Summer camps planned for kids and teens
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Angela Godin and her staff at Community Arts Center of Cambria County have organized over two dozen summer camps for children and teens in the area who are now home for the summer and want to have fun, meet new friends and create art.
“Summer camp is going to be even stronger and better than ever before, with an updated format and brand new themes,” said Godin, CACCC’s executive director. “Jennifer Fultz, the Center’s Education Coordinator, has worked diligently to develop diverse and exceptional art projects to be coordinated by a dynamic group of instructors.”
The summer camps — CAMPCreate, CAMPCreate Jr. and Teen Art Project (T.A.P.) — are designed for three specific age groups. The first is suitable for preschool-aged children, the second for elementary and middle school students and the third for high school students.
In addition to this year’s extensive list of camps, two separate one-day-only CAMPCreate PARTIES are to be held — the first at the beginning of the summer and the second at the end. “School’s Out Party” is scheduled for June 20, and “So Long Summer Party” for Aug. 22. Both one-day camps are for ages 5 through 12 and are to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The first party is a great way to get everyone excited and ready for summer camp,” Godin said, “and the second party will be a nice way to wind down at the end of summer.”
All preschool camps are to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Preschool campers must be potty trained in order to attend. Preschool camps include “Summer Fun!”, “Red, White and Blue Days,” “Outside Art,” “Farmers and Animals,” “Under the Sea,” “Crazy Art,” “Gnomes and Fairies” and “Neon Bright.”
Elementary and middle schoolers can elect to attend full-day camps (from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or morning-only camps (from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Mondays through Thursdays. The only exception is “Farm Camp,” which is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and “Bollywood Camp,” which takes place in the evening.
CAMPCreate sessions are: “Log Art Theatre ACADEMY,” “Launch Into Summer!”, “Patriotic America,” “Nature Camp,” “Shark Luau Camp,” “Bollywood Camp,” “Camp S.T.E.A.M.,” “Frogs and Fairytales” and “Camp Neon Glow.”
T.A.P. camps are designed to give campers extensive, in-depth lessons from local artists who specialize in one or more mediums. The following T.A.P. camps will be offered: “Intro to Stained Glass,” “Scratchboard Art,” “Stop Motion Animation Camp,” “Hand Building Clay Camp,” “Cell Phone Photography” and “Collage Painting.”
Returning this year is a five-day music and theatre camp called Log Art Theatre ACADEMY. The camp will culminate with a performance of the musical “Annie Jr.” The performance is scheduled to take place beginning at 6 p.m. July 19 at Westmont Hilltop Elementary School.
All camps are to take place at CACCC, with the exception of “Log Art Theatre ACADEMY,” which will take place at Westmont Hilltop Elementary School; “Nature Camp,” which will take place at Stackhouse Park and “Farm Camp,” which will take place at Faranda’s Farm in Hollsopple.
During each week of camp, Collab Labs will give campers an opportunity to participate in a collaborative art project, such as a bottle cap mural and neon color paintings. These collaborations will be displayed during the “So Long Summer Party,” as well as at this year’s Log House Arts Festival.
Campers are asked to wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for making art projects and playing outside. All campers should bring a non-perishable packed lunch as well.
Godin mentioned that she and the staff are grateful to local author Joe Moore, who has partnered with CACCC in order to provide art camp scholarships this year. Moore donated a percentage of sales of his books, “Maxwell the Raindrop Who Wouldn’t Fall” and “Maxwell the Raindrop, Am I Still Me?” so five campers could attend camp free of charge.
CACCC will also offer their own scholarships to campers who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend.
Godin said she’s excited for the camps to start so local students can learn, grow and make memories.
“This is going to be an amazing summer,” Godin said, “and the budding young artists of our community will experience the very best in educational art programming.”
For more information about the camps (including how to obtain scholarship application forms), or to register, call 814-255-6515.