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Left top to bottom: Students work with instructor Cindy Panian in COCA’s Kitchen Wizard class at COCA. (Hillary Levin, P-D); swimmers practice kicking in the water safety camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. (J.B. Forbes, P-D)

Cooking shows inspire a plethora of summer camps Plus your guide to hundreds of others. Pages B7-B15 BY JADEN SATENSTEIN | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For children growing up in the age of culinary competition shows such as “Chopped Jr.” and “Kids Baking Championship,” the idea of getting messy in the kitchen has become exciting. Scenes of kid chefs making unique, complex creations captivate audiences of all ages, and summer camp directors have taken notice. Please see CAMP, Page B15

An honest politician in Jefferson City




St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In the Cook County of my youth, an honest politician was not one who couldn’t be bought — we didn’t have any of those — but one who once bought stayed bought. His word was good. I’ve thought about that recently as the heat gets turned up on Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. With mounting evidence that the process of selecting licensees for growing and dispensing medical marijuana was hopelessly tainted, the governor has doubled down. Not only will he stand by the results of the process, but he also will defend those results against legal challenge by using money that had been earmarked for veterans’ programs. In an old-school Cook County sense, his honesty is commendable. Please see MCCLELLAN, Page B2



Right top to bottom: Campers paddle a canoe at Camp Wartburg in Waterloo. (Christine Tannous, P-D); a camper enjoys the high ropes course at Camp Rhythm in Eureka. (Christine Tannous, P-D)

Friendship matters more than we realize AISHA SULTAN

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Parents intuitively know that their children’s friendships are important. They want them to learn how to be a good friend and to maintain solid friendships because we know these skills are critical to lifelong happiness. But those relationships might be even more crucial than we thought. A new book by Lydia Denworth, “Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond,” explains the connection between social relationships and personal health. Interactions with friends help lower stress, keep our brains healthy, improve cardiovascular functioning and immune systems, and help us live longer. Denworth explains the emerging science on how and why friendship literally changes our brains and bodies. Please see SULTAN, Page B2


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Kylee Droege, a junior counselor, slides down a water slide with Abby Campbell at Camp Wartburg in Waterloo. Camp Wartburg offers a variety of activities to campers, including swimming, canoeing and a high ropes course.

A SAMPLING OF SUMMER CAMPS FROM BAKING TO BASKETBALL AND CARTOONING TO CANOEING, YOUR GUIDE TO CAMPS Minnesota; campchippewa. com; 1-218-335-8807 Badger Camp I • Two-week introductory session for boys entering grades 3-5. June 18-July 1. Ages 8-10, $3,700. Full Session • Eight-week session for boys entering grades 3-12. June 18-Aug. 11. Ages 8-17, $10,500.

These are just some of the camps offered in the area. Many of these camps have multiple dates and sessions for other ages not listed here. The camps listing is done in partnership with Blueprint4 SummerSTL, blueprint4.com/stl. You can find more camp dates and descriptions there.

CAMP COURAGE Camp Courage is a five-day, four-night, overnight camp for children ages 6-11 who are grieving the death of someone significant. 1333 West Lockwood Avenue, Suite 104; annieshope.org; 314-965-5015 Camp Courage • June 1-5. Ages 6-11, free. Camp Courage — Teens • June 8-12. Ages 12-18, free.

1020 ARTWORKS STUDIO Summer art camps for children and teens. 6034 Schiermeier Road, Freeburg; 1020artworks. com; 618-267-3205 Draw! Paint! Sculpt! Art Adventure Camp • A camp for kids who love to create art using a variety of techniques and materials. June 1-4. Ages 5-12, $115. Drawing & Painting for Older Artists: Cartooning & Anime • A fun, engaging class for preteens and teenagers. June 29-July 2. Ages 9-14, $85.

ABC CHEFS ACADEMY Kids get to cook with one of the top celebrity teen chefs in the nation, Chef Ayla from Food Network’s Chopped Junior and Fox’s MasterChef Junior. 227 Chesterfield Mall, Space 543, Chesterfield; abcchefsacademy.com; 636543-8650 Bakeshop Favorites • Make fresh breads, cookies, cakes and more. Each day campers will learn new baking techniques from creaming butter and sugar to kneading dough for sticky cinnamon buns. June 8-11. Ages 6-17, $220. Food Network Favorites • Each day of summer camp will center around different Food Network chefs and recipes, including Iron Chef, Chopped Junior, Cupcake Wars. July 6-9. Ages 6-17, $220. Master Chef Jr. • Just like popular cooking shows, activities will include mystery baskets, team challenges, taste tests and judging. This camp is all about teamwork. July 27-30. Ages 6-17, $220.

ABRA-KID-ABRA CAMPS Abra-Kid-Abra magic and arts camps typically serve ages 6-12, though some camps go up to 14. Some camps are full day, typically 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while others are half day. 803 Lafayette Avenue; Abrakid.com; 314-961-6912 Magic Mystery Camp • Campers write their own mystery play. May 26-29. Ages 6-12, $197. Circus Arts • Magic Camp. June 1-5. Ages 5-12, $197.

CAMP EARTHWAYS: YOUNG GREEN BUILDERS Science, design and sustainability camp for 5th-8th graders at the Missouri Botanical Garden. 4651 Shaw Boulevard; missouribotanicalgarden. org; 314-577-0281 Camp EarthWays: Young COURTESY ART UNLEASHED Green Builders • July 6-10. Ages 10-13, $195.

Students draw different illusions in Art Unleashed’s Mind Bending Art camp. Clay Creations • Summer art camp. June 1-5. Ages 7-9, $180. Drawing Techniques • June 8-12. Ages 13-18, $170.

ARTS IN MOTION SCHOOL OF DANCE SUMMER CAMPS Dance camps for children ages 18 months to 18 years. Ballet, modern, jazz, tap and choreography offered. 2949 South Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood; artsinmotion-stl.com; 314968-4583 Beginning Ballet & Modern • For beginning dancers. June 8-24. Ages 6-9, $170. Choreography & Creativity • For intermediate to advanced dancers. June 9-25. Ages 10-18, $245.

ARTSCOPE Visual arts and nature camp for children K-6th grade. 2929 Tower Grove Avenue; artscopestl.org; 314-8650060 Lost and Found • Find the beauty in objects tossed out or stashed away, and gather inspiration from artists who use the interesting stuff they find to make cool art. May 26-29. Grades K-5, $152. Written in the Stars • The stories we tell about the stars, planets and the cosmos will guide our creativity as we draw up plans for intergalactic travel. June 1-5. Grades K-5, $190.


Throughout the course of the summer, campers will meet ART UNLEASHED new friends, be physically Art Unleashed offers an active, pursue their interests array of art classes for all ages and abilities, from pre-K and make lifelong memories. to adult, including pottery, Most camps are held at the painting, drawing, mosaics, Pointe at Ballwin Commons. jewelry making, watercolor 1 Ballwin Commons Circle, and acrylic as well as Ballwin; ballwin.mo.us/ theme classes focusing Departments/Parks-andon landscapes, portraits, Recreation/Summer-Camps; animals and music. 636-227-8950 13379 Olive Boulevard, Variety Camp: Chesterfield; artunleashed. Cheerleading/Dance • org; 314-628-1024 This camp is designed to

give campers an edge in the highly competitive world of cheerleading. June 8-12. Ages 7-13, $140. Variety Camp: Week 1 — Harry Potter • Tired of being surrounded by Muggles? Don’t miss your chance to be with others who love HP as much as you. June 8-12. Ages 7-13, $140.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI DONALD DANFORTH JR. WILDERNESS CAMP Residential adventure camp for survivors of brain injury, ages 18 and up. 2265 Schuetz Road; biamo. org; 314-426-4024 Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp • June 21-26. Ages 18-100, $550.

BELLEVILLE WEST SUMMER CAMPS Belleville West is a new state-of-the-art high school recently built on 113 acres. 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville; bellevillewestcamps.com; 618-222-7665 Tennis: Boys/Girls • Tennis camp for boys and girls. June 1-4. Ages 6-9, $40. Cross Country: Boys/Girls • Cross Country camp for boys and girls. June 22-25. Ages 10-17, $40.

BIG RIVER RUNNING CROSS COUNTRY CAMP Running camp for 6th through 12th graders. 13969 Manchester Road; bigriverrunning.com/run/ cross-country-camp; 636394-5500 Big River Cross Country Camp • July 27-31. Ages 11-18, $125.

BOBBY MCCORMACK’S BASKETBALL CAMP Emphasis is placed on technique, footwork, shooting drills and games. 1071 Purcell Avenue; schoolyou.com; 314-6065370 Week 1: Co-ed Half Day Shooting Camp • The shooting camp gives campers the opportunity to focus on improving their shooting skills. May 26-29. Ages 6-14, $100. Week 2: Boys Camp • An opportunity to improve shooting skills. June 1-5. Ages 6-13, $230.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ CHESTERFIELD STEM camps for children ages 4-12. LEGO building, robotics, Minecraft, video game design, Star Wars, Pokemon, Disney characters. 1840 Sparks Court, Wildwood; bricks4kidz.com; 314-287-5876 Minecraft Bricks • LEGO building and games with Minecraft theme and characters. May 26-29. Ages 5-12, $125. Galaxy Far Away, Star Wars COURTESY ART UNLEASHED • LEGO building and games with Star Wars theme and A campers learns how to use mosaics to make characters. June 1-5. Ages wall art, stepping stones and picture frames in Art 5-12, $160.

Unleashed’s Mosaics camp.

BOLD@OLIN BOLD@Olin is a one-week residential program through the Olin Business School for rising junior and senior female students eager to learn more about business and leadership. 1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1133; olinwustl. campusgroups.com/bsba/ bold@olin/; 314-935-2217 BOLD@Olin • July 12-18. Ages 16-18, $750.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Boy Scouts of America day and twilight camps for boys and girls ages 7-11 with a focus on fun, adventure, outdoor activities and character development. The theme this year: Out of This Galaxy. 4568 West Pine Boulevard; stlbsa.org; 314-361-0600

STEM Twilight Camp • Jurassic explorers day camp with activities such as archery, BB guns, STEM, games and more. June 1-5. Ages 7-11, $65. Cub Adventure Camp • Summer camp fun, adventure and education for all grade school aged scouts. July 12-15. Ages 7-11, $175.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS Make lifelong friends, visit some of St. Louis’ best attractions, enjoy sporting and cultural activities, take field trips and learn to swim — all in one summer. 2901 North Grand Boulevard; bgcstl.org; 314-335-8000 Adams Park Club • June 8-July 31. Ages 6-16, $275. O’Fallon Park Club • June 8-July 31. Ages 6-16, $275.

