It’s almost summer and if you’re a kid there’s excitement in the air. It’s finally time to get out and do something you really love.
If you’re a parent, you can’t wait for the words Shannon Shapiro heard from her 7-year-old daughter Tyler after the first day of camp last year:
“Mommy, Mommy! That was the best day ever!” Tyler is already registered for the UM Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp this summer.
Summer is the time to act, sing, sail, swim, row, dance, paint, cheer, write, cook, take photos, help others, make crafts, shoot baskets, score goals, get fit, ride horses, get dirty, get moving, be a little wild, and travel through time.
“Time Travelers” is just one of the choices at the Deering Estate at Cutler summer camp, one of many in our community. So, parents, it is your time to get registering.
To make your job easier, here are just a few camps that caught our eye.
TACK AND JIBE
Many repeat campers love their Coconut Grove Sailing Club Summer Youth Camp, training young sailors since the 1970s. In our house the teen actually got up early for this camp and came home exhausted after a good day on the water.
Students are grouped at beginner, intermediate, advanced or racing levels and U.S. Sailing certified instructors and junior instructors supervise the classes. Campers must be between 7-14. Camp runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. There are five two-week sessions starting June 10. Each session is $400 for a member or $500 for a non-member. Scholarships are available.
The sailing club is at 2990 S. Bayshore Dr. Check out www.cgsc.org/summer-camp or contact Lauren Simpson at email@example.com to register.
SWIMMING AND SAFETY
If your camper likes to be in the water during our hot summer days, the historic Venetian Pool in Coral Gables might be just the place. In the Jr. Lifeguard sessions students ages 5-12 learn CPR, First Aid and water rescue skills. And new this year is the Guard Start program for ages 13-15. There are also half-day Fun in the Sun camps for ages 7-12.
“We have waterfalls and caves in the pool and the kids imagine they are on an adventure, ” said Counselor Ashley Jugo, 21 and a senior at FlU. “The most fun for me is being able to explore with the kids. Just being around them you get to be like a kid yourself.”
Venetian Pool is at 2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Prices range from $80 for one week of the half-day camp to $267 for the two-week Jr. Lifeguard camp. Fees are higher for non-residents of Coral Gables. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
GET CRAZY AND WILD
If your camper really does want to try traveling through time, Miami-Dade Parks’ Specialized Camps are where to get started. Remember, many Miami-Dade Parks’ camps require a small registration fee, usually $12.
The Deering Estate at Cutler offers “Time Traveling” along with “Wild and Crazy,” “Planet Patrol” and “Getting Dirty.” Eco Explorers are ages 6-8 while those in Expedition Deering are ages 6-14.
These camps range from $125 to $188 for five-day sessions, from June 10 to Aug 16. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check www.deeringestate.org.
SCULL AND SWEEP
Miami Rowing Club Summer Camp started in 1982 and more than 4,000 young athletes have attended the program. Rafael Montalvo, director of youth rowing, said many camp alumni have gone on to row in college and a few have rowed for the U.S. national team, rowing in the Olympics and World Championships.