Fun and Variety On Tap at MCCC Summer Camps;
Registration Under Way for Season to Start June 21


West Windsor, 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.

Three camps 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.

Camp College 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 "Snow-Tastic Science."

Camp College's 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 609-570-3311.

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.

Youngsters ages 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.

Sports Camps 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.

Youngsters 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.

An 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.

Kids in the Kitchen in 2009, one of
Camp College's Specialty Camps.
Tomato Patch offers opportunities in performance and art, capped by a "Festival
of the Arts" at the end of each session.
Tennis anyone? Youngsters build athletic
skills in MCCC Sports Camps.
Camp College concludes with a major
carnival featuring water activiities,
field games, cotton candy and more!

Both Tomato Patch sessions meet Mondays through Thursdays. The cost for the first session (four weeks) is $650; the second session (three weeks) is $550; the Master Class is $500. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee for all sessions. More information, including registration forms, is available here or call 609-570-3566, or e-mail

All three camps utilize Mercer's modern facilities including television studio, computer labs, athletic courts and fields, professional stage, art rooms, Olympic-size swimming pool, and full-service cafeteria. With ample, air-conditioned indoor space, programming continues uninterrupted in inclement weather.

For more information about MCCC summer programs for children, including registration forms, visit:

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