8 Camps For Your Young Engineer, Architect, Gymnast, Skateboarder & More

8 Camps For Your Young Engineer, Architect, Gymnast, Skateboarder & More
Image by Congregation Beth Elohim

Summer is the epitome of options, excitement, and opportunity. Summer is the stress-free, risk-free time to try on a new hobby or explore a new sport. Each of these following camps book in 1-week segments so your young camper can try them all!

Build it bigger!
Brooklyn’s ever-changing skyline will always need creative engineers and designers invested in its integrity to keep the skyline fascinating. Your young builder will learn to imagine, design, and create projects in these cool camps. These camps are simultaneously fun and practical.

Construction Kids
Photo Credit: Paul Takeuchi

Construction Kids
Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave, (718) 522-2902, info@constructionkids.com
What: Each of these dynamic week-long camps nurtures imagination coupled with problem-solving. Kids as young as 4 will use actual tools to design and build their own creations using sustainably harvested softwood, mostly domestic Eastern White Pine.
How much: $550

Brooklyn Robot Foundry
Where: North Slope location 303 3rd Ave; South Slope location 586 5th Ave, 347-762-6840
What: Every robotic engineer at the Brooklyn Robot Foundry will have an opportunity to explore robotic components. Yet, there are two specific tasks seasoned robotic engineers can apply for: Robot Inventor or Robot Programmer. Also, one week in July is allotted for female robotic engineers.
How much: $540 + $150 material fee

Alternative exercise for life!
Now is the time to instill healthy, lifelong habits like exercise. Now is also the time to demonstrate that exercise doesn’t have to be a boring drudge. These following camps work out your young athlete’s mind and body by pushing physical and creative limits.

Prospect Gymnastics
Where: 1023 Church Ave, 718-484-0911, rokeya@prospectgymnastics.com
What: Prospect Gymnastics teaches kids that bravery, confidence and focus is fun! They embrace the challenge of learning something new even if it’s a bit tricky and scary to go upside down! Join them this summer for intensive gymnastics, acrobatics and hip-hop dance training alongside fun art projects, circus workshops, and water activities. Pre-school camp, gymnastic & dance camp, and a July 4th mini-camp are all available. All camps are co-ed! Hurry as space is limited!
How much: $425

Homage Skateboard Academy
Where: 615 Degraw Street, 718-596-8151
What: Skateboarders are pegged as free spirits, yet this is the only camp I’ve found thus far with a prerequisite: campers must have expressed an interest in skateboarding. Additionally, the camp will teach young skaters about “skatepark etiquette” and skateboarding safety. Only after ground rules have been established will skaters hone their craft and learn wicked cool tricks.
How much: $655/full day, $430/half day

Camps with a Cultural Side
Are you trying to keep your cultural heritage alive in your young ones while they immerse themselves in American culture? Or, would you like to expose your young one to a different perspective? Broaden your child’s worldview with these culture and language camps.

Image by Congregation Beth Elohim

Congregation Beth Elohim Ha’Geemnasia Hebrew Camp
Where: 274 Garfield Place, (718) 768-3814, abenabba@cbebk.org
What: Congregation Beth Elohim hosts a number of camps, and Ha’Geemnasia Hebrew Camp focuses specifically on a fun Israeli-style program. Each week will “visit” and learn about a different place in Israel leading kids in gaining language skills while engaging in energetic summer fun. The kids and wonderful staff from Israel along with experienced counselors will meet in the classroom but spend most of our mornings at Prospect Park where they will explore, scout, and play. Afternoons will be filled with bi-weekly trips, swim, music, art, and much more.
How much: Full season  $3,295/$3,635 for member/nonmember

Juguemos a Cantar
Where: 357 6th Street, (917) 453-1187 info@juguemos.org
What: Summer Spanish immersion camp is open for 2 to 8 year olds. Each week young linguists will learn about a Spanish speaking country as well as cultural enrichment like sports and music. Linguists will take regular field trips. While classes will be conducted in Spanish, English speaking campers are welcome.
How much: $220 and up

Summer Learning
While summer is all about fun, the school year is all about academic success. If you want to give your child a leg up on the upcoming school year (3rd-grade tests, 4th-grade tests, middle school applications! Ack!!) check out these camps that blend English and math with good, honest fun.

Image provided by Fastrack Kids

FTKny.com Summer STE(A)M Adventure
Where: Four Brooklyn locations —
Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights
7612 13th Avenue, (718) 748-3000, dykerheights@fastrackids.com
Williamsburg, 60 Broadway, (347) 987-4450, david@mastermindny.com
Park Slope, 150 4th Avenue, (718) 260-8100, valentino8808@gmail.com
Sheepshead Bay, 1605 Voorhies Ave, (718) 891-5437 valentino8808@gmail.com
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.

Brainy Academy
Where: 1733 Sheepshead Bay Road, 347 450 3123, info@brainyacademyny.com
What: Two half-day sessions are available for students in grades 2 – 4 to catch up or get ahead in English and math. Class sizes are small: 2 teachers for 12 kids. Additional enrichment activities include Lego building and Russian language.
How much: Contact camp for prices.

Happy camping!


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