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Summer Camp 25th Annual & Activity Fair



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• Tips for choosing a day or overnight camp • Strasenburgh Planetarium is out of this world • Theater camp gets dramatic • Time out for mom — stop and smell the flowers!


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25th year! ‘Try it, you’ll like it’ Warning: clichés ahead … Build it and they will come. (We built it and they came.) Try it, you’ll like it. (They tried it, and they liked it). We crazy (but fun) moms at Roc Parent magazine teamed up with our pals at to present the first-ever “Try It!” Fair at Eastview Mall on Jan. 26. The hands-on event focused on winter and indoor activities for kids and families. Many of our friends and advertisers joined in to let kids “try it,” and 2,000 Roc Parent and KOA readers came out to the mall for an amazing four-hour Salley Thornton event. Publisher While I was happily surprised by the huge turnout, I was not surprised as to “why.” Spending the majority of my adult life in the museum world, I know that families want to be engaged and enthralled and that includes an array of hands-on activities. We feature two pages of photos from the “Try It!” Fair in this issue, where you can see kids having fun blowing trumpets, playing violins, hugging princesses, and getting to know pirates and robots. We plan to bring that kind of magic back to Eastview Mall as we present the 25th Annual Dresden Engle Camp Fair on Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to Managing Editor 6 p.m. We are literally taking over the mall – for the 25th year! And the timing is right, because as spring nears, kids and parents have summer on their minds. Recently my 12-year-old daughter looked longingly at the Bay View YMCA as we drove near it. “I cannot wait until camp!” she said, as her mind raced with memories of past summers at camp, blended with excitement for camp adventures yet to unfold. Summer is a special time for kids. And summer camp makes it even that much more special!

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WRITERS IN THIS ISSUE AMANDA SLAVER BAYER has worked in communications for 13 years, including a management position with Rochester Museum & Science Center, and is currently a freelance writer and editor. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and resides in Irondequoit with her husband and two children. KIMBERLY BLAKER is a freelance writer and the author of a kid’s STEM book, Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? In this issue she writes about young explorers. ELIZABETH CRONY is a woman of action, whether executing a marketing plan or mastering the de-cluttering and cleaning of a house. With a background in fashion and merchandising, she is a founding member of Femfessionals Rochester and COO of Big Thinkers LLC, as well as the former president of Blacktie Colorado. She is a happily married mom of two young girls. JACK GARNER was staff film critic at the Democrat and Chronicle for 30 years and retired as the chief national critic for the Gannett newspapers. He continues to write a weekly entertainment column for the newspaper. During his newspaper career he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1971 Attica prison rebellion. He is the recipient of the George Eastman Medal of Honor, author of the book From My Seat on the Aisle, and writer of the JCC CenterStage play “The Hitmakers: The British Are Coming.” He and his wife of 49 years, Bonnie, have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Author, journalist, and writing coach CHRISTINA KATZ adores spring. Every year, she tosses out the old, crusty past and embraces the raw, delicate and irrepressible energy of renewal. DAWN KELLOGG is the communications manager for Geva Theatre Center. She has been in the arts for most of her life and considers herself very lucky to work in an industry that she loves. JANEEN LEWIS is a freelance journalist and mom to Andrew and Gracie. Some of her fondest memories happened at overnight camp. DEANNA KING is the mother of three who has mastered the art of writing — especially the honest truth about parenting. She created the blog several years ago. Deanna’s sarcastic wit can be heard every morning on The Brother Wease Show on Radio 95.1. DEENA VIVIANI works by day as a young adult services librarian at Brighton Memorial Library and by night she writes for children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Communications from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University at Buffalo. Deena lives in Rochester with her young daughter, musician husband, and a large number of guitars, computers and, of course, books.

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Planetarium is a star Strasenburgh celebrates 50th anniversary with major renovation. “Try It!” Fair Pix More than 2,000 parents and kids joined us in January for hands-on fun! Book Nook Spring-focused books celebrate sunnier days. Explore Away Turn your kid’s creative energy into fun, educational activities. Help for troubled teens Mental Health Assn. of Rochester has programs for teens and parents.

ALSO INSIDE 10 Dear Dr. Amy Overcoming anxiety by stretching beyond your comfort zone. 15 Organized Clutterbug Clear the mental clutter by writing it all down. 25 The Cynical Mother I wanted him to be ‘normal’ … but he’s even better.


AMY JERUM, DNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS, is a doctorally prepared pediatric nurse practitioner and board-certified pediatric mental health specialist. She is also the mother of three boys. She is the director of Workforce Development at URMC Complex Care Center, a faculty member of CAP-PC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care), and assistant professor of Clinical Nursing at University of Rochester, School of Nursing.



Freelance journalist, CHRISTA MELNYK HINES and her husband are the parents of two happy day campers. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World. Learn more at


Time Out for Mom Hey, mom, stop and smell the flowers, plus a lot more! Digital device contract Setting expectations for positive online behavior.

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Camp Fair section Articles and detailed ads help you find the camp. About our featured camps Info gathered all in one place Camp at Grandma’s Bonnie and Jack Garner make summer special with theme nights and day trips.

Overnight camp = life lessons Taking risks and increasing communication and socialization Theater camp gets dramatic OFC Creations is the largest theater camp in upstate



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• Tips for choosing day or overnight camp • Strasenburgh Planetarium is out of this world • Theater camp gets dramatic • Time out for mom – stop and smell the flowers!


Among the many summer camps in Rochester are camps focused on the arts, including music, dance, and theater. From left is Bruno Agostini of Pittsford with the guitar; singer and actress Colette Roes of Pittsford, representing OFC Creations; and a young ballerina representing the New York State Ballet Training Academy. (PHOTO BY MIGUEL SAMPLER)

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“At last, this is what we’ve been waiting for!” That’s what visitor reaction has been to the dramatic planetarium update, according to Steve Fentress, director of Strasenburgh Planetarium, The biggest “wow” of it all? “The moment we depart from Earth and you realize that Rochester is expanding underneath you. It’s a completely new experience,” said Fentress. The Strasenburgh Planetarium, part of the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), has landed on a milestone anniversary — 50 years, having opened its doors in 1968. The beloved community treasure celebrated its halfcentury birthday with the biggest renovation in its history. The transformed space and new technology were revealed publicly on January 12. Let’s take a quick look back. So many Rochestarians have grown up taking school field trips to the Strasenburgh Planetarium. They have journeyed up the dark path into the Star Theater which revealed a giant four-story dome. They sat reclined and watched the twinkling stars appear from the mighty Carl Zeiss star projector known simply as “Carl.” The awe of deep space was revealed in a mind-blowing display. Many left energized with the thought of what could be beyond our solar system. 6

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Deep space in real time

Planetarium visitors now have the opportunity for an even more intense experience thanks to the centerpiece change — the installation of what the industry calls “fulldome” technology. Digistar 6, created by planetarium equipment supplier Evans & Sutherland, has transported the Strasenburgh into a new era. Computer software and hardware, digital video projectors and specialized lenses combine to create astronomical experiences that are simply stellar. The visuals are of the actual celestial bodies and are displayed in real time. “This is Saturn and its rings and the shadows the rings are casting on the globe of Saturn right this moment, all calculated in real time,” Fentress told the first public audience in January. This is virtually the closest thing on earth to flying freely through the cosmic universe. Audiences are surrounded by stars as they rocket through galaxies. The software equips the fulldome system with the orbits and surfaces of planets and moons as well as the thousands of comets and asteroids in our solar system with remarkable accuracy. Viewers can examine planets in high-resolution 3D from multiple viewpoints and bolt from one cosmic vista to the next. “It’s as if you were actually going there,” Fentress said.

Celestial curiosity

“These enhancements to the planetarium are tremendous to the RMSC, but more so to the community,” said Hillary Olson, president and CEO of RMSC. “We are giving our very best service to people from ages 2 to 102. They will have an experience that will lead to learning.” Celestial wonder has no age limit. Advice to parents: Don’t be afraid to bring the little ones. A concise 23-minute show has kids traveling around the universe meeting the planets. To teenagers and young adults: Shows aren’t just for kids. Many will engage you, too. And for grandparents and retired adults: Fulfill the quest for lifelong learning.

“It’s not just about astronomy learning,” added Olson. “It’s about immersing yourself in a way that’s exciting and sparks curiosity. Zoom to Saturn, hover over the moon’s terrain, and see what’s happening five lightyears away.” Evidence of curiosity in space shines through with audience questions. “As soon as students see the moon or Saturn, they start asking to go other places,” said Fentress. “‘Can you also go to the supermassive black hole!?’” The vast amount of data used in the shows comes from publicly funded research by NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey and National Science Foundation. The planetarium is now connected with 200 other planetariums on a Digistar cloud to exchange data. “With the old system we were never able to deeply zoom in on something and actually see it as it is. We would have artist renderings on slides, and this just completely changes everything,” said Olson. The new system capabilities aren’t limited to outer See PLANETARIUM on page 8

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space, but can bring audiences on a journey through the human brain, the living cell, and complex molecules, as well as reconstructions of historical sites.

