Kids in College expands summer camp offerings in July and August

Penn State New Kensington’s Kids in College summer program kicks into high gear after the Fourth of July weekend. Learning camps in music and arts, STEM and culture, and sports and health highlight the 25th year of the program.

For a quarter of a century, the Office of Continuing Education has offered a variety of academic and sports activities for more than 10,000 students in grades 1 through 12. For the past 10 years, the program blended its traditional learning camps with Pennsylvania's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives.

The music and arts classes include: Music Adventures and Exploration for students in grades 1-3; Painting in a Week for grades 2-5; Designing Pysanky Eggs, Bead Making/Jewelry Design and Introduction to Photography for grades 5-8; and Scrapbooking for grades 6-11.

STEM and culture camps feature: Hola Amigos, Voyage to the Arctic and Aloha Hawaii for grades 1-3; Photoshop and Multimedia Designs for grades 5-8; and Biology Inside-Out for grades 7-11.

The four sports and health camps are: Boys and Girls Soccer for grades 1-6; Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball for grades 4-9; Babysitting for grades 6-11; and Girls Volleyball for grades 6-12.

All camps run from Monday to Friday, and a majority of them start July 8 or July 15. Overall, the Kids in College program offers 38 camps, including 16 new classes and 18 STEM classes, as well as an SAT prep course for high school students. Class size is limited to 12 in most of the courses. A limited number of scholarships are available, through support by the Grable Foundation. Students are encouraged to register early.

Kids in College is funded by a grant from the foundation whose mission is to enrich the academic, artistic and social experiences for at-risk youth living in the Alle-Kiski Valley. The grant is earmarked for scholarships and materials. Based in Pittsburgh, the Grable Foundation supports community and youth organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania. The foundation reflects the philanthropic philosophy of Erret and Minnie Grable who were strong believers in the importance of education in helping children build productive, self-sustaining and meaningful lives.

To register, call the Office of Continuing Education at 724-334-6010.

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Last Updated June 19, 2013