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STLLIFE ARTS + HOME + TRAVEL

R E M M U S AMPS C IDE GU

GET READY FOR SOME SERIOUS FUN BY COLLEEN SCHRAPPEN • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

No matter how many activities the YMCA dreams up to offer at its day and overnight camps — zip lining, circus arts, hip-hop, wizardry — there is one that’s always the winner on the end-of-summer surveys. • It’s swimming. Yep, splashing around in the pool. Cannonballs and Marco Polo games and treading contests that kids have been See CAMPS • Page B14

CAMPS FOR ALL YOUR CHILD’S INTERESTS • SPORTS, SCIENCE, THE ARTS AND MORE: WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF CAMPS IN OUR LIST. PAGES B7-B13

TOP: Chase Barr and Pavel Byrne try their hand at archery at Camp Pegnita in Kirkwood. (Karen Elshout) ABOVE: Kristopher Ivy gets a nose-full of water during water safety camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. (J.B. Forbes, Post-Dispatch)

ABOVE: Dax Snow of Centralia, Ill., tries out a mud crown at Mud Mania at Queeny Park. RIGHT: During the COCA camp called Mean Musicals, (from left) Kendall Macintosh, Sophie Clancy and Natalie Yaeger practice the song “Popular,” from the Broadway show, “Wicked.” (Photos by Hillary Levin, Post-Dispatch)

An honorable man prepares to call it a day

‘Biggest and best’ of Broadway set to play the Fox this season BY CALVIN WILSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BILL McCLELLAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark Neill had breakfast Thursday at one of his usual spots, Al’s Cafe, a small tavern-restaurant in a red-brick, one-story building in an industrial area near the river, south of downtown. It is a decidedly unfancy place. Four retired truck drivers from Lohr Distributing sat at a table eating pretzels. Union men. Neil stopped and chatted with them. Behind the bar was a bumper sticker — “Hillary for Prison, 2016.” It seemed an unusual place for a See MCCLELLAN • Page B2

Real danger? It’s always just an app away

MATTHEW MURPHY

Members of the national touring company perform in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.”

“Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Band’s Visit,” “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and “Hamilton” are among the seven shows included in the Fox Theatre’s 2019-20 Broadway Series. An additional seven will be offered as specials, among them “Wicked,” “Rent” and the Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical “Escape to Margaritaville.” “For us, the thing is, we want to make sure we’re bringing the biggest and best of Broadway,” said John O’Brien, director of programming for the Fox.“All the hottest titles — things that we think St. Louis audiences would enjoy. And we have the three most recent Tony Award winners (for best musical) — ‘The Band’s Visit,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘Hamilton.’”

A few weeks ago, a woman posted a question in a large Facebook group of writers who are also mothers. She asked us to share our greatest fear related to our children. The responses might have shocked the generation of parents before us. The top-cited concern was about a child getting shot, either in a school or otherwise. While the odds of being killed in a school shooting are extremely low, the images and stories of dead children massacred in their schools are

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2019 SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE

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PHOTOS BY HILLARY LEVIN • hlevin@post-dispatch.com

Claire Linnenbringer (left), 9, and Jocelyn Jim, 10, have fun mashing potatoes that will be used to create Shepherd’s Pie in the Kitchen Wizard cooking class at COCA on July 19. Cooking classes are among the many summer camp offerings at COCA.

LOOKING FOR SUMMER FUN? FROM SPORTS TO SPACE, CAMP VARIETY IS OUT OF THIS WORLD Mini Masters • June 3-7. Ages 4-5, $125. Amazing Artists • June 3-7. Ages 6-8, $125. Other sessions include Constructive Creations, Magnificent Makers and World Wonders.

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.com.

CAMP MANITOWA Camp Manitowa offers a great sleepaway camp experience. Camps in Benton and Makanda, Ill.; campmanitowa. com; 314-348-6412 Session I • Traditional twoweek camp. June 10-23. Ages 7-15, $2,050.

314 TRAINING ACADEMY 314 Training Academy offers six sessions throughout June and July that give your son or daughter the opportunity to have fun while learning the game of baseball indoors to beat the heat. 1427 Strassner Drive, Brentwood; 314trainingacademy.com/ camps-clinics; 314-963-1110 Summer Camp Series (Morning Session) • A great baseball/sports camp for kids 5-14 @ 314 Training Academy. Ages 5-14, $149.99. Summer Camp Series (Afternoon Session) • A great baseball/sports camp for kids 5-14 @ 314 Training Academy. Ages 5-14, $124.99. Sessions run June 3 through July 22.

ABC CHEFS ACADEMY At ABC Chefs Kids Cooking Camp, the kids are the chefs. Each day campers will get to make three to four recipes. Kids also 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 Jr.” 227 Chesterfield Mall, Space 543, Chesterfield; abcchefsacademy.com/ summer-camp-2019; 636543-8650 Week 1: Welcome to Italy! • Learn how to cook with the favorites of Italian cuisine: Cheeses, breads, pasta, pizza. June 3-6. Ages 6-17, $220. Week 2: Bakeshop Favorites! • Learn to bake everything from fresh breads to cookies, cakes and more. June 10-13. Ages 6-17, $220. Other weekly sessions will feature styles of cuisine from all corners of the United States, Mystery Basket, Food Network Favorites and Masterchef Jr. Camp.

ABRA-KID-ABRA CAMPS Abra-Kid-Abra brings the star out in kids with fun entertainment classes. 803 Lafayette Avenue, Webster Groves; Abrakid.com; 314-961-6912 Circus Stars • Circus Camp. May 27-31. Ages 5-12, $220. Magic Mystery Camp • Campers write their own mystery play. May 28-31. Ages 6-12, $184. Other weekly sessions will feature balloon making, comedy and making magic from math.

ACE STABLE Ace Stable offers horseback riding camps for kids ages 7 and up. 9115 Natural Bridge Road; acestable.com; 314-427-6995 Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 • Fourday camp that runs from 9 a.m. to noon June 17-20, July 8-11, July 15-18 and July 22-25. $260.

AIM HIGH ST. LOUIS Aim High St. Louis is a five-week summer learning program that provides academic, cultural and personal enrichment for middle school students. Students must submit application on aimhighstl. org and be accepted to

CAMP ONDESSONK

Boys practice taking shots at Bobby McCormack’s Basketball Camp in August at St. Louis Priory. The camp is held in the gymnasiums at St. Louis Priory School in Creve Coeur. participate. 755 South Price Road; aimhighstl.org; 314-432-9500 Sessions 1, 2 and 3 • Fiveweek, tuition-free, academic and personal enrichment program for middle school students at John Burroughs School, St. Louis Priory School and Villa Duchesne School. Ages 11-14.

ART UNLEASHED Art Unleashed offers an array of art classes for all ages and abilities. 13379 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; artunleashed. org; 314-628-1024 Mythical Creatures • Summer art camp. June 3-7. Ages 7-9, $165. Wheel Throwing • Summer camp. June 3-7. Ages 10-12, $175. HogwARTs • Art in the world of Harry Potter. June 3-7. Ages 10-12, $165. Other sessions will feature printmaking, sculpture, figure drawing, pottery, abstract art and art from around the world.

ARTSCOPE SUMMER CAMP CREATE 2019 Artscope’s Summer Camp Create emphasizes reducing environmental footprints by using natural, recycled and upcycled materials. 4255 Arsenal Street (inside Tower Grove Park); artscopestl.org/programs; 314-865-0060 Week 1: Time Traveler Academy • Design a time travel machine along with appropriate gear for the adventure. May 28-31. Ages 5-11, $140. Week 2: Space Odyssey • Embrace your inner astronaut as you blast off on a creative journey to the stars. Build spaceships and explore new planets in galaxies far, far away. June 3-7. Ages 5-11, $175. Other sessions include Prehistoric Jam, Land of Make Believe, Marvelous Masters and Mural Magic.

BALLWIN PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS Throughout the course of the summer, campers will meet new friends, be physically active, pursue their interests and make lifelong memories. 1 Ballwin Commons Circle, Ballwin; ballwin; mo.us/ departments/parks-andrecreation/summer-camps; 636-227-8950 Aqua Camp Week 1 • This

camp will meet at the North Pointe Pavilion each morning before heading to the pool for a day full of swimming and water games. June 3-7. Ages 7-13, $130. Other sessions include Cheerleading/Dance, Harry Potter and Basketball.

BIG RIVER RUNNING CROSS COUNTRY CAMP Running camp for sixththrough 12th-graders. 13969 Manchester Road; bigriverrunning.com/run/ cross-country-camp; 636394-5500 Big River Cross Country Camp • Running camp for sixth- through 12th-graders. July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 11-18, $125.

BOBBY MCCORMACK’S BASKETBALL CAMP The shooting camp gives campers the opportunity to focus on improving their shooting skills. 1071 Purcell Avenue. schoolyou.com/index.html; 314-606-5370 Week 1: Co-ed Half Day Shooting Camp (morning) • Campers focus on improving their shooting skills. May 28-31. Ages 6-14, $100. Week 1: Co-ed Half Day Shooting Camp (afternoon) • Campers focus on improving their shooting skills. May 28-31. Ages 6-14, $100. Subsequent weekly sessions are organized around age, gender and time of day.

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. 4568 West Pine Boulevard; stlbsa.org; 314-361-0600 Larson Park Day Camp • Day camp with activities such as archery, BB guns, STEM, games and more. June 3-7. Ages 7-11, $80. Boone Trails STEM Twilight Camp • Twilight Camp with activities such as archery, BB guns, STEM, games and more. June 3-7. Ages 7-11, $65. Other sessions include Space Games Day Camp, Bee Tree Park Fishing Twilight Camp and Cub Adventure Camp.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS Imagine a place where your

child can make lifelong friends, visit some of St. Louis’ best attractions, enjoy sporting and cultural activities, take field trips and learn to swim. 2901 North Grand Boulevard; bgcstl.org; 314-335-8000 Adams Park Club • June 10-Aug. 2. Ages 6-15, $275. O’Fallon Park Club • June 10-Aug. 2. Ages 6-15, $275. Other sessions have different locations.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF BETHALTO Summer day camp for youth ages 6-12 with activities including social rec, arts, cooking, computers, STEM and field trips. 324 East Central Street, Bethalto; bgcbethalto.org; 618-377-6030 Camp Cool: Sessions 1 and 2 • June 3-28, July 1-26. Ages 6-12, $300.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI INC. Residential adventure camp for survivors of brain injury, ages 18 and up. 2265 Schuetz Road; biamo. org/BIAMOWildernessCamp. aspx Brain Injury Association of Missouri Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp • May 26-31. Ages 18-100, $550.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ CHESTERFIELD STEM-based camps using LEGO bricks, for children from 4 to 13. 1840 Sparks Court, Wildwood; bricks4kidz.com/chesterfield; 314-287-5876 Brick Space Adventures • Build space models out of LEGOs, including moving parts. May 28-31. Ages 4-11, $130. Galaxy Far Away (Star Wars) • Build lots of motorized Star Wars models for both the Rebel forces and the Dark Side. May 28-31. Ages 4-11, $130. Other sessions vary by age and include Advanced Robotics, Video Game Design, Super Heroes Avengers and Super Heroes/Avengers camps.

CAMP BEN FRANKEL Jewish co-ed overnight camp for children 7-17 with 60-plus activities and no screens. 3419 West Main Street, Belleville; campbenfrankel. org; 618-235-1614 Four-week Session • The

program’s most long-running program, open to ages 7-17. June 23-July 21. Ages 7-17, $3,300. Two-week Rookie Session • For first-time campers, available during the first half of the four-week session. June 23-July 7. Ages 7-11, $2,000.