A new space

The theater itself now features an open floor area and movable upright seating, which encourage active exploration. All chairs can be completely removed to become a transformative space for music performances or special events, including weddings. Enhancements for such events include colorful LED lights around the theater. The space is fully accessible, allowing visitors in wheelchairs or other assistive technology to experience shows comfortably. Olson shared other options for experiencing the planetarium shows, like sitting on bean bags and lying on the floor. “Look at this view!” Olson exclaimed from the floor, as the CEO lay on her back looking up at the tall trees stretching across the dome. The planetarium’s lobby and bathrooms have also been revamped. Overall, renovations give the planetarium a new and invigorated feel, while maintaining the integrity of the structure’s uniqueness. “We have a beautiful 50-year-old building and this renovation respects the past,” Fentress said. New shows include Outer Space to Inner Space, which takes audiences on a journey from Earth, through our solar system and galactic neighborhood, then down to the micro world of molecules. The show also highlights a preview of the solar eclipse coming up in five years in 2024 (for which Rochester, N.Y. will be in the path of totality). Another show is Sensory Friendly Outer Space to Inner Space, designed for families who prefer to enjoy the planetarium as a lights-up, music-down, doors-open environment.

What about Carl?

Fentress answered the most-asked question, which is regarding the iconic star projector that has been in continuous service since opening day in 1968. “‘Carl will stay,” Fentress reassured. “Sometime in the future, Carl will retire to a place of honor on exhibit.” At that time, the public will be able to examine the innerworkings of the optics masterpiece up close. For now, “Carl” presses on to the delight of those who aren’t ready to let him go just yet.


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Overcoming anxiety 5 tips to help your child expand their comfort zone — and learn to stretch outside yours as well Dear Dr. Amy: I am concerned about my 11-year-old son. He gets uncomfortable when it comes to talking to people, even relatives and family friends! If he isn’t able to avoid these situations, I see him looking panicked and getting sweaty. I’m not sure I’m the right person to help him as I have developed pretty fail-safe ways to avoid these interactions, but I don’t want him to be like me. What can I do? Signed, The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree… Dear Tree: Many people get anxious in social situations. Whether it’s speaking up in class, making a phone call, or talking to someone new, some people feel paralyzed. One of my own sons, who is very dramatic and outgoing at home, was nervous about trying out for the school play. I encouraged him to go to the info session prior to auditions and to ask his twin brother to go along. He then convinced his brother and a couple of close friends to move on to the audition. Once there, the skilled and sensitive music director had the kids start by singing together, then moved to smaller groups, and eventually invited kids to demonstrate skills individually. Seeing the other kids do it can show a more reluctant kid that it can be done (without vomiting or peeing their pants). And if a child declines on the solo, they may still get a part in the chorus, which is a great way to get even more comfortable with performing. Whatever it is, kids (and adults) will find that this gets easier over time and with practice. There are lots of things you can do to help a child learn to deal with these feelings. 10

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DON’T AVOID THINGS THAT MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE “Getting out of these situations may feel better for the moment,” said Dr. Michael Scharf, a local child and adolescent psychiatrist. “But you will still feel anxious the next time you are faced with a similar situation. Avoidance is not the solution.” Situations like talking with new people or giving a presentation are part of life. If you know me, you’ve probably heard me say, “The water doesn’t get any warmer.” Push yourself, even a little. And support your child in doing the same. I’m not saying to jump into the freezing cold pool, but rather, start by getting your feet wet. Then, next time, get in up to your knees ... Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. So, when a situation comes up, try to help your child face his fears and navigate the terrain. It is unlikely that the worst-case

scenario will happen, but it’s often helpful to discuss that. Let a child explore their version of the worst-case scenario and think through how they would handle it. I would argue that you may be the best person to do this with your child as you can be truly empathetic to how he might feel. Don’t make it be about you, just look for opportunities to model bravery and be upfront about the fact that you too needed to push yourself.

PRACTICE As an experiment, ask him to try something that makes him a little uncomfortable. Start small. Don’t start by asking him to call his crush. Start with a brief phone call to a relative or family friend he feels close to. Or if he wants to join a school activity but feels trepidation, suggest he bring a friend to sit in on the first meeting.

If being anxious ... is causing your child to miss school or fail to engage with other people, it may be time to talk to your pediatric provider. Sometimes, a child needs a skilled professional to help them navigate these waters when everything they see looks like a shark.

ADJUST EXPECTATIONS Just because lots of kids act like excited monkeys at the mention of a birthday party, doesn’t mean that it’s some kind of comment on you or your child if they are more trepidatious. Rethinking your perception of fun is key. If a kid is sitting on the sidelines watching, it doesn’t mean they aren’t having fun. Let go of your expectations about what “fun” looks like. Honestly, we do that all the time with our friends, colleagues, and (ahem) spouses. For example, while I enjoy going out with lots of friends and have been known to talk to a lamp if it is the only thing in the room, my husband enjoys playing the occasional interactive video game with other grown men online. I would rather go to a worm wrestle! Clearly, we have some differences in how we enjoy interacting with others. But that’s okay. We can’t assume there is a one-size-fitsall definition of fun. Just don’t poke fun at your kid the way I do my husband. By the way, he gives it right back to me — he’s the one that said the thing about the lamp.

Find another parent who understands. Someone who can empathize with the challenges and the blessings of a child who is anxious or highly sensitive. FIND YOUR PEOPLE

Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too. When it seems like everyone else’s kid can jump into social situations with ease it can feel isolating and exhausting. Find another parent who understands. Someone who can empathize with the challenges and the blessings of a child who is anxious or highly sensitive. Go have coffee with a member of the tribe. It can be a relief to talk with someone who gets it. Someone who understands that it can be frustrating but who is also grateful to be raising a feelings-oriented little human in a world that is in need of sensitivity and empathy.


And, of course, every success — whether it’s sitting on the outskirts of a party or fully engaging — merits praise. It can be something simple like, “It was cool how you went over and sat down to have cake.” Saying something positive is a much better tactic than getting into a power struggle about the definition of a good time. In fact, when I get home later after having coffee with my girlfriends, I’m going to say to my husband, “It was nice how you complimented your online friend on that double annihilation last night.” (wink) Remember, if being anxious across many settings and situations is causing your child to miss school or fail to engage with other people, it may be time to talk to your pediatric provider. Sometimes, a child needs a more skilled professional to help them navigate these waters when everything they see looks like a shark. And by the way, if you’re feeling anxious about asking another parent to have coffee, this is a good time to push yourself. Yes. Really. You can. Roc Parent Magazine

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More than 2,000 folks joined Roc Parent magazine and on Jan. 26 for the first-ever “Try It!� Fair at Eastview Mall. The hands-on event focused on winter and indoor activities for kids and families. Kids blew trumpets (with sheer glee!) with Eastman Community Music School, threw snowballs with Hunt Hollow Ski Club, played with RMSC robots, mirrored pirate moves with Drama Kids, batted balls with Rochester Tennis Club, tried their hand at music with Kanack Music School and Bach to Rock, and made cool crafts with the YMCA. We had a blast! Thanks to Eastview Mall and all who joined us to make this a special winter day!


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Cleaning out mental cobwebs can help you deal with clutter Busy schedules rule our days. Family commitments keep us on the go and life-changing moments take over our routines. As a result, we need to take time to mentally sort out all that is cluttering our minds and determine what is most valuable. A first step to cutting through your mental cobwebs is writing down what you are thinking. However, while emptying your mind onto a legal pad will not magically clear and ease your mind, it can be a first step in helping to cope with the stress of dealing with the clutter. Here are some steps to follow:


Write everything down and do not rely on your memory. Most of us have a tough time remembering things. Start a notebook with daily, weekly, and monthly lists. A page for year goals is good to have, too. As you think of things,

jot down thoughts on appropriate pages. Your lists are not meant to overwhelm you, since the goal is to empty your thoughts and help sort them. This mental dump helps to sort out the urgency, making it easier to prioritize.


Be realistic. At the end of the day, try writing down everything you actually did in a day. You may find that many daily routines are not listed because they have become so routine (and may add to the feeling of being overwhelmed). Many of us take on so many tasks that we feel we’ve done “nothing” when, in reality, we have done a lot. And, with good reason, we are exhausted!


If you are completing tasks but your list is still long, start to focus on what you are actually “doing.” You may discover a pattern if, for example, you write “buy groceries” on your list every day. That accomplishment may start to become a burden and take away from the rest of tasks.


Find solutions as you discover patterns. For example, instead of buying groceries daily, try buying them weekly. Create a basic menu (protein, vegetable, starch) and continually have food on hand in the fridge.


Make time for your listmaking and assign time limits to your prioritized thoughts. Distractions can cause the prioritized tasks to slip away and be forgotten.

