Would you believe it? With the cold temps and our recent blanketing of snow, it finally feels like winter—and it’s time to sign up for summer camp again. Urbana kids are fortunate to have a great variety of camps to choose from, including a number nearby that operate on beautiful school campuses.
Full STEAM Ahead for a Goddard Summer
Summer camps at The Goddard School in Urbana are powered by STEAM—science, technology, the arts, engineering and mathematics. Ten weeks of camp for kids ages one month to 10 years offer hands-on learning through fun activities.
Summer 2019 focuses on beloved children’s authors and storybooks with a “Once upon a time” theme. Kids will explore fairytales, poetry, fables and tall tales, fantasy and mystery, and learn the difference between fiction, non-fiction and science fiction. Campers can write their autobiographies.
For more information on a Goddard Urbana summer, visit www.goddardschool.com/washington/urbana-carriage-hill-drive-md/summer. Goddard is located at 3825 Carriage Hill Dr.
CampVentures Abound at Kiddie Academy Urbana
Kids ages two through 12 can enjoy a summer of exploration at the new Kiddie Academy Urbana. The CampVentures program is designed to inspire imagination while reinforcing learning. Campers will enjoy age-appropriate activities, field trips and special visitors.
The two-year-old program is based on hands-on activities that explore themes like “My Neighbors and Me,” “Tell Me a Story,” “Laugh With Me” and “I’m Going on Vacation.” Quality children’s literature, including books that feature sign language and Spanish, is featured.
Preschoolers ages three and four participate in activities focusing on language arts, math, science, technology, creative arts, drama, music, movement and character education. Themes explored include boats or airplanes, ice cream or pizza, insects or flowers, and summer sports or camping.
CampVentures school-aged programs take a project approach. Kids pursue their interests through experiments and activities. Teachers prompt children to use their imaginations, create their own solutions, and investigate themes as they facilitate and guide the learning process. The children arrange a culminating event or project that not only displays their work but celebrates their achievements.
Teachers at Kiddie Academy work to prevent the summer slide. Through fun activities, their summer programs will reinforce what kids have learned in school. For more information, visit kiddieacademy.com/academies/urbana/programs/summercamp. Kiddie Academy Urbana is located at 3401-D Urbana Pike.
Spend a Bucolic Summer at Barnesville
Located on 30 acres in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve, Barnesville Summer Camp encourages campers ages 3.5 through fifth grade to experience art, music and outdoor play. The campus, complete with greenhouse, an outdoor classroom, music wall, pollinator garden, outdoor reading circle, Explorer Woods, low ropes course and more, facilitates outdoor fun and learning.
Sessions run for one week, beginning June 17 and concluding Aug. 9. Each week features a theme—like Deep Blue Sea and Outer Space—and includes field trips, free play and a visit to the local pool. Experienced art, music, physical education and academic enrichment specialists lead art, science and nature activities.
Barnesville Summer Camp has a pickup at the Urbana Park and Ride (I-270 at Md. 80) at 8:30 a.m. Campers are dropped back off there at 4:20 p.m. The camp is located at 21830 Peach Tree Road in Barnesville, a 15-minute drive from Urbana.
More Summer Programs at Area Early Learning Centers
Bright Eyes Early Learning Center
Kids Villa Learning Center
Green Valley Montessori