Learning made fun: Summer camps offer something for everyone

Published 10:32 am Thursday, May 1, 2014

Art is a hands-on experience for campers at the ARS Gallery/Arts & Culture Center.  (Submitted photo)

Art is a hands-on experience for campers at the ARS Gallery/Arts & Culture Center. (Submitted photo)

MICHIANA—It may seem like springtime is just getting started, but for parents, it is already time to start thinking about ways to keep the kids occupied, engaged and having fun this summer. After all, there’s not even six weeks left of the current school year.

No matter whether your kids are athletic, artistic or nature-lovers, there is sure to be a camp nearby that will appeal to them. Here are a few ideas.

Benton Harbor

The First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Session dates: June 16-July 17 and July 28- August 28. Ages 5-18. For more info, call (269) 927-4653 or visit www.thefirstteebentonharbor.org.

Brookview School celebrates summertime fun and adventures with their elementary summer camp adventures. Camps for children ages 6 weeks through 36 months and ages 3 through 6 are also available. Camps run from June 2 through Aug. 20. For more info, call (269) 925-3544 www.brookviewschool.org.

The ARS Gallery/Arts & Culture Center is offering 4 weeks of art camp this summer titled “A Summer Arts Quest.”  Three of the camps will focus on the art and culture of France, while a fourth camp will be a teen camp focusing on intensive studio arts. Individual camps are geared towards children ages 5-17. Camps run from June 23 through Aug. 8. For more info, call (269) 208-4409 or visit www.annarussoart.com.

Berrien Springs

Andrews University’s Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp will feature the theme “Design for All People.” Seven one-week sessions will serve various age groups, ranging from 7 to 15. For more info, call (269) 932-5055 or visit www.andrews.edu/go/renaissancekids.

Five Pines offers religion-based, week-long outdoor camps from June 16 through Aug. 8 Individual camps are geared toward children in kindergarten through 8th grade. For more info, call (269) 471-1396 or visit www.fivepines.org.


Bethel College will offer academic camps which provide campers from ages 11-14 with the opportunity to explore their interests with college professors, instructors and leaders who channel their knowledge into a fun, hands-on college learning experience. Various camps run between July 7 and 18. Register online at www.BethelCollege.edu/Camps or email Academic.Camps@BethelCollege.edu with questions.


Brandywine Performing Arts Workshop (PAW) will hold a four-day intensive performing arts workshop for students in surrounding communities from June 16 through 19. They offer exposure to singing, dancing, acting, and performing. Open to children currently in 1st through 6th grades. For more info, call (269) 635-3116 or visit www.facebook.com/brandywinePAW.

Fernwood Botanical Gardens will be offering art-themed day camps for children ages 6-16 and nature-themed day camps for children ages 4-12 from June 10 through Aug. 8. For more info, call (269) 695-6491 or visit www.fernwoodbotanical.org.

Lake Michigan College at Bertrand Crossing will offer STEM summer camps on robotics, LEGOs, and Arduino. Individual camps run June 16 through Aug. 8 and are geared towards children ages 7 through 18. For more info, call (269) 695-1391.

Niles-Buchanan YMCA camps give kids the opportunity to explore nature, discover new talents, try new activities, gain independence and build lasting friendships and memories. Individual camps are geared for children ages 3 years through 5th grade. For more info, call (269) 683-1552 or visit www.nb-ymca.org/home.

St. Joseph

The Krasl Art Center will offer three sessions of art-themed summer camps from June 16 through Aug. 7. They are also offering a number of short programs and studio classes. Ages: 3-12. For more info, call (269) 983-0271 or visit www.krasl.org.

South Shore Health & Racquet Club’s summer camps will give children a chance to discover new skills and make new friends. They will be instructed in tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer, dodge ball or volleyball in one of six weeks of camps that begin June 9 and run through Aug. 29. Ages: 5-12. For more info, call (269) 429-2101 or visit www.sshrc.biz.

The City of St. Joseph’s Summer Tennis Camp will provide participants with instruction in tennis. Camp runs from June 9 through July 31. Ages: 7 and older. For more info, call (269) 983-6325 or visit www.sjcity.com.

The City of St. Joseph’s Summer Recreation Program will be organized by the YMCA this year and will include seven weeks of summer fun. Activities will include outdoor sports and games, arts and crafts, and more. Ages: 5-11. For more info, call (269) 983-6325 or visit www.sjcity.com.

Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA offers a variety of summers camps for kids ages 3 through 14, including the Gla-da-wen-ta Day Camp. Camps run from June 9 through Aug. 22. For more info, call (269) 428-9622 or visit www.bhsjymca.org.


Children’s Music Workshop will be offering summer theater workshops for children in grades 1 through 12. Week-long camps begin July 7 and run through August 8. For more info, call (269) 422-2930 or visit www.cmwonline.org.