CAMP BEN FRANKEL Jewish coed overnight camp for children 7-17 with activities, child care and no screens. 3419 West Main Street, Belleville; campbenfrankel. org; 618-235-1614 Camp Ben Frankel • Inclusive overnight Jewish summer camp with 100+ activities. June 21-July 19. Ages 7-16, $4,000. Camp Ben Frankel — Rookie Session • June 21-July 5. Ages 7-11, $2,000.

CAMP CHIPPEWA FOR BOYS Sleepaway camp for boys ages 8-17 focusing on character development through in-camp activities and out-of-camp canoe trips in the wilderness. 22767 Cap Endres Road Southeast, Cass Lake,

CAMP ENCOURAGE Their mission is to encourage social growth, independence and self-esteem in youth with autism spectrum disorders through a quality, overnight camp experience located in the greater Kansas City area. 4025 Central Street, Kansas City; campencourage.org; 816-830-7171 Summer Overnight Camp • Overnight camp for youth with autism. June 17-20. Ages 8-18, $1,200.

CAMP INVENTION Come invent at Camp Invention’s Elevate Stem Camp and take home your own prototypes, robots, bioluminescent plant, sports stadium and more. 7306 Northwest 77th Terrace, Kansas City; campinvention.org; 816-6020017 Camp Invention at Webster United Methodist Church in Webster Groves • June 15-19. Ages 5-12, $245. Camp Invention Elevate at Lindenwood University Cultural Center • Become a confident entrepreneur as you sketch, prototype, protect and pitch the next great invention. June 22-26. Ages 5-12, $235.

CAMP JUMP START Overnight whole health camp specializing in healthy lifestyle and weight management. 3602 Lions Den Road, Imperial; campjumpstart. com; 877-520-5867 Weight Loss Camp For Kids and Teens Session #1 • In four weeks your child will receive the education necessary to make life changes and be able to maintain the success at home. June 14-July 11. Ages 9-18, $4,995. Weight Loss Camp For Kids and Teens Session #3 • Total immersion into a new routine for a greater length of time increases the chance for long term success. June 14-Aug. 8. Ages 9-18, $9,355.



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CAMP KENNEDY Fun in the sun this summer at Kennedy Recreation Complex. 6050 Wells Road; stlouisco. com; 314-615-5572 Camp Kennedy • Enjoy crafts, games, sports, nature walks, ice skating, supervised swimming. June 1-5. Ages 5-12, $70.


CAMP MAGIC HOUSE Make your child’s summer magical with a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience, featuring new activities and themes for 2020. 516 South Kirkwood Road; magichouse.org; 314-8228900 Art Adventurers Half Day • Explore a variety of media from paint to printmaking, clay and collage. Mini masters will draw inspiration from iconic artists as they set out on this artistic adventure. June 1-5. Ages 4-5, $125. Cultural Curiosity Half Day • Campers will get CHRISTINE TANNOUS, POST-DISPATCH acquainted with the life and culture of other kids around Camp Kennedy participants, from left, Olivia Abrams, Savannah Bauer and Aubrie Bauer skate during the world. This week will a trip to the FSI Shark Tank. Campers at Camp Kennedy participate in a variety of activities over the hold surprising discoveries weeklong camp, including ice skating, crafts and swimming. as campers sing songs, play new games and taste fresh archery, canoeing, high flavors. Aug. 17-21. Ages 6-8, ropes, creek walking and $125. campfires. 5705 LRC Road, Waterloo; CAMP MAGIC CampWartburg.com; 618HOUSE @ MADE 939-7715 Taking place in the all-new Shepherding Sheep Session kid-focused makerspace I • A great opportunity for in the heart of the city of children and adults with St. Louis, children ages 6 disabilities. May 24-27. Ages to 13 will become makers, 10-70, $250. artists, designers and entrepreneurs. Wacky Water Week Jr. • Archery, canoeing, swimming 5127 Delmar Boulevard, and more. May 31-June 5. St. Louis; magichouse.org/ Ages 6-10, $400. MADE; 314-822-8900 Makers Camp • Makers will become immersed in everything at MADE as they gain experience with laser cutting, screen and 3D printing. June 1-5. Ages 7-9, $250. Tech Camp • Campers will experience some of the latest technology in creative coding as they learn about interactive animation, Microbits and basic electronics. July 6-10. Ages 9-11, $250.


CHESTERFIELD SUMMER CAMP Day camp featuring crafts, games and field trips. 690 Chesterfield Parkway West, Chesterfield; chesterfield.mo.us; 636-8129514 Week 1 • May 26-29. Ages 5-12, $152.

CIRCUS HARMONY Let your child run away and join the circus but still be home in time for dinner. 750 North 16th Street; circusharmony.org; 314-4367676 Circus Harmony Session 1 • Students learn skills such as trapeze, juggling, wirewalking and more. June 1-12. Ages 7-17, $450.

CITY OF BRIDGETON PARKS AND RECREATION Municipality-sponsored camps for children ages 5-15. 4201 Fee Fee Road, Bridgeton; bridgetonmo.com; 314-739-5599 Day Camp Session 1 • Outdoor traditional day camp. June 15-19. Ages 5-12, $100. Splash Camp • Waterthemed day camp with two field trips. Aug. 3-7. Ages 7-12, $135.

CITY OF CRESTWOOD The mission city of Crestwood Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of day camps. 9245 Whitecliff Park Lane,

CITY OF DELLWOOD SUMMER CAMP Weekly swimming, catered lunch, etiquette classes and more. The program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and includes four field trips, social and physical recreation, art programs, education based programs, and specialized sports programs and activities. 10266 West Florissant Avenue; cityofdellwoodmo. com; 314-869-8686 City of Dellwood Summer Camp • June 8-July 31. Ages 5-13, $350.

CITY OF ELLISVILLE DAY CAMPS This day camp provides youth with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of educational and adventurous outdoor activities. 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville. ellisville.mo.us; 636-227-7508 Voyager Camp: Session 1 • Color War. June 8-19. Ages 5-12, $200. Voyager Camp: Specialty Week • A special week of camp that campers can choose from three different themes. June 22-26. Ages 5-12, $120.

CITY OF HAZELWOOD PARKS AND RECREATION Hazelwood Parks and Recreation summer camps offer a variety of themes and activities. 1186 Teson Road, Hazelwood; apm.activecommunities.com/ hazelwoodmoparksandrec/ home; 314-731-0980 Hazelwood Summer Day Camp-session 1 • This classic summer day camp will keep you kids busy with fun activities and field trips. June 1-26. Ages 6-11, $300. Youth Hoops Session 1 • Youth basketball. June 2-July 7. Ages 7-12, $45.

CITY OF MANCHESTER PARKS AND RECREATION Manchester Parks, Recreation, & Arts offers a wide variety of camps to keep kids busy all summer. 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester; manchestermo.gov; 636391-6326, ext. 400


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Camp Weloki for Girls provides unique opportunities for girls in grades 3-12 to learn how to create healthy friendships, resolve conflicts effectively, express their emotions in healthy ways and to create the trusting, respectful environment they need and want. Camp Butterfly is near TIM VIZER Farmington; Camp Trinity is near New Haven. CAMP ONDESSONK Legacy Jackson reaches for art materials at the art supply wall at the Magic Located in the Shawnee 300 Chesterfield Center, House’s kid-focused makerspace, MADE, on Delmar Boulevard. National Forest of Southern Suite 255, Chesterfield; 636Illinois, Ondessonk’s summer session for younger children 530-1883; campweloki.com horsemanship and riding 315 South Grove Avenue, camp programs encourage skills, and enjoy long rides that gives campers an Owatonna, Minnesota; Summer Camp Session campers to have fun, grow through our pristine pasture camppillsbury.com; 1-507introduction to the Camp One • Middle school and spiritually, make friends, Ondessonk tradition of rustic, lands and oak-hickory 214-2200 high school girls attend grow in self-confidence and nature-based camping in the forested trails. May 31-June 6. Camp Pillsbury Session 1 • this session but are divided self-esteem, and develop Ages 12-15, $704. Shawnee National Forest. June 14-28. Ages 6-17, $1,700. into two separate learning values. May 31-June 3. Ages 8-10, programs. June 14-20. Ages $344. CAMP PILLSBURY 3760 Ondessonk Road, CAMP WARTBURG 11-18, $1,195. Overnight camp offering Ozark, Illinois; ondessonk. Horse Camp Session 1 Camp Wartburg is a Christian Summer Camp Session Two over 100 activities, such as com; 1-877-659-2267 • Spend your days at the camp where children K-12 • Tween and young teen girls trapeze, circus arts, musical Ondessonk stables learning can spend a week or more of attend this session, but are Mini Camp COED Session theater, sports, magic, how to care for and groom fun and fellowship doing a 1 • Mini Camp is a special divided into two separate technology, waterfront, your horse, develop basic variety of activities, including programs. Girls will learn three-day, three-night equestrian and more.

The Challenger Learning Center St. Louis offers a variety of summer experiences through space missions, scuba diving and lunar colonies. 205 Brotherton Lane, Ferguson; challengerstl.org; 314-521-6205 Rocket Lab • Rocketeers spend each day building and launching rockets, culminating in building their own customized rocket. Each participant will also build their own electronic launch system and platform, to continue the innovation far into the future. June 8-12. Ages 10-18, $290. Drone Makers • Campers will learn how to fly drones in simulation, test multiple drone styles and the soldering and circuitry needed to build their own unmanned aerial vehicle to take home and keep. July 13-17. Ages 12-18, $375.

Crestwood; cityofcrestwood. org; 314-729-4860 Swim-Venture Aquatic Camp Session 1 • Aug. 3-7. Ages 6-11, $150.

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03.08.2020 • SUNDAY • M 1 Adventure Pursuits Camp • Experience the great outdoors. June 1-5. Ages 5-12, $95. Manchester Makers • Get ready to make some art in the park. July 27-31. Ages 5-8, $115.


