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Posted on Sat. Mar. 20, 2010 - 12:01 am EDT

SUMMER FUN!: Local and area camps offer activities for preschoolers through high-schoolers

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Children will be out of school for the summer in about three months. Help them beat boredom with some of the many summer camps and programs offered in the area. Here is a list of programs that have contacted us:

Fort Wayne

Allen County Parks Summer Day Camps

What: Nature camps for ages 6-12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

• Fox Island County Park, 7324 Yohne Road: Survival Kids Camp, June 21-25; Fish Camp 2, June 28-July 2; Junior Naturalist Camp, July 12-16; Creepy Slimy Investigations “CSI” Camp, July 19-23; and Nature Art Camp, July 26-30.

• Metea County Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road: Float the Creek Camp, Aug. 2-6; and Back Country Camp Skills & Campfire Cookin' Camp, Aug. 9-13.

Cost: $100 per camper per week. Registration due two weeks prior to each camp; download a form at For information, call 449-3180.

Bishop Dwenger High School

What: Various summer camp opportunities including basketball, cheerleading, dance, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball and wrestling.

When: Check dates at

Where: Bishop Dwenger, 1300 E. Washington Center Road (unless stated otherwise)

Cost: Varies by camp, $20-$100. For more information and to register, go to

East Side-West Side Day Camp

What: Wellspring Interfaith Social Services offers summer camp for ages 4-16, with weekly field trips and instruction in art, dance, music and yoga.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays June 14-July 30. Lunch is provided.

Where: Ages 4-5, Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St.; ages 6-7, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 W. Jefferson Blvd.; ages 8-9, St. Mary Catholic Church, 1101 Lafayette St.; ages 10-12, Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Wayne St.; ages 13-16, Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St.

Cost: Free. For information and application forms, call 422-6618.

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Summer Safari Zoo Camp

What: Camps for ages 18 months-12 years, including Animal Alphabet, Design a Zoo, Zoo Detective, Animal Training and Junior Zookeepers.

When: Ages 18-36 months, June 22 and 24 or July 27 and 29; ages 3-4, Monday, Wednesday and Friday the weeks of June 21 or July 26; ages 4-12, week-long camps offered June 14 through Aug. 6. Go to for camp times and details.

Where: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park

Cost: $38-$168. For information or registration, call 427-6808 or go to

FWCS ACE Summer Camps

What: Fort Wayne Community Schools' Neighborhood Connection program will offer Accelerated Career Exploration camps for a variety of fields.

When: All camps are June 14-18. Graphic Design, 9 a.m.-noon; Digital Movies, 1-4 p.m.; Game Programming, 9 a.m.-noon; PC Troubleshooting & Repair, 9 a.m.-noon; Interactive Media Design, 9 a.m.-noon; Welding, 9 a.m.-noon; Lego Camp (machines and power), 1-4 p.m.; Beginning Building Construction, 1-4 p.m.; Health Careers-Medical, 9 a.m.-noon; Health Careers-Dentistry, 9 a.m.-noon; Intro to Culinary Arts and Hospitality, 9 a.m.-noon; Business & Leadership Workshop, 1-4 p.m.; and Intro to Automobile Maintenance, 9 a.m.-noon.

Where: Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.

Cost: $30 per camp. Snacks provided, but pack a lunch if student plans to stay all day. To register or for information, call 467-1075 or go to

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation camps

• Franke Park Day Camp

What: Outdoor camp experience for ages 4-18 with emphasis on basic camping skills, nature education and Native American lore.

When: June 14-Aug. 6. Hours 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

Cost: $67-$85. For information or registration, call 427-6000 or go to or

• City Safari Summer Day Camp

What: Environmental exploration for children entering grades 1-6 next fall.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays June 21-Aug. 13.

Where: Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Cost: $110 (includes before and after care). For information or registration, call 427-6000 or go to

• Farmin' Fun Day Camp

What: Agricultural day camp, including gardening, animal care, games and nature exploration, for ages 4 and older.

When: June 14-Aug. 6. Hours 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. for ages 4-5; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 6 and older.

Where: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road.

Cost: $57-$90. For info or to register, call 427-6000 or go to

Indiana Tech

What: The college's Center for Criminal Sciences will offer a three-day summer camp for high school students ages 15-18 interested in learning more about crime scene investigation, including scene processing, criminal profiling, crime reconstruction and forensic analysis.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14-16.

