by Laura Kocum
on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 10:16am.
With just about a month left before local schools take summer break, we're in the "peak" of summer camp research and reservations. Many camps require a registration by May 31, or sooner. And while there are countless opportunities for kids- with YMCA, Madison School Community Recreation and other groups offering weekly camps, there are some additional, interesting options for Dane County Youth.
Suppose your child is more interested in technology than outdoor exploring. iD-Tech, in conjunction with UW-Madison, is offering week long options including Adventures in Minecraft Game Design, Intro to Java Programming and Role-Playing Game Design. The program insists your child will be with a professional, adult instructor, with a student/teacher ratio of 8-1. And don't worry, your child won't spend all day on a screen. The camp includes additional activities to encourage socialization, collaboration and an entertaining experience for all. Camps are designed for students ages 7-17, with age specific courses. The cost for these camps starts at $850 for the week- so while it's not a budget option, it does offer professional expertise.
Another, more budget-friendly tech camp is provided by BadgerBots Robotics Corporation. Students in grades 2 and up can enjoy Lego robotics, programming, and Minecraft-themed experiences. BadgerBots is located in Middleton, and provides programs year-round to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Campers can expect hands-on, mentor-based programs and opportunities to grow both intellectually and emotionally. Prices start at $260 for a half day camp, with lunch and full day options available.
Animal lovers are sure to enjoy Camp Pawprint, a summer camp created by the Dane County Humane Society. Campers here will learn about animals of all kinds, careers with animals, and have the chance to meet with area experts on wildlife and animal care. Crafts, field trips and animal interactions are all part of the Camp Pawprint experience. Prices for these camps begin at $285, with scholarships and other discounts available to returning campers.
If your child is a successful swimmer, but bored with basic lessons, MadCity Aqua Stars has a unique experience planned for the first week of August. Participants will learn synchronized swimming skills and stunts, along with opportunities to try other activities like karate, gymnastics and yoga. No prior synchro experience is required, but they do ask that participants have already passed level 4 swimming. The camp will meet at the Middleton High School pool, and will culminate with a synchronized swimming performance on Friday. Cost is $225 for registrations completed by May 31.
Clearly there are many options for summer fun. Find the right fit for your child, and be sure to register soon, as many camps are already filling up.