CITY OF MARYLAND HEIGHTS-MARYLAND HEIGHTS DAY CAMPS All-day children’s day camps for ages 6-13. 2300 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights; marylandheights.com; 314-738-2599 Camp Fun Under the Sun Week 1 • June 8-12. Ages 6-12, $150. Harry Potter Camp • Aug. 10-14. Ages 6-12, $150.

CLAYTON PARKS AND RECREATION Clayton camps provide a variety of options for ages 5-14. 50 Gay Avenue, Clayton; claytonmo.gov/camps; 314-2908500 Aquatic Camp • Learn to be a better swimmer. June 1-5. Ages 5-12, $145. Climbing Wall Camp • Learn to rock climb in a fun environment. June 1-5. Ages 5-13, $145.

CLIMB SO ILL Climb So iLL offers half-day and full-day rock climbing camps for kids ages 7-11. 1419 Carroll Street; climbsoill. com/summer-camps; 314-6211700 Week 1 AM Session (Power Plant) • June 1-5. Ages 7-11, $125. Week 1 PM Session (Steel Shop) • June 1-5. Ages 7-11, $125.

COCA SUMMER ARTS CAMPS Campers have the opportunity to


Makenna Matejcic, left, and Taylor Johnson play archery tag at Camp Wartburg in Waterloo. learn and experience new things, build their skills and have fun. 524 Trinity Avenue; cocastl.org; 314-725-6222 Fashion Design • Students learn everything from design to construction in this fashionfocused camp. May 26-29. Ages 8-10, $144. Ice Cream Camp • In this camp, student learn to make their own ice cream as well as basic cooking and kitchen safety skills. May 26-29. Ages 8-10, $152. COCA Culinary Network • Learn to cook and create your own television episode in this multidisciplinary camp. June 1-5. Ages 14-18, $305. Swiftie Songwriters • A camp that combines songwriting, performance and fashion to inspire campers to write and sing their own songs in a final showcase. May 26-29. Ages 8-10, $144. DC vs. Marvel • Through storytelling, props and costumes kids decide who would be

victorious in a battle between superheros. June 8-12. Ages 8-10, $165. Ballet Studio Junior Intensive • A ballet intensive for students to improve technique and performance. June 29-July 16. Ages 9-14, $700.

CODE NINJAS O’FALLON SUMMER CAMP Fun coding and STEM camps for kids ages 7-14. 2955 Highway K, O’Fallon, Missouri; codeninjas.com; 636851-9634 Roblox Create • Power your imagination by learning the basics of Roblox or continuing with more advanced game concepts. (Requires a Roblox Classic Tier account). June 1-5. Ages 7-14, $185. Program and Play in Python • Build an awesome game in the Python programming language and share it with the world. June 15-19. Ages 7-14, $185.

VOYAGER SUMMER DAY CAMP In Bluebird Park Our Voyager Camps are packed full of Swimming, Field Trips, Arts & Crafts, Hiking, Sports, Guest Entertainment and so much more! VOYAGER SUMMER DAY CAMP In Bluebird Park For more information or to register: visit ellisville.mo.us or call the Park office at (636) 227-7508

College for Kids delivers opportunities to explore areas of interest that students may not experience in school. Computer animation, cartooning, video game creation, action science and Lego robotics are just a few of the classes scheduled for this summer. 11333 Big Bend Road; stlcc.edu; 314-984-7777 Battle of the Bots! Advanced LEGO Robotics • Enter the battle for grand champion of all bots. Aug. 3-7. Ages 9-14, $79. Creating Heroes and Heroines • Create your own amazing character, whether they save the world or help a friend, and write a heroic journey around them. Aug. 3-7. Ages 6-9, $79.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL — COMMUNITY CAMPS Community School buzzes during the summer months with camps for students K-6. 900 Lay Road; communityschool. com/camp; 314-991-0005 Mini camp — Advanced Acting • Take your acting skills to the next level as you practice improv and scene work designed for an older actor. Learn how to break a scene down, nail a comedic moment and perform a long monologue. June 1-5. Ages 10-13, $195. Play camp (full day) • Children ages 3, 4 and 5 will build, splash, play, create and dance their way through three one-week sessions of Summer Play Camp. June 1-5. Ages 3-5, $380.

CONSUMING KINETICS DANCE COMPANY A fun, diverse, immersive arts learning experience. 465 North Taylor Avenue; ckdc. org/kidsdanceandartcamp; 314564-1477

Bricks 4 Kidz Robotics and Building Summer Camps Half day camps. • Robotics • Star Wars • Minecraft • LEGO building • Jr Robotics & More. Questions: email stlouis@bricks4kidz.com Enroll online at:


ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • B9 Cultural Dance Week • Learn how to dance in styles from around the world. July 13-17. Ages 6-13, $300. Hip Hop Week • Learn how to dance in hip-hop styles. Ages 6-13, $300.

COR JESU ACADEMY ENRICHMENT AND SPORTS CAMPS Cor Jesu’s Enrichment and Sports Camps for grade school girls offer summer fun for a variety of interests. 10230 Gravois Road; corjesu.org/ camps; 314-842-1546 Basketball Camp • Girls in grades 5-8 learn to improve individual ball-handling, shooting, rebounding and defensive skills. June 1-5. Ages 10-14, $100. Behind the Scenes of Media • Campers in grades 6-8 will learn about the elements of broadcast journalism and digital media. June 8-12. Ages 11-14, $100.

CRAFT ALLIANCE SUMMER ART CAMPS Craft Alliance’s Delmar Loop location offers 11 one-week camps from May 28 to Aug. 9. In conjunction with summer camps, Craft Alliance also offers a Teen Intern program. Teens can apply to assist summer camp faculty — all professional artists — in the studio of their interest. 6640 Delmar Boulevard; craftalliance.org; 314-725-1177, ext. 325 Drawing 101 • Learn to work with a variety of drawing materials to create a wide range of artworks and projects. June 8-12. Ages 7-9, $165. Fiber Fun • Explore Fibers through methods including hand sewing, tie-dye and fabric printing. June 15-19. Ages 7-9, $165.

DAYSPRING ARTS & EDUCATION STEAM & Arts camps for ages 3-18. 2500 Metro Boulevard, Maryland Heights; dayspringarts.org/ summer-workshops; 314-291-8878 Musical Theater Intensive • “Godspell:” Musical theater performance intensive. June 25-26. Ages 8-13, $425. Steam Camp Week 3 • Animated classics. July 6-10. Ages 5-12, $250.

DE SMET JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL SPARTAN SUMMER Spartan Summer at De Smet Jesuit offers exciting and challenging camp programs for middle school boys. 233 North New Ballas Road; desmet.org/spartansummer; 314785-1309 Weight Lifting Camp • Camp for boys grades 5-8 who want to expand their physical strength and conditioning. June 1-5. Ages 10-14, $125. Woodworking Camp • Take your design from concept to completion as you learn valuable woodworking skills. July 6-10. Ages 10-14, $125.

DES PERES PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS Des Peres Parks and Recreation offers 25 different types of camps to keep your kids active and engaged all summer long. 1050 Des Peres Road, Des Peres; TheLodgeDesPeres.com; 314-8356150 Ninja Obstacle and Tumbling Camp by Hi-NRG • Hi-NRG’s Ninja Obstacle and Tumbling Camp will build coordination, strength, agility and, most of all, confidence. June 1-5. Ages 5-10, $172. Underground Explorers Camp by Mad Science • Dig up the ancient past and solve real-life mysteries. June 1-5. Ages 6-11, $233.

DRAGONS DRUM & BUGLE CORPS Drum Line, Brass Horn Line and Color Guard are open to teens ages 13-18. Teens are also able to swim in the Dellwood Aquatic Center for free. All corps members will be provided free uniforms and costumes (dress code required) and refreshments. Drum Line and Horn Line youth must be able to play and read music. 10266 West Florissant Avenue; facebook.com/dragondrumcorps; 573-301-0105 Free Dragons Drum and Bugle Corps • May 30-Aug. 15. Ages 13-18, free.

DREAM BIG CAREER CAMP College and career exploration camp for high-school students with disabilities and IEPs. 133 South 11th Street, Suite 500; starkloff.org/forcandidates/#additional2; 314588-7090 Dream Big Career Camp: Innovate • June 1-5. Ages 14-21, $375. Dream Big Career Camp: Hands On • June 15-19. Ages 14-21, $375.

DUBOIS CENTER Overnight camp for young people, grades 1-12 and adult/ child. Classic, low-tech fun with an emphasis on building relationships. 2651 Quarry Road, DuBois, Illinois; duboiscenter.org; 618-787-2202 Horsin’ Around • A full-week horse-focused adventure for campers who’ve completed grades 5-7. June 7-12. Ages 10-12, $544. LEAD • Learn to be a leader through hands-on experience and experiential learning. June 14-19. Ages 15-18, $494.

ELIOT CHAPEL NURSERY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP A happy, relaxed morning with emphasis on play through outdoor activities, art, nature, language, literature engineering and movement. 216 East Argonne Avenue, Kirkwood; ecnurseryschool.com; 314-821-0982

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SUMMER ART CAMPS & TEEN ART PROGRAM HALF-DAY ART CAMPS / AGES 4–6 FULL-DAY ART CAMPS / AGES 6–12 TEEN ART PROGRAM / AGES 13–17 Extended Day available! Send your young artist to Laumeier for a fun week immersed in art and nature!

REGISTER TODAY! www.laumeier.org/artcamp 314.615.5268

Boys & Girls 5–14 //June–Aug, 2020 Learn ball skills in a FUN atmosphere! Registration and more info online at




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Sunny Fun • The playground is a great place to make friends, create, build strength and get messy. Inside activities are offered as well. June 9-18. Ages 3-5, $180. Celebrate Summer • Children celebrate all that summer has to offer. June 23-July 2. Ages 3-5, $180.

Crayola World of Design at SLU • Take a journey to the farthest reaches of the imagination while learning about the rainforest, Hollywood, Mars and a futuristic city. Experiment with Crayola products and a wide variety of art techniques like sculpting, collage and mixed media. July 13-17. Ages 5-12, $260.


IMMANUEL LUTHERAN DAY SCHOOL Weekly theme camps for age 2 through 8th grade. 9733 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; immanueldayschool.org/copy-ofapplication-process; 314-993-5004 Week 1 Sports of All Sorts Camp • May 26-29. Ages 2-11, $100. Week 2 Bees, Butterflies, Lady Bugs, Oh My Camp • June 1-5. Ages 2-11, $120.