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Think Spring! By DEENA VIVIANI

As we set our sights on spring, while huddling inside playing and reading, here are some recommended books that can transport you to a warmer place, time, or season. AGES 5 TO 8 A Day in a Forested Wetland Written by Kevin Kurtz Illustrated by Sherry Neidigh

Birds and bobcats and beetles, oh my! Learn about these creatures and more in this picture book for fans of Wild Kratts, National Geographic Kids magazine, and nature in general. Realistic illustrations add to the non-fiction facts told in engaging rhyming verses. Astute readers will recognize some of these critters from real-life encounters, and adventurers may set out to a marshland to seek out others. Educational activities are included in the back pages for those who want to learn more. The author lives in Rochester, so look for him at local book-related events like the Rochester Children’s Book Festival ( and tell him about your own animal encounters. (Arbordale, 2018, hardcover, $17.95) 16

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AGES 8 TO 12 See You on a Starry Night By Lisa Schroeder A move to a beachside house might sound idyllic, but for Juliet, the timing — and circumstances — couldn’t be worse. First, she’s starting at her new school after spring break. Second, her parents are getting divorced. And third, her older sister is acting like Juliet is overreacting about it all. Then Juliet meets a girl on the beach who helps her connect to her neighbors and look outside herself. Juliet’s feelings and frustrations about her parents’ divorce are realistic, from the secret-keeping to the adult reasoning, and it all adds to the heart of this middle grade novel. The talk of food and inclusion of recipes will make the reader hungry, so pull up a bowl of snacks and dive in. (Scholastic, 2018, hardcover, $16.99)

AGES 12 TO 18 Darius the Great is Not Okay By Adib Khorram

Darius Kellner is a teen caught between cultures. As the son of an Iranian mother and American father, he doesn’t feel like he really belongs anywhere. Add to that his depression, a first name that begs to be mocked, and a strained relationship with his father, and Darius is definitely not okay. Then Darius learns his Babou is dying of a brain tumor, so the family spends the Nowruz spring holiday in Yazd, Iran. It is there that Darius makes his first best friend and finds a place where he may finally fit in. This is a special coming-of-age young adult novel that offers a beautiful look at family complexities and the country of Iran. (Dial, 2018, hardcover, $17.99)


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That’s Not What Happened By Kody Keplinger (Scholastic, 2018, hardcover, $18.99)

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ENCOURAGING EXPLORATION Educational and creative activities to keep your young explorers occupied


Does it seem like every time you turn around your home has been taken apart by your little explorer? Don’t despair, as it may simply result from an extraordinary desire to learn. Who knows, your child just may be a future scientist, inventor, or leader in the making.

Boredom Busters

When your child needs to occupy some creative energy, have them try some of these fun, educational activities. Put together a book of facts on a favorite interest, such as dinosaurs, insects, rock bands, sports, or astronomy. Clip pictures and descriptions from magazines and Internet print outs. Then trace drawings from books and write about personal experiences with the topic.

Make up a scavenger hunt

Parents can make a list of easy-to-find items for their small children. Give older kids a greater challenge with a list of puzzles to solve, in order to determine what items to find. Kids can also create their own scavenger hunt for family or friends to try. See EXPLORERS on page 20

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Play restaurant

Have your child make up a restaurant menu with several simple dishes they can prepare. At dinnertime, they can seat the family, take orders, then prepare and serve the dishes. (Suggestion: Bring along some reading while you wait).

Recycling fun

Start a discard collection and teach your kids the importance of recycling and reusing disposable items. Get their creative juices flowing by saving and collecting items, like zippers and buttons from old clothing, plastic containers, fabric strips, packing materials, small scraps of wood, carpet, wallpaper scraps, and more. Then, supply your kids with scissors, tape, and glue, and let them go to work. Offer ideas to get your kids started then let them come up with their own creations.

Make a puzzle of the us

Purchase several colors of clay and a United States map. Clip each state from the map, place a state clipping over the rolled-out clay, and trace the shape into the clay with a toothpick. Cut out the shapes, then write the name of the state with a pencil tip. Be sure to use a


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different color of clay for each neighboring state, and then let the shapes dry or bake. according to instructions.

Play Thomas Edison

Save old kitchen appliances, computers, DVD players, and other electronics. Then, gather a supply of tools, such as pliers, screwdrivers, and safety glasses, and let your child go to work. Kids love this type of exploration, and learn by taking apart and examining the inner workings of electronics. As a word of caution, cut the electrical cord before your child begins, to prevent any mishaps. And supervise the activity, looking for sharp parts or mechanisms that could pinch fingers.


Create a video

Have your children make up several humorous television commercials using household items for props and by dressing for the part. After they’ve rehearsed their skits, shoot video of their fun antics.

Go on a dig

Archaeology excavation kits are found in many educational toy stores or online. Children can dig for ancient treasures from replicas of dinosaur fossils to Egyptian reliefs. Kids also learn about the history behind the excavated items through stories included with the kits. Once kids’ interest has been sparked, parents can print out additional articles found online.

Exploration on the go

Are you looking for some new and exciting places to take your kids? Art museums offer a variety of activities to spark your kids’ interest. Many offer art and craft workshops, traveling exhibits, book signings by children’s illustrators, and even musical performances and other arts. Or, head to a natural history museum where kids can discover the past from dinosaur displays and stuffed-animal exhibits to geology collections, ancient mummies, and astronomy.


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Perhaps it’s more than ‘Oh, she’s just being a teenager’ Parents can learn more and help their struggling teen with local resources like the Mental Health Association BY DAWN KELLOGG

Mental illness affects tens of millions each year. According to USA Today, more than 17 million teenagers have a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. However, estimates suggest that only half of the people with mental illness receive treatment. Many parents are unsure of the warning signs of mental illness in their teenagers. We were all teenagers once — and moodiness and withdrawal are common traits we all experienced at one adolescent stage or another. However, disorders like depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder (ADD) do occur during childhood. Many adults in treatment say they wish they had received treatment earlier in their lives, as they were affected by these disorders during childhood. While parents want to be proactive and get in tune with their teens’ needs, they often struggle with “what” to look for and when to seek support services as a family.


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Parents play an integral role in connecting teens with mental-health treatment and, if there is a diagnosis, helping their child to learn and live with the diagnosis. “Some parents are initially hesitant about seeking support as they sometimes take offense, seeing their child’s issues as a direct result of their parenting skills,” said health journalist Kelly Burch on website The Fix. “Myths and stigma about mental illness can hinder access to treatment, so it’s important to remember that mental illnesses are biological conditions, not caused by bad parenting, personal weakness, or character flaws.”

However, just as physical illnesses require expert care, so do mental illnesses. One area resource, the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Rochester/Monroe County, fosters an environment to build skills and provide support to those facing a mental health challenge, empowering them to make informed decisions on their self-directed path to wellness. MHA’s Teen Support Group called P.E.A.C.E. (Peers Encouraging a Caring Environment), is specially geared for teens ages 13 to 18, with three locations serving the Greater Rochester area. The group encourages open and honest sharing of thoughts, emotions, and dreams among peers. MHA also has a support group for Parents of Teens who are raising a teenager with behavioral and/or emotional challenges. The groups provide an opportunity to meet, talk, listen, and learn about the ups and downs of raising a teen. Both groups meet Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Unique to the Mental Health Association, our trained Family Advocates all have personal experience with what families are going through. They have all lived and walked in the shoes of the families they serve.” — ADRIAN WRIGHT, MHA’S DIRECTOR OF FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

“Unique to the Mental Health Association, our trained Family Advocates all have personal experience with what families are going through,” said Adrian Wright, MHA’s director of Family Support Services. “They have all lived and walked in the shoes of the families they serve.” Open dialogue between parents and children is very important, Wright noted, but cautioned, “Sometimes parents are very quick to be a friend to their children, rather than act as a guiding force.” Regarding what to look for as outward signs of potential issues, Wright advises: “Look for extremes in your child’s behavior —if they are not eating, not engaging. If they consistently lose eye contact. And check their phones!” “Relationships between parents and their teens are not easy in today’s world,” she said. “Social media makes it hard to monitor our children 24/7.” Concerned parents should talk to their child’s teachers. “Teachers are definitely an ally,” Wright said. “They are with your children as much as you are.” Parents should also talk with their child’s friends, asking if they have noticed anything out of the ordinary. They should then share with their child’s pediatrician what has been observed first-hand and the information learned from teachers and friends. The pediatrician will be able to direct parents to available resources. Identifying mental health issues early will help parents and teens find the right resources for them, giving kids the best opportunities to lead full and productive lives. “It takes parents, teachers, neighbors, and friends doing it together to raise healthy children,” Wright said. With good mental health, teens will have increased positive interactions and a focused ability to learn, allowing them to live their best life. Learn more about the Mental Health Association of Rochester at Roc Parent Magazine

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Join WXXI and our partners as we explore our region and look for nature during April!

Nature Challenge

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Participation is easy, free, and open to anyone in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Help us see all the different living things in our community and get excited about being citizen scientists!


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Download the free iNaturalist app onto your device.

Find wildlife – any plant, animal, tracks, bug, etc. Take a photo of whatever you find (remembering where you found it)!

Share! Just upload your picture to the iNaturalist app and choose “WXXI Nature Challenge” as the project. Participate as many times during April as you’d like!

