Sleepaway camp – tips for your first time away

For some families, sleepaway camp is a tradition and happens every year like the holidays. But if you didn’t grow up going to sleepaway camp, you might have some questions, or concerns. We spoke to camp directors at two overnight camps and have some tips to share in this article, published by ActivityHero.

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Best of Philadelphia Area Camps!

Lavner Camps

With lots of great locations in and around Philadelphia and a huge array of day camps and specialty camps focusing on sports, technology, performing and creative arts, pretty much everyone can find a Lavner Camp to fall in love with. In addition to their innovative programming, they offer lots of working-parent friendly options like extended day and on site lunches.

 

Held at University of Pennsylvania, plus many more locations.

Friends Central Summer Camps

The Lower School Campus hosts Tenderfoot Camp for 3-6 year olds with 4-7 week options. Staff is tuned in to the developmental needs of this youngest age group and nurture social development, independence, curiosity and friendships. Kids are organized in groups by age and enjoy swimming, music and drama, arts and crafts, nature and outdoor sports and games.

The Upper School Campus hosts Trailblazer program for 6-12 year olds, plus Lego Engineering, and Trailblazer Enrichment Camp that includes Computer Graphics and Computer Programming.

Summer Scholars for 7th-12th grade programs include SAT Prep, Applied Math for Physical Sciences, College Application Eassay and Intensive Tutorial in Mathematics.

Benchmark School Summer Camp

Great option for kids who need some remedial help with academics but don’t want to miss out on a great, active summer c amp experience. Benchmark has a 6 week program with their excellent teachers and summer staff to give these kids the support they need and make sure they have a fantastic camp experience too. See more…

iD Tech Camps

Kids get the opportunity to take their tech skills to the next level. Weekly courses teach kids to code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce films, model 3D characters, and more. With a balance of computer time and outdoor summer fun, kids and teens think critically, problem-solve, collaborate, and socialize. See more…

 Arden Theatre Camp

Join Philly’s best theatre professionals for fun classes in Acting, Music, Storytelling, Improvisation, Dance, and Design at Arden Summer Camp. Inspiring creativity, Drama Camp motivates kids to create stories using characters and ideas built from their own imaginations. Costume design, dancing, and comedy camps stimulate young artists and build confidence. See more…

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Main Line Parent Camp & Activity Fair!

Mark your calendars! Sunday, February 21rst
Friends’ Central School’s Lower School
, 228 Old Gulph Road, Wynnewood

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the great camp opportunities available for Summer 2016!

Learn about new programs and find out more about the camps that sound like a good fit for your kids. This is the perfect time to meet the Camp Directors, ask lots of questions and find out about what new and special about their upcoming programs.

Bring the kids! You might be surprised what programs they’re drawn to! There will be an activity from Einstein By Design, an electronics lab and kitchen chemistry too.

Win a free week of Camp! They will also be raffling off free weeks of camp.
Free sounds good!

Main Line Parent Camp & Activity Fair, Sunday February 21, 2016 11am-2pm

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Director Interview – Justin Lavner of Lavner Camps!

Justin Lavner has his roots in the Philadelphia area and is the founder of Lavner Camps. We had a chance to hear more about Lavner Camps during our interview with Lavner.

1. Why did you decide to create Lavner Camps? What do you think makes it special?

Justin_lavnerJ.L.: I created Lavner Camps because I wanted children to have the opportunity to attend a high quality summer camp where they can immerse themselves in learning, develop skills, have lots of fun, make friends, and create happy memories! Lavner Camps is very special because we provide campers with the opportunity to explore various areas of interest, build confidence, learn from great instructors who teach from a professionally developed (and always evolving) curriculum, and experience all of this in an exciting and dynamic camp environment.

We pride ourselves on creating a premier summer camp environment where campers can have the experience of a life time, and we enjoy seeing so many campers return each summer!

2. What are some of your favorite camp activities?

J.L.: As the camp director, it is really difficult to choose favorites, because so many of our activities are fun and exciting. Here are some (but not all!) of my favorites: King of the Court at Tennis Camp, Soccer Shootout Challenge, Hot Spot Challenge in Basketball Camp, Robowars in Robotics Camp, Scavenger Hunt Competitions in 3D Innovation & Design with Minecraft, Installing Minecraft Mods, coding a Choose Your Own Adventure Game in Java, Creating Apps and Beta testing Video Games on Fridays, the Friday Fashion show at Fashion Design Camp, Bake Off Competitions in Culinary Camp, Shooting Scenes at Filmmaking Camp, Friday Theater performances, the Lavner Carnival and Color War at Exploration Day Camp, Flying Drones in the Spy Tech Minor Course at TECH R3VOLUTION ™, Team Building Games at our CIT Leadership Program Orientation, and so much more!

3. You’ve added a lot of specialty tech and arts camps. How does your staff develop the curriculum for new camps? What are you especially excited about this year?