Play-based camps for preschoolers ages 2 to 5 years old featuring age-appropriate art, music, outdoor play and more. 9001 Clayton Road; ethicalsocietynurseryschool.com; 314-991-1353 ESNS Summer Camp Week 2 • Careers theme. June 15-19. Ages 4-6, $145. ESNS Summer Camp Week 3 • On the Farm theme. June 22-26. Ages 4-6, $145.


EYC ACADEMY EYC Academy offers a unique approach of oneto-one instruction (offered in-center or online through a virtual classroom) that fully individualizes the learning process. Its network also includes physical and emotional therapists to help your family beyond the walls of school. 195 Lamp and Lantern Village, Town and Country; eycacademystl.org; 636-2203344 Sensory Art and Writing Camp • June 15-19. Ages 11-18, $149.

FIELDHOUSE TRAINING CENTER A great baseball/softball camp to have fun, learn basic skills and play games. 106 North Cool Springs Road, O’Fallon, Missouri; thefieldhouse. org; 636-281-2255 Summer Camp • June 1-4. Ages 5-13, $99.

FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY Fontbonne University offers a variety of camps and workshops that give children opportunities to explore special interests, improve life skills and lay the groundwork for future studies. Camps meet on the main Clayton campus as well as venues throughout the St. Louis area. Scholarships to some camps are available for qualifying students. 6800 Wydown Boulevard; fontbonne.edu/about-us/griffingateways; 314-862-3456 Camp Fire (DHH) • Camp FIRE (Fontbonne Inspires Reading Excitement) is a summer themebased literacy program for school-aged children who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH). June 1-July 17. Ages 6-18, free. Math Literacy Camp • Over the course of this camp, students will read “The Number Devil” by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Chapter by chapter, students will learn key mathematical concepts and how


Campers play basketball at the i9 Basketball Camp. to apply them. July 27-31. Ages 11-14, $200.

GENE SLAY’S GIRLS AND BOYS CLUB This camp will focus on STEAM activities in the areas of art, communication arts, math, swimming and athletics. 2524 South 11th Street; gsgbcstl. org; 314-655-9011 Gene Slays Girls and Boys Club Summer Camp • Nine weeks of summer fun and recreation. June 1-July 31. Ages 6-17, $75.

GIFTED RESOURCE COUNCIL SUMMER ACADEMIES Gifted Resource Council offers summer programs for K-8 bright and talented students in a variety of fun and engaging subjects. 357 Marshall Avenue, Suite 6; giftedresourcecouncil.org/index. php/summer-academies; 314962-5920 ECO Academy • 3rd-8th graders can combine economics and ecology while creating a pop-up business. June 8-19. Ages 9-14, $500. Academy Americana: Colonial Times, Hamilton & Friends • 1st-3rd graders won’t throw away their shot with this look at colonial times. July 6-17. Ages 6-10, $500.


range from a day to a few weeks for girls ages pre-K through 12th grade. Girls learn teamwork and self-discovery in an encouraging environment. 2300 Ball Drive; girlscoutsem.org; 314-590-2300 S’mores on the Shore • Learn about bravery at Camp Fiddlecreek. July 20-23. Ages 5-14, $54. Weeklong Traditional Camp • Enjoy camping … your way. July 26-31. Ages 6-17, $360.

GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Girl-focused programming for girls ages 5-18 located in Southern Illinois. 4 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon; gsofsi.org; 618-692-0692 Camp’s Got Talent • Do you have skills and want to show them off? Well then, Camp’s Got Talent is the place to show us what you are working with. July 22-25. Ages 9-11, $275. Apocalyptic Adventure • Explore southern Illinois on epic adventures. July 26-Aug. 1. Ages 11-17, $400.

GOOD JOURNEY’S SUMMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Leadership academy with a focus on technology and African culture for young community builders.

Girl Scout Camp opportunities

1020 North Taylor Avenue; goodjourney.org; 314-229-9079 Summer Leadership Academy • An African-centered community builder camp. June 8-July 23. Ages 9-16, $225.

Summer Basketball Chesterfield • One day per week. June 14-July 26. Ages 4-12, $140. Summer Flag Football South County • One day per week. June 27-Aug. 8. Ages 4-12, $140.



Horsemanship and pony camps that will teach kids about horses through riding, stable activities, games and crafts. 903 Schwede Road, Wentzville; greatgriffinfarm.com; 636-3984116 Circus Fun and Games Horsemanship Camp • For kids 6 and older to learn about riding through fun games on horseback. June 1-4. Ages 6-12, $350. Life on the Farm Pony Camp • For kids 4-8 that love all farm animals. July 20-23. Ages 4-8, $200.

Imagine Arts’ unique approach teaches your child art concepts and techniques but with a twist. The camps strive to broaden children’s understanding of the world and sharpen their critical thinking skills by focusing on art as a problem-solving tool, as a career path, as a way to understand different places and cultures and more. 8420 Olive Boulevard, Suite R; imagineartsacademy.com; 314991-8000 Crayola Artist’s Passport at Hazelwood Parks and Rec • Explore far-off places and learn about the people who live there, from the Americas to the Ivory Coast, from the cosmopolitan to the countryside. Make different masterpieces each day, such as drums, masks, canvases, prints, buses and more. June 22-26. Ages 5-12, $235.

I9 SPORTS i9 Sports is a youth sports organization in St. Louis offering flag football, soccer and T-ball programs in West County, Chesterfield and South County. 9220 Arban Drive; i9sports.com; 314-782-1780

Swim Camp for children ages 5-12. 4210 Lasata Drive; indianhillsswimclub.com; 314544-9177 IHSC Junior Lifeguard Camp • This specialty camp trains kids in water rescue and other life skills to prepare them for future employment as lifeguards. June 5-19. Ages 12-15, $60. Indian Hills Swim Club Summer Camp Session 1 • Safety and fun come first at this camp. Includes swim and dive instruction, arts/ crafts and sports/games. June 8-12. Ages 5-12, $185.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLHOUSE SPANISH-IMMERSION CAMP Fun-filled Spanish immersion summer camp for children ages 3-9. 1414 Bellevue Avenue; InternationalSchoolhouse.com; 314-874-0715 Spanish Immersion Camp • June 29-July 10. Ages 3-9, $465.

KANAKUK KAMPS Campers enjoy days filled with more than 70 activities and sports including: waterslides, zip lines, blobbing, archery, rappelling, rock climbing and theme parties. 1353 Lake Shore Drive, Branson, Missouri; kanakuk.com; 417-2663000 K-Kountry 1 Week Camp • Campers have a blast exploring over 40+ action packed activities, building friendships and being encouraged in their Christian faith. May 30-June 5. Ages 6-11, $1,200. k-1 Two Week Camp • Two weeks of incredible adventure in a fun and spiritually encouraging summer camp experience. May 30-June 12. Ages 6-11, $2,300.

Masterworks Children’s Choruses

Summer Youth Music Camp A one-week program for aspiring young musicians

July 6-10 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Paul UCC in Belleville

For singers entering grades 3-12 Andrea Lair and Cary Robinson, camp co-directors

Activities and opportunities: • Beginning and advanced vocal training; music reading skills • Performance of standard choral repertoire, jazz, and Broadway • Music-making with handbells, handchimes, Orff Instruments, pipe organ • Special guest appearances by St. Louis area professional musicians • Introduction to dance

Advance Registration per singer: $150 ($175 after June 15) $350 max. per family Financial assistance is available if needed.


For more information, contact Mrs. Cary Robinson at carynallrobinson@yahoo.com or

visit www.singmasterworks.org.

Summer Riding Camps For Kids of All Abilities and Skill Levels

Make it a fun-filled summer on horseback! Our Equestrian Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For school-age children ages 6 and up.

June 8-12 Beginner June 15-19 Intermediate June 22-26 Exceptional Equestrian* *exclusively for individuals with disabilities

July 6-10 July 13-17 July 20-24 July 27-31

English Beginner Intermediate Gymkhana

Register today! 618.466.0367 ext. 787


03.08.2020 • SUNDAY • M 1 KIDS ON CAMPUS: ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGEMERAMEC CAMPUS Kids on Campus at St. Louis Community College-Meramec is an open enrollment summer experience for youth who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade. This enrichment event runs side-by-side with College for Kids for gifted learners, offering students a variety of fun, engaging and challenging courses that develop and expand students’ interests, stimulate creativity and provide unique learning opportunities in a collegiate environment. 11333 Big Bend Road; stlcc. edu; 314-984-7777 Cupcake Connection • Learn the basics of how to fill, frost and decorate cupcakes in a variety of designs. Aug. 3-7. Ages 6-9, $79. Lightsaber/Jedi Training • Have fun learning basic kendo sword technique and footwork, and then apply it to beginning stage combat. Aug. 3-7. Ages 6-9, $79.


ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • B11 you’ll be given a series of challenges that must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from the world of famous inventors and the most important thing of all — your mind. With a little bit of ingenuity, you’ll construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate a winning Egg Drop design, construct a dancing robot and assemble a working light saber to take home. June 1-5. Ages 7-11, $275. Space Alien Travelers Camp at SLU • Explore the most amazing planet in the universe. During your one-week stay, you will explore the Earth’s environment and study forms of communication and the science behind what Earthlings call “Sports.” June 1-5. Ages 5-11, $260.


