Summer is the time for exploration and the best way to experiment, risk free, is in summer camp.
Specialties at one location
It’s hard enough to get kids to summer camp and get to work on time without changing camps each week. Here are two camps where your kids can stay the entire summer but still try out a variety of specialties.
Congregation Beth Elohim
Where: 274 Garfield Place, (718) 768-3814, [email protected]
What: Congregation Beth Elohim has a variety of specialized camps. Here is a small sampling. Each camp is available only one week.
Harry Potter: Has your young wizard been dreaming of Professor Snape’s Potions Class? The wait is over! Young wizards explore the power and magic of chemistry as they create colorful bubbling liquids. July 31–August 4, Grades 1–3.
Maker’s Space: Campers use the laws of science, not magic, in Maker’s Space. They’ll explore gravity and friction as they build their own tools and toys. August 7–11, Grades 1–3.
Coding & Gaming: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Encourage smart screen time in coding class where gamers will plan and create their own video games. Campers will also explore cool traditional–aka board–games to round out their gaming perspective. August 7–11, Grades 3–6.
How Much: $590 for Harry Potter and Maker’s Space, $725 for Coding & Gaming
Where: 225 Atlantic Ave, 718-625-3136, [email protected]
What: Dodge YMCA offers 6 different specialty camps
Kindercamp: This camp focuses on the age appropriate needs of 4 and 5 year olds.
Traditional camp: There is a little something for everyone at the traditional camp.
Sports camp: A state-of-the-art sports facility is the perfect place to explore and develop a love for sports.
Teen camp: Teens have a different set of needs than, say, the kinder campers. Dodge YMCA allows teens to grow and enhances values like accountability and teamwork.
Swimming camp: While traditional campers also get pool time, at swimming camp, young tadpoles learn safety while developing a strong love for the water.
Science camp: The camp partners with Mad Science to put together an exciting summer of chemistry and robotics.
How much: $518 and up. Financial aid is available.
STEM and STEAM
Science is everything and it’s important for kids to understand that science is fun. Here are camps that allow young scientists the opportunity to sample in the various branches of science.
FTKny.com Summer STE(A)M Adventure
Where: Four Brooklyn locations —
Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights
7612 13th Avenue, (718) 748-3000, [email protected]
Williamsburg, 60 Broadway, (347) 987-4450, [email protected]
Park Slope, 150 4th Avenue, (718) 260-8100, [email protected]
Sheepshead Bay, 1605 Voorhies Ave, (718) 891-5437 [email protected]
What: Fastrack Kids offers young explorers a fantastic Summer STE(A)M Academy camp that motivates all students to further their education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through 9 different camp themes.
How much: Contact camp locations for prices.
Where: 1624 8th Ave, 718-832-8400, [email protected]
What: Each week 5 to 9 year old scientists will explore a different theme — like a journey to outer space and exploring the center of the earth.
How much: $500/week
There is one block in Gowanus on Degraw Street that has the coolest, alternative sports. Your athlete can bounce between these three camps and have a perfect summer.
Homage Skateboard Academy
Where: 615 Degraw St, 718-596-8151, [email protected]
What: Skateboarding is a way to discover your capabilities and, in turn, build confidence. The camp recommends campers should have an interest in skateboarding before they sign up for a week of skating.
How much: $635
Brooklyn Fencing Center
Where: 600 Degraw St, 718-522-5822, [email protected]
What: “I know something you don’t know. … I’m not left-handed.” And that is the entire reason to learn fencing footwork, conditioning, bladework, and of course jousting. Equipment will be provided to beginners.
How much: $495
Where: 575 Degraw St, 347-834-9066, [email protected]
What: Rock climbing is a mental exercise as much as it’s a physical exercise. BKB offers additional activities to enhance the creativity of the day. Climbers can also explore the circus or skateboarding.
How much: $659
Here are a couple of camps where girls can be girls. And by that, I mean totally awesome.
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
Where: 87 Irving Place, 347-599-0716, [email protected]
What: Girls start each week by forming a band. The rest of the week the practice, write songs, practice more, figure out the sound system, and practice more. Each week culminates with a concert featuring the bands’ original work.
How much: Tier payment system with $600 as full price.
Where: Four Brooklyn locations —
Berkeley Carroll, 762 President St, 718-369-6320, [email protected]
International School of Brooklyn, 477 Court St, 718-369-6320, [email protected]
The Co-op School, 40 Brevoort St, 718-369-6320, [email protected]
CJ Workspace, 400 3rd Ave, 718-369-6320, [email protected]
What: Science is so much more than old dudes in labcoats. Science is makeup and bath soaps, ziplines and catapults, spy periscopes, and invisible ink! Curious Jane empowers girls to make science their own. (Curious Jane also has a sewing class.)
How much: $585 and up