Apparently, I’m messing up on thoroughly researching summer camps for girls. My daughter is currently the only girl in the boy-filled multi-sport USA Sports Institute. But she is a self-proclaimed athlete! As we arrived to the first day of camp, the first thing she notices is that there are no girls. Funny, because I noticed that she is the tallest, but apparently that affects me more than it does her.
The good thing, however, is that the coaches were both female, but it didn’t stop me from really thinking long and hard about this. So far, we’ve been selecting camps based on what’s convenient for my schedule. Not really the kids.
The kids started off the summer at Gateway Christian Center’s Vacation Bible School which worked perfectly with the in-between-the-last-day-of-school-before-they-leave-for-Ohio gap. The kids loved it and we’re thinking about sending them to the camp for the rest of the summer which is managed by Active Academics. Oh, and we’re also sending our daughter to sleep-away camp with the girl scouts. Gasp!
In the meantime, a few moms on the Valley Stream Moms Facebook page suggested these camps that are girl-friendly. I also added a little commentary as to why they may/may not fit for you/me.
Oceanside: 10:30a – 1:30p – $292/2-week session
While there isn’t an easy explanation of the camp for parents to see, it looks like this camp is a lot of fun for the kids. Each day is brings out the creativity of the students where they are invited to show their uniqueness through daily themes. But from a parent’s perspective, I’ll be the one searching for the rock star tee, crazy hat, and throw back dress, etc. I’m already stressed out….but the camp ends in a theatrical performance which sounds quite entertaining.
The price works, but the hours do not for those that work. It doesn’t look like this will work our for me. It may for you, however…
(10a – 3p with early drop/pick up available) – $500/week
The Fashion Class offers creative and fun fashion design camps for Kids ages 6-12 years old in Merrick Long Island throughout the school year and summer; June, July and August. We also have a separate summer camp for Teens (13-17 years old) that allows teen campers to design and sew their own garments! All campers learn to sew using real sewing machines and take home everything they’ve created in camp.
Our Girl Scout troop had an end of her party here in June which was really cute. My daughter deemed to enjoy the party. She also loved watching Project Runway Jr. so she may like this camp.
While I do love a creative camp that awakens a child’s inner Donna Karan, what doesn’t work for me are the hours.
Rockville Centre (9a – 12p/12:30p – 3p: Full/Half day camps available) – $72 – $592
This summer program allows kids of all ages to experience the mediums of their choosing, in a fun and exciting, studio environment. They do all the fine arts including pencil drawing, shading with charcoal, line drawings with ink, oil and chalk pastel, painting in acrylic and watercolor, oil painting techniques, sculpting with air dry clay, mixed media, recycling materials, paper making, group projects, art history, window display, tie dye, mosaic, collage and plaster.
My little Picasso’s may be able to participate in this camp given the hours and proximity to our home. It’s still not ideal, but worth a look-see.
West Hempstead (8:30a – 4p) $500/2-week session
Savage Sounds Recordings (see their as on the right sidebar) is offering a music summer camp for children, 6-12 who want to enjoy music in a fun, unique way while also learning the essentials of music theory, musicianship and recording technology. Your child will engage in formal music instruction initially taught on recorder flutes (which students will keep and take home) as well as instruction on guitar, keyboard and percussion. (see the website for additional information)
My kids just may like this camp given that they both have a little music inside of them. My daughter plays the viola, but has the desire to try other instruments. My son, he will dance to just about anything, but has yet to try out an instrument. Hmm…we may be onto something here.
Know of any camps that are girl-friendly? Leave a comment below.