The Maryville University Pre-College Summer Program provides high school students who have completed grades 9-12 with the unique opportunity to study with college-level faculty in a highly creative and enriching art school KIRKWOOD setting. Students will develop SUMMER MEDIA confidence in their work and COURTESY LITTLE MEDICAL SCHOOL learn about careers in art CAMP This camp challenges each A camper uses a stuffed animal to learn about the umbilical cord at the Little Medical School’s Pediatrician Camp. and design while producing projects suitable for college camper to explore 21st admissions portfolios. century journalism and tell KTK Kids Theater Camp • 1 Rams Way, Earth City; LINDENWOOD LAVNER CAMPS stories through a variety of loufuszsoccer.com/ Theater camp. July 6-Aug. 2. AT WASHINGTON 650 University Drive; UNIVERSITY mediums. programs/camps-training; Ages 6-18, $500. maryville.edu/ SUMMER FILM UNIVERSITY 314-628-9341 summerprograms/art801 West Essex Avenue, Lavner offers a variety of CAMP design; 314-529-9381 LARRY HUGHES Kirkwood; kirkwoodcamps. Summer Outdoor Soccer technology and creative Filmmaking camp for com; 314-213-6100, ext. 1415 SUMMER Camp, Full Day • June 15-19. Intro to Graphic Design arts camps at Washington 9th-12th graders. Write, Ages 5-14, $250. + Introduction to KHS Summer Media Camp • BASKETBALL CAMP University in St. Louis. produce, direct and edit Architecture and Interior June 1-4. Ages 8-13, $125. Basketball skills and drills Weekly summer day camps a short fiction film at Design • Hands-on learning LYDIA COX ages 5-18. include robotics, coding, Lindenwood University. about the practices of KRAUS FARMS Esports, Fortnite, Minecraft, MEMORIAL BIKE 140 Long Road, Suite graphic and interactive Roblox, game design, fashion 2300 West Clay Street, St. EQUESTRIAN 123, Chesterfield; CAMP Charles; lindenwood.edu; design and architecture and design, filmmaking, YouTube lhbasketballacademy.com; Lydia Cox’s family founded SUMMER CAMPS 636-949-4166 interior design. June 15-26. and much more. 1-855-678-7843 the Lydia Faith Cox Family This five-day equestrian Ages 13-19, $500. Lindenwood Summer Film Foundation after her death 1 Brookings Drive; offers riding experiences LHBA Summer Camp • A Camp • July 20-24. Ages Creating Artists Books in 2009. The money raised lavnercampsandprograms. to very beginner through session full of basketball 13-17, $150. + Digital Fashion from the foundation’s golf com; 314-384-4190 advanced riders in both training and fun. June 1-5. Photography • Explore the tournament, and other fund disciplines English and Ages 5-12, $200. Artificial Intelligence LITTLE MEDICAL medium of the artist’s book raising events, would no Western. Camp-Machine Learning as a form of expression and longer go toward medical SCHOOL and Code Breaking • LAUMEIER 333 Hillsboro Road, High develop your skills with a needs, but to help others. Little Medical School inspires Explore AI topics through Ridge; krausfarmsinc.com; SCULPTURE PARK camera in a professionalyoung minds by sharing a 714 Wildview engaging and fun hands-on 636-225-9513 quality lighting studio. June SUMMER ART passion for learning, health Lane, Manchester; experiences with artificially 15-26. Ages 13-19, $500. Hats & Chaps • For children and careers in medicine. CAMPS lydiafaithcoxfamily intelligent robots, programs, with previous riding Through hands-on activities, foundation.com/bike-camp. Laumeier Art Camp focusing digital assistants and code. experience in Western riding. on art and nature in a fun MARYVILLE role-play and interactive html; 314-482-6000 June 15-19. Ages 10-14, $579. May 18-22. Ages 7-14, $400. demonstrations, children camp setting. Laumeier SCIENCE AND Session 1 • Individuals with Graphic Design Campexplore the world of Teen Art Program is a new Barnyard: Little Farmers ROBOTICS disabilities learn to ride Sneaker Custom Converse healthcare. program focusing on a • Hands-on experience with PROGRAM typical bicycles. June 1-5. Sneakers & T-Shirt Design deeper creative experience; mini cow, mini goat, sheep, 707 North New Ballas, Creve Ages 8-99, $150. The Maryville Science and • Campers express their teens will work with art chickens, miniature and Coeur; littlemedicalschool. Robotics Program is an creativity and learn practical full-sized horses. May 26-29. teachers and artists in a com/stlouis; 314-279-1948 engaging opportunity for and technical computer MAD SCIENCE relaxing camp and indoor Ages 6-8, $216. students who are interested Future Pediatrician • June skills by launching their SUMMER CAMPS studio environment. in science, technology, 8-12. Ages 4-11, $190. own brand and apparel Unique science summer KTK KID’S 12580 Rott Road; engineering and math line. Using graphic design programming that Wilderness Medicine • June laumeiersculpturepark.org; THEATER CAMP (STEM) fields. Maryville software, campers learn to delivers hands-on science 8-12. Ages 4-11, $190. 314-615-5268 Theater camp for kids offers cutting-edge courses complement their creativity experiences for children. 1st-12th grade to grow their for students ages 4-16 with with the proper technical Art Camp Creative LOU FUSZ SOCCER 8420-R Olive Boulevard; lifelong love of theater. highly qualified faculty, skills to produce designs Shipwreck • June 8-12. Ages stlouis.madscience.org; 314- including professors, that communicate messages CLUB 4-6, $120. 4200 Delor Street; 991-8000 These fun camps run for a engineers, computer kurtainkall.org; 314-351Teen Art Program-Session 1 and leave lasting visual week at a time with full-day programmers and gifted Mad Inventors Camp at 8984 • June 8-19. Ages 13-17, $440. impressions. June 15-19. Ages and half-day options. certified teachers. 8-12, $599. Faust Park • Each day

650 Maryville University Drive; maryville.edu/robot; 314-281-1120 911-Weather Disasters • July 13-17. Ages 6-7, $195. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation • July 13-17. Ages 9-12, $195.

MATHEWS-DICKEY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Enjoy academics, arts, sports, swimming and more. 4245 North Kingshighway Boulevard; mathews-dickey. com; 314-679-5242 Mathews-Dickey Summer Day Camp Session 1 • Wonderful summer day camp exposing youth to sports, arts, character development and academics. June 8-July 3. Ages 5-12, $100.

MATHJAM MathJam is a summer math challenge for students ages 10 to 14 who are interested in math exploration and enrichment. Two City Place, Suite 200; megsss.org; 314-842-5968 Math Explorers • Hands-on, activity-based exploration of geometry and problem solving. June 8-19. Ages 9-10, $355. Puzzles and Programming, Rising 6th Grade • Logic puzzles, virtual robotics programming and more. June 8-19. Ages 11-12, $355.

MEDIA NOW SUMMER JOURNALISM CAMP Media Now is a four-day summer boot camp for high school journalism teachers and students that aim to take their digital media skills to the next level. 815 North Second Street, St. Charles; medianow.press; 314-252-8816 Media Now at Webster University • Day camp experience presented conference-style, offering more than 100 different classes. June 22-24. Ages 14-18, $300. Media Now at Drake • Join the group at Drake University for its third summer in Des Moines, where students and advisers choose a single track to immerse themselves in for four days. July 6-8. Ages 14-18, $400.

METRO THEATER COMPANY SUMMER CAMPS Explore advanced acting and auditioning techniques as well as stage combat, playwriting and more. 3311 Washington Avenue; metroplays.org; 314-9327414, ext. 106



M 1 • SUNDAY • 03.08.2020 designs. July 13-17. Ages 12-14, $95.

Middle School Camp • Acting and improv techniques, stage combat, stage makeup and playwriting. June 1-12. Ages 11-14, $575. Creative Arts CampSession 1 • Drama, visual art, creative movement and music blend to nurture the imagination. July 27-31. Ages 4-11, $255.

ROCKWOOD ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SUMMIT BASEBALL LIBRARY SUMMER CAMP CAMPS Rockwood Summit baseball camp for Kindergarten to 8th grade. All are welcome regardless of where you attend school. 1780 Hawkins Road, Fenton; rsdmo.org/rsummit/ athletics/Pages/SportsCamps.aspx; 636-891-6800 Pitching Clinic • Clinic will stress the fundamentals of pitching: stretch and wind-up, pitch grips, pick-offs and drills for use at home. June 18-15. Ages 7-13, $75.

MIDWEST CHILDREN’S BURN CAMP A free camp for burn survivor children. 6220 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Suite 203; brsg. org; 866-997-2876 Midwest Children’s Burn Camp • A weeklong residential camp for young people ages 6 to 17 who have survived burn injury or smoke inhalation. July 26-Aug. 2. Ages 6-17, free.




Missouri River Academy is a five-day, four-night summer camp focused around the Missouri River in New Haven. P.O. Box 463, Columbia, Missouri; riverrelief.org/ updates/entry/2019missouri-river-academy; 573-443-0292 Missouri River Academy • The Missouri River adventure of a lifetime for students entering grades 8th-12th. July 5-9. Ages 13-18, $400.

Campers in the St. Louis Public Library’s Art and Beyond camp use sponges to apply glue to construction paper. They then use the construction paper as a base to make landscapes out of cotton balls and tissue paper. a great opportunity for aspiring women’s soccer players to get an up-close look into St. Louis University women’s soccer. Training will include technical and tactical sessions, small-sided games and 11 vs. 11 games. Campers will each receive individual attention and feedback from head coach Katie Shields, SLU assistant coaches and current SLU players. July 11. Ages 13-18, $150.



A weeklong performing arts program for young performers ages 10-18 of all skill levels. Taught by Broadway professionals. 462 North Taylor, Suite 203; foxpacf.org; 314-367-1573 Next Stop Broadway • Aug. 3-7. Ages 10-18, $650.


At the St. Louis Zoo’s Camp Kangazoo, students observe animals.

NORTH COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS A.S.A.P. SUMMER CAMP Christian-based camp focusing on promoting personal development, ministry, extended education and physical activities. 845 Dunn Road, 845 Dunn Road, Florissant; asapstlsummer.weebly.com; 314-972-6227 Welcome Heroes! Week 1 • A great camp for kids to begin their “Hero” journey. June 1-5. Ages 8-13, $125. Wonder Women: Week 4 • A great camp for kids to learn about female heroes of science. June 22-26. Ages 8-13, $125.

NORTH STAR CAMP FOR BOYS Traditional overnight summer camp for boys ages

as well as daily swimming. July 20-24. Ages 5-12, $60.

7-15 located in Hayward, Wisconsin. Campers get to pick their own daily schedule from nearly 100 activities including: athletics, aquatics, outdoor adventure, and arts and crafts. 2220 West Medill Avenue, Chicago; northstarcamp. com; 715-462-3254 1st session • Four weeks of camper-picked activities. June 22-July 17. Ages 7-15, $6,300.

from low-socioecomic or underrepresented backgrounds and want to learn more about business and prepare for college. 1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1133; olinwustl. campusgroups.com/bsba/ olin-fleischer-scholars; 314935-6315 Olin Fleischer Scholars Program • July 19-25. Ages 15-18, free.