CAMP COURAGE Camp Courage is a five-day, four-night, overnight camp for children who are grieving the death of someone significant. 1333 West Lockwood Avenue, Suite 104; annieshope.org/ programs; 314-965-5015 Camp Courage • June 3-7. Ages 6-11, free. Camp Courage for Teens • June 10-14. Ages 12-18, free.

CAMP CULTURAL LEADERSHIP This three-week camp for eighth- and ninth-graders is a fun, educational program that increases cultural awareness through hands-on activities and develops leadership skills. 225 South Meramec Avenue, Suite 107; culturalleadership. org/what-is-culturalleadership-camp; 314-7253222 Camp Cultural Leadership • Teaches cross-cultural understanding, leadership skills and a passion for social justice. July 8-26. Ages 13-14, $950.

CAMP EARTHWAYS: YOUNG GREEN BUILDERS Science, design and sustainability camp for fifththrough eighth-graders at the Missouri Botanical Garden. 4651 Shaw Boulevard; missouribotanicalgarden. org/learn-discover.aspx; 314577-0281 Camp EarthWays: Young Green Builders • July 8-12. Ages 9-14, $180.

CAMP ENCOURAGE Overnight camp meant to encourage social growth, independence and selfesteem in youth with autism spectrum disorders. 4025 Central Street, Kansas City; campencourage.org; 1-816-830-7171 Camp Encourage • June 20-23, July 16-19. Ages 8-18, $1,200.

CAMP INVENTION Come Invent at Invention’s supercharged STEM camp and take home your inventions, boats, robots and much more.

campinvention.org; 1-816602-0017 Camp Invention at Steger Sixth Grade Center in St. Louis • Ages 5-7, June 17-21. $230. Camp Invention at Affton School District, Mesnier Primary School • A highenergy, hands-on STEM camp. July 8-12. Ages 5-12, $230. Other locations include St. Peters Elementary School in St. Peters, Lindenwood University Cultural Center and more.

CAMP JUMP START Overnight whole health camp specializing in healthy lifestyle and weight management. 3602 Lions Den Road, Imperial; campjumpstart. com; 1-877-520-5867 Weight Loss Camp for Kids and Teens Session 1 • Campers will receive the education necessary to make life changes and be able to maintain the success at home. June 9-July 6. Ages 9-18, $4,570.

CAMP KENNEDY Children grouped by age enjoy crafts, games, sports, nature walks and supervised swimming. 6050 Wells Road; stlouisco. com/ParksandRecreation/ ChildrensFun/DayCamps; 314615-5572 Camp Kennedy • Bring a nonperishable lunch, snack and beverage daily. June 24-28. Ages 5-12, $70.

CAMP LITTLE GIANT Camp Little Giant offers a variety of summer camps for children and young adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. 1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda, Ill.; ton.siu.edu/ camps-and-retreats/camplittle-giant; 618-453-1121 Camp Olympia I • Camp Olympia is for adults 21 and up with high care needs, low mobility or those using a wheelchair. June 9-14. Ages 21-99, $550. Camp Shawnee I • Camp Shawnee is for youth ages 8-21 with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. July 14-19. Ages 8-21, $550.

CAMP MAGIC HOUSE Campers will embark on artistic adventures, unleash their inner inventors and travel the world, all without a passport. 516 South Kirkwood Road; magichouse.org/camp

Ondessonk’s summer camp programs provide an experience that encourages campers to have fun, grow spiritually, make friends, grow in self-confidence and self-esteem and develop values. 3760 Ondessonk Road, Ozark, Ill.; ondessonk.com; 1-877659-2267 Co-ed Camp Session 1 • Campers experience new adventures and master new skills. June 2-8. Ages 10-15, $519. Hike, Bike, Paddle & Climb Session 1 • This sampler offers a bit of each adventure, including backpacking, mountain biking, rock camp and river adventure. June 2-8. Ages 12-16, $549.

CAMP PEGASUS AT MICDS Pegasus campers dive into a wide array of exciting activities, arts, science, technology, sports, theater and swimming. 101 North Warson Road; micds.org/pegasus; 314-9957342 Session A Trotters: Mysteries of Egypt • Theme based two-week day camp. June 10-21. Ages 5-8, $460. Summer Stock Theater Camp • Design and perform in an original play. June 10-28. Ages 12-17, $675. Other sessions include Tech Trek, Monsters and Bug’s Life.

CAMP PEGNITA Traditional outdoor summer camp filled with archery, swimming, campfires, cooking, nature, sports, special events and more. 1280 Simmons Avenue, Kirkwood; camppegnita.com; 314-822-2601 Circus Week • Campers will participate in guided workshops to learn stiltwalking, plate-balancing, juggling and other amazing tricks and will be a part of a circus performance on Friday. June 10-14. Ages 5-12, $220. Greek Week/Olympics • Groups compete in a variety of “Greek Week” events. June 24-28. Ages 5-12, $220. Other sessions include Rock Star Week, Pirate Week and Wild Wild West Week.

CAMP WARTBURG Camp Wartburg is a Christian camp where children can spend a week or more of fun and fellowship doing a variety of activities. 5705 LRC Road, Waterloo; CampWartburg.com; 618939-7715 Shepherding Sheep Session I • A great opportunity for children and adults with disabilities. May 26-29. Ages 10-70, $240. Survival-Discount! • Archery, canoeing, swimming and more. June 2-7. Ages 9-12, $240. Other sessions include Horse Play, Spy Camp and Create Your Own Camp Adventure.


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M 1 • SUnDAy • 03.10.2019 Week of the Classical Dance Styles • Ages 6-13, $300. Other sessions include Contemporary and Modern Dance Week and Hip Hop Week.

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM Art Camps with a focus on comic book art, 3D design, stop-motion animation and bookmaking. 3750 Washington Boulevard; camstl.org/programs/youthteen-programs; 314-535-4660 Creature Creations • Campers are invited to make their own characters and figures. Sculptor and Marshall University artist educator Allora McCullough leads the camp. June 10-14. Ages 9-12, $200. Stop-Motion Madness • Young artists produce a video short in this camp. June 10-14. Ages 9-12, $200.

COR JESU ACADEMY ENRICHMENT AND SPORTS CAMPS

John LaPlant, 10, of Arnold, wallows in the mud at Mud Mania at Queeny Park, a mud-filled obstacle course for kids ages 5-15, on July 20. Mud Mania was part of the summer camp activities offered by St. Louis County Parks and Recreation.

Enrichment and Sports Camps for girls in third-eighth grades offer a variety of interests and help girls develop and hone their sports skills. 10230 Gravois Road; corjesu. org/camps; 314-842-1546 Budding Bakers • Bake delicious desserts for girls in grades 5-8. June 3-7. Ages 10-14, $100. Creative Crafts • Arts & crafts fun for girls in grades 5-8. June 3-7. Ages 10-14, $100. Other sessions include Digital Photography, Choir Camp and Lacrosse Camp.

CAMP WESTMINSTER

CRAFT ALLIANCE SUMMER ART CAMPS

PHOTOS BY HILLARY LEVIN • hlevin@post-dispatch.com

More than 30 camp offerings in sports, art, music, adventure and more for boys and girls in grades K-9. 800 Maryville Centre Drive, Town and Country; wcastl. org/campwestminster; 314-997-2900 Pool Party • A week of fun in the pool as you work on swimming skills and play in the water. June 3-7. Ages 9-13, $230. Stoked for Science • Calling all budding scientists. June 3-7. Ages 12-15, $115. Other sessions include Field Hockey, Tennis, Baseball and Cheer.

Craft Alliance’s Delmar Loop location offers 11 one-week camps from May 28-Aug. 9. 6640 Delmar Boulevard; craftalliance.org; 314-725-1177 Camp 1 — Up & Away • Create and sculpt by using color, texture, pattern with a variety of materials. May 28-31. Ages 4-6, $159. Camp 2 — Glass Works • Learn to work with the torch by melting and fusing glass to create functional and decorative three-dimensional objects. June 3-7. Ages 14-18, $99. Camp 3 — Fire Power • Use molten metal casting techniques including water and broom straw. June 10-14. Ages 10-14, $159. Other sessions include Quilt Crazy, Cool Comics, Weaving and more.

CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM CID offers two theme-based summer programs for children who are deaf and hard of hearing ages 2 to 15. 825 South Taylor Avenue; cid. edu; 314-977-0135 Extended School Year • June 3-27. Ages 2-12. Global Chefs • One-week cooking enrichment program. June 3-7. Ages 6-12, $225. Other sessions include I Heart Art and STEM Stars. Ages vary based on session.

CROSSROADS SUMMER CAMPS

Dancers can be seen practicing ballet through the glass windows in the lobby of COCA on July 19. June 10-14. Ages 6-12, $95. Other sessions include Jedi Engineering with LEGO, Rising Broadway Stars and Arithma Tricks camp.

CITY OF MANCHESTER PARKS AND RECREATION

CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER ST. LOUIS The Challenger Learning Center St. Louis offers a variety of summer experiences for students ages 8 and up. 205 Brotherton Lane, Ferguson; challengerstl.org/ our-programs/summer; 314521-6205 Rocket Lab • Rocketeers spend each day building and launching rockets, culminating in building their own customized rocket. June 3-7. Ages 10-18, $290. Young Astronaut Training Camp: Session 1 • Budding astronauts will go on simulated space missions, build and launch rockets, create their own spacesuits, make robots and more. June 3-7. Ages 8-9, $225. Other sessions include Innovators’ Workshop, Young Astronaut Training Camp and Aquatic Robotics.

CHESS SUMMER CAMP Chess Summer Camps are the perfect way to introduce the game of chess to new students, deepen understanding of the game for established players or offer intensive instruction for aspiring chess masters. 4657 Maryland Avenue; saintlouischessclub.org; 314361-2437 Gary Gore Chess Camp (Whole Day) • June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19. Ages 6-13, $75. Gary Gore Chess Camp (Half Day) • June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19. Ages 6-13, $45.

CHESTERFIELD SUMMER CAMP Day camp for children ages 5-14. 690 Chesterfield Parkway West, Chesterfield; chesterfield.mo.us/summercamp.html; 636-812-9514 Week 1 • Traditional day camp. May 28-31. Ages 5-14, $116. TinyTykes • A fun introduction to soccer focussing on games and activities to introduce and develop coordination, balance, running, stopping, turning, kicking, dribbling, throwing and catching. July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 3-5, $96. Other sessions include Start Smart Baseball 1 & 2.

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 Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 • Students learn skills like trapeze, juggling, wirewalking and more. June 3-14, June

Paul Horn, 9, enjoys the Butter Beer he helped make in a cooking class at COCA on July 19. The class theme was Harry Potter. 17-28, July 1-12, July 15-26, July 29-Aug. 9. Ages 7-17, $450.

CIRCUS KAPUT SUMMER CAMPS Circus-themed, full-day summer camp. 291 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield; kaputkorner. com; 314-803-1124 Circus Kaput Circus Camp • Circus-themed, full-day summer camp. July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 6-12. $200.

CITY OF BRIDGETON PARKS AND RECREATION Municipality-sponsored camps for children ages 5-15. 4201 Fee Fee Road, Bridgeton; bridgetonmo.com/ daycamp; 314-739-5599 Day Camp Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 • Outdoor traditional day camp. June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 22-26. Ages 5-12, $80-$100. Teen Camp Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 • Field trip camp for teens. June 17-19, June 24-26, July 8-10, July 15-17 and July 22-24. Ages 12-15. $105-$145. Splash Camp • Water-themed day camp with two field trips. July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 7-12, $120-$135.