J.L.:We employ a very talented and brilliant group of year round employees. We have a full time technology department and creative arts department, and summer camp curriculum is developed and enhanced all year. This enables us to stay at the forefront of learning and produce camp experiences at the highest level, and sometimes even create new educational trends! As directors, Michael Lavner and I also play an integral part in overseeing curriculum development, and schedule time to immerse ourselves in the curriculum for each camp before we approve it to “go live” in the summer. I am very excited about our NEW camp additions: Elite Skills Minecraft Camp, Programming Camp with Python, Game Design Camp with GameMaker ™ and RPG Maker ®, Hand Sewing Camp: Stuffed Animal Creations!, and GreenFun Eco Camp! I am also excited to see the many new developments in all of our camps that are returning in Summer 2016.

4. How do you select your camp counselors (background, experience, etc)?

J.L.: It is absolutely paramount to us that we hire excellent camp instructors and counselors. We employ an almost entirely adult staff. They have exemplary backgrounds in the areas they instruct, and are passionate about working with kids. All are very responsible, and understand the “high level” camp experience and standards of excellence that we expect and require at Lavner Camps. Our instructors vary from teachers, professors, industry professionals, grad students, college students, and a very small amount of rising high school seniors and juniors who display an exceptional ability to instruct at camp. We are fortunate enough to receive thousands of applications and our HR department does a great job of selecting excellent candidates for our camp positions.

5. Can kids really learn to program in 1 week of camp?

J.L.: At Lavner Camps they can! All Lavner campers complete 1-3 computer programming projects during a week of Programming Camp with Scratch, Programming Camp with Python ™, or Programming Camp with Java. Parents can also book private lessons with an instructor before or after camp if they want their child to have 1 on 1 instruction and additional learning opportunities. We are very impressed with the programming project our campers create at camp, and are excited to provide more and more coding camps each summer!

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Affordable Performing Arts Camps!

Roger Lee Arts Summer Camp
Kids and teens will enjoy exploring dance, drawing, acting, and musical theater production. Roger will lead the campers in daily classes, outdoor play, and the fun process of creating and producing original musical theater! The camp will end with an informal showcase for family and friends to enjoy! Act Fast! Only 1 week: Jun 22-26, 2015, $150

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 Actors Center  Save Big on  Six Weeks!
Kids, tweens and teens learn how to act in TV Commercials and Movies. How to audition for casting directors and talent agents and more! When you register for all 6 weeks it’s only $300/week! timthumb.php

The Summer Music & Performing Arts Camp
The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

The Summer Music & Performing Arts Camp is offering six weeks of daily music instruction in keyboard, percussion, voice and dance for children 6-13 years old. Music instruction is provided each morning, with weekly camper performances; afternoons feature a range of educational, recreational and cultural activities that include chess, karate and Monopoly tournaments; swimming and trips. Campers are also encouraged to read books and develop computer skills.  Lunch and snacks are provided.  Jun 22-Jul 31, 2015, $110/week

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Looking for a Sewing Camp in Philly?

Each summer is an opportunity to send your kids to camps that will give them new experiences, a chance to take risks, and maybe even learn lifelong skills. In this article, we’re going to showcase one of those camps, and one of those skills: Sew Philly in Philadelphia.

Sew Philly gives both boys and girls the chance to experience a challenging introduction to all things sewing: stitching, fabric, bobbins, sewing machines and more. Everyone who works at Sew Philly is passionate about their craft, and they pass that passion along to the students, encouraging them to be creative and take on non-traditional projects. Who knows — this camp could be your own aspiring young designer’s first step into a career in fashion!

From Fashion Design Saturdays to a fashion design course to machine sewing, Sew Philly has something for everyone. Prices start at $375 for a full week, and they offer 10% sibling discounts. Kids, start those sewing machines!

 

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Five Interesting and Affordable Summer Camps in the Philadelphia Area

It’s that time of year when you have to start thinking about Summer camps and figuring out which ones to choose without breaking the bank. Philadelphia has lots of great options for both sleepaway camps and day camps. Here are five unique and affordable options that parents love.

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The Actors Center provides one of the best and most successful Young Acting  Camps in the nation – sign up for the full 6 weeks and it’s just $300/week

BETTERBALL! Basketball & Sports Camps may7_betterballEmpowering kids to play BETTER in sports and life! Betterball balances summer fun with a dose of structure that kids need to avoid boredom. The programs feature fundamental & advanced instruction, fun games & competition, daily sportsmanship lessons and guest speakers. Optional daily free swim and lunch available. $250/week

yogini kidsYoga Summer Camp The perfect antidote to a busy year is a week of mindfulness with the Beanie Yogini Kids Yoga Studio! They keep it kid-friendly and fun, using yoga poses to move through a story, creative arts and crafts and lots of time outside in nature. Only $205/week, siblings $175

Sew Philly IMG_2038 Known for it’s welcome environment and excellent staff, children will not only learn to sew basic patterns, they’ll meet new friends, see what it’s like to make a successful project themselves and learn about fabric and bobbins.  Open to both girls and boys. $375/week

Delaware County Christian School is hosting a number of great programs at their may7_dccsbeautiful locations in Devon (K-5th Grade) and Newtown Square (6th-8th Grade). Campers engage with a great balance of camp time, field trips and service opportunities. U-Pick-it Specials include archery, swimming, nature studies, photography, arts and crafts, cooking and high and low ropes courses! Only $235/week until June 1rst.

Updated: May 7, 2015

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