Learn more about citizen science projects and upcoming family nature events by visiting: TUNE IN FOR A 3-NIGHT PBS NATURE SERIES: FROM APRIL 29TH TO MAY 1ST ON WXXI-TV


The a King n n a e D y B

You can’t always get what you want — and if you’re lucky, you learn how sweet that can be My oldest son could barely hold a crayon when he started pre-school. He was my first child. I thought that was normal for a three-yearold. When the pre-school teacher suggested I have him evaluated by a specialist I blew a gasket. (“There is nothing wrong with my son!”). I soon realized he wasn’t at the same level as the other children in the class. After a few appointments it was determined that he would benefit from both occupational and physical therapy. I was embarrassed. I shouldn’t have been, but I was young and, quite frankly, ignorant. I didn’t want the other mothers to judge us. I just wanted him to be “normal.” Normal is easy. We are taught to be normal. Normal isn’t ostracized. As he grew older I encouraged him to play sports. I wanted him to be an athlete. I did. Athletes don’t struggle to make friends. They were always the popular kids. A quarterback is treated like a god in high school, even if he looks like a “before picture.” In fact, we live in a society where a man is admired as long as he can catch a ball. My son wasn’t very coordinated. He gets his athletic ability, or lack thereof, from me. He tried, but he couldn’t get the hang of baseball. He played a little basketball but settled on soccer. I registered him for a summer league year after year. I wanted him to experience the comradery that comes with playing on a team. It was good for him to socialize. Plus,

“I get emotional every time I look at this picture … It reminds me of how far my son has come. The little boy who could barely hold a crayon is an incredible artist.”

Deanna’s son drew the right side of this image, alongside a photograph of actor Benjamin Cumberbatch.

they can’t keep you on the bench if mom pays for you to play. Trust me, his last coach learned that lesson the hard way. I think he scored twice in seven years. It wasn’t his thing. He joined drama club — and shined. That is not his only talent. He has received awards for his artwork. Featured with this column is just one of his pieces. One half is a photograph. He drew the other side. I get emotional every time I look at this picture.

It’s not because of Benedict Cumberbatch’s charming smile. It reminds me of how far my son has come. The little boy who could barely hold a crayon is an incredible artist. He is also a kind, thoughtful, and funny teenager, when he isn’t talking back. He has a great group of friends and is flourishing in college. I am sorry I ever wanted him to be something he is not. He is better than normal, and always has been. Roc Parent Magazine

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Put yourself first and spring forward with the season


Mom, set your sights on renewal this spring and put your needs first. Stop making yourself wait for delayed gratification that always falls off the end of your to-do list. Instead, go straight for the most pleasurable experiences you can imagine. If you start each day in a happy way, your anxiety will evaporate. When you focus on the things that make you genuinely joyful, you become a happier person — not allowing the martyrdom of motherhood to settle like a dreary mantle on your weary shoulders. Moms who put themselves at the top of their own priority list have good vibes to spare. They are quick to smile, more generous, and don’t sweat the small stuff, as they are happy, more magnetic, and fun. So what are you waiting for, mom? Become a breath of fresh air in your own life this spring. These time-out tips will help you put yourself first, today and every day.

Rise and shine

You’ll bounce out of bed each morning if you start the day with a tall glass of lemon water. Squeeze half a lemon into the bottom of a tall glass and fill with tepid water. Then enjoy every sip because your waking body needs hydration before coffee, tea or any other breakfast beverage.

Inspiration first

Begin each day with some wise words. You can keep a motivational book by your bed, have inspirational messages delivered to your inbox, or use an app on your phone. Let the feelings of goodness well up in you. Don’t feel rushed to spend them right away. Then, when your needle is on full, move through the day with the calm confidence of a woman who has nurtured herself

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Refresh some paint

Nothing says, “Hello spring!” like coating some old furniture a bright new shade. Chairs, shelves, vases, even tables will make a brand new statement with a new layer of paint or two.

Get in the Game!

MONITOR– count your medication regularly

SECURE– lock up any medication you do not want anyone to access

DISPOSE– drop off any unwanted/unused and expired medication to your local disposal site

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Farmington: State Troopers

Canandaigua: FLCC (Keuka Wing) The Medicine Shoppe Ontario County DMV Office Canandaigua Police Dept. Thompson Hospital (lobby) Mental Health Clinic

Clifton Springs: Hospital (Lobby)

Geneva: Police Station North Street Pharmacy Richmond: Town Hall CVS Pharmacy

East Bloomfield: Town Hall

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Floral fever

Flowers summon spring into the house, even if it’s still chilly outside. So, pull out your favorite floral linens and spread them around —tablecloths, napkins, towels, pillows, and throws in flowery prints will drive away winter. Put away the winter woolens and pull out the gauzy spring scarves, tall umbrellas, and colorful rain boots.

Branch Out

Is there anything more glorious than the sight of blossoming branches? Every time you see some, stop and inhale deeply. What do they smell like? Then get out your trusty pair of garden clippers and cut a handful of branches to display at home. For more variety, mix branches like curly willow, pussy willow, and plum blossoms together. Or, combine shorter branches with tulips and daffodils.

Lighten up

Spread some pastel love on your fingernails

and toenails in the form of pinks, yellows, blues, and greens. Breezy, bright colors lift our energy after a long winter and help put a skip in our step.

Citrus sunshine

Incorporate citrusy scents into your home, including lemons and limes in your home décor.

Juice it up

Homemade superfood juice is an energizing treat that is easier to make than you might think.

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In a blender with two cups of orange juice combine a small handful of any of the following that you have on hand: power greens, celery, carrots, parsley, cilantro, cucumber, apple, pear, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Strain and sip.

Laugh Your Head Off

Streaming video makes accessing funny television shows and films easier than ever. So when life throws a curveball, give yourself a chance to laugh it all off.

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Can I get that in writing? Designing a family digital citizenship contract


We raise our kids to be polite and respectful in person, so why wouldn’t we stress those same values in the online environment? A digital citizenship contract can help you spell out your expectations of appropriate online behavior and send a clear message about how seriously you take your child’s safety and online reputation. Involve your kids in the process of outlining the contract, to start a family dialogue about issues that can come up. Here’s a checklist of points to cover in your contract:

Treat others with dignity and respect In other words, treat people the same way you wish to be treated, just


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like in person. Unacceptable behavior includes: • Posting/texting cruel remarks • Gossiping • Bullying • Using profanity • Impersonating others

should ask themselves before posting: • Would I want Mom or Dad to see this? • How would I feel about Grandma seeing this? • Would I be embarrassed if everyone in school saw it?

Think before you post

Explain that when they forward or share photos/texts/video that are harmful to a peer, they inadvertently condone cyberbullying. Also, steer clear of mean-spirited chat rooms where anonymous members dish up snarky, cruel comments for entertainment.

“Teenagers are all about instant gratification,” said Sarah Manriquez, a licensed clinical social worker. “They aren’t necessarily thinking, ‘Well, if I do this, how is this going to affect the other person? How’s this going to affect my life in the future?’”

Remind your kids to ask questions Here are examples of questions they

Show empathy

Ask permission Before logging into someone’s personal device, ask first and then log back off of the device when finished. Before

downloading an app, tell your child that he or she needs to discuss it with you first.

Personal accountability is important Errors of judgment happen and kids are still learning. Immediately address the situation together, whether they need to craft an apology or remove a comment or photo.

Don’t talk to strangers Some free texting and gaming apps permit members to connect with other members even if they aren’t “friends.” Emphasize that exchanging text messages with someone they don’t know is the same as talking with a stranger. Often kids don’t view texting and talking in the same light.

Guard personal information Avoid posting personal information in response to unknown individuals in a chat room or a public forum like: • Email address (don’t use your email as a user name) • Home address • Social security number • School name • Birthday with year • Photos with geotags (switch off the camera’s location tag under privacy settings)

Assume everything posted is public Texts, images and posts can be saved and shared. Mine the latest news, TV shows and other media for examples that can lead to conversation and empathy-building opportunities. Kids are generally more open to discussing mistakes made by people outside of their immediate circle of friends.

Report cyberbulling to a trusted adult According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in three students has experienced cyberbullying. Tell your kids to let you or another trusted adult know if someone bullies them. Reacting or retaliating directly generally adds fuel to the fire. If the bullying continues, your child can politely ask the person to stop; report the behavior to the content provider; and/or block the individual. Preserve the evidence and contact law enforcement if your child

feels scared or threatened. Check out “,” a site geared for kids, featuring scenarios and text responses to help kids manage cyberbullying, dating violence and awkward peer situations like password requests and gossip.

Establish boundaries You may declare certain times of the day, the car, or areas of the house as no-phone/ no-device zones. At the end of the day, power down and store electronic devices in a central location of your home. Disconnecting periodically allows for more opportunities to connect as a family, engage in creative pursuits, get adequate sleep and complete homework and chores. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 72 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 17 have electronic devices in their rooms. Blame the blue light or incoming message alerts, but kids sleep less if electronic devices are left on, losing up to one hour of sleep a night.

Stress that privacy is earned Because you are ultimately responsible for your child’s behavior, whether online

or off, have access to all passwords, check their phones and visit the apps/social media networks they frequent regularly.