CITY OF CRESTWOOD The Parks and Recreation Department offers recreation and leisure opportunities, facilities, open space and related services. 9245 Whitecliff Park Lane, Crestwood; cityofcrestwood. org; 314-729-4860 Outdoor Adventures sessions 1 and 2 • Outdoor summer camp for kids going into first through sixth grades. June 3-28, July 1-26. Prices vary on session. Crayon Kids sessions 1 and 2 • Art sessions for 3- to 5-yearolds. June 3-28, July 1-26. Prices vary based on session. Swim-Venture Aquatics Camp • Aquatics Camp for ages 5-12 years focusing on water exploration through free swim time, arts & crafts, water safety and more. Aug. 5-9. Ages 5-12, $125.

CITY OF ELLISVILLE DAY CAMPS Traditional, outdoor summer camp for kids ages 5-12. Each session has a different theme. 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville. ellisville; mo.us/250/Summer-Camps; 636-227-7508 Animal Planet • Focus on learning about all kinds of animals. June 3-14. Ages 5-12, $195. Field Day • Sports, outdoor activity. June 17-28. Ages 5-12, $195. Party in the U.S.A. • Celebrate our country. July 8-19. Ages 5-12, $195. Wet & Wild Shark Weeks • Fun water camp. July 22-Aug. 2. Ages 5-12, $195.

CITY OF EUREKA PARKS AND RECREATION There will be 10 weeks of day camps, each with its own theme and special visitors/ field trips. On Mondays and Wednesdays, camp will be held at the Timbers of Eureka. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, camp will be held at the Community Center. 1 Coffey Park Lane, Eureka; eureka.mo.us/departments/ parks-recreation/programs/ camps; 636-938-6775 Camp Week 1-Animal Planet • Friday Field Trip: St. Louis Zoo. June 3-7. Ages 5-12, $100. Camp Week 2-Deep in the Woods • Friday Field Trip: Castlewood State Park. June 10-14. Ages 5-12, $100. Other sessions include Hollywood, Olympics and Christmas in July.

CITY OF HAZELWOOD PARKS AND RECREATION Hazelwood Parks and Recreation offers a variety of summer camps. 1186 Teson Road, Hazelwood; apm.activecommunities.com/ hazelwoodmoparksandrec/ home; 314-731-0980 Youth Hoops Instructional League • Youth Basketball Camp. June 4-Aug. 20. Ages 7-12, $75. Magical Mystery Camp • Magic Camp-Abra Kid Abra.

Manchester Parks, Recreation & Arts offers a wide variety of camps to keep kids busy all summer. 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester; manchestermo.gov; 636-3916326 American Girl Doll Camp • A fun camp featuring the popular dolls at Schroeder Park. May 28-31. Ages 8-11, $80. LEGO Camp • Level up your engineering skills. May 28-31. Ages 5-8, $120. Other sessions include NASA: Journey into Outer Space Camp and Outer Limits Camp.

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 Adventure Camp • Day camp. May 28-31. Ages 6-13, $150. Camp Fun Under the Sun • Day camp for ages 6-13. June 4-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 6-13, $120. Harry Potter Camp • Wizarding day camp. July 15-19. Ages 6-12, $150.

CITY OF OLIVETTE PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CAMP City of Olivette Parks and Recreation offers summer camps for children ages 3 ½ to 14. 9743 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; olivetteparksandrec. com/camps.html; 314-9911249 Camp • Day Camp. June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 22-26. Ages 4-12, $139. Other sessions include Lego PlayWell, Mad Science Sessions and Little Veterinarian School.

CLAYTON PARKS AND RECREATION Clayton camps provide a variety of options for ages 5-14. 50 Gay Avenue, Clayton; claytonmo.gov/camps; 314290-8500 Co-ed Basketball Camp • Learn the fundamentals of basketball. June 3-7. Ages 8-14, $190. Junior Tennis Camp • Learn to be a better tennis player. June 3-7. Ages 7-14, $215. SCUBA Camp • Become a PADI Seal Team Member. June 10-14. Ages 8-14, $229. Other sessions include Climbing Camp, Fencing

Camp, Karate Camp and more.

COCA — SUMMER ARTS CAMPS COCA Summer Arts Camps for ages 3 to 18 feature a multitude of options for exploring theater, dance, music, visual arts, culinary arts and more. 524 Trinity Avenue; cocastl. org; 314-725-6222 A capella Sing Off • Contemporary a capella groups like Pentatonix have popularized this form of singing that uses participants’ voices to replace instrumentation. May 28-31. Ages 14-18, $224. Beyond the Floss • Energetic gamers will enjoy learning to dance like their favorite avatars in this fun, creative camp. May 28-31. Ages 8-10, $124. Cine Soundscape • Explore audio editing techniques for films and video. May 28-31. Ages 11-13, $140. Claymation • Want to learn how they made “The Boxtrolls” or “Shaun the Sheep”? May 28-31. Ages 8-10, $140. COCAskins1 • Learn to draw gaming figures and skins from your favorite video games. May 28-31. Ages 8-10, $124. Dance Intensive: Ballet & Contemporary • This intensive is for dancers looking to refine their technique and artistry, while having a fun and quality summer dance experience. May 28-June 7. Ages 14-18, $895. Other sessions include Sketch Comedy, Fashion Design and more.

CODE NINJAS O’FALLON SUMMER CAMP Fun and rewarding coding and STEM camps for kids ages 7-14. 2955 Highway K, O’Fallon, Mo.; codeninjas.com/camps/ mo-ofallon; 636-851-9634 Roblox Create • Learn the basics of Roblox or continue with more advanced game concepts. (Requires a Roblox Classic Tier account.) June 3-7. Ages 7-14, $175. Snap It Together • A series of activities utilizing the Arduino and snap circuits to create fun projects. June 3-7. Ages 7-14, $175. Other sessions include Beginning JavaScript, Minecraft Create, Game Builders’ Club and more.

COLLEGE FOR KIDS: ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE-MERAMEC College for Kids at St. Louis Community College-Meramec delivers opportunities to explore areas like computer animation, cartooning, video game creation and more. 11333 Big Bend Road; stlcc. edu/programs-academics/ continuing-education/ personal-enrichment/youthand-family-programs.aspx; 314-984-7777 Konnichiwa Kids • Learn

about Japanese language and culture and more in this fun and interactive class. Aug. 5-9. Ages 6-8, $79. STEM-apalooza • Dive into a different activity each day and explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Completed grades 3-5. Aug. 5-9. Ages 9-11, $79. Other sessions include 3D Printing, TED Talk: Kids Edition and more.

COMMUNITY LIVING INC. Full-day programming is provided to individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities, ages 12-21, enrolled in middle or high school, at four locations across St. Charles County. 1040 St. Peters Howell Road, St. Peters; Communitylivingmo.org; 636970-2800 Community Living Summer Camp 2019 • June 3-Aug. 2. Ages 12-21, $6 per hour.

COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL OF WEBSTER UNIVERSITY Music camps including Kindermusik, Band, Flute, String Orchestra, Chamber and Composition for kids 6 months through high school. 535 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves; webster.edu/cms; 314-968-5939 CMS Flute Camp • Weeklong camp for students entering grades 7-12. June 3-7. Ages 12-18, $145. CMS String Orchestra Camp • Weeklong camp for violin, viola, cello and bass students. June 10-14. Ages 7-18, $165. Other sessions include Band Camp, Missouri Chamber Music Festival and CMS Summer Composition Intensive.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL — COMMUNITY CAMPS Community School buzzes during the summer months with Community Camps for students K-6. 900 Lay Road; communityschool.com/camp; 314-991-0005 Mini camp-Advantage: Tennis • Kids learn to play tennis quickly using the proper technique. June 3-7. Ages 3-8, $190. Mini camp-Band-Summer Kick Off • Spend your first week of summer playing your instrument. Set goals to help with playing all summer long. June 3-7. Ages 11-13, $190. Other sessions include Cheer Camp, Lego Animation and Chess.

CONSUMING KINETICS DANCE COMPANY Bring your children to CKDC this summer for a fun, diverse, immersive arts learning experience. 465 North Taylor Avenue, St. Louis; ckdc.org/ kidsdanceandartcamp; 314564-1477 Cultural Dance Week • Ages 6-13, $300.

Summer camp topics include theater, creative writing, fiber art making, Mandarin, chess, art and volleyball. 500 Debaliviere Avenue; crossroadscollegeprep.org; 314-367-8085 Merrymaking Mandarin • Elementary-age children will be introduced to the Mandarin language through activities. June 3-7. Ages 11-18, $150. Creative Writing session 1 • For middle and high school students who love to write. June 3-7. Ages 11-18, $100. Other sessions include Volleyball, Chess Camp and Art Camp.

DALE CARNEGIE COURSE Leadership and Communication Skills course for high school-age young adults. 1600 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210; tinyurl. com/yyb657lu; 314-439-8090 Dale Carnegie Course • June 3-13. Ages 14-18, $250.

DAYSPRING ARTS & EDUCATION DaySpring offers many camps and workshops for children ages 3-18. This summer’s lineup includes classes in drama, musical theater, music, dance, art and STEAM. 2500 Metro Boulevard, Maryland Heights; dayspringarts.org; 314-2918878 Oh The Places You’ll GO • A camp for kids 5-12 themed around Dr. Seuss’ book. June 17-21. Ages 5-12, $235. Ukulele Club • A great club for musicians age 8 and up. June 18-Aug. 6. Ages 8-18, $95. Other sessions include Piano Club, Manga Mania and Technical Theater.

DELLWOOD DRAGONS-DRILL TEAM Free summer youth outreach presented by the Dellwood Recreation Center. Activities like drumline, dance team and color guard are open to teens ages 13-18. 10266 West Florissant Avenue; facebook.com/ dragondrumcorps; 1-573-3010105 Dellwood Dragons Drill Team • May 4-25. Ages 13-18, free.

DES PERES PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS Des Peres Parks and Recreation offers 25 different types of camps. 1050 Des Peres Road, Des Peres; TheLodgeDesPeres. com; 314-835-6150 Balls-n-Strikes Summer Camp • Balls-n-Strikes thrives on providing the highest level of baseball and softball instruction possible. May 28-31. Ages 5-12, $129. American Girl Doll Camp • Bring your favorite American Girl doll and enjoy a summer camp filled with crafts, games, a tea party and a movie/pajama day. June 3-7. Ages 6-11, $180. Other sessions include Dance and Cheer Camp, Aqua Adventure Camp and more.


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2019 SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE Horsemanship Camp • June 10-13. Ages 6-12, $350. Other sessions include Circus Fun and Games Horsemanship Camp, Horses and Their Jobs Horsemanship Camp and more.

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; 314-588-7090 Dream Big Innovate • June 3-7. Ages 14-19, $375. Dream Big Hands On • June 24-28. Ages 14-19, $375. DREAM BIG Endless Possibilities • July 8-12. Ages 14-19, $375.

ENDANGERED WOLF CENTER Educational nature camp for children ages 4-15 with crafts, hikes, creek walk and seeing animals. 6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka; endangeredwolfcenter.org/ take-a-tour/summer-wolfcamp/#.; 636-938-5900 Summer Wolf Camp June 10-14 • Five-day camp. June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19. Ages 6-12, $215. Summer Pup Camp • Two-day half-day camp for children ages 4-5. July 1-2. Ages 4-5, $60. Summer Teen Camp • Fourday camp for teens with an overnight on the last day. July 22-25. Ages 13-15, $215.

EQUESTRIAN CENTER AT BEVERLY FARM Equestrian camps for children 6 and older with and without disabilities looking to have fun at summer camp while also learning about horses. 6301 Humbert Road, Geoffrey; beverlyfarm.org/ page/equestrian-program; 618-466-0367 Frolicking Foals • Beginner riders or anyone who wants to expand their experiences. June 10-14. Ages 6-10, $250. Summer Education • Dive more in-depth into the horse industry. June 10-14. Ages 6-18, $100. Other sessions include Posting Ponies and Exceptional Equestrians.