ONECITY STORIES OLIN FLEISCHER SCHOLARS PROGRAM The Olin Fleischer Scholars Program is a one-week residential program through the Olin Business School for rising sophomore, junior and senior students who identify as first generation students and/or come

Writing program for ages 14-17 focusing on creative writing and print, broadcasting and film journalism at UMSL Grand Center. 1 University Boulevard, 302 Marillac Hall; onecitystories. org; 314-471-5546 OneCity Stories • June 8-26. Ages 14-17, $450.

OPERA THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS Experience the magic of opera from beginning to end by writing, producing and performing your own opera at Opera Camp for Kids. 210 Hazel Avenue, Webster Groves; experienceopera. org/camps; 314-963-4251 Opera Camp for Kids at Hudson Elementary • June 8-12. Ages 9-12, $175.

PLAYFIRST PlayFirst is designed to teach the game of soccer in a very creative and dynamic manner. 12525 Sportport Road, Maryland Heights; sportportintl.leagueapps. com/camps; 618-974-8471 St. Louis Soccer Elite-Elite Prospect Camp • This is

2020 Summer


For Students Entering Grades K – 12

Empowering Unique Learners miriamstl.org • 314.961.1500

If you are looking for a summer program that will both educate and engage your child on a variety of levels, Ranken Jordan’s free camps may be for you. 11365 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights; rankenjordan.org; 314-8726481 Pre-School Camp • June 15-19. Ages 4-5, free. School Age Camp • June 29-July 2. Ages 6-12, free.

RANKEN TECHNICAL COLLEGEADVENTURE ACADEMY Summer Adventure Academies engage students in fun, real world, hands-on activities that demonstrate the skills necessary in technical occupations. 4431 Finney Avenue; ranken. edu; 314-371-0236 Aviation Technology • Learn about the joys of flight. July 13-17. Ages 12-14, $95. Heavy Metals • Use raw metal to create your own

Summer is a time to be creative, explore new worlds, develop new skills and have fun. Rohan Woods offers a quality Summer Preschool Program for children age 2 through 5. 115 Bennett Avenue; RohanWoods.org/summer; 314-821-6270 Rohan Woods Summer Preschool Session I Full Day • Animals, Animals, Animals. June 1-12. Ages 2-5, $650.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION — QUEENY PARK Kids will make memories for a lifetime at Camp Queeny. Activities include sports, nature activities, arts and crafts, outdoor fun, and special events. 550 Weidman Road; stlouisco.com/Parks-andRecreation/Childrens-Fun/ Day-Camps; 314-615-8472 Camp Queeny Session 1 • Outdoor Camp for kids 5-12 in Queeny Park. June 8-12. Ages 5-12, $90.

ST. LOUIS PARKS AND RECREATION — NORTH COUNTY RECREATION COMPLEX Campers will be swimming at a brand new water park several days a week and go on several field trips throughout the summer. 2577 Redman Road; stlouisco.com/parks; 314615-8839 Camp Eagle’s Nest-Session 1 • A summer day camp for children ages 5-12 including sports, nature programs and daily swimming. June 8-12. Ages 5-12, $60. Intro to Sports CampSession 1 • A summer day camp for children ages 5-12 focusing on different sports,

Free summer camps for kids and teens at the St. Louis Public Library. 1301 Olive Street; slpl.org/ youth-camps; 314-241-2288 Fairyland • Invent brand new fairy creatures and build the wings, wands and flower necklaces to bring them to life in a fairy dance. June 1-5. Ages 3-5, free. G.H.O.S.T. • Create a spooky, scary story and learn how to use character voices, sound effects and body language to raise goosebumps on your listeners. June 22-26. Ages 10-14, free.

ST. LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER — SUMMER SCIENCE BLAST The Summer Science Blast program offers the cure for the “common camp.” 5050 Oakland Avenue; slsc. org; 314-289-4439 Energy Excitement • Learn about different ways to create and harness energy. June 1-5. Ages 4-5, $150. Science SmARTS • Make your own works of art from outrageous science experiments. June 1-5. Ages 4-5, $150.

ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY — SUMMER AT SLU Academic and athletic camps and academies for children ages 5-18. 3840 Lindell Boulevard; slu. edu/summer; 314-977-3534 Summer Reading Programs • In the programs for children (4-year-olds through 5th grade), students have fun while learning phonics and word-attack skills, building fluency and comprehension and becoming confident readers. In the programs for adolescents (6th grade and up), students improve comprehension in both fiction and nonfiction while doubling their reading speed. Students get better grades in school by learning the best way to read and study textbooks, take notes and study for tests. May 29-Aug. 6. Ages 4-19, $329. Aviation Summer Academy • The St. Louis University Aviation Summer Academy is a six-day, five-night residential camp that invites students entering grades 11 and 12 to learn more about different areas of study and career paths in aviation. Academy participants also take flights with certified flight instructors, participate in off-campus field trips and explore SLU’s campus. June 7-July 10. Ages 16-18, $800.

03.08.2020 • SUNDAY • M 1 Cyber Camp • SLU’s Cyber Camp provides high school students first-hand experience to cybersecurity topics, tools and the industry. June 15-19. Ages 13-18, $400. Little Veterinarian School • Students will assume the role of a veterinarian and adopt a plush dog, learn how to do a nose-to-tail exam, identify dog body language, understand the importance of proper nutrition and hydration, learn what it takes to become a veterinarian and more. June 15-19. Ages 5-11, $175.

ST. LOUIS ZOO Check out summer camp at the St. Louis Zoo, where campers see and touch live animals, attend a Sea Lion Show, learn about conservation, hop aboard the Zooline Railroad and more. 1 Government Drive; stlzoo. org/summerprograms; 314646-4544 Backyard Conservation Camp: Helping Animals Here at Home • Four-day program for students entering 3rd-4th grades. June 1-4. Ages 8-10, $220. Senior Marine Biologist Camp • Four-day program for students entering 8th-9th grades. June 1-4. Ages 13-15, $220. Camp KangaZoo: Super Survivors • A four-day camp experience that includes a Thursday overnight for students entering 1st-6th grades. June 8-11. Ages 6-12, $245.

SCC-COLLEGE FOR ALL KIDS Get ready for a summer filled with rocket launches,

robot wars and cool experiments. 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville; stchas.edu/ learnforlife; 636-922-8233 American Girl — Christmas in July • Experience the Christmas traditions of Felicity, Kirsten, Samantha, Molly and Kit. July 13-17. Ages 7-12, $179. Yoga Kids • Experience meditation, mindfulness techniques, yoga, craftmaking and healthy snack preparing. July 27-31. Ages 10-14, $129. DIY Room Decor • Are you ready to have the coolest room in your house? Aug. 3-7. Ages 9-14, $139.

SIMPLY MATH AND READING Camp for students entering grades 4-6 focused on coding, critical thinking and math contest problems. 463 Lafayette Center, Manchester; simplymath. com; 636-256-0022 Coding, Critical Thinking, Contest Problems • June 8-25 or July 14-Aug. 11. Ages 9-11, $350.

SPORTING ST. LOUIS SOCCER CAMPS Soccer camps for children ages 4-14 focusing on developing their soccer skills. 12525 Sportport Road, Maryland Heights; sportingstl.com; 314-5147417 Sporting St. Louis Soccer Camp Session 1 • An allaround camp for boys and girls. June 15-18. Ages 10-14, $130.


ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • B13 ST. LOUIS ARTWORKS SUMMER PROGRAM St. Louis ArtWorks is a yearround job-training program using art to teach work readiness, arts education, life skills and well-being to youth ages 14-19. 5959 Delmar Boulevard; stlartworks.org; 314-899-9758 Youth Apprenticeship Program • Summer Program. June 8-July 17. Ages 14-19, free.

ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers a variety of camps for kids. One Children’s Way; stlouischildrens.org; 314454-2642 Camp Independence • Adaptive sports summer day camp for children with cerebral palsy ages 7-21 held CHRISTINE TANNOUS, POST-DISPATCH at Webster Groves Recreation Complex for 6 weeks, each Cora Mahoney, 6, fishes at Camp Rhythm in Eureka. The camp, sponsored by St. Louis Children’s Hospital, child can sign up for a opened in 2005 for children born with a heart defect or who developed heart problems requiring medical maximum of 3 weeks. June care before the age of 18. 8-July 21. Ages 7-21, $780. Camp Rhythm • Camp 636-949-3372 with intellectual and all-girls summer camp ST. CHARLES designed to provide a focusing on self-esteem, self- developmental disabilities, Summer Fun Day CampPARKS AND residential camping respect, self-confidence, self- and their families, Blanchette • Day Camp. experience for area children RECREATION throughout the St. Louis worth and self-awareness. May 26-29, and every week with congenital or acquired DEPARTMENT — metropolitan area. through Aug. 14. Add on a 7401 New Florissant Road; heart defects. Fishing, SUMMER FUN DAY splash zone camp pool time iamsportse.org; 314-2011177 North Warson Road; swimming, arts and crafts, for $70 a week. Ages 6-14, slarc.org; 314-817-2226 3640 CAMP archery and more. July This Summer Fun Day Camp $140. 21-25. Ages 8-15, free (by Artist in You Session I • GIRLS University • All-girls Program provides a fun and Summer Fun Day CampMake a variety of art. May application). summer camp. June 8-July entertaining environment Wapelhorst • Day Camp. 11-June 22. Ages 18-99, 31. Ages 6-16, $650. through the work week. ST. LOUIS COUNTY May 26-29, and every week $85. Campers will be supervised through Aug. 14. Add on a ST. LOUIS ARC PAVILION AT Bowling Weekday • Bowl at all times with a counselor splash zone camp pool time The St. Louis Arc is a during the week. June 3-Aug. LEMAY to camper ratio of 1:10. For for $70 a week. Ages 6-14, nonprofit, United Way 5. Ages 18-99, $90. Enjoy a variety of camps at all field trips and pool times $140. agency that provides the Pavilion at Lemay. they use a ratio of 1:5. Ukulele Club • Learning an support and services instrument. June 15-Aug. 3. 305 Gregg Road; stlouisco. 1900 Randolph Street, St. to more than 3,500 SPORTSE Ages 16-25, $100. com/Parks/Lemay; 314-615Charles; stcharlesparks.com; GIRLS University is an adults and children 8877

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B14 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Magical Mystery Camp • What do you get when you combine theater and magic into one camp? Magical Mystery Camp. June 15-19. Ages 6-12, $175. C.H.E.S.S. Summer Camp • C.H.E.S.S. — Cops Helping Enhance Student Skills is an interactive way for police officers to work with students over the chessboard. July 14-Aug. 18. Ages 0-100, free. Minecraft Engineering with LEGO Materials • Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of Lego parts. July 20-24. Ages 5-7, $136.50.