Pledge not to text and drive Finally, if your child is of driving age, include a pledge on your contract that states a promise that he will not text and drive. Consider watching the 30-minute documentary by Werner Herzog together called “From One Second to the Next” on YouTube.

Clearly state consequences Consequences could include loss of devices, screen time (except for required school work) and driving privileges.

Sign here After your child signs the commitment, hang it up near your computer or on your refrigerator as a family reminder. Review and adjust as needed. For more ideas about creating a family digital citizenship contract, visit Additional online resources, include Common and Roc Parent Magazine

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Camp Guide Index Article: Local Camp Overview ........................... Page 34 Aerial Adventures ........................................................... Page 66 A Magical Journey through Stages ........................... Page 37 Alfred University .............................................................. Page 37 Autism Up ......................................................................... Page 38 Bach to Rock .................................................................... Page 38 New York State Ballet Training Academy ............... Page 2 Best Foot Forward ........................................................... Page 39 Cobblestone Arts Center ............................................. Page 39 Article: Camp with Bebe and Papa ................... Page 40 City of Rochester ............................................................ Page 43 The Charles Finney School .......................................... Page 44 Camp Stella Maris ............................................................ Page 32 Camp Whitman ................................................................ Page 44 Corning Museum of Glass ........................................... Page 45 Created by Us Pottery .................................................. Page 45 Article: Lessons from Overnight Camp ............ Page 46 Drama Kids ........................................................................ Page 48 Draper Center .................................................................. Page 49 Eastman Community Music School ......................... Page 49 Epilepsy Association ...................................................... Page 50 Generations Child Care ................................................ Page 50 Girl Scouts of WNY ............................................................ Page 51 Greece Community Education .................................... Page 51 Gymnastic Training Center .......................................... Page 60 Article: Theatre Camps Get Dramatic ............ Page 52 The Harley School ........................................................... Page 55 The Hochstein School .................................................... Page 55 Jewish Community Center of Rochester ................ Page 36 Kanack School of Musical Artistry ............................ Page 56 Leadership Camp ............................................................ Page 62 Lil Kids on Campus @ RIT ............................................ Page 56 Lollypop Farm .................................................................. Page 57 Master Kim Taekwondo ................................................ Page 58 Marvelous Minds .............................................................. Page 57 Mary Therese Friel Modeling ....................................... Page 58 Meadows of Mendon ...................................................... Page 59 Midtown Camp .................................................................. Page 59 Our Lady of Mercy .......................................................... Page 62 RIT K12 Academy ............................................................. Page 63 Roc Fencing ....................................................................... Page 50 Rochester Museum and Science Center ................. Page 64 ROC Summer Theatre .................................................... Page 61 RocVentures ...................................................................... Page 65

These twin sisters study ballet with the New York State Ballet Training Academy in Brighton.

Rochester Yacht Club .................................................... Page 65 Roseland Wake Park ...................................................... Page 66 Article: Choosing a Day Camp ........................... Page 67 Seneca Park Zoo ............................................................. Page 68 Terry Fykes Main Street Players .............................. Page 60 Tennis Club of Rochester .............................................. Page 68 Webster Theatre Guild ................................................... Page 69 Westside Theatre ............................................................ Page 69 YMCA .................................................................................... Page 70 Generations Child Care .................................................. Page 72 Roc Parent Magazine

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A one-stop look at the summer camps featured in this Camp Fair issue: Active and Sports THE GYMNASTICS TRAINING CENTER OF ROCHESTER 2051 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield (585) 388-8686 Summer programs run June 24 to Aug. 17, with half-day and full-day camps. Gymnastics Training Center offers structured and progressive instruction for boys and girls, age preschool through teen, plus tumbling, custom field trips, and programs for students with special needs. MASTER KIM’S TAEKOWNDO Locations in Penfield, Greece, and Irondequoit (585) 377-2000 Where self-confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills are developed. Master Kim’s Taekwondo has become a landmark of Rochester martial arts. Weekly camps June 25 to Aug. 31 include Taekwondo classes, games, arts and crafts, and weekly field trips. MIDTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB 200 E. Highland Drive, Brighton (585) 461-2300 Camp Midtown kids enjoy a variety of games, crafts, and weekly themed sessions, from the pool to the tennis courts and everything in between. For ages 3 to 13. ROCHESTER YACHT CLUB 5555 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester (585) 342-5511 For ages 6 to17, summer programs teach and promote an interest in yachts and yachting and the principles of seamanship and navigation. ROCVENTURES 1044 University Ave., Rochester (585) 442-5462 Every week during the summer there is a climbing summer camp for ages 6 to 14, with daily climbing instruction, arts and crafts, games, and high ropes course. Fullday and half-day options are available. ROSELAND WATER PARK 250 Eastern Blvd., Canandaigua (585) 396-2000 Experience Wakeboard Camp at Roseland Waterpark, the largest waterpark in 34

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the Finger Lakes Region, with 56 acres of aquatic adventure and nine unique attractions for the entire family, with heated water and certified lifeguards.

TENNIS CLUB OF ROCHESTER 570 Kreag Road, Pittsford (585) 381-2529 For ages 5 to 13, the week-long camp is designed to create an interest in tennis, golf and swimming, while promoting an active lifestyle. Instruction daily includes field activities, other sports, and arts and crafts projects. Half-day and full-day options available. YMCA OF GREATER ROCHESTER The largest summer camp provider in our region, the YMCA of Greater Rochester offers a wide range of experiences at various locations, in an active, safe, and nurturing environment. (Overnight camps Cory and Gorham are detailed in the “Overnight Camps” section.)

Day Camps CAMP ARROWHEAD (Pittsford) (585) 383-4590 CAMP BAY VIEW (Webster/Penfield) (585) 341-4001 CAMP CORNING (Corning) (607) 936-4638 CAMP EASTSIDE (Penfield) (585) 341-4000 CAMP NORTHPOINT (Hilton/Greece) (585) 723-5489 CAMP SOUTHEAST (Pittsford) (585) 385-4665 CAMP THUNDERBIRD (Genesee Valley Park) (585) 263-4283

Animals and Nature Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester (585) 336-7213 Summer ZooCamp is a week-long session where campers ages 3 to 12 explore nature and animals. Every camp includes daily animal experiences, nature hikes, outdoor play, hands-on creative

exploration, citizen science, real-world conservation projects, and in-depth thematic inquiry.

LOLLYPOP FARM 99 Victor Road, Fairport (585) 223-1330 A variety of summer camps for kids interested in learning more about animals and the animal welfare community. Make new friends, learn together, play games, and hang out with amazing animals. Fun for animal enthusiasts ages 4 to 11. MEADOWS OF MENDON 1536 West Bloomfield Road, Honeoye Falls (585) 582-1437 A community-based pleasure riding stables with the instruction of horseback riding. Instruction includes safety in the saddle and safety in the stables. Riders also will learn about animal nutrition, grooming, nursing care, and bathing horses.


Please note: theater camps are listed on page 54 BACH TO ROCK 2160 Penfield Road Penfield (585) 364-3766 Half-day and full-day camps for spring break and in summer. As students develop their skills through music instruction, they can go any place their musical interests take them. Experiences include performing before audiences. BALLET PRESTIGE 1855 Monroe Ave., Brighton (585) 704-1903 Ballet Prestige, the training academy of New York State Ballet, offers certified professional dance instruction in a nurturing environment. Summer Intensives span pre-ballet level through advanced, including ballet technique, workshops, contemporary and jazz. BEST FOOT FORWARD 100 Cobblestone Court, Victor (585) 402-8186 More than 30 years of experience offering quality arts classes to the community. Summer sessions and

private lessons in voice, guitar, piano, and percussion, plus the production of Lion King Jr. for ages 4 to 12 from July 9 to 26 (performance on July 26).

CREATED BY US POTTERY SUMMER CAMP 3 Railroad Street, Fairport (585)223-8210 Half-day or full-day camps July 8 to Aug. 16 (9 a.m. to noon or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For ages 5 to 9: weekly themed camps/ painting pottery and canvas, plus crafts and games. For ages 10 to 15: learn a variety of painting techniques on pottery, canvas, and wood. DRAPER CENTER 1326 University Ave., Rochester (585) 461-2100 All levels of study and intensity for children wishing to improve their abilities or train to become a professional dancer. Summer programs: Creative Movement (ages 3-4) and Pre-Ballet (ages 5-6) July 2 to 24: two-week programs July 8 to 19; and four-week intensive July 29 to Aug. 23. EASTMAN COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester (585) 274-100 Spend a week at Eastman July 29-Aug. 2 making music with people just like you — who love playing, learning, and creating music, all in a supportive and fun environment. A full-day program for those in grades 5 to 9 — all instruments, all ages, all abilities. HOCHSTEIN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester (585) 454-4596 Hochstein has a wide range of summer offerings for all ages, including Arts In Action camps, musical theater vocals and dancing, and an array of instrumental instruction, including rock, jazz, percussion, and composition. KANACK SCHOOL OF MUSICAL ARTISTRY 2077 South Clinton Ave., Rochester (585) 244-6910 Kanack hosts multiple summer camps for ages 5 to 17, centered around piano, chamber music, vocal technique, musical theater, orchestra, and Suzuki.