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INCARNATE WORD ACADEMY Incarnate Word Academy Red Knight Summer Camps involve girls in a variety of safe and fun summer activities. 2788 Normandy Drive; iwacademy.org/page/ SummerCamps; 314-725-5850 Tennis Camp • For girls entering fifth-ninth grades. June 10-13. Ages 10-14, $75. Softball Camp • For girls entering fifth-ninth grades. June 17-20. Ages 10-14, $70. Other sessions include Robotics Camp, Soccer Camp and more.

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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 Playground Perks • June 4-11. Ages 3-5, $174. You Can Imagine • June 18-25. Ages 3-5, $174. Wa-ter-rific • July 9-16. Ages 3-5, $174.

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Rhylan Moore (left) and Jekobi Pointer, both 7, practice kicking their legs during water safety camp on July 16 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. 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. 195 Lamp and Lantern Village, Town and Country; eycacademystl.org; 636-2203344 Heart and Hands Camp week 1, 2 and 3 • Sensorybased art experience followed by autobiography writing. June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19. Ages 11-15, $349.

FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY CAMP F.R.E.S.H Each weeklong day camp features a different continent, from Antarctica to South America, with stops along the way to learn about the unique lifestyles of kids around the globe. 6800 Wydown Boulevard, St. Louis; fontbonne.edu/ academics/undergraduate/ departments/family-andconsumer-science/campfresh; 314-719-8083 Africa • An interactive, hands-on journey toward better health through activities emphasizing nutrition, wellness, physical exercise and creativity. June 10-14. Ages 9-12, $185. Other sessions include Asia, Europe and North America and South America.

GIFTED RESOURCE COUNCIL SUMMER ACADEMIES Two-week academic day camps on a variety of topics including math, ecology, economics, space science, ancient and American history. Wydown Middle School, 6500 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton; giftedresourcecouncil. org/index.php/summeracademies; 314-962-5920

Math, Marvels & More! Adding Light to the Subject • June 10-21. Ages 6-9, $500. ECO Academy • ECO-nomics + ECO-logy. June 10-21. Ages 9-14, $500. Other sessions include Advanced Space Academy and Medieval Times: From Castle to Village.

GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN MISSOURI Girl Scout Camp opportunities range from a day to a few weeks for girls ages Pre-K through 12th grade. 2300 Ball Drive; girlscoutsem. org; 314-592-2300 Extreme Trail Rider • Beginner riders: Explore camp on horseback. June 9-14. Ages 8-12, $395. Camp STEM Voyager • Experience our underwater robotics program. July 14-19. Ages 10-16, $395. Other sessions include Week-Long Traditional Camp, Sunsets and Rainbows Day Camp and more.

GIRLS INCORPORATED OF ST. LOUIS The programs and services of Girls Inc. are designed to encourage girls to try new things, build their skills and knowledge and prepare them for the future. 3801 Nelson Drive; girlsincstl. org; 314-385-8088 Operation SMARTInnovation Program • Girls will participate in local and national STEM and STEAM novel engineering and design challenges. They will be introduced to a variety of STEM careers including, web development, ecology and game design. June 3-July 26. Ages 5-12, $550 Media Literacy • Communications 101: Girls will investigate and analyze media-related careers and learn marketing strategies.

June 3-July 26. Ages 5-12, $550. Other sessions include Economic Literacy, Performing Arts and more.

GLOBALHACK SUMMER CAMP This summer, GlobalHack is teaming up with UMSL Business to offer a summer camp that introduces middle and high school students to coding. 911 Washington Avenue; Suite 657. globalhack.org/youth/ summer; 314-803-0422 Building Basic Websites • June 3-7. Ages 10-13, $299. Learning Python with Minecraft Mods • June 10-14. Ages 10-13, $299. Other sessions include Designing Mobile Apps, Learning Python with Minecraft Mods and more.

GREAT CIRCLE CAMPS FOR YOUTH ON AUTISM SPECTRUM Two co-ed summer camp options for youth on the autism spectrum. 330 North Gore Avenue, Webster Groves; greatcircle. org; 844-424-3577 Keeping It Cool Day Camp for Youth on Autism Spectrum • July 8-12. Ages 8-18. Adventure Camp for Youth on Autism Spectrum • Fiveday, overnight camp. July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 6-18.

GREAT GRIFFIN FARM Horsemanship and pony camps that will teach kids about horses through riding, stable activities, games and crafts. 903 Schwede Road, Wentzville; greatgriffinfarm. com; 636-398-4116 Life on the Farm Pony Camp • June 3-6. Ages 4-10, $200. Life on the Farm

Gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline, games, obstacles races, outdoor water fun and more. 140 Long Road, Suite 121, Chesterfield; hinrggymnastix. com; 636-532-7762 Full Day Week 1 • Gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline, games, obstacles races, outdoor water fun and more. June 3-7. Ages 5-12, $199. Ninja vs. Titans Games — Week 4 • Ninja Obstacles Races vs. Titan Games Challenges. June 24-28. Ages 5-12, $129. Other sessions include Cheerleading, Trampoline, Tumbling and more.

J DAY CAMPS — CHESTERFIELD J Day Camps provide a summer camp experience at three separate locations, to children ages 3-15, with a camp theme for every child. 16801 Baxter Road, Chesterfield; jccstl.com/ camps-afterschool/j-daycamps; 314-432-5700 Blast Off Week: Cheer, Dance and Spirit • Give your campers some pep in their step. May 28-31. Ages 5-12, $245. Camp Essman Gadol • Traditional camp, with a little bit of everything. June 3-7. Ages 5-12, $245. Other sessions include Larry Hughes Basketball Camp, Fred McConnell Baseball Camp and more.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI Dive into service learning projects with other animalloving kids. 1201 Macklind Avenue; hsmo. org/summer-camp; 314-9511579 Kids for Critters • Learn lots of facts about animals and help homeless shelter pets this summer. July 8-12 for ages 6-8, July 15-19 for ages 9-11 and July 22-26 for ages 12-14. $300.

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Performing Arts Camps for children ages 4-18. 3510 Giles Avenue; ignitewithus.org/bonfiresummer-camps; 314-717-1851 101 Dalmatians Kids • An adorable musical theater whirlwind open to performers entering kindergarten to fourth grade. June 3-7. Ages 5-10, $415. Guys & Dolls Jr. • A boatrocking musical theater whirlwind open to performers entering K-fourth. June 10-28. Ages 9-13, $593.

IMAGINE ARTS ACADEMY Imagine Arts Academy strives to broaden campers’ 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; 314-991-8000 Crayola Artist’s Passport • Travel the World through Art. May 28-31 and July 1-5. Ages 5-12, $207. Other sessions vary based on location, including the Des

J Day Camps provide a summer camp experience at three separate locations, to children ages 3-15, with a camp theme for every child, and offer inclusion services. 2 Millstone Campus Drive; jccstl.com/campsafterschool/j-day-camps; 314-432-5700 Blast off Week: Pottery Camp • Campers will create various designs, shapes and themes in clay with the help of expert artists. May 28-31. Ages 5-12, $245. Blast off Week: Scott Gallagher Soccer Camp • This program focuses on individual ball skills, developing proper technique and building confidence with the ball at one’s feet. May 28-31. Ages 5-12, $245. Other sessions include Gymnastics Camp, Camp of the Arts, Hyman Multin Sports Camp and more.

J DAY CAMPS — MIROWITZ J Day Camps provide a summer camp experience at three separate locations with a camp theme for every child and offer inclusion services. 348 South Mason Road, Creve

Coeur; jccstl.com/campsafterschool/j-day-camps; 314-442-3423 Summer STEAM Academy • STEAM themed camp. June 17-21, June 24-28. Ages 3-5, $245. Builders’ STEAM Academy • Campers become architects for a week. June 17-21, June 24-28.. Ages 6-8, $245. Other sessions include da Vinci and Design and Innovations and Important Creations from Israel.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF GREATER ST. LOUIS INC. Entrepreneurship summer camp for children ages 8-13 focusing on creative ways of starting and running businesses. 17339 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield; jastl.org; 636728-0707 JA Biz Wizards Camp • June 10-14. Ages 8-9, $250. JA BizTown Camp • At JA BizTown Camp, campers figure business expenses, operate a business, manage savings and checking accounts, become responsible consumers and more. June 17-21. Ages 10-12, $250.

JUSTIN TATUM’S GRADE SCHOOL BASKETBALL Justin Tatum’s Grade School Basketball Summer Camps are open to boys and girls ages 7-14 and are a great place to learn the fundamentals and skills to play fun, quality basketball. 1850 De La Salle Drive; Tatumnation.com; 314-8960170 Sessions I and IV • Elite Skills Camp. June 3-5 and July 1-3. Ages 8-16, $180. Sessions II, III and VII • Summer Day Camp. June 17-20, June 24-27, July 22-25. Ages 7-14, $180. Session V • “Special Edition” Summer Day Camp. July 15-18. Ages 7-14, $180.

KIDS ON CAMPUS: ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE- MERAMEC CAMPUS Kids on Campus offers students a variety of fun, engaging and challenging courses that develop and expand students’ interests. 11333 Big Bend Road; tinyurl. com/y3zg2n7c; 314-984-7777 Astronaut Academy • Explore everything it takes for astronauts to explore our solar system, from daily life in microgravity to engineering improved rockets. Fee includes materials. Aug. 5-9. Ages 7-9, $99. Other sessions include Culinary Creations and Build a Model Rocket.

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Build confidence, learn to lead, and have fun — Discover summer camps at Missouri Military Academy! Choose Confidence or Leadership Camp for paint ball, rappelling, obstacle courses, and more to build teamwork and leadership skills. Summer Academy focuses on academic support. Residential camps for boys ages 8 to 17. Located 2 hours from St. Louis. Mexico, Missouri • Est. 1889 • Missourimilitaryacademy.org/summer


B10 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH KRAUS FARMS EQUESTRIAN SUMMER CAMPS Equestrian summer camp for children ages 5-14 offers riding experiences to beginner through advanced riders in both disciplines, English and Western. 333 Hillsboro Road, High Ridge; krausfarmsinc.com; 636-225-9513 Manes & Tails • For children with little to no previous riding experience in Western riding. May 20-24. Ages 7-14, $385. Other sessions include Mini Buckaroo, Barnyard-Little Farmers, Cowboy Camp and Short Stirrup/Hunter Hounds.

LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK SUMMER ART CAMPS Laumeier Art Camp for ages 4-12 focusing on art and nature in a fun camp setting. 12580 Rott Road; laumeiersculpturepark.org; 314-615-5268 Hidden Worlds • June 17-21. Ages 4-6, $120; Ages 6-12, $210. Another Dimension • June 24-28. Ages 4-6, $120; Ages 6-12, $210. Other sessions include Art Illusions, Toy Tales, Steam into Kinetic Creation and more.

LAVNER CAMPS AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Lavner offers a variety of technology camps and creative arts camps at Washington University. 1 Brookings Drive; lavnercampsandprograms. com/location/st-louissummer-camp-washingtonuniversity; 314-384-4190 Esports Camp — Fortnite with Unreal Engine Level Design, Strategy & Competitions • Excel in one of the most popular esports games in the world. June 17-21. Ages 13-15, $609. Artificial Intelligence Camp — Robotics & Coding • Explore exciting AI topics while getting engaging and fun hands on experience with artificially intelligent robots, programs and code. July 8-12. Ages 8-13, $579. Other sessions include Digital Fashion Design Camp, Game Design Camp with Apps, Computer Programming Camp with Python and more.

LITTLE MEDICAL SCHOOL Little Medical School brings medicine, science and the importance of health to children. 707 North New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur; littlemedicalschool.com/ stlouis; 314-279-1948 Little Medical School Part 1 at SLU • Little Medical School.

