1. Visit A Museum Museums are filled with knowledge from all corners of the world and host fun activities for your kids to explore while learning. Most large cities have a handful of museums to choose from and tons of exhibits to indulge in. Most summer camps take field trips to museums but don’t usually give their campers enough time to truly take advantage of what each exhibit has to offer. Make it a routine to take your kids on weekend family outings to your local museums and let them discover new ways to learn about things that strike their interest. Some museums even host their own summer camps where campers can spend the majority of their summer surrounded by learning opportunities. coque iphone xs The Miami Museum of Science has an eight-week summer camp available for kids and teens ranging all grade levels. Current exhibits on display include Hurricanes, Nano-Science, Moving Things, Florida’s Birds and more. “During the summer, many museums sponsor special programs, summer camps and other experiences for patrons. There may be late-night gallery talks or “meet the artist” opportunities, free evenings, behind-the-scenes with a curator, or other opportunities to examine a museum from a different perspective. Some museums or museum activities might be seasonal, such as annual festivals, Living History areas or new traveling exhibits. Museums are an important part of our educational experiences and museums should make us curious and spark interest in further studies and inquiries, or give us the opportunity to experience and appreciate an aspect of our humanity.”
—James Benavides, Communications Specialist & Museum Spokesman for the Institute of Texan Culture
2. Learning a second language Teaching your children to learn a second language at a young age will not only improve their communication skills but also help introduce them to the values of cultures foreign to their own. Having a second or third language on their belt is an excellent tool that will help drive your kids towards new ventures and opportunities in life. This skill will also give them an advantage when seeking various job opportunities which, nowadays, usually prefer their employees to be fluent in a language other than English. “The immersion approach to language teaching provides villagers with a culturally authentic setting—similar to what you might find in the foreign countries where that language is dominantly spoken—but filled with carefully designed opportunities and well trained language teachers who will help you understand what you need, learn how to respond and converse, and practice your new skills all day, every day.
—Carl-Martin Nelson, Director of Marketing & Communication for Concordia Language Villages
Concordia Language Villages is a language and cultural immersion program in the U.S. that offers over 15 different languages for students to choose from. Their summer program is available to children and teens of all ages and offers a variety of curriculums ranging from one to four-week sessions.3. Exercising Your Culinary Skills Watching Iron Chef or Kitchen Nightmares is one way to get your children interested in cooking, but have you ever considered something a bit more tangible? After all, cooking is all about getting your hands dirty. Culinary camp is an excellent way to get your children excited about exploring new and creative ways to interact with food, a trait they will thank you for when they are in college. Culinary camp not only benefits kids but also they’re parents as well. Imagine having an extra pair of hands in the kitchen that knows what they’re doing, better yet, imagine having those hands take over completely and prepare you a gourmet meal! Seattle’s Blue Ribbon Cooking and Culinary Center provides first-rate cooking programs for students and children of all ages. Specializing in everything from catering services to international cooking, students work with local food professionals at a seven-to-one student-teacher ratio to learn new ways of experiencing the mastery of culinary arts. “Our kids cooking camps are structured to not just entertain students but really educate them about how to cook, read recipes, grocery shop and learn important safety skills. For the past 18 years we’ve treated our students like grown ups in the kitchen by teaching them responsibility, letting them think for themselves and utilizing their own creativity, because we feel kids should have more independence while cooking and we know they are capable. Our students grow and thrive in just one week of classes, under the tutelage of our professional chef instructors, and are proud and excited to show off their culinary achievements to family and friends at our end-of-camp dinner.”
—Vanessa Volkman, Director of Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center
4. Becoming One with Nature Mother Nature has a lot more to offer than just breathtaking landscapes. coque iphone 6 Learning how to utilize the land and its resources is a trade that is often taken for granted in this country, but instilling these values in your children at a young age can benefit them in more ways than you think. In addition, your kids will pick up valuable lessons in survival skills, environmentalism, and becoming independent. “The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Teen Volunteer Vacation trail crews give teens the chance to learn about trail stewardship while being part of a tight-knit team for one to four weeks. Outdoor ethics and conservation, such as the principles of Leave No Trace, are a big part of the learning experience, along with trail maintenance skills that can include clearing brush, cleaning drainage, installing water bars and bog bridges, building cairns, working on shelters, painting blazes, and other tasks. There’s also downtime to enjoy these beautiful places, which range from the Berkshires of Massachusetts and New Hampshire’s White Mountains to Maine’s North Woods.”
—Alex DeLucia, AMC Trails Volunteer Programs Manager
The Appalachian Mountain Club offers a variety of activities like Youth Groups, Family Programs, Volunteer and Scout Initiatives, as well as a residential eco-friendly education program called ‘A Mountain Classroom.’ In ‘A Mountain Classroom,’ students [as part of a school group] can choose from seven different locations to engage in their “in the field” environmental learning experience. 5. Sparking Your Love For Science! Your kids might be turned off by the idea of going to a science camp, but there’s so much more to science than chemistry and biology! Science has so many branches of study that your kids would be amazed to discover all the different niche programs available for them to emerge themselves in. Cub Creek Science Camp in Rolla, Missouri, provides an exceptionally diverse and unique list of summer courses available for children and young teens. Students can choose to participate in two one-hour activities each day and can choose from over 100 different subjects ranging from water chemistry to geology, botany, pottery and many more. “Cub Creek Science Camp was founded on the idea of curiosity and guided learning. Campers can choose from over 30 week long courses, including; Jr Vet, Crime Science, Pond Study and Archery. By far, the most popular activity at camp is called Adopt an Animal. Campers can choose their favorite animal from our camp zoo and take on the responsibility to care for that animal for the week. These aren’t your typical animals either. This camp is home to over 100 species of animals such as lemurs, lynx, llamas, paca and porcupine. At Cub Creek we believe that if you capture a child’s curiosity, you are guaranteed an eager learner.”
