N.J.- While some area residents are still anxiously anticipating
the big snowstorm of 2012, staff members at Mercer County
Community College (MCCC) are busy prepping for the children's
summer camp at the college. Camp programs are available for
children ages 6 to 18, and parents can register their children
for the entire summer, or for one of the college's monthly
or weekly programs. All camp programs are based at Mercer's
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The season kicks
off June 18 and runs through August 10.
is underway for Camp College, Sports Camps, and Kelsey
Theatre's Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops.
MCCC campers take advantage of the college's full array of
facilities including the cafeteria, Olympic size pool, athletic
fields, theater, tennis courts, and more. Detailed information
on all camps, including before and after camp care, is available
Campus Kids program is offered Monday through Thursday
for children ages 6 to 12. There are two four-week sessions,
the first running June 18-July 12, and the second running
July 16-August 9. Campers may develop a unique schedule of
six classes per day, selected from a list of nearly 100. Among
the new offerings are "Bead It," "Let's Have
a Mystery Party!", "Musical Munchkins," "Mostly
Mosaics," and "Weird New Jersey." On Friday
Fun Days, campers can either extend their camp week or
just come for a single day of fun activities such as biking,
hiking, baking, ice skating, and other off-campus excursions
such as visiting the Academy of Natural Sciences and Grounds
Camp College's Specialty Camps are offered in one-
and two-week sessions, either half-day or full-day, for both
younger and older children. Offerings include accelerated
math, English, Engineering and other classes for grades 7-10;
Science Camps for children ages 6 to 14; Marine Biology and
Paleontology for ages 10 to 14; Kids in the Kitchen for ages
7 to 13; Computer Camp for ages 7 to 15; and full-day Recreational
Camps for various ages. Also part of the Specialty Camps is
the "Arts, Crafts & More" division, which offers
several new programs this year, including "Casting Call:
Acting for the Camera," "Eco Animal Adventure"
and "Music and Voice Production Camp."
The cost for Camp College is $925 for the first four-week
session, and $985 for the second four-week session. Those
who register for either four-week session by Feb. 29 will
save 50 percent off one Friday Fun Day. Information sessions
for Camp College will be held Feb. 18, March 24 and April
28 on the West Windsor campus from noon to 2 p.m. For more
information, call 609-570-3311, or visit the Camp College
Celebrating their 37th season, the MCCC Athletics Department
is offering eight weeks of Sports Camps. Staffed by
college and high school coaches, as well as college athletes,
these camps are designed to help youngsters develop their
skills in a competitive, but fun, environment.
Twenty-three one-week sessions will be offered in nine different
sports for ages 6 to 15 (unless otherwise noted): Baseball
Camp starting July 9, July 16, and July 23; Basketball
Camp starting June 25, July 2, July 9 (girls only), July
30, and August 6; Field Hockey (co-ed) from July 9-13;
Golf Camp for ages 6 to 16 on July 2, 3, 5, and 6;
Mountain Biking starting July 16 and Aug. 6; Soccer
Camp starting June 18, July 2, and July 23 (girls only);
Softball Camp from July 30-Aug. 3; Speed, Agility
and Quickness Camp starting on June 18 and July 16; and
Tennis Camp starting June 18, June 25, July 2, July
9 and July 16.
Middle school and high school students looking to explore
their artistic talents in a more in-depth way will enjoy MCCC's
Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops,
the longest running summer arts program in Central New Jersey.
Based out of MCCC's Kelsey Theatre, the program offers classes
in the visual arts, dance, theater, and vocal music, under
the guidance of a highly qualified staff of arts professionals.
According to Kelsey Theatre Artistic Director Kitty Getlik,
the program has helped hundreds of young people develop their
talents and self-confidence, and go on to pursue careers in
Session I is offered for four weeks for students entering
grades 8-12 in the fall. Classes will meet Monday through
Thursday, June 25 to July 19, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Tuition is $650, plus a non-refundable $25 application fee.
Session II runs three weeks for students entering grades 5-7.
Classes will meet Monday through Thursday, July 23 to August
9, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuition is $575 plus a non-refundable
$25 application fee.
Both sessions conclude with a "Festival of the Arts,"
where family and friends can enjoy a live performance by students,
as well as view an art exhibit. Tuition includes a t-shirt,
pizza party and DVD of the end-of-season performance.
Students in grades 8-12 who have previous theater training
are eligible for "Master Class," a special
three-week class held Monday through Thursday, July 23 through
August 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will learn the ins and
outs of show business, including how to audition for theater,
television and movies. The class concludes with a final performance.
Tuition is $525, plus a non-refundable $25 application fee.
For more information, call 609-570-3566, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomato Patch registration forms are available on the Kelsey
Theatre website here.
Links to Camp Websites:
Patch Visual & Performing Arts Workshops