The summer seems like it has only just begun, but we’re already halfway to the new school year. While there is still plenty of sun to enjoy, new and exciting activities for your kids may be getting harder to track down, especially when your child is getting used to all the free time on their hands!
Long Breaks Means
Studies show that students can lose more than 2 ½ months of their acquired learning over the summer break. That’s an entire quarter of the school year! It’s definitely important to keep a child’s mind active and stimulated during those long, lazy days of summer. Summer youth programs and camps provide an excellent way for your child to continue practicing their skills in both academics and extracurricular activities.
Also, the opportunities within these programs for kids to make new friends and build more self-confidence are endless. So we’ve compiled a list of summer youth programs that are still open for registration this far into the season. Take a look!
Summer Teen Program
The Boys and Girls Club of Murray still has a few spaces available for kids in their Summer Teen Program, grades 7-12. Sports clinics, arts and crafts, service projects, leadership and character building activities are on the agenda for the summer- a few weeks ago the group headed out for a trip to the Utah Arts Festival! The Summer Teen Program runs Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and kids can tailor the program to fit their schedule.
- Registration is $80 per child, which includes activities for the rest of the summer until August 12, 2011.
- For more information, call the Boys and Girls Club of Murray at (801) 281-4259 or visit www.bgcsv.org
Tutoring and Summer School
The SEPS Learning Center of Salt Lake City offers both tutoring and a Summer School option until school starts again in the fall. Tutoring is available in the basic subjects such as reading, writing, grammar, mathematics, and science. The Summer School option is for students who want to work on developing their skills in subjects they find challenging. SEPS will help evaluate which areas the student would best benefit from while in Summer School and seek opportunities for even greater success. Summer School runs Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and tutoring is also available during the same time, depending on your student’s schedule.
- Pricing for both programs are dependent on income.
- To learn more about the SEPS Learning Center, call (801) 467-2122 or visit www.sepslc.com
Summer Science Camps
Any kids 11-14 out there? Salt Lake Community College is now offering Summer Science Camps at their Taylorsville-Redwood Campus for kids. The science subjects include engineering, physics, chemistry, and even robotics! The four-day camps start at 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. and are currently open for registration. Workshop dates are July 5th-8th, 11th-14th, 18th-21st, and the 26th-29th.
- Registration is $125 per student and includes all supplies needed for projects.
- For more information on the Summer Science Camps, call (801) 957-5181 or visit bit.ly/mgrZ18.
Summer youth programs create a fun, learning environment outside of the typical day-in, day-out classroom. Many of these programs, like the Summer Science Camps, provide kids with a more interactive, hands-on experience. So don’t delay, get out of the house and find a summer workshop!
Kids, have you been to any youth programs so far this summer? What activities did you participate in? Tell us about it!