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July 13-17. Ages 5-12, $150. Other sessions include Little Medical School, Little Veterinarian School, Little Pediatrician School and Wilderness Medicine.

LOGAN UNIVERSITY — ACES WORKSHOP Anatomy-based science camp for students entering 10th grade to first-year college students interested in health and science. 1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield; logan.edu/ academics/aces-workshop; 636-230-2742 ACES Summer Workshop • July 15-19. $750.

LOGOS SCHOOLSUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM Intensive therapy and academic recovery for students grades 6-12. 9137 Old Bonhomme Road; logosschool.org; 314-9977002 Logos Summer Intensive Program • June 11-July 18. Ages 11-20, $3,000.

LOLLY’S PLACE Lolly’s Place offers thematic summer camps for children in grades K-8. 6800 Washington Avenue; lollysplace.org/summerprograms; 314-800-4260 INSECT-erseting Adventure! • Campers explore the hidden and fascinating world of our six-legged friends. June 3-7. Ages 5-7, $150. Digging into Math • Travel back to the time of the dinosaurs and mastadons, and dive into the world of math skills. July 1-3. Ages 6-14, $15. Other sessions include Summer Chefs and We Dig Archaeology.

LOU FUSZ SOCCER CLUB Summer soccer camps for ages 5-14 at several locations. 1 Rams Way, Earth City; loufuszsoccer.com/programs/ camps-training; 314-628-9341 Lou Fusz Soccer Summer Full Day at CBC High School • At CBC High School. June 17-21. Ages 5-14, $250. Other sessions include half and full-day options at a variety of locations.

MAD SCIENCE SUMMER CAMPS Unique science summer programming that delivers hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational. 8420-R Olive Boulevard. stlouis.madscience.org; 314991-8000 Secret Agent Lab at SLU • Discover the science secrets of spies, forensics, and security. June 24-28. Ages

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A student practices dribbling a basketball on July 6, 2016, at Christian Brothers College high school in St. Louis. Coach Justin Tatum taught the fundamentals of basketball at the camp. 5-12, $255. NASA Journey into Outer Space at SLU • Learn about space. Discover the life of astronauts. Build a rocket. July 8-12. Ages 5-12, $165. Other sessions include Gross Out Science, Mad Science “Make It” Camp and more.

MARYVILLE SCIENCE AND ROBOTICS PROGRAM The Maryville Science and Robotics Program is an opportunity for students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields. 650 Maryville University Drive. maryville.edu/robot; 314-281-1120 Sumo Wrestling with LEGO EV3 Robotics • July 8-12. Ages 13-16, $270. Exploring the Worlds of Augmented and Virtual Reality • July 8-12. Ages 13-16, $250. Other sessions include Robots, Coding and More, Creative Engineering, Game Design with Bloxels and more.

MATHEWS-DICKEY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Learn professional development skills, go on college tours and enjoy recreation. 4245 North Kingshighway Boulevard; mathews-dickey. com; 314-679-5242 Teen Leadership Camp Sessions 1 and 2 • Teen College & Career Leadership Camp at Mathews-Dickey. June 7-28, July 1-26. Ages 13-18, $200. Mathews-Dickey Summer Day Camp Sessions 1 and 2 • Summer day camp exposing youth ages 6-12, to sports, arts, character development and academics. June 7-28, July 1-26. Ages 6-12, $200.

MATHJAM MathJam19 is a summer math challenge for math-talented students. Two City Place, Suite 200; megsss.org; 314-842-5968 Math Explorers • Hands-on, activity-based exploration of geometry and problem solving. June 10-21. Ages 9-10, $355. Puzzles and Programming • Logic puzzles, virtual robotics programming and more. June 10-21. Ages 11-12, $355. Other sessions include Graph Theory (Discrete Math), Introduction to Elements and more.

MEDIA NOW SUMMER JOURNALISM CAMP Media Now is a four-day summer boot camp for high school journalism teachers and students. 815 North Second Street, St. Charles; medianow.press; 314-252-8816 Media Now at Webster • Day camp experience presented conference-style at Webster University. June 24-26. Ages 14-18, $300.

METRO THEATER COMPANY SUMMER CAMPS Explore advanced acting and auditioning techniques, as well as stage combat, playwriting and more. 3311 Washington Avenue; metroplays.org; 314-932-7414 Middle School Camp • Acting and audition techniques, stage combat, stage makeup, playwriting. June 3-14. Ages 11-14, $575. High School Camp • Advanced acting and audition techniques, stage combat, playwriting. July 8-12. Ages 14-18, $295. Creative Arts CampSessions 1 and 2 • July 29-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-9. Ages 4-11, $255.

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 • July 28 — Aug. 4. Ages 6-17, free.

MIDWEST CYBER CENTER Join the Midwest Cyber Center for a weeklong free Summer CyberCamp. 735 Seibert Road #4, Scott Air Force Base, O’Fallon, Ill.; midwestcybercenter.org; 618722-5117 MC2 Summer CyberCamp — McKendree • June 10-14. Ages 11-18, $25. MC2 Summer CyberCamp — Ranken • July 15-19. Ages 11-18, $25.

MISSOURI MILITARY ACADEMY Each summer Missouri Military Academy welcomes young people to their summer camps and workshops to train, compete and learn in our state-of-the-art academic, military and recreational facilities. 204 North Grand Street, Mexico; missourimilitaryacademy. org/apps/pages/summerprograms; 573-581-1776 Leadership Camp • This program teaches boys to follow as well as lead and helps them to understand the benefits and responsibilities of being a leader. July 7-20. Ages 12-17, $2,100. Other sessions include Confidence Camp, Camp Core Skills and Camp Credit.

482 THF Boulevard, Chesterfield; mygym.com/ chesterfield/camp; 636-5369949 My Gym Camp Week 1 • Carnival Circus. June 4-6. Ages 3-10, $27. My Gym Camp Week 2 • Jungle. June 11-13. Ages 3-10, $27. Other weekly sessions include Space / Science, Pirates/ Fairies/Princesses and more.

Maryland Heights; sportportintl.leagueapps. com/camps; 618-974-8471 PlayFirst Summer Camp (Half Day) • Introduction to soccer. June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27 and July 22-25. Ages 4-11, $115. PlayFirst Summer Camp (Whole Day) • Introduction to soccer. June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27 and July 22-25. Ages 4-11, $210.

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Activities for the camps include exciting field trips and in-house entertainment, crafts, games and much more. 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Mo.; ofallon.mo.us/ parks&rec/camps; 636-4742732 Camp JACK Week 1 • Farm. May 28-31. Ages 5-12, $169. Camp GATOR Week 1 • Monster. May 28-31. Ages 5-12, $169. Other sessions include Magical Mysteries and STEM.

O’FALLON (ILL.) PARKS AND RECREATION Offers summer camps for kids of all ages. 255 South Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, Ill.; ofallonsummercamps.com; 618-624-0139 Welcome Summer: Camp Choo Choo • A week to welcome campers back. May 28-31. Ages 3-5, $110. Mini Camp: Soccer (week 2) Morning • A soccer camp with tips, drills, fun & games. June 3-7. Ages 6-13, $70. Other sessions include Bowling, Recreational Swimming and Gymnastics.

ONECITY STORIES Writing program focusing on creative writing and on print, broadcasting and film journalism. 1 University Boulevard, 302 Marillac Hall; onecitystories. org; 314-471-5546 OneCity Stories • June 10-28. 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. 210 Hazel Avenue, Webster Groves; experienceopera.org/ camps; 3149634251 Opera Camp for Kids in Webster Groves • June 10-14. Ages 9-12, $175. Opera Camp for Kids in St. Ann • June 17-21. Ages 9-12, $175.

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PlayFirst is designed to teach the game of soccer in a creative and dynamic manner. 12525 Sportport Road,

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; 314-286-4822 Advanced Robotics • Robotics program using TETRIX Prime robots. July 8-12. Ages 12-14, $95. Women in Engineering • Solve engineering challenges on a team of like-minded young women. July 15-19. Ages 15-17, $95. Other sessions include Adventures in Architecture, Website Design, Remote Control Race Engineering and more.

ROCKWOOD SUMMIT BASEBALL CAMP Rockwood Summit baseball camp for K-8 grade. 1780 Hawkins Road, Fenton; rockwood.k12.mo.us/ rsummit/athletics/Pages/ SportsCamps.aspx; 636-8916800 Pitching Clinic • Monday and Tuesday for grades 2-4 focusing on beginning pitching; Wednesday and Thursday for grades 5-7 focused on advanced pitching. June 18-15. Ages 7-13, $75.

ROHAN WOODS SCHOOL SUMMER PRESCHOOL PROGRAM This is not camp but an extension of the academic program Rohan Woods students enjoy during the school year. 1515 Bennett Avenue, Kirkwood; RohanWoods.org/ summer; 314-821-6270 Rohan Woods Summer Preschool Session I Full Day • Planes, Trains and Automobiles. June 3-14. Ages 2-3, $625. Rohan Woods Summer Preschool Session II — Full Day • Oceans of Summer Fun. June 17-28. Ages 2-3, $625. Other sessions include Camping and the Great Outdoors, Into the Woods and more.

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2019 SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE

ST. LOuIS POST-dISPaTCH • B11 10-July 19. Ages 14-18, free.

SACRED HEART VILLA The mission of Sacred Heart Villa is to provide an exceptional educational program rooted in strong Catholic values. 2108 Macklind Avenue; sacredheartvilla.org; 314771-2224 Week 1 Vacation Bible School • To Mars & Beyond. May 30-31. Ages 2-9, $110. Week 2 Vacation Bible School • To Mars & Beyond. June 3-7. Ages 2-9, $245. Other sessions include STEAM, Symphony of the Senses and more.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY PAVILION AT LEMAY The Pavilion at Lemay offers a variety of camps for kids. 305 Gregg Road; stlouisco. com/Parks/Lemay; 314-6158877 Abra-Kid-Abra Camp • Thinking Outside the Hat. June 10-14. Ages 5-10, $175. Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO Materials (Week 1) • Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics and eccentric motion. June 24-27. Ages 8-12, $136.50. Other sessions include AbraKid-Abra Camp Circus Arts, Comedy-Kid-Abra and Magic Mystery Camp.

SAGE (STUDENTS AS GARDEN EDUCATORS) The Students as Garden Educators program provides with an opportunity to lead fun activities about plants and nature in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden. 4344 Shaw Boulevard; missouribotanicalgarden. org/learn-discover/ youth-families/youth-teenprograms/sage-serviceprogram.aspx; 314-577-0850 SAGE Service Program • May 11-Nov. 3. Ages 14-18, free.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS AND REC AFFTON COMMUNITY CENTER Enjoy a variety of camps at the Affton Community Center. 9801 Mackenzie Road; stlouisco.com/ ParksandRecreation/ RecreationComplexes/ AfftonWhiteRodgersCommunityCenter; 314-615-8822 Abra-Kid-Abra Camp • Circus Stars. July 1-3. Ages 6-12, $105. Abra-Kid-Abra Camp • Thinking Outside the Magic Hat. July 15-18. Ages 6-12, $140.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS AND REC CAROUSEL AT FAUST PARK Faust Park offers a variety of summer camps for kids. 15189 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; stlouisco. com/ParksandRecreation/ ChildrensFun/StLouis CarouselatFaustPark; 314615-8345 Pioneer Crafts 2019 • Hands on crafting event. May 11. Ages 5-12, $20. Olden Days • Hands-onhistory event. June 7, July 12. Ages 2-12, $10.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION — QUEENY PARK Activities at Camp Queeny include sports, nature activities, arts and crafts, outdoor fun and special events.

