Now is the time to register for summer camps. As noted in the last Parenting Tweens article “Smooth sailing to high school,” tweens need to make the most of their summers by participating in enriching experiences. This week, the focus is on the top three best bets in science camps.
Cub Creek Science Camp at Bear River Ranch in Rolla, Missouri offers a wide array of experiences for tweens. Popular areas include spelunking and crime science. Tweens with a passion for animals will like the “adopt an animal” program that can be combined with being a junior vet with chance to watch a surgery and how to read x-rays. Camp opportunities begin the first week of June and run through the first week of August.
In Seal Harbor Maine, kids from 10 to 18-years-of-age can explore marine science with hands-on work done in the lab and on a boat. The Acadia Institute of Oceanography offers summer camp sessions beginning June 19 and running through August 19. The classes are balanced with time each day for fun including hikes through the Acadia National Park, visits to local laboratories and museums as well as swimming and group games. An added plus to this program is the opportunity to come back for higher level programs including some that take tweens to Tropical Research and Education Center near San Pedro on Ambergis Caye in Belize.
Destination Science offers one to four week programs that make learning fun. One option encourages tweens to”embark on a robot adventure which includes a robot maze race, a robo-artist experience and a camp-invasion battle to see which robot will rule the roost.” If robots aren’t your tween’s thing, there’s a camp for experimenters who want to “test out air-powered cannons, hold electric lightning in the palm of your hand and investigate giant squid.” The best things about Destination Science camps are the locations spanning from the west coast to the east coast and leadership opportunities for kids in grades 7-11.
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