N.J. - Even in the face of the harshest winter in recent memory,
camp coordinators at Mercer County Community College have summer
on their minds. MCCC's camp season for children ages 6 to 17 runs
from June 21 through August 13 on the college's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
run simultaneously on the Mercer campus. Registration is currently
under way for Camp College, Sports Camps, and Tomato Patch
Visual and Performing Arts Workshops (which begin June 28).
Before and after-camp care is available for all programs. Detailed
information is available here.
is an enriching alternative to traditional summer day camp. It is
offered Monday through Thursday for children ages 6-12 in two four-week
sessions: June 21-July 15 and July 19-August 13. Campers create
an individualized schedule, choosing from nearly 100 academic, athletic,
artistic and recreational courses. A sampling of activities includes
"Beach Sports," "Cartooning," "Bugging
Out!" "Design Your Own Business," "Investigative
Reporters" and "Young Authors." On Friday Fun Days,
campers may extend their week or attend for just one day, going
on outings to the Academy of Natural Sciences, Iceland Skating Center,
and Hamilton Lanes. On-campus themed Friday programs include "Spa
Day," "Teddy Bear Picnic: Build-A-Bear Party" and
Specialty Camps are offered in one- and two-week sessions on topics
such as culinary arts, money matters, computers, crafts, robotics,
accelerated algebra, English Prep and more. New for 2010 are "Engineering
and Architecture Academy," "Chemistry and Physics for
Middle School," "Make Your First 3-D Video Game,"
"Build Your Own Sports Franchise," "Virtual Design
3-D," "Become the Next Top Sports Agent," and "Lightz!
Camera! Action! Deluxe."
The cost for
Camp College is $975 for each four-week session. Specialty Camp
prices vary. Camp College will host additional information sessions
on February 20, March 27 and April 24 on the MCCC West Windsor Campus
in the Student Center, noon to 2 p.m. For more information, call
More on Camp College and Specialty Camps, including registration
forms, is available here.
Now in its 36th
season, MCCC Sports Camps include week-long sessions in 10
different sports, staffed by college and high school coaches, as
well as college athletes from around the region.
7-17 can improve their athletic abilities in a supportive atmosphere
of skill-building and friendly tournament competition. Awards are
presented at the end of each week in a number of categories.
are co-ed unless otherwise noted. Sessions include: Tennis,
for ages 8-15, from June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 6-9, July 12-16,
and July 19-23; Golf, for ages 9-16, from July 6-9; Baseball,
for ages 7-15, from July 12-16, July 19-23 and July 26-30; Softball,
for girls ages 7-15, from August 2-6; Basketball, for ages
7-15, from June 28-July 2, July 6-9, July 12-16 (girls only), August
2-6, and August 9-13; Speed, Agility, & Quickness, for
ages 8-15, from July 19-23; Field Hockey, for ages 8-12,
from July 12-16 (girls camp); Soccer, for ages 7-15, from
June 21-25, July 6-9, and July 26-30 (girls only); Street Hockey,
for ages 7-16, from July 26-30; and Mountain Biking, for
ages 8-16, from August 9-13. A half-day Recreation Camp will
be offered for 6 year olds from July 12-16 and August 2-6. Sports
Camps prices vary. For information, including registration forms,
is available here.
seeking to pursue their passion for the visual and performing arts
will find fulfillment in Tomato Patch, one of the longest-running
multidisciplinary summer arts programs in Central New Jersey. Established
in 1973, Tomato Patch offers workshops in theater, dance, vocal
music and visual arts that are taught by arts professionals. Students
select a major area of concentration, as well as electives that
allow them to branch out into other disciplines. Among the many
popular classes are children's theater, hip hop, improv, cartooning
and anime, painting, drawing, jazz, musical theater, tap, stage
combat, comedy, and vocal ensemble.
Session I, which runs from June 28-July 22, is open to students
entering grades 8-12. Session II, from July 26- August 12, is for
students entering grades 5-7. New this year is a concentration in
video production, which will enable campers to make their own movie.
Additional new electives include "Make Your Own Music Video"
and "Web Videos Safe and Easy." Both sessions conclude
with a "Festival of the Arts" for family and friends,
featuring performances and an art exhibit. Each student receives
a t-shirt and a DVD of the festival.
additional "Master Class in Theater," from July 26-August
13, is offered for 8th through 12th graders who complete the first
Tomato Patch session. Participants will learn the ins and outs of
show business including how to find jobs and how to audition for
theater, television and movies. The Master Class concludes with
a performance on August 13.