ST. LOUIS LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

J.B. FORBES • jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Instructor Cortney Burch, 15, shows young swimmers proper form for a stroke during water safety camp on July 16 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. Swimming and other sports are among the many youth classes offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. 550 Weidman Road; reserve.stlouisco.com/ RecDynamicsWeb/Activities/ Search.aspx; 314-615-8472 Youth Fishing Day Camps • Children spend the week learning to be good anglers. June 3-7. Ages 9-15, $150. Camp Queeny • Fun in the sun this summer at Queeny Park. June 3-7. Ages 5-12, $75. Other sessions include Junior First Responder and Counselor in Training.

ST. LOUIS PARKS AND RECREATION — NORTH COUNTY RECREATION COMPLEX Campers will be swimming at the brand new water park several days a week. There will also be several field trips. 2577 Redman Road; stlouisco. com/parks; 314-615-8839 Camp Eagle’s Nest • Enjoy a variety of sports, crafts, theme days, nature programs, games and swimming daily. June 3-7. Ages 5-12, $60. Other sessions include Junior First Responder, Counselor in Training and more.

ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER CAMPS Free summer camps for kids and teens. 1301 Olive Street; slpl.org; 314-241-2288

Science Magic • Explore and experiment with ooey gooey slime, create chemical reactions, defy gravity and more. June 3-7. Ages 6-8, free. The Sorting Hat • Design your own students, teachers and fantastical creatures in your imaginary wizard school and create wands and more. June 3-7. Ages 6-7, free. Other sessions include Zoomazing Adventures, Digital Photography, Secret Agent Lab and more.

ST. LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER — SUMMER SCIENCE BLAST The St. Louis Science Center offers the cure for the “common camp” with its Summer Science Blast program. 5050 Oakland Avenue; slsc.org/learn-kid-familyactivities/summer-scienceblast; 314-289-4439 Energy Excitement • Learn about different forms of creating and harnessing energy. June 3-7. Ages 4-5, $150. Design & Demolish • It’s controlled destruction, for science. June 3-7. Ages 6-7, $150. Other sessions include Cool Contraptions, Flight Academy, Eco-Explorers and more.

ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY — SUMMER AT SLU

Engineers Camp and more.

SCC — COLLEGE FOR ALL KIDS

Academic and athletic camps/ academies for children ages 5-18. 3840 Lindell Boulevard; slu.edu/summer; 314-9773534 Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp • Campers will be learning, preparing and cooking a variety of dishes. June 3-Aug. 2. Ages 5-18, $325. Minecraft Design Challenge I • Begin an investigation into Minecraft with an exploration of your own creativity and problem solving skills. June 3-7. Ages 8-11, $295. Other sessions include Little Scholars: Dino Discovery, Mad Science: Gross Out Science and more.

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 Cooking Up Science • Learn all about basic science by doing fun cooking projects. June 3-7. Ages 8-11, $119. Cupcake Wars • Do you love to make cupcakes and watch cupcake wars on the Food Network? June 3-7. Ages 7-10, $125. Other sessions include Geocaching, Lego Junior Robotics Engineering, Woodworking and more.

ST. LOUIS ZOO

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS SUMMER CAMPS

Check out summer camps at the St. Louis Zoo, where campers see and touch live animals, learn about conservation and more. 1 Government Drive; stlzoo. org/summerprograms; 314646-4544, Junior Marine Biologist Camp • Four-day program. June 3-6. Ages 10-14, $215. Zoo Careers Camp • Fourday program. June 3-6. Ages 12-15, $215. Other sessions include Wild Worlds Camp, Conservation

Theater training for kids. 5715 Elizabeth Avenue; sfstl. com/in-the-schools/summercamps; 314-531-9800 Summer Camp with the Bard Sessions 1 and 2 • June 3-21, July 8-26. Ages 11-18, $550.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE SIUE offers a variety of summer camps. 1 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville;

siue.edu/summer/camps/ index.shtml; SIUE School of Engineering Camp Session 1 • This camp exposes students to careers in engineering. June 16-21, June 23-28. Ages 14-18, $450. SIUE Kindermusik Summer Camp • Children and their parents will learn the Kindermusik music and movement program. June 17-20. Ages 2-5, $75.

SPORTING ST. LOUIS SOCCER CAMPS PlayFirst is designed to teach the game of soccer in a creative and dynamic manner. 12525 Sportport Road, Maryland Heights; sportportintl.leagueapps. com/camps; 618-974-8471 Sporting St. Louis Soccer Camp (Full Day) • A great all-around soccer skills camp for kids ages 9-18. July 15-19. Ages 9-18, $230. Other sessions include Strikers and Goalkeepers Camp.

ST. LOUIS ARTWORKS SUMMER PROGRAM Paid art apprenticeship for youth ages 14-19 focusing on painting, technology, sculpture and media. 5959 Delmar Boulevard; stlartworks.org; 314-8999734 Summer Program • June

Gain a new set of tips and tricks to organize information and learn how to make the most of your study time and take tests with confidence. 13537 Barrett Parkway Drive, Suite 110, Ballwin; ldastl.org/ services/summer-workshopsessions; 314-966-3088 Summer Study Skills-Week 1 • June 17-21. Ages 12-13, $250. Summer Study Skills-Week 2 • June 24-28. Ages 10-12, $250.

STAGES PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY STAGES Performing Arts Academy this summer offers camps on acting, dancing and singing for kids ages 3-18. 1023 Chesterfield Parkway East, Chesterfield; stagesstlouis.org/PerformingArts-Academy; 636-449-5775 Dance Intensive for Teens • This class will push campers to sharpen essential dance knowledge for the stage. June 3-14. Ages 13-18, $295. STAGES ATA Inclusion Project • Designed to make the beauty of the musical theater arts accessible for campers with physical, cognitive and developmental delays. June 3-14. Ages 8-18, $175. Other sessions include Audition Workshop, Acting Adventures, Rock the Musical and more.

STRENGTH AND HONOR MENTORING AND TUTORING A character development camp for youth ages 5-15 that focuses on positively impacting youth through STEM activities. 1050 Smith Avenue, Ferguson; mysah.org; 314723-7582 Strength and Honor Mentoring • June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 22-26. Ages 5-15, $85.

MAY 20 – AUGUST 3

Summer Reading C lu b @ St. Louis County Library

BEST. SUMMER. EVER. Experience summer like never before at Camp Lakewood overnight camp. Sessions begin June 2. Register today at camplakewood.org

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Fun programs and activities for the whole family! Learn more at www.slcl.org.


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Cross Country Camp • For girls in seventh-12th grades. June 3-6. Ages 12-17, $84.71. Other weekly sessions include Cheerleading Camp, STEAM Camp and more.

SUMMER FUNDAMENTALS AT MIRIAM Miriam’s specialty camps are perfect for students entering grades K-12 who need a boost in fundamentals during the summer months. 501 Bacon Avenue, Webster Groves; miriamstl.org/summer-camps; 314-961-1500 Academic Bootcamp — Session 1 (Morning) • Provides instruction in reading, writing, math and learning strategies. June 10-21. Ages 5-13, $1,000. Reading Skills Camp — Session 1 (Afternoon) • Uses empirically based, multisensory phonics and reading comprehension programs. June 10-21. Ages 5-13, $1,000. Other sessions include Social/ Emotional Skills Camp, Social Skills Camp and more.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT LIVING WORD VBS “Rolling River Rampage” is for children ages 3 through fifth grade. 17315 Manchester Road, Wildwood; livingwordumc.org; 636-821-2800 Vacation Bible School at Living Word • To Mars and Beyond VBS 2019 at Living Word Church. June 24-28. Ages 3-10, $35.

VETTA SPORTS SUMMER CAMP — ST. CHARLES

SUMMER@IMSA IMSA offers programs for students with an interest in math and science. 2465 Amann Drive, Belleville; imsa. edu/extensionprograms/schedulesummer; 618-791-3855 Makey-Takey • Weeklong fun includes learning about circuits, physics, engineering and even coding a dance. June 10-14, June 24-28, July 15-19. Ages 8-9, $295. Space & Weather • Weeklong themes are weather, physics, chemistry and aerospace engineering. June 10-14, June 24-28, July 15-19. Ages 10-11, $295.

SUMMERQUEST Day camp for children entering grades K-8 with a wide array of sports and activities. Before and after care provided at an additional cost. 2 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton; summerquest.org; 314-854-6023 K-3 Grade Session 1: Fantastic Beasts • Children entering grades K-3 can learn all about real world and imaginary animals. June 3-14. Ages 5-9, $475. Other sessions include K-3 Grade Session 2: Toy Story, K-3 Grade Session 3: Wild Wild West and more.

SURVIVE & THRIVE IN GOD’S KINGDOM 7701 Rannells Avenue, Maplewood; 314-781-5434 Session One • June 3-28. Ages 6-12, $600. Session Two • July 8 — Aug. 2. Ages 6-12, $600.

SWIFT NATURE CAMP Swift Nature Camp is a co-ed overnight nature camp for children. W7471 Ernie Swift Road, Minong, Wis.; swiftnaturecamp.com; 630654-8036 Explorer 2 • Nature, science, animals and camping trips and much more. July 21 -Aug. 9. Ages 7-15, $1,999.

SYLVAN LEARNING OF ST. PETERS Educational summer programs for students pre-k through college including reading, writing, math, study skills, test prep and STEM. 4505 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters; locations.sylvanlearning. com/us/saint-peters-mo; 636-4411212 Robotics Camp Session 1 • Learn STEM concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging way. June 3-6. Ages 7-11, $149. Speed Reading Week 1 • Children will learn to read better, faster, more confidently. June 3-6. Ages 13-18, $299. Other sessions include Brain Games Week, Sum Fun & Subtraction Action and more.

SYLVAN LEARNING OF WASHINGTON, MO. Children learn reading, writing and math skills, study skills and STEM. 6244 Hwy 100, Suite 160, Washington; locations. sylvanlearning.com/us/ washington-mo; 636-390-9211 Early Literacy Enrichment • For any student entering Pre-K. June 10-13, June 24-27, July 22-Aug. 1. Ages 3-5, $120. Robotics STEM Camp • Great for students entering into 1-3 grades. July 8-11. Ages 6-9, $125. Other sessions include Robotics and Coding STEM Camp, Advanced Reading Workshop and more.

SYLVAN OF LAKE SAINT LOUIS Camps for children seeking fun, hands-on robotics, engineering and coding. 141 Civic Center Drive, Lake Saint Louis; locations.sylvanlearning. com/us/wentzville-mo; 636-8870885 Robotics STEM Camp • Great for students entering into 1-3 grades.

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HILLARY LEVIN • hlevin@post-dispatch.com

Paige Kessler, 12, of St. Charles, lines up her shot while Josie Patterson, 11, of St. Louis, waits her turn during Bobby McCormack’s Basketball Camp on Aug. 6 at St. Louis Priory School in Creve Coeur. June 3-6. Ages 6-9, $149. Robotics and Coding STEM Camp • Great for students entering into 4-6 grades. June 10-13. Ages 10-12, $149. Other sessions include Science and Engineering Camps and Advanced Reading Workshop.

TASK — TEAM ACTIVITIES FOR SPECIAL KIDS Team Activities for Special Kids provides athletic and social opportunities to kids with special needs. 980 Horan Drive, Fenton; tasksports.org; 636-343-8275 TASK Program I and II • Summer Adventure. June 3-7, June 24-28. Ages 17-100, $150. TASK CBC Camp • Fun Day Camp Hosted by CBC High School. July 8-12. Ages 5-100, $150.

THE ACADEMY OF RACING SCIENCE These five-day camps are focused around racing and STEM. 8800 Watson Road; academyofracing.org; 314-2970720 Racing & Robotics Summer Camp • Camps are all about fun, racing and STEM. May 28-31, June 10-14, June 24-28, July 15-19, July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 8-12, $375.

