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Enrichment, Enjoyment and Discovery Are on the Schedule at MCCC Summer Camps

Registration Is Under Way for 2016 Programs Set to Start June 20


West Windsor, N.J. – From June 20 through August 19, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will once again open its doors to children and teens ages 6 to 18 for a wide variety of camp programs that are as varied as the children who sign up. The camp schedule is equally varied, with options ranging from the full summer (nine weeks) to four weeks, three weeks and one week.

MCCC camps fall under three main umbrellas. Camp College provides a design-your-own activity schedule that includes more than 60 options in half- or full-summer sessions, plus an extensive list of one-week Specialty Camps. Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops are for theater, dance and music kids, as well as budding visual artists, offered in two sessions -- one for grades 8 to 12, and another for grades 5 to 7. And Sports Camps are one-week programs that focus on building skills in nine different sports; most sessions are co-ed for ages 6 to 14.

All camp programs take place on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Campers enjoy amenities including the college’s full-service cafeteria, Olympic size pool, athletic fields, theater, tennis courts, air-conditioned classrooms, gymnasium and more. Pre- and after-camp care is available for working parents. More information is available at www.mccc.edu/camps.

Registration is now under way. Camp College will host information sessions on Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, April 23 from noon to 2 p.m. at the MCCC West Windsor Campus Conference Center. On-site registration is available.

According to Director of Camp College Rosemarie Fiorello, summer campers have thrived at MCCC for decades. “The opportunities and facilities at Mercer extend far beyond the traditional camp setting. We offer every child something that is hands-on and fun," Fiorello said. Camp College classes range widely – from crafts and games to juggling, science, technology, and swim instruction. Among this season's new classes are anime/manga drawing, animal art, Summer Olympics, and outdoor watercolor painting, to name just a few.

Specialty Camps, offered in one-week sessions, both full- and half-days, utilize the college’s state-of-the-art computer labs, professional kitchens, television production studios and more.  Among the off-campus destinations are archaeological and marine sites, fishing spots and rock climbing facilities. New offerings include Fashion Runway, Vehicle Drawing, Art from Literature, VEX IQ Robotics, and Crazy Contraptions. Also new this year is “Berlitz Intensive English” for children seeking to improve conversational English skills. The always-popular Kids in the Kitchen has added “A-La-Mode,” for ice cream-making and pastry creations, “Holidaze,” for the preparation of foods celebrating holiday traditions, and “Restaurant Week,” where campers will make their own full-course meal and learn proper etiquette for serving and dining.

In Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops, participants explore the arts, dance, theater, and vocal music. Students select an area of concentration, as well as electives. Choices include stage combat, children’s theater, computer art, painting, drawing, jazz, musical theater, tap dance, cartooning and anime, hip hop, vocal ensemble, comedy, music video, or web video. New this year are classes in stage makeup techniques and clowning. Two Friday workshops in intensive musical theater have been added to the schedule.

Tomato Patch’s first session is for students entering grades 8 to 12 from June 27 to July 21. The second session, for grades 5 to 7, is from July 25 to August 11. Both sessions conclude with an Evening of the Arts for family and friends. Master Class will be offered from July 25 to August 12 for students in grades 8 to 12 who have attended Tomato Patch or had other formal theater training.

Sports Camps, for ages 6 to 14, will be offered by the college’s Athletics Department from June 20 through August 12. These one-week camps are designed to help youngsters build their skills in specific sports while enjoying friendly competition. All camps are staffed by college and high school coaches, as well as college athletes. Most camp sessions are co-ed.

Campers may select from sports including Baseball (July 5-8, July 11-15, and July 18-22); Basketball (June 27-July 1, July 5-8, July 11-15, July 25-29, Aug. 2-5, and Aug. 8-12); Field Hockey (July 5-8); Golf (June 27-July 1); Soccer (June 20-24, June 27-July 1, and July 25-29); Speed/Agility/Quickness (June 20-24 and July 11-15); Tennis (June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 5-8, July 11-15, and July 18-22); Trail Biking (Aug. 1-5); and, new this year, Volleyball and Recreational Sports (July 18-22). A swim session is offered at the end of most days.

The college also offers academic prep for middle and high school students entering grades 7 to 12. Among the courses are algebra, geometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus AB, English, creative writing, and SAT prep.

For general information, visit www.mccc.edu/camps or call 609-570-3311.

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Tomato Patchers from 2015 in rehearsal for their show.

Drills and skills are the focus of Field Hockey and eight other Sports Camps.
Camp College campers present a variety show at the end of each session.
Presenting "A Chorus Line" at last season's Tomato Patch Evening of the Arts.
Crafting with everyday materials creates beautiful things in Camp College.

Young people get to play in the kitchen while learning cooking skills in "Kids in the Kitchen" at the MCCC Culinary Center.
Ball games are "Balls 'O Fun" at Camp College.
Carnival is a highlight of the Camp College season.
Practice in the outfield for Baseball campers.
Glenn Kraft