Educational Summer Camps
If you’re looking for an experience to remember that combines adventure and intellect, check out these top five educational summer camps. Education at its best is an exciting process that lasts a lifetime — something that is often forgotten in the classroom. In many ways, summer is the time when kids have the opportunity to learn the most, spending time out of doors and becoming more aware of their environment, themselves and each other. These camps will encourage kids to explore intellectually while also allowing them to be kids and to have a good time.
1. Space Camp
Since its founding in 1982, Space Camp has developed a reputation as one of the premier academic- and adventure-oriented summer programs for kids. Nine out of 10 campers also report choosing to take more science and math classes after camp. Space Camp is located in the U. S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Space Camp offers several different programs in all four seasons, but their standard overnight summer programs for kids ages seven to 18 costs $949 and runs for about a month. Scholarships are available.
2. Super Camp
What sets Super Camp apart from other educational summer camps is that it teaches effective life skills and learning behaviors rather than focusing on a discipline like math, science or foreign language. Kids learn reading, writing and note-taking skills in addition to goal-setting and how to overcome obstacles. Super Camp offer programs for everyone from 6th graders to college students and even hosts a parents’ weekend. The camp operates at a half-dozen universities scattered the country, and seven to 10 day sessions range from $2,195 to $3,095.
3. DNA Learning Center Summer Camp
The DNA Learning Center hosts a summer camp where kids participate in programs like “Forensic Detectives” and “Human Genomics,” performing scientific experiments far beyond their grade levels. This is a very challenging and exciting laboratory science experience for kids motivated to do more than most schools provide the opportunity for. Located in Long Island’s Cold Spring Harbor and Lake Success, the camp welcomes students from grades six through 12. Each five-day session costs between $400 and $900 dollars.
4. Sylvan Edge
Sylvan Edge offers creative camps for grades PreK to 12 to familarize them with skills that help them succeed for school and beyond with fun, collaborative activities. There is "Robotics camp" for grades 2-6, "Coding for Kids camp" for grades 3-8, Study Edge camp for grades 4-12, Early Reading Edge camp for grades PreK-K, Fit4Algebra camp for grades 6-9, and Writing camp for grades 4-9. Camps are available during the summer, as well as winter and spring breaks.
Broadreach offers academic adventure programs that yield college credit, community service hours and various certifications. Programs like “Belize Emergency Medicine,” “Galapagos & Amazon Biodiversity,” and “Gautemala Non-Profit Studies” provide learning experiences that cannot be had in any classroom. Not for the budget camper, these three-week-long trips for middle school, high school and college students cost between $4,000 and $7,000.