|Time to get campy|
Guardian Lifestyles Intern
Published: Jun 08, 2012
The days are winding down — the kids can’t wait to break loose from the “prison” they call school and the parents ... well they’re in a quandary right about now because they don’t want them sitting at home, vegging out all day for the entire summer break. Parents are now faced with the dilemma of how to keep their children occupied, but in a fun way.
Most years, parents resort to sending their children to summer camps, but are faced with the problem of finding just the right one to hold their children’s attention, whether they’re interested in athletics, animals, marine life or whatever, there’s a camp for everyone.
Swimletics Summer Camp
For the youngsters that love to frolic in the water, Swimletics Summer Camp provides lessons for beginners and advanced swimmers.
Swimletics caters to children aged four to 12 in an effort to teach young children a variety of water safety practices including swimming, CPR training, and life support training.
"The camp also offers intermediate to advanced training that will help more experienced swimmers to build faster muscle memory, resistance drills and exercises to reinforce their skills as well," said camp director Kelson King.
Campers will get to dabble in other activities as well as a professional dancer and a college basketball player will be offering tips on modern dance, basketball and dodge ball at the Westridge Estates camp.
Swimletics Summer Camp provides a lot more amenities for the busy parent including free aftercare until 6 p.m. and hot lunches for those days when parents can’t find the time to pack a lunch for the kids. Telephone 327-2262 for more information. The camp runs from June 25-July 27. Monday through Thursday sessions are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday sessions are 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
When: June 25 - July 27
Where: Westridge Estates
Time: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $50 weekly
BREEF and Ardastra Gardens Marine and ConZOOvation Summer Camp
The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) is hosting their annual summer camp July 2-July 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. And it has been revamped to partner with the Ardastra Gardens to give your child even more summer fun under water and above it.
The camp caters to kids between the ages of eight and 14 and this year’s theme, "Learning about Endangered Animals Above and Below the Sea" promises to teach your child everything there is to know about marine and land conservation in a fun, interactive way.
Camp Counsellor Allanah Vellacot said campers can expect to participate in a wide range of activities including games, arts and crafts and field trips to Stuart Coves for a snorkeling trip and Dolphin Encounters to frolic with the dolphins – guaranteed fun for the water lovers.
Campers will learn all there is to know about safe snorkeling and fish identification and by the end of camp will be able to identify endangered marine species. Children will also get a fantastic education in marine conservation, maintaining and protecting precious marine resources.
If your child can’t get enough of BREEF's fantastic camp they can take a quick trip down to San Salvador to participate in the camp again later on this summer. For more information or to register your child call 327-9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When: July 2-July 6
Where: Ardastra Gardens
Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $150 for non-BREEF members, $100 for BREEF members
Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace Summer Unplugged Bowling Camp
Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace summer camp is expected to be the ultimate summer experience for those overly active youngsters.
This camp for children six to 13 is open to kids who just want to have fun.
The camp offers a variety of activities for boys and girls including its signature bowling, martial arts, basketball, grooming and modeling classes, fashion consulting and even skating.
Kids will not only expend all that excess energy but will receive some gainful education doing it.
Field trips will be the order of the day for Mario’s campers – from the Ardastra Gardens Zoo to a day at Atlantis. Other amenities of the bowlopolis camp include a hot lunch from the Mario’s menu and aftercare options for the busy working parent.
Camp organizer and marketing assistant Lisa Humes promises each day will bring a different activity or class for boys or girls to keep the little ones entertained and having fun this summer at Mario's. To register your child call 326-8010 through 4.
When: July 2-July 13
Where: Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $100 per week, $75 a week for multiple children
Meridian Schools Adventure Camp
Meridian Schools Adventure Camp promises to teach your children more than just how to have fun this summer. The camp, located at the school on J.F.K. Drive, caters to kids two to 12 and runs June 25-July 27.
This years’ theme "Character Counts" will allow your children fun and personal growth during the hot summer days.
"Kids are placed into rooms called cabins according to age and participate in everything from swimming to games on the tennis court, and our programs also offer academic enrichment," said camp organizer Lisa McCartney.
The camp features arts and crafts and even a culinary component for the young chef this year, McCartney promised. The highlight of the camp will be the special project, movies the campers will make, which will culminate in a Hollywood movie premiere for parents and camp supporters, complete with a red carpet. This year, kids are encouraged to boost their character by rewards for helping friends, good citizenship and community service. To register your child, call 328-1151.
When: June 25-July 27
Where: Meridian Schools
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $150 per week
The Aviation Summer Camp
The Aviation Summer Camp will host its first summer camp this year for future pilots and flight attendants, June 25-July 6 for children seven to 17.
The first session will be for kids seven to 11 and the second session will be for kids aged eight to 17.
Campers will get a full experience learning both theory and the practical application of flying. The camp is for anyone interested in aviation and promises to give campers exposure to the aviation industry.
The highlight of the camp will be an introductory flight where campers will get to sit side-by-side with a pilot in the cockpit and get to experience firsthand the joys of flying. The children will also spend time in flight simulators to really get a feel for the flying experience said camp director Kenneth Romer.
The camp provides facilities for snacks and a catered menu to keep your young pilot entertained and comfy. To register your child, call 429-3334.
When: June 25-July 6
Where: The Aviation Training Institute
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Summit Academy Jumpstart for Girls
This year, Summit Academy located on East Bay Street will be offering its usual camp activities for boys and girls, but this year’s summer camp curriculum will include a girls only camp for the girly girl.
The camp is broken into two sessions — girls aged five to seven will be participate in the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun camp. Girls aged eight to 15 will participate in Free to Be Me.
Campers will get a chance to come together and discuss issues that pertain to young girls like self-esteem and how to appreciate themselves said camp director Gillian Wilson.
Camp days will start off with academic skills to prevent academic regression and the afternoons are dedicated to fun, fun and more fun, said Wilson.
Girls will learn everything from making their own hair bows to making lip balm and decorating t-shirts.
The camp promises to focus on basic etiquette skills and will even coach ladies on social media etiquette.
"We talk about serious issues like cyber bullying and how to take care of their bodies and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Watson.
The aim of the camp is to turn little angels into young ladies and the camp promises a lot of fun activities doing so. Highlights of the camp will include a rumba dance workshop, and a spa party with jello pedicures. Snacks will be available but kids are encouraged to bring their own lunch. To register your child, call 394-4781 through 3.
When: June 25-July 20
Where: Summit Academy, off East Bay Street
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $150 per week
Age: 5-7 for session 1, and 8-15 for session 2