ST. LOUIS SCOTT GALLAGHER SOCCER CLUB SLSG Juniors/Camps is designed to help players from ages 2-14 transition into competitive soccer. 1 Soccer Park Road, Fenton; slsgsoccer.com; 636-6800999 Soccer Park 01 • Soccer camp. June 1-4. Ages 3-14, $135. Mid Rivers 01 • Soccer camp. June 15-18. Ages 3-14, $100.

Explorers need sensory input to stay calm, to master gross motor skills and improve handwriting and other fine motor skills. June 15-26. Ages 5-12, $1,000. Asia Elephant Stomp, Social Skills in Sports Camp Session 3 • Through direct instruction from the licensed or certified instructor, the students will learn and practice ways to win and lose graciously and to work as a team. July 20-31. Ages 5-12, $1,000.

SUMMER@IMSA IMSA offers programs for students entering grades 3-10 with an interest in math and science. 2465 Amann Drive, Belleville; imsa.edu; 618-791-3855 BioSleuths • Explore interactions among plants and insects in this weeklong adventure. June 15-19. Ages 8-9, $295. Engineering Explorations • Participants will explore the engineering design process through electrical, chemical and biomedical engineering. June 15-19. Ages 10-11, $295.



Day camp for children SUMMER entering grades K-8 with a wide array of sports FUNDAMENTALS and activities. Before and AT MIRIAM Miriam’s specialty camps are after care provided at an perfect for students entering additional cost. grades K-12 who need a boost 2 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton; during the summer months. summerquest.org; 314-8546023 501 Bacon Avenue, Webster Groves; miriamstl.org/ Summer Scholars • This summer-camps; 314-961program was designed 1500 to encourage high school students from diverse Academic Bootcamp backgrounds to pursue Session 1 • While on this health-related careers. journey, travelers will During the three-week experience individualized program students meet support, small group with a variety of health instruction, a customized professionals, ranging learning program, and 30 from physicians in family minutes of daily 1:1 tutoring medicine, pediatrics and using research-based pathology to dietitians programs. June 15-26. Ages and nurses. Students also 5-12, $1,200. participate in a cadaver Swinging Through the demonstration, take a tour Trees, OT camp Session 1 • of St. Louis University’s


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Campers Eli Campos, left, 14, and Grant Bullinger, right, 11, climb a rock wall at Camp Rhythm in Eureka. campus, complete a research paper and have several hours of ACT preparation. June 1-19. Ages 13-18, free.

Summer Cake Decorating Camp, As Seen on TV • A sweet five-day cake decorating camp at Sweetology for kids entering grades 1st-4th. July 13-17. Ages 7-14, $185.

SWEETOLOGY At Sweetology Cake Decorating Camp campers learn the basics of cake decorating while creating delicious, edible art projects. Weekly, half-day sessions for grades 1-8. 1232 Town & Country Crossing, Town and Country; sweetology.com; 636-2203620 Summer Cake Decorating Mini Camp, Furry Friends Week • A sweet three-day cake decorating camp at Sweetology for kids entering grades 5th-8th. June 8-10. Ages 7-14, $110.


Explorer 1 Camp — three weeks • Boys and girls camp. June 28-July 17. Ages 7-15, $1,800.


SWIFT NATURE CAMP extra help in a particular Swift Nature Camp is a Wisconsin children’s summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-17. They have fun with traditional camp activities while increasing a child’s appreciation for nature. W7471 Ernie Swift Road Minong, Wisconsin; swiftnaturecamp.com; 630654-8036 Discovery Camp — two weeks • Boys and girls camp, first-timers only. June 14-26. Ages 6-12, $1,200.


subject, added challenges to encourage growth or focused tutoring to conquer an upcoming test or prepare for college. 14248 Manchester Road, Ballwin; cities. sylvanlearning.com; 636394-3104 Solve This! Math Problem Solving • Students become confident, analytical thinkers and problem-solvers. Explore many options to

solve math problems and word problems. June 1-4. Ages 9-11, $99. Fit 4 Algebra • Prepare for algebra using a mix of activities to ensure math muscles are strong and fit. June 15-18. Ages 12-14, $99. Read Ahead: Early Reading • A fun approach or your child to build early reading skills. Recognize and write capital letters, build listening strategies, increase book awareness. July 27-30. Ages 4-6, $99.

skills, test prep and STEM. 4505 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters; locations. sylvanlearning.com; 636441-1212 Robotics Camp Session 1 • Learn STEM concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging way. June 1-4. Ages 7-11, $99 Brain Games Week 2 • Mind benders, brain-boosters, puzzles, oh my! This fun and engaging camp encourages critical thinking and problem solving. June 22-25. Ages 9-14, $99.



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Choose Your Summer From extreme sports to fishing, nature, history and explorer camps – the St. Charles County Parks Department has fun camp adventures for children age 6–15. 2020 Camp registration opens in March. For a list of camps and dates, visit stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.

ADVENTURE AWAITS Overnight Summer Camp YMCA CAMP LAKEWOOD Camp Lakewood is not just any summer camp. It’s that special time at that perfect place, with new friends and memories your children ages 6-17 will take with them throughout their lives. We’re located only 90 minutes south of St. Louis outside of Potosi on 5,200 wooded acres with a 360-acre lake.

We have water activities - including a NEW super-sized inflatable water park feature, as well as canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailboating, swimming - many sports activities, horseback riding, caving, high adventure climbing and ziplining, archery, riflery, campfires, paintball and so much more.

REGISTER TODAY! camplakewood.org 573-438-2155

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through 12th graders. June 8-11. Ages 6-17, $275.

Workshops available for 7th through 12th grades on ACT prep, advanced reading skills, study skills and algebra. 141 Civic Center Dr, Lake Saint Louis; locations. sylvanlearning.com; 636887-0885 ACT Crash Course • Quick study before the test. June 9-12. Ages 14-18, $300. Writing Workshop • Writing camp for grades 5-8. June 16-19. Ages 10-13, $300.

U-CREATE SUMMER CAMP U-CREATE is a summer camp for kids ages 6-12 that is designed to be an active camp that both educates and stimulates. 1 University Boulevard, 229 Recreation and Wellness Center; umsl. edu/campusrecreation/ youthprograms; 314-5162344 Week 2: Wild Wild West • Get your cowboy and cowgirl boots and hats on for a rootin, tootin good time. June 8-12. Ages 6-12, $150. Week 3: Party Like a Rock Star • This week will be filled with music, creativity and fun. June 15-19. Ages 6-12, WARWICK COOPER, GATEWAY REGION YMCA $150.

TASK-TEAM ACTIVITIES FOR SPECIAL KIDS Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit year-round instructional sports program that provides athletic and social opportunities to kids with special needs. Each athlete receives a team T-shirt and trophy upon completion of the sport. 980 Horan Drive, Fenton; tasksports.org; 636-3438275 TASK Program II • Summer adventure. June 22-26. Ages 5-16, $150. TASK CBC Camp • Fun day camp hosted by CBC High School. July 13-17. Ages 5 and up, $150.

Campers ride a raft on the lake at Camp Lakewood last summer in Potosi, Mo. The YMCA owns the camp, which welcomes about 2,000 youth each summer.

Nature Play Camp • This five-day camp will reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment. Students will use their senses in the outdoors, learn about different habitats, identify plants and animals, create art projects and participate in a scavenger hunt. June 1-5. Ages 5-7, $135. TBEATS MEDIA Nature Photography Camp SUMMER SOUND • Learn how to take nature CAMP TBeats Summer Sound Camp photographs in beautiful is just the place to open your outdoor spaces in this fivechild’s ears and musical mind day camp. Students will learn the basics of using in fun and creative ways. a digital camera, develop Working in a professional their photography skills by music studio, kids learn taking pictures in the natural everything about creating settings of our outdoor a song, from production to instrument selection, sound spaces and participate in a variety of photography booth to completed track. projects using their own 1204 Washington Avenue, photos. Cameras will be Suite 409; tbeatsstudio. provided for students to use. com/summercamp; 314-754- June 8-12. Ages 8-13, $135. 5619 Tbeats Media Summer THE LITTLE GYM Sound Camp 2020 • June OF ST. CHARLES 1-11. Ages 14-17, $500.


TEACH-HER Teaching youth positive habits of success one business at a time. 2710 North Highway 67, Florissant; teachher.info; 314-699-4388 TEACH-Her Beauty Project • A unique approach to inspire young adults to become highly qualified and licensed practitioners in the hair and beauty industry. June 15-July 27. Ages 15-18, $560. TEACH-Her • Innovative entrepreneurial based STEAM program for middle and high school girls. June 16-July 28. Ages 12-17, $560.

The Little Gym of St. Charles offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence. 7347 Mexico Road, St. Peters; thelittlegym.com/ stcharlesmo; 636-970-1220 The Search for Rainbow Castle! • Float away on the Giant Lilly Pad, climb across the Twisted Tree Bridge and spend the night in the Pine Cove Cave. The Super Kids will work together through fun, physical cooperative and imaginative challenges. June 8-12. Ages 3-11, $105.

THE GREEN CENTER Spend the summer at one of the Green Center’s Nature Explorer Camps. Each camp will have students explore the prairie, forest, wetland, greenhouse and discovery garden outdoor classrooms. 8025 Blackberry Avenue, University City; thegreencenter.org/camps; 314-725-8314, ext. 105


THE NOVEL NEIGHBOR Day camps for children ages 6-12 with a wide array of themes inspired by children’s literature and a large emphasis on arts and crafts. 7905 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves; thenovelneighbor.com/ summercamp; 314-738-9384

The Art of Bookmaking • Learn a variety of bookmaking methods in this hands-on camp at the Novel Neighbor bookstore. May 26-29. Ages 8-12, $140. Fairy Tale Adventures • Fantasy becomes real in this camp that is perfect for kids who love princesses, knights, dragons and classic fairy tales. July 20-24. Ages 5-9, $185.