—Lori Martin, Owner & Director of Cub Creek Science Camp
6. Understanding the Age of Technology What was once a mere commodity is now a driving force behind much of the world’s greatest success stories — Microsoft, Apple, Sony —to name a few. Introducing your children to the foundations of technology can give them the upper hand in situations most take for granted. Writing HTML, designing your own website, and even just installing your wireless internet are all underrated tasks that can be solved by an understanding of how technology works.
iD Tech Camps offers realistic learning experiences for children of all ages who show an appreciation for all things technology-based. Students have the option of learning about filmmaking, video gaming, visual arts, programming, digital photography, web design and more from iD Techs wide selection of programs.
“Kids and teens immerse in hands-on learning to produce relevant tech projects like iPhone and Android apps, programs in C++ or Java, robots, films, and more. Students interact with like-minded peers, build confidence, and learn valuable skills that impact their lives long after camp is over.
—iD Tech Camps
7. Practicing Your Writing Abilities Encouraging your children to formulate routine writing exercises will help guide them towards discovering new passions and career goals, as well as educate them with knowledge on a variety of topics. Whether they are writing for their own online blog or contributing to an existing media outlet, practicing writing will broaden their horizons and help them implement the writing skills they learned throughout the school year into their daily or weekly schedules. “An educational summer activity for grads [or students of any age] may be to write for Examiner.com, covering the industry in which they plan on working. It’s always nice to have some writing experience under your belt, and it’s a great way to learn more about the industry and make some connections.”
—Bob Zeitlinger, Managing Director at B To Z Communications
The Examiner is one of the leading online platforms for freelance writers to exercise their abilities and expertise while providing content for a large audience. With over 100,000 contributing writers and over 30 million monthly unique viewers, writers are guaranteed to reach a wide variety of readers and serve as a source of insight or inspiration for others. Beginning your kids with sites like WordPress, Tumblr, or Blogger is a great way to give them the initial push and desire to write in their free time. As they grow older, writing opportunities for companies like The Examiner will help them gain further experience and writing exposure while being paid to do so. 8. Digging Up The PastHistory isn’t something you just study in textbooks; you can experience it too! Learning about history is important for understanding the roots of human culture, examining the successes and mistakes of our past, and innovating new ways to improve our future. “Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s camp programs comprise of an introduction to Pueblo Indian history, archaeology and the scientific process of discovery. Campers study the history of the ancient Pueblo Indians who lived in the Mesa Verde region, help our archaeologists excavate at Basketmaker III sites, [as well as] sort, study and identify recovered artifacts.“
—Bronwyn Strickland, Enrollment Manager at Crow Canyon
While at Crow Canyon, campers will also partake in unique archaeological field trips, educational excursions through Mesa Verde National Park, and professional development opportunities. Based in Southwest Colorado, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center provides summer programs for children, teens and teachers alike. 9. Pioneering Your Inner-MusicianIt’s never too late to get your children into the habit of exploring the eclectic wonders found in music. Music has been proven to stir imagination, relieve stress, and stimulate the parts of the brain concerned with memory recall, language development, and spatial reasoning. Not to mention, the music industry is constantly growing and grants countless career opportunities for both artists and enthusiasts. “With a focus on creative collaboration, young musicians are placed into bands where they are guided through the original songwriting process with a group of other young musicians from all over the world. coque huawei p30 The Collective Sound provides an authentic contemporary music experience where participants record in professional studios, record music videos, learn music technology, receive insight into the current state of the music industry and perform on a multi-stop tour that allows for field trips to studios, radio stations, labels and more.”
—Zac Smith, Founder & Executive Director at The Collective Sound
The Collective Sound is a non-profit organization and the world’s first music touring camp servicing students aged 12 through 18. Learn more about their summer program here. 10. Giving Back What You Take Whether it’s cleaning up your local beaches or helping build homes in a foreign country, there’s no other feeling like giving back to the community. Getting your kids to understand the value of philanthropy and altruism at a young age will help guide them towards showing respect and loyalty to both others and themselves. coque iphone xs Volunteering is something your children can practice on the side of their other passions and, you never know, your child might even grow up to become the next Adrienne Arsht or Warren Buffett.VISIONS Service Adventures is a domestic and international community service program that provides engaging volunteer experiences for high school and middle school students hosted in various English, Spanish, and French-speaking nations around the globe. While immersed in the riches of foreign culture, VISIONS volunteers learn how to develop their teaching abilities, grassroots partnerships, and acute social skills. “Now in its 25th season, VISIONS programs blend ambitious community service projects, cultural immersion and adventurous exploration. coque huawei pro Participants contribute in real ways, with meaningful service projects that meet the needs of host communities. VISIONS it is not a tour—instead participants and their leaders live in the heart of the community, working and socializing with local hosts.