Where: Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd.

Cost: $200. To register, call 422-5561, Ext. 2205.

IPFW summer camps

What: Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will offer an array of summer camps too numerous to list in detail. Here is a brief summary with contact information for more details:

• Appleseed Writing Project

: Elementary students, 9:30 a.m.-noon June 21-July 2; middle-school students, 1-5 p.m. June 21-July 2; high-school students, Writing for Social Justice, 1-5 p.m. July 6-16. Cost: $75 each. Contact 467-2962, or

• Exploration camps: GLO: Girls Leading Others, June 21-25, 481-6420; LASER Camp, June 21-25, 481-6306; VEX Robotic Challenge, June 21-25, 481-6905; ACT: Adventures in Computing for Teens, July 12-16, 481-6905 or, and click “K-12 Outreach” link. Cost: Varies.

• Upward Bound: Take college classes and live on campus, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14-July 23, 481-4188.• Math and Science Camp: Ages 11-13, 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. July 12-16. Cost: $150. Call 481-6306 or go to

• Athletic camps: Girls basketball, Shoot-Out Camp June 5 and Elite Camp June 12-13. Cost: $250 per team for Shoot-Out and $140 overnight or $100 commuter per player for Elite Camp. Call 481-6957 or e-mail Volleyball, grades 5-8, 2-5 p.m. July 12-15 or July 19-22, $90 per player per session; grades 9-12 position camp or team camp, 6-9 p.m. July 19-22, $90 per player position camp, $80 per player team camp. Clinics by position offered July 12-16, cost $25-30. E-mail for brochure. Basketball, grades K-5, 8 a.m.-noon, and grades 6-8, 12:30-4:30 p.m., cost $90; call 481-0542 or e-mail

• Community Arts Academy: Music lessons, theater camps, fine arts camps. Camp topics, times and dates vary. Call 481-6059 for information or registration.

Preschool-age and school-age camps

What: The Gymnastics in Motion, Starz Dance Academy and Leap-n-Learn Preschool businesses offer gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, crafts and basic-education camps, along with one-day Lunch Bunch camps and evening Kids Night Out activities.

When: Preschool-age camps June 14-17, June 21-24, June 28-July 1, July 12-15, July 19-22, July 26-29, and Aug. 2-5. School-age camps June 28-July 1, July 5-8, and July 19-22. Call 485-2524 for camp topics and Lunch Bunch and Kids Night Out information.

Where: 5728 Maplecrest Road

Cost: $47, members, $56, nonmembers, for regular camps; $15, members, and $18, nonmembers for Lunch Bunch camps; and $17, members, and $22, nonmembers, for Kids Night Out. For information or registration, call 485-2524.

Area camps Boy Scouts summer camps

• Overnight camps

What: Anthony Wayne Area Council of Boy Scouts of America sponsors resident camps featuring sports, swimming, boating, crafts, nature and more.

When: Boys ages 11-20 and girls ages 14-20, five one-week sessions from June 14 to July 17; boys ages 7-11, three four-day, three-night sessions from July 21 to Aug. 1.

Where: Anthony Wayne Scout Reservation, Pleasant Lake.

Cost: Older age group, $242; boys 7-11, $125-$130. For information or registration, call 1-800-272-2922 or go to

• Cub Scout day camps

What: Anthony Wayne Area Council sponsors day camps for boys ages 7-11 offering crafts, nature, BB guns, archery, games and more.

When and where: Wabash Valley District, June 9-11, Bluffton 4H Park; Thunderbird District, June 14-18, Ascension Lutheran Church, 8811 St. Joe Road in Fort Wayne; Lincolnway District, June 16-18, Rising Arrow Camp, Warsaw; Pokagon District, June 28-30, Bixler Lake in Kendallville; and Miami District, Southwest Conservation Club, 5703 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne.

Cost: $40. For information or registration, call 1-800-272-2922 or go to

Camp Lutherhaven

• High school camps

What: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod camp will offer four experiences for youth in grades 8-12.

When: ReGroup, July 4-9, emphasizes faith along with traditional camp activities; Treetop Village RG, July 4-9, emphasizes teamwork and outdoor experience; Tri-C, July 11-16, involves a camping, canoeing and caving trip to southern Indiana; and Servant Events include a Burmese Mission Outreach, July 4-9, and an All Nations Outreach, July 25-30.

