The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

June 13, 2014

Get your kids involved | Art camps will keep young minds active

JOHNSTOWN — “I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do.”

Parents are hearing the complaints from their kids already, and they’ve only been out of school for a week or two.

Here’s an idea. Enroll your child in a summer camp. There are a multitude of day camps in the region that will keep your child engaged while being educated at the same time.

Themes include painting, sculpting, acting, photography, science, music and much, much more.

Community Arts Center of Cambria County offers classes for children as young as 3 years old. They can participate in age-specific art projects and learn simple dance steps set to music. Classes for older children will keep them involved in creating landscape paintings, kneading clay into animal shapes and a pinch pot and learning the intricacies of drawing.

Pitt-Johnstown and The Learning Lamp have collaborated on a Learning, Enrichment and Recreation Network (LEARN) camp.

LEARN is geared to pupils entering grades 3 through 8. Campers will attend five different themed classes each day for a full week.

“Each class has its own theme and offers a nice variety of summer fun,” Brittni McKolosky, a Learning Lamp coordinator, told Tribune-Democrat Features writer Tom Lavis.

Campers will study select art materials, collect samples of microscopic pond life, examine how special effects and film techniques transform the written word, use technology to craft a commercial and enjoy the outdoors as a piece on a life-size board game.

The classes will challenge the campers’ creativity, scientific prowess, technological know-how and exercise their bodies and imaginations.

In Loretto, St. Francis University and the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania will offer two Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics camps for area girls.

The camp will be administered by representatives from the Girl Scouts and the university’s undergraduate students. Programs are designed for young girls in kindergarten through grade 6.

Topics will include a Neat Numbers math program; Girl Scout Science, which will allow girls to work on badge-related science experiments, campus hikes and scavenger hunts.

“The program is open to anyone and girls do not have to be Girl Scouts to participate,” Melissa Greiner, St. Francis’ program coordinator, told Lavis.

Cresson Lake Playhouse will offer a summer puppetry workshop for children going to grades 4 through

6 in the fall.

And in neighboring Somerset County, Laurel Arts has scheduled summer camps with themes such as painting, cooking, drawing, jewelry making, sewing and embroidery, and history.

So no matter where you live, there is bound to be an art camp nearby that is of interest to your children.

Give them a call and get them enrolled today. Classes usually fill up fast.

Hide the remote control, turn off the video game system and get your kids out the door.

There’s more to summer vacation that just vegetating on the couch. Provide your kids with opportunities that will stretch their minds.

They may even thank you.

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