THE COLLEGE SCHOOL SUMMER ADVENTURES Every summer, the College School offers a variety of adventures for children ages 4-15. 7825 Big Bend Boulevard; thecollegeschool.org/ summercamp; 314-962-9355 Twist, Twirl and Tumble • Campers will engage in a variety of forms of movement and dance. June 3-14. Ages 4-6, $475. Creative Crafters • Campers will use a variety of mediums to create one-of-a-kind projects. June 3-14. Ages 6-8, $475. Other sessions include Underwater Explorers, Taste of Missouri and more.

THE DIG! AT SAPPINGTON HOUSE A service learning program, partial university-level archaeology field school. 1015 Sappington Road; 314-918-1617 The DIG! At Sappington House • Students work under the guidance of professional archaeologists and teachers. May 30-June 15. Ages 14-18, free.

THE ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL OF CLAYTON STEM comes to life as campers explore robotics, design, coding and 3D printing through hands-on activities and journeys. 6345 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton; stmichaelschool.org/our-schoolday/camps; 314-721-4422 Maker Camp • June 10-21, June 24-July 3, July 8-19, July 22-Aug. 2. Ages 4-12, $500.

TRINITY NEIGHBORHOOD CAMP This camp helps parents prepare their children (ages 5-10) to succeed in the school year. 600 North Euclid Avenue; stl. blueprint4summer.com/camp/ details/804; 314-303-6116 Trinity Neighborhood Camp • July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 5-10, $0.

U-CREATE SUMMER CAMP U-CREATE is designed to be an active camp that both educates and stimulates while kids have fun. 1 University Boulevard, 229 Recreation and Wellness Center; umsl.edu/campusrecreation/ youthprograms/ ucreatesummercamp-page.html; 314-516-2344 Week 1: Camp Kikumowtdahowz • Sleepaway theme in a day camp setting. June 3-7. Ages 6-12, $150. Week 2: Ready Camper One • Live out video games in real life. June 10-14. Ages 6-12, $150. Other weekly sessions include College Week, Road Trip Through the USA and more.

U.S. KIDS GOLF PROGRAM Explore a variety of golfing summer camps for youth this summer. P.O. Box 31071; stlouisgolflessons. com/uskids-golf-camps.html; 314440-9082 U.S. Kids Golf Camp • Fun golf camp for kids. June 10-13, July 15-18 Aug. 5-8. Ages 6-13, $250.

Rock Climbing Camp (Week 2) • Cliff Hangers Camp. June 5-8. Ages 11-15, $230.

UPPER LIMITS YOUTH CLIMBING CLINICS — MARYLAND HEIGHTS Upper Limits Summer Camps run for four days, Tuesday to Friday, with half-day or full-day options. 1874 Lackland Hill Parkway; upperlimits.com/west-county/ programs/clinics; 314-991-2516 Rock Climbing Camp Week 1 • Rock Dwellers Camp. May 28-31. Ages 7-10, $215. Rock Climbing Camp Week 2 • Cliff Hangers Camp. June 4-7. Ages 11-15, $230.

UPPER LIMITS ROCK CLIMBING CAMPS CHESTERFIELD Upper Limits Summer Camps run for four days, Tuesday to Friday with half-day or full-day options. 17375 Edison Avenue, Chesterfield; upperlimits.com; 314-241-7625 Rock Climbing Camp (Week 1) • Rock Dwellers Camp. May 29-June 1. Ages 7-10, $215. Rock Climbing Camp (Week 2) • Cliff Hangers Camp. June 19-22. Ages 11-15, $215.

URSULINE ACADEMY — SUMMER STEAM AND SPORTS CAMP A variety of summer camps, ranging from sports to STEAM, for children. 341 South Sappington Road; ursulinestl.org/events; 314-9842800 Strength & Conditioning Camp • For girls in seventh-eighth grades. May 28-31. Ages 12-14, $84.71.

UMSL BRIDGE PROGRAM NINTH-10TH GRADE SUMMER ACADEMY

VETTA SUMMER CAMP — CONCORD Vetta Sports Summer Camp has fun and entertainment from sports and inflatables to water fun. 12320 Old Tesson Road, St. Louis; VettaSports.com/camp; 314-8423111 Vetta Summer Camp • May 23-24, May 27- 31, June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5 (no camp on Thurs, 7/4), July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29 — Aug. 2, Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 12-16. Ages 5-12, $66. Kickaroos Summer Camp • Kickaroos camp is the perfect first camp to introduce children to soccer in an active and fun setting. June 3-6, June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27, July 8-11, July 15-18, July 22-25, July 29 — Aug. 1, Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 12-15. Ages 3-5, $120.

VETTA SUMMER CAMP — MANCHESTER Vetta Sports offers the perfect summer camp for children looking to stay active while having fun. 150 Enchanted Parkway, Manchester; VettaSports.com/ camp; 636-391-1227 Vetta Summer Camp • May 28-31, June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5 (no camp on July 4), July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 12-13. Ages 5-12, $144. Kickaroos Summer Camp • June 3-6, June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27, July 8-11, July 15-18, July 22-25, July 29-Aug. 1 and Aug. 5-8. Ages 3-5, $120.

Vetta Sports offers the perfect summer camp for children looking to stay active while having fun. 220 East Avenue, Webster Groves; VettaSports.com/camp; 314-9629248 Vetta Summer Camp • May 28-31, June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug 2, Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 13-16. Ages 5-12, $144. Kickaroos Summer Camp • June 3-6, June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27, July 8-11, July 15-18, July 22-25, July 29 — Aug. 1, Aug. 5-8 and 12-15. Ages 3-5, $120.

VILLA DUCHESNE AND OAK HILL SCHOOL PASSPORT TO SUMMER Passport to Summer welcomes students from all schools to experience athletics, academics and adventure. 801 South Spoede Road; vdoh.org/ campus-life/passport-to-summer; 314-810-3454 Camp Holidaze • June 3-14. Ages 3-12. $295. Camp Einstein • June 17-28. Ages 3-12, $295. Other weekly sessions include Lights, Camera, Action and Aquapalooza.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SUMMER EXPERIENCES Continue on your path of academic success. 11 North Jackson Road, Suite 1000; summerexperiences.wustl.edu; 314-935-4807 High School Pre-Medical Institute (June) • Explore the medical profession. June 9-28. Ages 14-18, $5,785. High School Pre-Engineering Institute (June) • Explore the engineering profession. June 9-28. Ages 14-18, $5,785. Middle School Summer Challenge • Expand your critical thinking skills in an exciting and innovative environment. June 17-28. Ages 11-14, $1,985. Other weekly sessions include High School Global Leadership Institute, High School Environmental Studies Institute and more.

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS SUMMER MEDIA CAMPS Summer camps for high school-age students. 470 East Lockwood Avenue; webster.edu/mediacamps; 314246-7735 Game Design • Get introduced to game design and development. June 10-14. Ages 13-18, $350. Filmmaking • Learn to plan, shoot and edit a short film. June 17-21. Ages 13-18, $350. Music Recording • Learn useful recording and music mixing skills. June 24-28. Ages 13-18, $350.

LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK 12580 Rott Road, / Saint Louis, Missouri 63127 314.615.5278 / www.laumeier.org

The academy offers academic enrichment courses in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development. 1 University Boulevard, Lucas Hall 107; umsl.edu/precollegiate; 314516-5196 Bridge Program Summer Academy • June 17-July 12. Ages 14-16, free.

2019 SUMMER ART CAMPS + TEEN ART PROGRAM

THE GREEN CENTER Each camp will have students explore the prairie, forest, wetland, greenhouse and discovery garden outdoor classrooms. 8025 Blackberry Avenue, University City; thegreencenter.org/camps. html; 314-725-8314 Ext. 105 Nature Play Camp • Students will use their senses in the outdoors, learn about different habitats and more. June 3-7. Ages 5-7, $135. Nature Photography Camp • Students will learn the basics of using a digital camera. Cameras will be provided for students. June 10-14. Ages 8-13, $135. Other sessions include Get Outdoors Camp, Green Chef Camp, Nature Photography Camp and more.

Vetta Sports Summer Camp has fun and entertainment for children ages 5-12, from sports and inflatables to water fun and friends. 1425 St. Peters Cottleville Road, Cottleville; VettaSports.com/camp; 636-498-4625 Vetta Summer Camp • May 20-24, May 27- 31, June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19 July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 12-16. Ages 5-12, $160. Kickaroos Summer Camp • Kickaroos camp introduces children to soccer in an active and fun setting. June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19 July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-9. Ages 3-5, $140.

VETTA SUMMER CAMP — SOCCERDOME

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY HEARTLAND

HALF-DAY ART CAMPS / AGES 4 TO 6 FULL-DAY ART CAMPS / AGES 6 TO 12 TEEN ART PROGRAM / AGES 13 TO 17

Special Needs Day Camp for 10- to 20-year-olds providing crafts, physical activities, social skills and community activities. 8645 Old Bonhomme Road; ucpheartland.org/services/st-louischildren-services/summer-daycamp; 314-994-1600 Ext. 3303 Summer Day Camp • Learning to work together, play together and socialize appropriately. June 3-July 26. Ages 10-20, $200.

REGISTER NOW! www.laumeier.org/artcamp

UPPER LIMITS YOUTH CLIMBING CLINICS — DOWNTOWN Upper Limits summer camps run for four days, Tuesday to Friday with half-day or full-day options. 326 South 21st Street; upperlimits. com; 314-241-7625 Rock Climbing Camp (Week 1) • Rock Dwellers Camp. May 29-June 1. Ages 7-10, $215.

adventure!

Choose Your Summer From extreme sports to fishing, nature, history and explorer camps – St. Charles County Parks has experiences for every definition of fun and every adventurous kid age 6–15. For a list of camps, dates and registration information, visit stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.


03.10.2019 • Sunday • M 1 YFC SUMMER DAYCAMP The YFC Summer Day Camp is a nine-week program for campers ages 5-13 that focuses on fun learning. 818 Cass Avenue; theyfc.org; 314-231-1147 YFC Camp Week 1 • Fun with finance. June 3-Aug. 2. Ages 5-13, $50. YFC Camp Week 2 • Kids & Science. June 3-Aug. 2. Ages 5-13, $50. Other weekly sessions include Law, Order & Safety; Nature and Me; Art Exploration; and more.

YMCA CAMP LAKEWOOD 13528 State Highway AA, Potosi, Mo.; camplakewood. org; 1-573-438-2155 Ranger/Rustic Engineering • A seven-day wilderness camp. June 9-15. Ages 13-16, $695. Equestrian Camp • A oneweek horsemanship camp experience. July 16-22. Ages 13-16, $935. Other weekly sessions include Mini Raptor Camp, Leader-inTraining and more.

YMCA CARONDELET PARK REC COMPLEX 930 Holly Hills Drive; gwrymca.org/summer-daycamp-carondelet-park-reccomplex; 314-768-9622 Traditional • Camp Discovery is designed for a wide variety of conventional interests that include arts and crafts, group games, nature exploration, swimming, field trips, a weekly visit to the library and more. May 28-31. Ages 5-13, $120. Arts and Humanities Camps • Ages 5 and up unless noted otherwise. June 3-7. Ages 5-13, $160.

YMCA CHESTERFIELD 16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield; gwrymca.org/ locations/chesterfield; 636532-3100 Chesterfield Drama Storybook Musical • Week 5 — Storybook Musical. June 10-21. Ages 5-8, $195. Chesterfield Outdoor Adventure Fun Around Town • Week 11 — Fun Around Town. June 10-14. Ages 6-13, $215. Other weekly sessions include Carnival Craze, To Infinity and Beyond and more.