Where: Lake Muncie, off Indiana 9, at 1596 S. 150W, Albion.

Cost: ReGroup and Treetop Village, $275; Tri-C, $322; and Servant Events, $295 each. For information or to register, call 1-260-636-7101 or go to

• Youth camps

What: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod camp open to children in grades K-12, with activities including Bible study, swimming, drama, nature hikes and outdoor activities.

When: June 8-Aug. 13. For camp types and dates, go to

Where: Lake Muncie, off Indiana 9, at 1596 S. 150W, Albion.

Cost: $275, most Sunday-Friday camps; $113-$138, three-day Explorer camps; $35, Kindercamp; $331, drama camp; $287, Adventure Unlimited; $336, boys basketball camp. For information or registration, call 1-260-636-7101 or go to

Camp Potawotami

What: Fort Wayne YMCA camp for ages 6-17 offering swimming, arts and crafts, nature awareness, leadership training, sports.

When: Three one-week sessions June 27-July 3, July 11-17 and July 18-24.

Where: Blackman Lake, off Indiana 3 near South Milford.

Cost: $400-$600 per week; financial aid available. For information or registration, call 1-260-351-2525 or go to

Camp Riley

What: Traditional camping activities, including arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming and outdoor games, geared toward youngsters ages 8-18 with physical disabilities.

When: June 13-July 30. One-week sessions offered beginning June 13, two-week sessions offered beginning June 20. Go to for dates and weeks' special themes.

Where: Bradford Woods, Indiana University's outdoor recreation center, 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

Cost: Pro-rated for income limitations; $120-$400 weekly; $240-$800 for two weeks. Contact: 1-877-867-4539, or Application deadline is April 15.

FAME Arts Camp

What: Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education-sponsored weeklong overnight camp emphasizing visual arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music, and theater.

When: Students entering grades 7-9 in the fall, July 25-30; students age 8 through entering grade 6 in the fall, Aug. 1-6.

Where: YMCA Camp Potawotami, Blackman Lake off Indiana 3 near South Milford.

Cost: $435 per child; scholarships available. For information or registration, call 481-0545 or to go

Trine University camps

What: Sports, career and other camps.

• Boys basketball: Ages 8-17, July 18-22. Cost: $290 for overnight or $235 for days only. For information, call 1-260-665-4131. To register, go to /athleticcamps.

• Boys volleyball: With IPFW men's coach Arnie Ball and four-time U.S. Olympian Lloy Ball, July 25-28. Cost to be determined. For information, call 1-260-665-4131. To register, go to♦;Boys wrestling: Grades 6-12, June 27-30. Cost: $200 for day campers, $225 for day camp with lunch, and $265 for overnight campers including meals. For information, call 1-260-665-4131.

• Indiana State Police Youth Career Camp: Grades 9-12, July 11-16. Cost: $220. For information, call 1-260-665-4131. For a registration form, go to and click on “ISP Youth Camps.”

• Cheerleading/Dance: July 8-11. Cost: $281 student overnight, $266 adviser overnight, $170 student for day only, and $72 advisers for day only. For age range and information, call 1-260-665-4131. To register, go to

• Band: July 25-30 and Aug. 1-6. Cost to be determined. For age range and information, call 1-260-665-8096 or e-mail

• High School Soccer Team Camp: Boys, July 7-10 and July 11-14; girls, July 17-20 and July 21-24. Cost: $275 per player (no cost for two coaches per team). For information or registration, call 1-260-665-4131.

• American Legion Hoosier Boys' State: High school students, June 12-19. Cost paid by American Legion. For information, call your local American Legion or 1-317-630-1264. To apply, go to

• Wing-T Football Team Camp: Teams of players grades 7-12, June 18-20. Cost: $205 per player. For information and registration, call 1-814-450-3440 or e-mail

• Science camp: Two-week science, technology, engineering and math camp for eligible northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio students in grades 6-8, July 11-23. Cost: Free. For information, call 1-260-665-4131.To register, e-mail or go to

• Day camp: Study engineering, chemistry and computer-aided design, grades 6-8, June 14-18. Cost: $100. For information or registration, call 1-260-665-4231 or e-mail

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