner also suggested touring camps. “There’s a feeling that you get by touring them that will most likely mimic how your child will experience it,” Drossner said. “Make sure your child tours it too. Let them see the swimming pool and the art projects. You’ll get to meet the director and you’ll get a certain feeling from the director. Make sure you ask questions.” Asking the retention rate

of campers and counselors is a good place to start the question-asking process. Drossner is no stranger to the camping world. Her children, Hailey, 9 and Ryan, 6, began day camp just before they turned 4 years old. The experiences they’ve had at camp are part of the reasons she sends them back year after year. “They swim all day, do arts and crafts and sports; it’s a well-rounded program,” she said of Sesame/ Rockwood Camps in Blue Bell. She also credits camp to teaching her children how to swim. “Both our kids were nonswimmers and now they’re phenomenal swimmers. It’s amazing to see your Please see Finding on A25

New facilities New offerings

KIDS HORSEBACK RIDING SUMMER CAMP

Five 2-week sessions, beginning in Mid-June and ending in the end of August. (Maximum of 20 Campers per session) Each Camper is assigned for the session his/her own horse, which he/she will learn to both ride & care for. One Over-Night Campout & One Day Trip Full Day: 8:30-4:30 Ages 8-14

RED BUFFALO RANCH Camp from June to Aug. Call for Pricing & Other Details!

Session 1 – June 16 – June 27 Session 2 – June 30 – July 11 Session 3 – July 14 – July 25 Session 4 – July 28 – August 8 Session 5 – August 11 – August 27

JUNE 16 – JULY 25, 2014 For Boys and Girls • Rising PreK-Grade 12 www.agnesirwin.org/summersession

610-489-9707

1106 Anders Road Collegeville, PA 19426

www.redbuffaloranch.com

rideredbuffalo@gmail.com


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child who had a fear of the water now just jumping in,” Drossner said. The friendships her children formed is another reason Drossner continues to send her children to camp. “I just personally think it’s such a wonderful experience for them,” Drossner said. “They have friends that they only see during camp.” When Drossner first began looking at camps, in addition to talking to parents, she also consulted the American Camp Association. According to Chauveau, camps that are accredited by the American Camp Association voluntarily subject themselves to up to 300 standards of a best practices guide. The guidelines are

composed of input from members of the Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross and other youth servicing agencies. Some of the guidelines include the distance between bunks, temperature of the food, age breakdown and ratio of campers to staff and medical staff. “Accreditation is a serious process. We’re in the preventative business, not the repair business,” Chauveau said. “Just because a camp is not part of the ACA [American Camp Association] doesn’t mean it’s a bad camp. If it’s not accredited, ask why. If they say, ‘It’s none of your business,’ then it’s time to move onto the next camp.”

While different camps offer campers specific opportunities, Chauveau is quick to point out that costs shouldn’t deter someone from attending camp. He said that day camps can cost an average of $300 to $500 per week, and overnight camps can cost an average of $700 to $2,000 a week. “Camp is for everyone and there’s a camp for every budget,” he said. “If a family liked a particular camp, and they feel like it’s beyond their budget, they should ask. They have private scholarships that are available to help people find a way.” One of the big questions parents will ask when it Please see Finding on A26

Camp Safari Summer 2014 Join us at Paradise Farms in Downingtown, PA for an exciting week long day camp in June and August. Camp Safari offers the opportunity for children and teens to enjoy recreational and social benefits of a typical day camp regardless of any disability.

WEST CHESTER PARKS & RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS SUMMER DAY CAMP • Ages 5 to 10 June 23 - August 15 (8 weeks)

A) Camp NO Bus Trips – $665 (R) $715 (NR) B) Camp 3 Bus Trips – $710 (R) $755 (NR) C) Camp 6 Bus Trips – $805 (R) $855 (NR) D) Camp 6 Swim Trips & 6 Bus Trips –

$930 (R) $980 (NR)

CAMP BIG • Ages 11 to 14 SESSION ONE: June 23 to July 18 – $505 (R) $565 (NR) SESSION TWO: July 21 to August 15 – $505 (R) $565 (NR) BOTH SESSIONS: June 24 to August 16 – $855 (R) $955 (NR) R = RESIDENT

NR = NON-RESIDENT

SUMMER CAMP NOTES: • Residents must live within the Borough of West Chester. • At the start of camp, children must be within camp age limits. • A $100.00 deposit is required for each child registered. • Financial Aid is available. Contact the West Chester Recreation Department. • Camp tuition MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

– NO EXCEPTIONS!

For more information call Rob Malone at 610-696-8090, ext. 240 or email rmalone@arcofchestercounty.org 900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester, PA 19380 www.arcofchestercounty.org

• Camp registration deadline is Wednesday, June 11, 2014 •To register for any camp program: • Pick up a Summer Camp Registration Form in the West Chester Parks and Recreation Office • Contact our department at 610-436-9010 to have a form mailed to you. • We accept cash or check ONLY! NO CREDIT CARDS!