YMCA CLINTON COUNTY 14160 Jamestown Road, Breese; gwrymca.org; 618526-5628 Traditional Camp • Week 1 — The Summer Adventure Begins. May 28-31. Ages 5-12, $125. Traditional Camp • Week 2 — Prepare, Smell & Taste. June 3-7. Ages 5-12, $125. Other weekly sessions include Sports of all Sorts, Let’s Be Explorers and more.

YMCA COLLINSVILLE, MARYVILLE, TROY 1 Town Center Drive, Maryville; gwrymca.org/ locations/collinsvillemaryville-troy-ymca; 618346-5600 Traditional Camp • Week 1 Make New Friends. May 28-31. Ages 6-12, $130. Preschool Camp • Week 2 Scientific Bang. June 3-7. Ages 3-5, $110. Other weekly sessions include Card Game Chaos, Aquatic Adventures and more.

2019 SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE YMCA EAST BELLEVILLE 2627 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville; gwrymca.org/ bellevillecamp; 618-236-9983 Sports Camp • Soccer. June 3-7. Ages 6-13, $150. Special Interest Arts & Humanities Camp • Artrageous. June 3-7. Ages 6-13, $150. Other weekly sessions include Aquatics Adventures, Strength & Conditioning and more.

YMCA EDWARD JONES 12521 Marine Avenue; gwrymca.org/locations/ edward-jones-family-ymca; 314-439-9622 Sports Camps • Wide World of Sports-Week 1. May 28-31. Ages 6-8, $148. Traditional Camp • Superhero Week-Week 3. June 10-14. Ages 5-13, $180. Other weekly sessions include Backyard Games, Silly Science and more.

YMCA EMERSON 3390 Pershall Road; gwrymca.org/locations/ emerson-family-ymca; 314521-1822 Sports Camp Waupaca • Week 3 Emerson Track & Dreams Sports Camp. June 10-14. Ages 5-13, $125. Traditional Camp Waupaca • Week 3 All Around the World. June 10-14. Ages 5-13, $110. Other weekly sessions include Superhero Week, Swim Basics and more.

YMCA FOUR RIVERS 400 Grand Avenue, Washington; gwrymca.org/ locations/four-rivers-familyymca; 636-239-5704 Special Interest Camps • Babysitting certification. June 3-6. Ages 10-12, $100. Traditional Camp • Making a Splash. June 3-7. Ages 5-12, $105. Other weekly sessions include Full STEAM Ahead, Stars and Stripes Forever and more.

YMCA JEFFERSON COUNTY 1303 YMCA Drive, Festus; gwrymca.org/locations/ jefferson-county-familyymca; 636-931-9622 Traditional • June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-9. Ages 5-12, $120.

YMCA KIRKWOOD 325 North Taylor, Kirkwood; gwrymca.org/locations/ kirkwood-family-ymca; 314965-9622 Aquatic Camp • Aqua Kids Camp Week 1. May 28-31. Ages 5-13, $163. Gymnastic and Circus Camp • Gymnastic Camp Week 1. May 28-31. Ages 5-13, $159. Other weekly sessions include Sports Mayhem Camp, Off Broadway Camp and more.

YMCA MID-COUNTY 1900 Urban Drive, Brentwood; gwrymca.org/ midcounty; 314-962-9450 Ext. 226 Week 1: Half Day Swimmer’s Challenge • May 28-31. Ages 6-12, $135. Week 1: Full Day Gymnastics • May 28-31. Ages 5-13, $190. Other weekly sessions include

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YMCA MONROE COUNTY 9514 Caring Way, Columbia, Ill.; gwrymca.org/locations/ monroe-county-ymca-htccenter; 618-281-9622 Week 1: Holiday Week • STEAM into Summer. May 28-31. Ages 6-12, $130. Week 2: Gardening Camp • June 3-7. Ages 6-12, $155. Other weekly sessions include Animal Kingdom, Once Upon a Time and more.

YMCA MONSANTO 5555 Page Boulevard; gwrymca.org/locations/ monsanto-family-ymca; 314367-4646 Week 2: The Foundation of Friendship • June 10-14. Ages 5-13, $120. Week 6: Lights, Camera, Action • July 8-12. Ages 5-13, $120. Other weekly sessions include Game Show Mania, Splash and Dash, and more.

YMCA O’FALLON, ILL. 284 North Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon; gwrymca.org/ locations/ofallon-ymcaillinois; 618-628-7701 Arts & Humanities Camp — Artful Antics • June 3-7. Ages 6-9, $150. Sports Camp — Flag Football • June 10-14. Ages 6-12, $150. Other weekly sessions include Soccer, Rock Climbing and more.

YMCA O’FALLON, MO. 3742 Pheasant Meadow Drive, O’Fallon; gwrymca. org/locations/ofallon-familyymca-missouri; 636-379-0092 Week 3: Cooking Camp •

ST. LOuIS POST-dISPaTCH • B13 June 10-14. Ages 6-8, $180. Week 4: Young Scientist Camp • June 17-21. Ages 6-8, $180. Other weekly sessions include Cheer Camp, Flag Football Camp and more.

YMCA SOUTH CITY 3150 Sublette Avenue; http:/ gwrymca.org/southcity; 314644-3100 Aquatics Camp: Pirates of the High Seas • July 15-19. Ages 6-13, $155. Special Interest Camp: Baker’s Dozen • July 15-19. Ages 8-13, $155. Other weekly sessions include Water Adventures Camp, Superhero Week and more.

YMCA ST. CHARLES 3900 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters; gwrymca.org/ locations/st-charles-countyfamily-ymca; 636-928-1928 Special Interest Camp: STEM • July 22-26. Ages 6-13, $150. Special Interest Camp: Wizards Academy • June 3-7. Ages 6-13, $150. Other weekly sessions include Baseball/Summerball, Sticky Icky and more.

YMCA TRI-CITY 451 Niedringhaus Avenue, Granite City; gwrymca.org/ locations/tri-city-ymca; 618876-7200 Week 2: World Travels • June 3-7. Ages 4-12, $105. Week 11: Rock the Vote • 3 Days. Aug. 5-9. Ages 4-12, $105. Other weekly sessions include Artful Antics, Soccer and more.

YMCA WILDWOOD 2641 Highway 109, Wildwood; gwrymca.org/wildwoodymca-summer-camp-andschools-out-camp; 636-4586636 Week 1: Baking and Cake Decorating • Campers will learn the basics of baking and cake/cupcake decorating in this camp. May 28-31. Ages 5-15, $180. Week 4: Dance and Gymnastics • June 17-21. Ages 3-5, $110. Other weekly sessions include Float, Climb and Cave; Hip Hop Gymnastics; and more.

YUCANDU ART STUDIO SUMMER CAMPS Yucandu is an arts and crafts studio for adults and children located in Webster Groves. Yucandu offers safe and creative camps with fun materials in an artsy studio. 20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; yucandu.com/camps; 314-963-4400 Camp Cannoli • Celebrate dogs with art. May 28-31. Ages 6-11, $275. Imaginating • Create openended art. June 3-6. Ages 5-11, $125. Design a Diorama • Design an elaborate fairy garden. June 17-20. Ages 5-8, $175. Other weekly sessions based on age include Mosaics & Monoprints, Make It Magical, Constructing Crafts and more. Emma Baker, special to the Post-Dispatch, compiled this report with information submitted to Blueprint4Summer.com.

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directly from engineers, foresters and wildlife experts. They fish, hike, navigate with compasses and explore caves. “It makes the kids more knowledgeable about nature, learning survival skills, how to read a map, what to expect in the woods,” says Mays-Rayford. “Their self-esteem goes up when they know, ‘Oh, I know how to build a fire, how to set up a tent,’” she says. “It builds a lot of self-confidence.”

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doing at camps for decades. “That’s the top. Swimming. Every survey,” says Laurie McTearnen, who has been working for the Gateway Region YMCA for 36 years. “The next thing is making new friends. You’re getting kids from different schools and all different areas.” About 9,000 children from across the region attend YMCA day camps at its 22 branches, says McTearnen. There are more than 475 different ones, from the tried-and-true sports and arts camps to coding, equestrian and “Off-Broadway” theater camps. The Y is the single biggest camp provider in the area, but it’s still just a small slice of the camps put on by Scouts, nonprofits, churches, schools, sports leagues and arts organizations. “In the past, it was the Y that was closest to you where you sent your kids. But now parents really shop around,” McTearnen says. She recommends parents consider what their child is interested in when selecting a camp. “Is there something you’d like them to explore or expand upon for better self-esteem or to be more self-reliant? “Some of the camps we’ve really seen grow are some of the enrichment and special-interest camps. It’s some of the things

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A float trip on the Meramec River is part of the Extreme Rangers camp offered by the YMCA South City branch. The camp is one of several in a whole series of Ranger Camps.

you can’t get in school.” One specialty camp that is relatively new to the Y is its all-outdoors Ranger program. McTearnen says that initially, Y directors were nervous the Rangers wouldn’t take off when they secured a two-year funding grant for it. That was five years ago. It’s been growing ever since. Turns out, “if a camp is run well, the kids don’t miss their technology,” she says. LaCrissa Mays-Rayford is the director of Outdoor Ranger Camps, which are based out of the South City branch. But that’s only the morning meeting spot. Every week of the five-week program, young rangers board

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a bus from the Y and head off to explore a local state or national park. The Ranger Camps are run in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. National Parks Services, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri State Parks. Each week has its own theme, from Rookie Rangers for youngsters ages 5 to 7 to Extreme Rangers for 11- to 15-year-olds, which includes a float trip along the Meramec River. “It’s probably one of the best camps around,” says MaysRayford, who admits she may be biased. Because of their partnerships, the campers get to learn

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A CAMP FOR EVERY KID According to the American Camp Association, there are more than 14,000 day and overnight camps held in the United States, and about 14 million kids and adults attend camp each summer. “It’s a rite of passage,” says Jean Larson Steck of Variety the Children’s Charity. The nonprofit for kids with special needs has been holding summer camps since 2004 to make sure every child has an opportunity to experience that rite of passage regardless of physical or intellectual ability. “We take all the kids,” says Steck. Each week, the 80 or so campers are paired with their own counselor, which helps them build relationships and improve social skills. Nurses and therapists provide support. They take field trips to fish in Forest Park, ice skate and swim at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, rock climb at the Center of Clayton and play baseball at Catch-22 Miracle Field in Chesterfield. “We do everything every other camp does. We’re always finding new places to play with us,” Steck says. “The camps get better and better each year.” Variety camps are free for families and accept kids and teens from 15 counties in Missouri and 15 in Illinois. “We want to look at ability and not disability. It’s not a fixing thing. It’s an inclusion thing,” says Steck. “You get to do this, too.”

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A POSSE OF FRIENDS Cyndy Keesee of O’Fallon, Ill., noticed the growth in confidence in her own children when she sent them to the Y’s Camp Lakewood three decades ago. She sees it again today, with her 14-yearold granddaughter, Maleah Keesee. This will be Maleah’s fifth time at the Potosi, Mo., overnight camp. The teen lives in Colorado Springs but spends most of her summers with her grandparents, who have a farm near the camp. About 2,000 children attend Lakewood each summer, which offers special programs for firsttime overnighters, a horse ranch camp and adventure programs that teach wilderness skills in addition to the more typical overnight camping experiences. All campers spend time swimming, canoeing and fishing in the lake, and unplugging from their Snaps and apps. Daily “clinics” let them choose from activities such as animation, snorkeling, rugby and wind surfing. Perennial camp favorites such as capture the flag, flashlight tag and cookouts happen under the stars. “It’s one of the things she looks forward to every year,” says Keesee of her granddaughter.

“She has friends in St. Louis that she has gone to camp with. She has made a posse. “It’s great for her self-esteem, really good for her confidence. It’s empowered her.”

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