Summer camps for all ages, interests

By Diane VanDyke

The arrival of spring means that summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to think of activities for children and youth. This year Montgomery County Community College has an array of summer camp experiences for campers of all ages and interests.

Amazing Arts Race summer art camp

If you have children ages 7-10, who are creative, curious and imaginative, The Amazing Arts Race multimedia experience is the camp for them. This visual, performing and media arts camp, hosted in collaboration with the St. Augustine Academy of Norristown, will be held July 9-20, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (extended hours also available until 5 p.m.).

Teams of campers will traverse the art world to complete projects while overcoming some fun challenges and detours along the way. Parents and friends are invited to the final destination on Friday, July 20, at the Fine Arts Center Gallery at our Central Campus in Blue Bell for a celebration and exhibition. The cost is $300. For more information, contact Patrick Rodgers at or 215-619-7349.

Athletics Camps – Philadelphia 76ers Sixers Camps

If your children enjoy basketball, they will love this opportunity to learn and improve their skills with the pros. The Philadelphia 76ers will be hosting two camps at our new Health Sciences Center at our Central Campus in Blue Bell.

The Sixers Basketball Day Camp for girls and boys ages 7 to 13 will be held Aug. 20-24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers will have five days of basketball skill building – ball handling, passing, shooting and more – which will culminate in a “Skills Performance” event on Friday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. for families. Cost for the camp is $400.

For younger campers, ages 5 to 7, the Little Sixers Basketball Day Camp gives them an opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of the game in a positive, friendly environment. Camp will be held Aug. 20-24, 9-11:45 a.m. Each camper will receive a practice jersey, tickets to a team event and a certificate of achievement. At the conclusion of each day, campers will have a chance to share their new skills with their families during a 10-minute showtime. The cost is $220.

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BIOMAN Academy – Biotechnology Workshop for High School Students

The BIOMAN Academy provides rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with the opportunity to explore careers in the biosciences. During this four-day program, June 25-28 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., they will perform hands-on experiments using industry-grade biotechnology equipment, manipulate DNA, purify proteins and grow bacterial and mammalian cells.

Taught by industry experts - Dr. Maggie Bryans, Associate Professor of Biotechnology, and Dr. Matt Marshall, Program Manager of the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative – this National Science Foundation funded program will be held in our Advanced Technology Center at our Central Campus in Blue Bell. A $25 deposit is required to reserve your place. To register, email or visit

 Culinary Camps at The Culinary Arts Institute (CAI)

For aspiring young chefs, we offer one-week culinary camps for those interested in developing their cooking and baking skills. Taught by experienced CAI instructors, the camps involve hands-on classes in professional kitchens. Each day, campers will prepare and present food using the techniques they learn.

Camps for junior chefs, ages 10-14, include: Baking for You (July 16-20 and August 6-10), BBQ and Grilling School (July 23-27) and the Modern Kitchen  (Aug. 13-17). For ages 14-17, we offer BBQ and Grilling School (June 25-29); and Baking 2.0 (July 9-13).

All camps are held Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CAI, 1400 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, Pa. Cost is $399 per week. To register, visit

Future Stars U – Weekly Camp Programs

If you’re looking for a weekly camp programs for campers ages 6-13, the Future Stars U Program offers four different experiences – Core Program (featuring technology, science, art and athletics), Sports Fusion (featuring four different sports), Sports Concentration (featuring one sport) and Specialized Programs (featuring a different area each week). Campers are groups co-ed by grade level. Core and Specialized camp programs cost $350 per week; Sports Fusion and Concentration camps, $300 per week.

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