For more information call 610-436-9010 www.west-chester.com/recreation.php


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How to find the right summer camp for your child Chauveau said. Instead, he suggested telling your children, “It’s a big commitment, and we’ll be here for the commitment. If you feel like you’re ready, you’re really going to give it your all.” Before your child goes away to overnight camp,

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comes to camps is if their child should attend day camp or overnight camp. Some parents (and their children) might be apprehensive about their first overnight camp experience. Because no child is the same, the age you send them to camp is dependent on the child. “Sometimes a child will say it’s been really great attending day camp but I’m ready for something more adventurous that detaches me and gives me some more independence,” Chauveau said. One of the biggest pieces of advice Chauveau offered when going to overnight camp, is committing 100 percent and sticking out the overnight camp for the entire session. “Don’t say ‘let’s see how you like it for a week,’”

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Chauveau said to make sure they’re ready to spend the night away from you. “A parent can encourage a youngster to spend a weekend with a friend or a relation to separate the bond at home. It’s a gradual introduction,” he said. In addition to websites

and word of mouth recommendations, Chauveau suggested attending summer camp fairs over the winter. These fairs are similar to college fairs and represent camps from the region in one place. For more information, visit www.acacamps.org.

SUM M ER THE ATER CAMPS & WO R KSH O PS

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Early Registration Discounts!

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DISCOVER a place for fun and adventure every day!

Specialty Camps • Sports Camps • Teen Camps Full and Half-Day Camps • More!

Camp UMLY

Ages 2 to 18

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA 1416 Berwyn-Paoli Road, Berwyn, PA 19312 610-647-9622

Camp Leo

Ages 3 to 15

LIONVILLE COMMUNITY YMCA 100 Devon Drive, Exton, PA 19341 610-363-9622

Camp at the Ages 4½ to 12 School at Church Farm

1001 East Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341 610-363-9622

Download a camp guide! www.umly.org/camp

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So Much to Do - At Camp, the Opportunities are Unlimited As President and Mrs. Obama send their daughter to summer camp, they may be wondering what activities will fill her day. Depending on interests and camp offerings, a day at camp can vary greatly — including so many exciting experiences and opportunities to learn something new. Every summer, happy campers return home after their time at camp with new found skills, greater confidence, and a sense of community that can only be found at camp. Some camps offer a little bit of everything, and campers have the option to participate in a buffet of

activities, including swimming, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, ropes courses, art, drama, and many more. Other camps may specialize in one or two activities, such as academics, the arts, or soccer. There are other activities, such as campfires, familystyle meals, and quiet moments in nature that are as much a part of the camp experience as the zip line or high ropes course. Camp community is wide-ranging, and there truly is a camp suited for every child. Whether families are looking for an allaround experience, or one that focuses more on one or two activities, families

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need to be encouraged to find the camp that meets their children's needs. For some campers, camp is the ideal time to try something new; 63 percent of parents reported that their child continued to participate in new activities learned at camp after they returned home. President and Mrs. Obama, along with the parents of more than 10 million campers this summer, can rest assured that regardless of whether their child is focusing on favorite activities, or trying a wide variety of new ones, their child's camp experience will offer unlimited opportunities to make new

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friends and participate in camp traditions that collectively share a 150-year history. www.acacamps.org

Camp Garrett Share it!

Ultimate Schedule Flexibility! Free Reg. with this ad until April 1, 2014! That’s $50!

June 16 to August 28 for ages 5 -15 campgarrett.org • 610-353-7690 • Newtown Square

Boys & Girls Ages 3-17 June 23 - August 8 Early Start begins June 9.

Day Camps Mon. thru Fri. Ask about FIDDLER ON THE ROOF! SUMMER CAMP MUSICAL Theatre Experience for Ages 8 and Up Rehearses for three weeks Performs for five weekends

610-891-0100

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SUMMER CAMP EXP E XPE PER RIIE IENCE N NC CE S EXPERIENCES When school’s out let the summer fun begin! ESF provides your camper with amazing experiences they’ll take with them forever.

FOUR GREAT LOCATIONS! Chestnut Hill • Haverford Newtown Square • Chester Springs

610.581.7100 | www.esfcamps.com MINI DAY CAMP CAMP

(Age (Age3) 4-8)

TheLed perfect A fun-filled by anstart. experienced staff, a first-camp experience for the wide variety of hands-on activities littlest campers. creating a well-rounded summer camp experience and pure fun!

SENIOR MAJORCAMP CAMPS (Age (Age9-15) 8-15)

DAY CAMP SPORTS CAMP

SPORTSCAMP CAMP SENIOR

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Led by experienced staff, a wide Four agean divisions offering top-notch variety of hands-on creating a instruction and game activities play for all skill well-rounded levels across 10summer sports. camp experience and pure fun!

Four age programs divisions offering Multi-level and Truetop-notch Life instructiondesigned and game for all skill Adventures toplay broaden the levels across sports. horizons of our10 older campers.

MAJOR CAMPS TENNIS CAMP

(Age 8-14)

(Age 6-14)

TENNIS CAMP

(Age 6-15)

Individual group with Multi-level programs and Trueages Life and interests. Specialty agesand group instruction Individual withand match play.instruction Continuous Specialty camps for varied Hands- camps for varied match play. Continuous improvement Adventures designed to broaden thepaths to choose. and interests. Hands-on, real world for all skill levels. improvement on, real world experiences, unique for all skill levels. horizons of our older campers. experiences, unique paths to choose.



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Union Soccer Camps

(Boys & Girls, Age 6-14)

(Boys and Girls, Age 6-14)

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