Modeling MARY THERESE FRIEL 1251 Pittsford Mendon Road, Mendon (585) 625-5510 You can be a model! Get started with Mary Therese Friel’s fun-filled modeling for girls ages 9 to 19. Modeling camp includes instruction in runway modeling,

print modeling, etiquette and manners, and self presentation and speaking.

games and physical activities, and handson applications of the scientific principles presented.

Overnight Camps

MARVELOUS MIND ACADEMY (585) 210-8554 Marvelous Mind Academy is an educational cooperative for exploratory learning that uses the world as its classroom. ROCHESTER MUSEUM AND SCIENCE CENTER 657 East Ave., Rochester (585) 271-4320 Discover science as a fun and creative way to explore the wonders of our world with Summer Curiosity Camps for ages 2 to 15 — with experienced educators at a museum filled with hundreds of interactive exhibits to explore.

CAMP CORY 140 East Lake Road, Penn Yan (585) 325-2889 A branch of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, Camp Cory has been serving families for more than 90 years. Situated on the shores of Keuka Lake, Corey offers campers a variety of land and water activities and experiences. CAMP GORHAM 265 Darts Lake Road, Eagle Bay (The Adirondacks) (315) 357-6401 A branch of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, Camp Gorham has welcomed campers for more than 50 years to overnight camp experiences in a picturesque Adirondack Mountains setting with a private lake. CAMP STELLA MARIS 4395 East Lake Road, Livonia (585) 346-2243 For more than 90 years, Camp Stella Maris has been a home away from home for campers to try new and exciting things, challenge themselves, and make friends that will last a lifetime. CAMP WHITMAN 150 Whitman Road, Penn Yan (315) 536-775 A traditional overnight summer camp experience focused on exploring the outdoors, developing friendships and growing in connection to Jesus Christ.

Science and Nature ADIRONDACK WOODCRAFT CAMPS 285 Woodcraft Rd, Old Forge (315) 369-6031 Adirondack Woodcraft Camps’ mission is to help young people grow in courage, build resilience, and see the natural world with caring eyes. Ages 6 to 17 for two to seven weeks. CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS One Museum Way, Corning (607) 937-5371 Activities for children, including free evening Family Nights, to introduce little ones to the museum. MAD SCIENCE OF WESTERN NEW YORK 333 Metro Park, Rochester (585) 732-2799 Camp is a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor

Special Needs AUTISMUP 855 Publishers Parkway, Webster (585) 248-9011 Innovative social clubs, sensory exploration classes, personal fitness, and recreation programs for individuals of all ages and abilities. Plus, Social Skills Summer Camp and the Summer Speech Boot Camp. CAMP EAGR Presented by Epilepsy-Pralid Inc. (585) 442-4430 Camp EAGR is a week-long, overnight camp for youth with epilepsy, who gather for a week of swimming, horseback riding, rock wall climbing, and laughing and fun.

Variety of Offerings

Camps that offer eveyrthing from arts to STEM to sport ALFRED UNIVERSITY 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, N.Y. (607) 871-2111 Each summer Alfred welcomes high school students from all over the country to participate in academics and sports, to learn more about their fields of interest, to sample life on a college campus, and to meet other students with similar interests and academic ability. THE CHARLES FINNEY SCHOOL 2070 Five Mile Line Road, Penfield (585) 387-3770 Learn the fundamentals or refine your skills in volleyball (June 24-27/grades 7-12), basketball (July 15-19/grades 3-6), soccer (July 22-26/grades3 to 6), and musical theater (Aug. 5-9/grades 3-12). Roc Parent Magazine

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CITY OF ROCHESTER Genesee Valley Park Field House (585) 428-8820 Summer adventures await at Rochester Community Centers, including field trips to local parks and cultural sites, arts and crafts, and STEM activities and experiments. For ages 6 to 13 GENERATIONS CHILDCARE Fairport, Gates, Rochester, Irondequoit Generations Summer Adventure for Kids provides a great way to learn new skills and experience exciting summer fun, all in a nurturing environment during the 10 weeks of summer. A new theme every week, plus summer reading, music, art, science, and fun. For ages 5 to 10. GIRL SCOUTS 100 Elmwood Ave., Rochester (888) 837-6410 Summer camp for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Day and week-long camp options, with swimming, hiking, horseback riding, archery, and ropes course. GREECE COMMUNITY EDUCATION (585) 865-1010 Play-Learn-Discover during the Just 4 Kids summer camp for grades K-5, from July 8 through Aug. 16 (open to all, not just Greece residents). HARLEY SCHOOL 1981 Clover Street, Brighton (585) 442-1770 Summers at Harley include Harley Day Camp for ages 4 to 12, Summer Nursery Program for 3-year-olds, and Summer Academy for all ages, including sessions in academics, art, dance and sports. JCC DAY CAMP 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton (585) 461-2000 The purpose of the Day Camp at the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester is to build a formative and fun day camp for grades K-6 that welcomes all campers into a safe community of respect and inclusion. Activities include nature, sports, arts & crafts, and theater. LIL KIDS ON CAMPUS RIT Campus (585) 475-5948 Lil Kids on Campus is the summer program for school-aged children based at the Margaret House Child Care Center on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. It is designed for children entering first through fourth grade. OUR LADY OF MERCY 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester (585) 288-7120 Summer camps for girls focused on friendship, challenges, and growing your talents. RIT KIDS ON CAMPUS 12 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester (585) 475-5948 Summer day-camp meets STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Hosted at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Kids on Campus caters to enthusiastic learners in grades fifth through twelfth. 36

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TO GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE WE GO... Camp BeBe & Papa is open each summer for their lucky grandkids Jack and Bonnie Garner create experiences via cultural getaways and themed dinners


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We love when our grandchildren come for summer visits. We’re not lucky enough to have our grands living in the Rochester area, so it is special when they visit from Florida, Wisconsin, and Westchester County each June or July. But for us — and for them — it’s not just

a visit. We call it Camp Bebe & Papa. Grandmother Bonnie is “Bebe,” Grandfather Jack is “Papa.” And the “camp”? It is what we call the fun and games, day trips, and special meals we work on together for every two-week visit. We have fun by getting creative with organized activities, by exploring the many kid-friendly places and events in the region, and by exploring other cultures through their food and music during special ethnic dinners. Basically, we try to kick up by a notch or two, the standard summer grandchild visit. That’s why you’ll sometimes see the Garner grands wearing sombreros for a Mexican meal they helped prepare, or in togas for Greek night, or sporting chefs’ hats and aprons, as they make homemade pasta for Italian night. The chief camp leader, of course, is Bebe, who plots out theme nights and finds kid-friendly recipes, matching the cultures being explored. Papa is the counselor assistant, but the children are encouraged to also get involved any way they can. Our four grandchildren at camp are Nina and Layla, aged 13 and 10, and their cousins Gavin and Logan, 13 and 11. We have two more grands, Malayna and Adelaide, who are 4 and 2, and sometimes visit for part of camp, but aren’t yet old enough to participate broadly. They eagerly wait in the wings for future camps, when they’re just a little older. As Bonnie and I conceive the meals for theme nights, she plans cooking activities with which the youngsters can help. And costumes are a big part of the enterprise. For Old West night, with franks, campfire beans, and corn on the cob, the kids dressed like cowboys and gunfighters, and even posed for personal “Wanted” posters. They also have enjoyed a French night, complete with berets, red scarves, blue-striped shirts, and fluffy moustaches. The main entree? Chicken French. Yes, we had to explain that it’s actually considered an Italian dish, and, even stranger, it was invented in Rochester! But, hey, it’s got “French” in the title. And then there was Chinese night, for which Bonnie and I shopped for all sorts of Asian hats, artifacts, and foodstuffs. (We typically can find most things we need in ethnic markets in the area, though we sometimes order a few things online.) We also had fun that night, working on chopstick skills, (which was complicated by Papa’s total lack of stick talent. Once again, Bebe saved the day.) Camp days, meanwhile, are filled with fun activities in the region. Some are familiar no-brainers, like Red Wings baseball, The Seneca Park Zoo, Strong Museum, Seabreeze, the See GRANDMOTHER on page 42

We have fun by getting creative with organized activities, by exploring the many kid-friendly places and events in the region, and by exploring other cultures through their food and music during special ethnic dinners.

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Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the George Eastman Museum. But we also try to expand our horizons with day trips to Corning Glass, for example, where our kids loved the chance to make a glass item, which allowed them to bring home things they created. Another local gem is the Ganondagon Museum, with its Seneca Art & Culture Center and the fabulous bark longhouse. Then there’s the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Our kids also loved learning at the Susan B. Anthony House, rock ‘n’ rollin’ with The Million Dollar Quartet at Geva Theatre, and cheering-on the jousting knights at the Sterling Renaissance Faire. A big hit was the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, in nearby Varysburg, with 4,500 creatures from 40 species from all over the globe, for your grands to feed and


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observe. Other Camp Bebe and Papa “field trips” have included two canal experiences — a ride on the Sam Patch out of Pittsford (where it’s likely the captain will let your youngster pilot) or a longer drive to the Lockport Locks with a surprising tunnel to explore near Buffalo. All these places and events have websites to help your planning, and most have luncheon eateries or ice cream parlors nearby for midday feeding on the day trips. We also willingly open up Camp Bebe & Papa to our grandchildren’s’ parents — our adult children — who typically visit during the second of the two weeks. It’s usually at just the point where at least the Papa is running out of steam, and appreciates the support. Plus, it’s a sweet reminder for Bonnie and me of the days when Matt, Erica, and Mary were children themselves, and in search of their own summer adventures.