THE WILSON SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP The Wilson School has weekly sessions to give your child a wide range of unique and engaging experiences, for ages 3-12. 400 DeMun Avenue; wilsonschool.com/summercamp; 314-725-4999 Yellow Lions Week 1 • Outrageous Olympics. June 8-12. Ages 5-7, $275. Think Camp Bits • Campers will participate in two think classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each class is two hours long to allow for optimal learning and creativity. The rest of the day is filled with STEM challenges, think centers, lunch, outside play and more. Lunch and extended day included. June 8-12. Ages 7-9; Think Camp Bytes is a session for kids 9-13. $650.

THE YOUTH & FAMILY CENTER SUMMER DAY CAMP This eight-week camp offers a variety of sports, crafts, theme days, nature programs, games and swimming. 818 Cass Avenue; theyfc.org; 314-231-1147 YFC Camp • Activities include sports, nature activities, arts and crafts, and special events. June 1-5 and weekly through July 31. Ages 5-14, $60.

THIRD DEGREE GLASS FACTORY A fun and interactive camp

for kids 10-14, focusing on three different forms of glass art: Glassblowing, flameworking and fused glass. 5200 Delmar Boulevard; thirddegreeglassfactory. com; 314-367-4527 Summer Glass Camp • Kids ages 10-14 will spend a week learning how to create glass art in three different amazing forms. June 1-5. Ages 10-14, $450.

U.S. KIDS GOLF PROGRAM Nationally recognized junior golf program from U.S. Kids Golf for kids ages 7-13. P.O. Box 31071; stlouisgolflessons.com; 314440-9082 U.S. Kids Camp • Half-day golf camps for kids ages 6-15. June 8-11. Ages 6-12, $250.


Special-needs day camp for 10- to 20-year-olds providing crafts, physical activities, THOMAS social skills and community JEFFERSON activities. Half-week camp is available during summer SCHOOL school. Thomas Jefferson School is an international coed 4645 LaGuardia Drive; boarding and day school for ucpheartland.org; 314-994grades 7 to 12. 1600, ext. 3303 4100 South Lindbergh UCP Heartland Summer Boulevard; tjs.org/about; Day Camp • Learning to 314-843-4151 work together, play together Hogwarts School of Magical and socialize appropriately. Life and social skills sessions Inquiry (Day Camp) • Open will work on subjects such as to rising 5th through 8th graders, students will spend personal space, telling time, what topic is appropriate the mornings on Hogwarts themed coursework, learning to discuss, stranger danger, subjects such as chemistry in emotions regulation to name a few of the subjects potions class, Latin in spells covered. Physical activities class and mythology in care and games work gross of magical creatures class. motor skills and hand-eye June 19-July 31. Ages 9-13, coordination. Crafts develop $90. creativity and fine motor Writing, Research, and skills. Community trips allow Test Prep (Residential new experiences. June 1-5 Camp) • In addition to and weekly through July 24. test preparation, students Ages 10-20, $200. will acquire college-level research and writing skills, UNLEASHING especially in source literacy and academic citation. POTENTIAL Each student will create a Summer Enrichment capstone project in either Academy includes a wide creative writing or history/ range of activities with political science. June 19-July each week including STEAM 31. Ages 13-17, $2,700. activities. 1000 North Vandventer TRAVIS FORD’S Avenue, 2nd Floor; upstl. org/enrichment-camps; 314SLU MEN’S 561-3334 BASKETBALL Unleashing Potential CAMPS Basketball camp for children Summer Enrichment Camp • Weekly camp, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. grades 1-12 focusing on building skill, teamwork and June 8-12 and weekly through July 31. Ages 5-12, $135. sportsmanship. 3330 Laclede Avenue; slubasketballcamp.com; 314977-3170 Travis Ford’s SLU Basketball Camp Session I • Basketball camp for 1st


ranging from sports to STEAM, for children ages 3-14 341 South Sappington Road; ursulinestl.org; 314-9842800 Bricks 4 Kidz Minecraft Gaming • Camp for grades 4-8. June 1-5. Ages 10-14, $180. Ursuline Academy Cheerleading Camp • Camp for grades Pre-K-8. June 1-4. Ages 5-14, $110. Global Explorers Magic Mystery Camp • Camp for grades 5-8. June 8-12. Ages 11-14, $180.

VICTORY RACEWAY Five-day camp mix racing and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities. 8800 Watson Road; academyofracing.org; 314297-0720 Racing & Robotics Summer Camp • May 26-29. Ages 8-12, $300.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITYSUMMER EXPERIENCES Summer Experiences at Washington University provide academically talented students from across the country and around the world the perfect opportunity to challenge themselves in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. One Brookings Drive; summerexperiences.wustl. edu; 314-935-6834 High School Summer Scholars Program Session A: Introduction to Human Evolution • This course is a survey of the fossil evidence for human evolution. The course includes discussion of the genetics of human variation and evolution, the study of living nonhuman primates and the fossil record and its interpretation. June 7-July 11. Ages 15-17, $8,385. High School Summer Scholars Program Session A: Adventures in Personal Writing • This course will experiment with different forms of personal narrative writing, giving students an opportunity to have fun expressing themselves across a mix of styles and approaches. June 7-July 11. Ages 15-17, $8,385.

WASHU CAMPS AND CLINICS Sports camps and clinics in various sports and formats, ranging from single-day clinics to weeklong camps for grades K-12 and all skill levels. P.O. Box 1067; washubears. com/sportscamps; 314-9355193 Bears Youth Basketball Camp Session No. 1 • Oneweek day camp for boys, all skill levels. June 8-12. Ages 7-16, $260. Setter Volleyball Camp • Camp for players entering grades 8-12 who are looking

to learn basic and advanced setting technique, strategies and match control. July 11-12. Ages 13-18, $120.

WEBSTER GROVES PARKS AND RECREATION Outdoor fun, sports, swimming, specialty camps and field trips. 33 East Glendale Road, Webster Groves; webstergroves.org/116/ Parks-Recreation; 314-9635650 Opera Camp • Introduce your child to the magic of opera through hands-on experiences in singing, writing, composing and making instruments, supervised by Opera Theater of St. Louis professionals and leading music educators. June 8-12. Ages 9-13, $175. Jedi Engineering Lego Camp • Explore engineering principles as you construct the Ewok Village on Endor, fly through space on our X-Wings and defend the Echo Base on Hoth. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire. June 15-19. Ages 5-7, $180.

YMCA Summer Day Camp at the Y provides a fun, safe experience for kids to learn new skills, build self-confidence and make lasting friendships. The Y offers dozens of camps for all interests, including traditional outdoor camps, a huge variety of sports camps and themed camps for every interest — like aquatics, cooking, art, theater, science, music and more. Some locations also over preschool camp. Other features of their camps include field trips, summer learning loss prevention and camps for every interest. Across 22 branch locations in Missouri and Illinois, the Y runs camp weekly May 28 to Aug. 9. Available for ages 3-17. Full-day and some half-day camps available. Camp ages, types, schedules and prices vary by branch. To learn more, visit gwrymca.org/programs/ summer-day-camp.

YMCA CAMP LAKEWOOD YMCA Camp Lakewood’s summer overnight camp for kids ages 6-17 provides a well-rounded experience for campers and gets them outdoors to connect with nature. With a 360-acre lake and over 5,000 acres of forestcovered hills, there are many opportunities for natural exploration and experiential learning, including swimming, archery, climbing tower, zip line, sports, canoeing, cookouts, fishing, kayaking, campfires and more. For more information, visit gwrymca. org/camps/ymca-camplakewood. Jaden Satenstein, of the PostDispatch, compiled this report with information submitted to blueprint4.com/stl.

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At the Center of Creative Arts in University City, which offers more than 300 weeklong camps every summer, interest in culinary camps has risen over the past few years. COCA first started offering just a couple of cooking camps in 2001 and now hosts more than 20 per summer. “They’ve really increased in both frequency and popularity over the past five to seven years,” says Shawna Flanigan, director of arts education and program development at COCA. “I think ... (it’s been) in response to how much there’s been an increase in these sorts of culinary shows that specifically feature kids and make kids feel like being in the kitchen is exciting and accessible to them.” These TV programs have not only made kids more interested in learning to cook but have also inspired them to become cooking show stars themselves.


Paul Horn, 9, enjoys the Butter Beer he helped make in the Kitchen Wizard cooking class at COCA in July 2018. COURTESY OF SWEETOLOGY

Sweetology Campers add colors to royal icing while preparing designer decorated sugar cookies. Each camp features a cookie decorating portion during which campers learn how to make different consistencies of royal icing and create a variety of designs. That’s why COCA introduced the Culinary Network camp two summers ago. In this camp, kids learn how to cook like their favorite contestants as well as how to produce their own programs. Gabriela Vazquez, 15, of

Worden has been cooking since kindergarten and has taken multiple COCA culinary classes since then. However, it was her love for cooking and baking shows that led her to sign up for the first Culinary Network camp session in

2018. “I’ve always liked to cook, and I thought it would be cool to be part of the network process of baking shows,” she says. The shows “sparked my interest in the camp, and then my love for baking

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just grew from being a part of the camp.” Gabriela was especially inspired by shows featuring young chefs, as she could relate to both the competitors’ age and passion for cooking. “I actually understand the kids because they’re my age, so I understand what they’re going through,” Gabriela says. “And I like to bake and stuff like that. So it’s a shared interest with people my age.” Flanigan noted that COCA’s culinary camps had once been predominantly attended by female campers. However, the camps’ attendance has recently gained a more balanced gender makeup, which Flanigan attributes to growing interest in culinary television programs. “You can see many more boys being attracted (to cooking) because ... that is what they’re emulating in the shows,” Flanigan says. Although DeAnn Bingaman, co-founder and marketing director of Sweetology school and bake shop in Town and Country, noted that the school’s camps have maintained female majorities since she started the

company in 2014, baking shows have greatly affected campers. “It is pretty amazing to us when the kids come in and they have a really solid working knowledge of a lot of the things that we’re teaching them,” Bingaman says. “Maybe they haven’t had the hands-on experience, but they have seen the tools and the techniques performed on television, and so I think that that adds maybe a layer of confidence for a lot of the kids because they feel like they’re really familiar with it.” While culinary camps may take inspiration from cooking competition shows that showcase high-stress situations, camp owners still try to create pressure-free, collaborative environments with an emphasis on learning rather than winning. “Everybody always wins; it’s more fun than competitive,” says Faronda Davis, owner of ABC Chefs Cooking Academy, which offers television-inspired camps such as MasterChef Jr. and Mystery Basket. “We want them to come to try new recipes and to make longtime friends.”

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