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Life lessons learned at overnight camp By JANEEN LEWIS

Ask anyone who has ever been to overnight camp about his or her experience, and you will hear endless tales of comradery, cabin mates, and campfires. Many times campers will say overnight camp was the first time they rode a horse or shot a bow and arrow or flew down a zip line. It’s where they learned to make their beds and keep their belongings tidy in cramped quarters. With the perfect blend of adventure and responsibility, camp life teaches kids valuable lessons they can use for the rest of their lives. If you send your child to overnight camp, here are some life lessons they are likely to learn:

How to communicate face-to-face

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“Camps are an oasis for human-powered socialization.” — TOM ROSENBERG, PRESIDENT AND CEO, AMERICAN CAMP ASSOC.

He quotes a 2015 Pew Research Center study that stated, “Just 25 percent of teens spend time with friends in person outside of the school day on a regular basis.” In light of that statistic, overnight camp is good place to get kids to socialize without technology. “About 90 percent of camps don’t allow kids to have computers or cell phones,” Rosenberg said. “In general, camps are an oasis for human-powered socialization.”

How to be independent

For many children, camp is the first time they are away from parents and the familiarity of home. While this may cause some homesickness, it also gives children an opportunity to overcome being homesick. And without parents there, children learn to pick up after themselves and keep up with their things. Overnight camp can also prepare students for independence in their next steps in life, like trips abroad and college.

How to be a part of community living

Sometimes it’s hard to live with other people, especially if other people drape their clothes over your bed or hog the shower. And it’s not like kids can escape to their own room when they are at summer camp because everyone bunks together in one cabin. But kids can learn to work out differences they may have about how they share their living spaces, and it’s more

fun for campers to do the cabin chores together than alone. As they grow up, kids have to learn to work in groups in their communities. “That cabin group has community building at its core,” Rosenberg said.

How to embrace diversity

Children who go to camp meet other campers from all over the country. They meet kids from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. In a study conducted by Philliber Research Associates and the American Camp Association, 94 percent of campers said, “Camp helped me get to know other campers who were different from me.”

How to overcome fears

Going to camp takes kids out of their normal day-to-day setting and gives them a chance to try things they might not try when they are at home. In the Philliber study, 74 percent of the kids surveyed said, “At camp I did things I was afraid to do at first.” Children may feel more comfortable taking a risk around new acquaintances than they do under the watchful eye of parents, siblings or school peers. If they are trying an activity they have never tried before, they may feel encouraged by staff or counselors who are there to support and guide them.

“Campers also grow more resilient from trying again when they fail … Camp is a safe place to make mistakes.”

How to become resilient

Camp life doesn’t always go as planned, and kids learn to adapt and move with what’s happening around them. Campers also grow more resilient from trying again when they fail, according to Rosenberg. “Part of growing up is learning that you are not always going to be successful,” he said. “Sometimes campers fail and counselors help them try again. Camp is a safe place to make mistakes.” Going to overnight camp benefits kids in many ways. It provides a place where kids can get out of their daily setting and have new adventures, meet new people and learn new skills. And while they are doing all of those things, they will probably learn a few life lessons that will stay with them forever.

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SUMMER ADVENTURES FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 10 YEARS • A new theme every week of camp. Choose one, two, three or all ten weeks! • Learning is fun with music, art, science and play.

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All the world’s a stage Zach Rose, pictured here in blue, and as a sailor on page 54, has been involved with several OFC classes and productions

... and Rochester is home to one of the largest theater summer camp programs By DRESDEN ENGLE

OFC Creations’ ROC Summer Theatre Experience is the largest theater summer camp program in upstate New York. The aggressive and impressive camp program will produce in just seven summer weeks, between July 8 and Aug. 24, a total of 15 shows at three different locations, led by a team of 25 teaching artists. OFC’s stages will include The Lyric Theatre on East Avenue, the Studio Theater at Kodak Center on West Ridge Road, and Seton School in Brighton. The man literally behind the curtain is Eric Vaugh Johnson. He founded OFC when he was just 12, creating small shows and videos in and around Pittsford. While still college-aged, he took on the role of program director at Rochester Association


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of Performing Arts (RAPA). He also has taken the reigns as a theater director for several schools, including Seton, Penfield’s Harris Hill Elementary, Webster’s Plank South Elementary, and Rochester’s World of Inquiry. Now at age 25, he is making quite a name for himself in the theater world and in Rochester. In February Johnson was selected by News 8 Now for its “Extraordinary Person” segment, and featured his “extraordinary” story of hard work and success during TV newscasts. With OFC’s dramatic expansion — in both program and locations in 2018 and 2019 — many parents who have worked with Johnson over the years have moved their children into programs under the OFC umbrella.

“Eric is truly amazing and brings out the best that kids have to offer,” said Wendy Rose, whose son Zach Rose has been involved with several OFC classes and productions. “He can identify strengths within each child and cultivate them to enable the student to grow in their confidence not only as an actor, but as individuals. These are skills that they can carry over into their everyday life.” Zach first worked with Johnson at Barker Road Middle School in Pittsford — the annual musical Johnson has directed for several years — when he played Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “I was so impressed with his ability to pull hidden talents out of Zach, that I had never seen before,” Rose said. Zach then performed in his first professional show, under Johnson’s direction, as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins at the Kodak Center and has continued steadily with OFC Creations ever since, even working alongside Johnson as an intern. Johnson is joined at OFC by a seasoned

ROC Summer Theatre Camp Experience 2019 Ages 4 to 7 Focusing on skills in acting, singing, and dance, concluding with a short 12 to15 minute full stage production. Perfect for kids coming out of their shell or ready to take centerstage and hit their spotlight.

Eric Vaughn Johnson with OFC theater students.

and educated artistic team, with most holding degrees in music, dance, and theater. Each production is led by a director, music director, and choreographer, in addition to the technical team and backstage crew. How it works: a parent chooses a program aligned with their child’s age and interests. Included with the summer-camp tuition, your child is guaranteed a role in the production. The cast and crew work on an actual show for two weeks, concluding with a final production — complete with costumes and sets — that family and friends can attend. See OFC on page 54

Alice in Wonderland July 15 to July 20 (performance: July 20) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Location: Lyric Theatre Sleeping Beauty July 29 to Aug. 3 (performance Aug. 3) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Lyric Theatre Hansel & Gretel Aug. 12 to 17 (performance Aug. 17) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Lyric Theatre Rapunzel Aug. 19 to 24 (performance Aug. 24) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Seton Catholic School Ages 7 to 11 Your child will be introduced to every aspect of the theatre, including singing, dancing, acting, back stage, costuming, props, and technical theater. Beauty and the Beast Jr. July 8 to 20 (performances July 19 and 20) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Kodak Center Studio Theatre Winnie the Pooh July 8 to 20 (performance July 19 and 20) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Seton Catholic School Annie Jr. July 15 to 27 (performances July 26 and 27) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Lyric Theatre Once on This Island Jr. July 22 to Aug. 3 (performances Aug. 2 and 3) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Kodak Center Studio Theatre

High School Musical Jr. July 29 to Aug. 10 (performances Aug. 9 and 10) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Kodak Center Studio Theatre Shrek the Musical Jr. Aug. 5 to 17 (performances Aug. 16 and 17) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Kodak Center Studio Theatre Wizard of Oz Aug. 12 to 24 (performances Aug. 23 and 23) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Lyric Theatre Ages 11 to 18 The Summer Teen Theatre Program encourages students to go above & beyond the requirements in order to become the best possible performer. Working alongside professional directors and designers, campers will enhance their skills and techniques in character motivations and development, different styles of dance, and new genres of vocal selections. Les Misérables (School Edition) July 15 to 27 (performances July 26 and 27) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Kodak Center Studio Theatre Grease (School Edition) July 29 to Aug. 10 (performances Aug. 9 and 10) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Kodak Center Studio Theatre Newsies July 25 to 27 (performances Aug. 23 and 24) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Kodak Center Studio Theatre Dogfight July 15 to Sept. 20 Camp/rehearsals: Wednesdays 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon Performances: During Rochester Fringe Festival, Sept. 13 to 20 Location: Lyric Theatre

More summer theater camps! A Magical Journey Thru STAGES (585) 935-7173 Be in a show this summer — all experience levels and each session culminates in a full performance. Productions include Alice in Wonderland (June 26-July 12/grades 4-8); Dinosaurs Before Dark (July 15-26/grades 1-5); Legally Blonde (July 29-Aug. 9/grades 6-10); and High School Musical (Aug. 12-23/ grades 7-12).

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“Our students are more than just a camper or audience member,” Johnson said. “They are part of the magic that is only in the performing arts.” Helping local kids make their own dreams come true, while also overcoming their fears, is why Johnson is so passionate about what he does. “The most rewarding part is seeing the kids that come in on day one and won’t speak,” Johnson said. “Maybe they’re a little timid and don’t want to audition and they’re all by themselves, and by the middle of the process, or by the performance, they’ve made all these friendships and they’ve come out of their shell and they say to me, ‘Mr. Johnson I want to be the lead next time.’” “You’re always discovering who you are in the world and how you fit into the world and these kids get to have

that confidence on the stage,” he added. Zach Rose seconds that. “Through the years, I have found theater more as a way to free myself from the stigma of school, society, and everyday life,” he said. “Because of having this ability to temporarily cast aside my troubles, doing theater has given me an outlet for stress, a platform to express my personality, and a home for me and my friends to grow long-lasting bonds and relationships. “Without getting the opportunities to come out of my introverted shell and lose my fears of being myself in front of others, I sincerely don’t know who I would have become in comparison to now,” Zach said. “I will be forever thankful to the theater community and the people I have worked with for teaching me invaluable lessons, such as professionalism, teamwork, extroversion, and discipline.”

Best Foot Forward (585) 402-8186 Summer sessions and private lessons in voice, guitar, piano, and percussion, plus the production of Lion King Jr. for ages 4 to 12 from July 9 to 26 (performance on July 26). Drama Kids International (585) 586- 3830 Summer camp for ages 5 to 18, with half-day and full-day options, takes place July 8 to 12 in Pittsford and July 22 to 26 in Chili. This year’s focus is comedy. Full-day students will produce and perform their own original play. Terry Fyke’s Main St. Players (585) 455-5050 Options for grades K-12. Summer season includes Mamma Mia, The Lion King Jr., Fame: The Musical; and Shrek Jr. Auditions for these summer productions will be held in May and June. Plus, a Summer Enrichment program July 8-17 for grades K-8. Spotlight Theatre Arts (585) 305-4767 Summer programs soon-to-be-announced include opportunities for grades K-12, including musical theater, workshops and Shakespeare. Webster Theatre Guild’s Summer Youth Theater Experience Webster Theatre Guild’s summer program focuses on the process of theater, with educational sessions on the topics of auditions, acting, blocking, and more. The Summer Youth Theater Experience features Frozen Jr. July 8-19 for grades K-6 and Fame: The Musical July 9-26 for grades 6-12. Westside Theater Presenting Titanic: The Musical Aug. 1 to 3, with auditions on April 26 and 27. Please contact to sign up for an audition slot and further information.


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Spring Youth, Family & Childrens Horseback Riding Programs Classes held April - June, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Choose your hour) 5 Classes = $250 / 10 Classes = $500 Level: Beginner-Intermediate, English & Western Stables owns 25 ponies & Horses available for your riding time Register at (front page)

Summer Youth Horseback Riding Camp Offering 9 Weeks of Camp July 1 - Aug. 30 Half and Full Day Programs / Monday - Friday / 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Available drop & pick up times / $340 per week per rider Daily: Grooming horses, bathing horses, and care of horses. 1 hour a.m. & 1 hour p.m. horseback riding Indoor arena / Outdoor arena / Cross-country course Register at (front page)

Other Programs: • Trail Riding: $60 / ride • Therapeutic Riding for people with disabilities: $60 / lesson • Lease Options: $365 - $575 • Guided Educational Boy and Girl Scout Badge Programs: $39.50 / scout • Test or a Trial Ride: $60 • Summer Youth, Family and Childrens Horseback Riding Programs: June - August

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"Begin Here, Go Anywhere" Summer Program June 24 - August 17 2019 Summer Visual & Performing Arts Program

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Disney’s The Lion King JR Auditions: June 12 & 15 Rehearsals: July 8- 18 Performs: July 19 & 20 Grades: K - 8

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Dates: July 8 - 16 Times: 9 AM - 12 PM Parent Presentation: July 17, 10:30 AM Grades: K - 8

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Auditions: June 15 & 17 Rehearsals: July 22 - August 1 Performs: August 2 & 3 Grades: 8 - Young Adult




Shrek The Musical JR Auditions: July 13 & 16 Rehearsals: August 5 - 15 Performs: August 16 & 17 Grades: 5 - graduating 10

MAMMA MIA! - Community Theater Auditions: May 18 & 20 Rehearsals: June 11 - July 2, July 8-11 Performs: July 12 & 13 Grades: 10 - Adult


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Payments are due at time of audition and prior to casting the show. Checks payable to Main Street Players.

There are no refunds given after the show has been cast. All who register participate in the production; auditions are to determine parts.


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LEADERSHIP & COURAGE CAMPS for teens Have fun with role playing, journaling, and artistic expression, while making new friends and . . . • Building self confidence • Developing leadership skills • Letting go of being cool • Becoming more assertive & more you! Summer Full Day & Half Day Camps in Rochester for girls & boys, ages 11 - 17: * BOLD Rising: Live Brave, Be Original, Love Big, Dare Greatly & become your best YOU!

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RIT offers a wide variety of different summer camps to fit your child’s interest! From medical camps to a summer full of STEAM, soccer camps as well as coding, we have it all! Our summer camps are an awesome opportunity for learning AND a ton of fun! Offerings: Robo Camp Center for Bioscience Education & Technology Pre-College Portfolio Prep Workshop Sports Camps SMASH Camp Kids on Campus!

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Day camp choices can be overwhelming — here are tips to pick the right one By CHRISTA MELNYK HINES

Day camps come in all shapes and sizes, appealing to a range of interests and ages. Here are some tips for finding a camp that invests in your youngster by creating an unforgettable experience where they’ll meet new friends, gain self-confidence, and learn new skills – all while giving you peace of mind. Begin with basics: First determine your schedule needs. Some camps are only a few hours a day while others are structured to work well with a working parent’s schedule. Figure out if you’ll need to arrange before or after care. From there, seek a camp with caring staff and fun programs, with a dedication to the health and safety of the campers. Match the camp with your child’s interests. From computer coding to robotics and sports, day camps offer kids the opportunity to try all kinds of new activities. If your child isn’t interested in a camp that specializes in one activity, choose a more traditional camp that offers a wide range of activities throughout the session. “Make sure there’s a healthy balance between structure and choice,” says Jim Spearin,a senior vice president of youth development with the YMCA. Consider the culture. Ask for referrals from trusted family and friends. “Choose a camp that welcomes parents as partners in their experience,” Spearin said. “Parents should always feel welcome to come visit during camp. There should be planned activities for both parent and camper to enjoy together such as special events or campouts.” Seek out a camp with qualified, organized staff. Camp employees should be licensed, certified, and trained in sexual/child abuse prevention, First Aid, and CPR. Find out how camp leaders are supervised and how they plan for emergencies, including natural disasters, intruders, and other threats. Also consider the child-tostaff ratio. Will your child feel lost in a group that’s too big, even if it meets state criteria? “It’s vitally important for staff to have

“As a parent you know your child best and what program would be best for them. Trust your instincts.” — KATRINA BALL, A CHILDCARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL DIRECTOR.

child development knowledge and experience to ensure that appropriate, engaging and enriching activities are offered,” said Katrina Ball, a childcare resource and referral director. Calm butterflies. Many youngsters have a hard time adjusting to new situations and people and may feel scared or intimidated. Include them in the process of choosing a camp. Discuss the schedule of activities and what a typical day will look like, and let them assist in packing their backpack. Find out if one of your child’s friends

would like to attend the camp with him. Attending orientations, visiting the camp site, and meeting the staff prior to the beginning of camp can also help reduce any pre-camp jitters. Try it before you buy. Attend a camp expo or camp fair to find out what options exist in the area. Some organizations feature their own camp fairs and mini-camps during the spring for families to try. “As a parent you know your child best and what program would be best for them,” Ball said. “Trust your instincts.” Roc Parent Magazine

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Theater camp registrations are now open.

Directed by George Barberi Music Directed by Kelly Walsh-Lackey

Primary Camp, Grades - K-6 July 8 to July 19, time TBD, M-F $275 per person. Free showcase performance on the evening of Fri, July 19 at 7pm at a location TBD.

Join us for auditions Friday April 26 at 6:00 p.m. Saturday April 27 at 10:00 a.m. Auditions will take place at: 70 Baily Road, West Henrietta, NY 14586

Please call or email to reserve an audition slot: 585-802-4628

Secondary Camp, Grades - 6-12 July 9 to July 26, time TBD, M-F $375 per person. Free showcase performance on the evening of Fri, July 26 at 7pm at a location TBD.

All registration materials will be provided to those who contact arrange an audition. You do not need to attend both auditions. There will only be singing at auditions; please prepare a song from the show. Tuition for Westside Theater summer camp: $250 Rehearsal begin July 8 and run Monday through Friday, 6:00-9:30, at 70 Bailey Road Perfomances will be Aug. 1 - 3

Visit to register today. Spots are limited!

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