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Lancaster youth have several Summer camp options

Summer vacation will be here before you know it, despite all those snow delays and make up days! Summer camps are an excellent way for kids to explore opportunities they normally would not have in a traditional school setting. It is also a way to explore different interests – like art or music or athletics.

While it is still Spring, many camps have already opened registration. Space is limited in most camps as well. Many groups offer a sibling discount for families with more than one child enrolled.

Lancaster Science Factory will hold summer camps for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The camps will run weekdays from 18 June to 22 August. Campers may choose between morning sessions or afternoon sessions. Camps vary per week and include Junior Rockets, Glow in the Dark, Potions, CSI Adventure and more. There are 20 camps to choose from. The cost per child is $125.

The Lancaster YMCA offers summer camp for kids who have completed kindergarten to children who are 12 years old. Day camp begins 9 June and runs through 22 August. Each week has a different theme. There is a $60 registration fee. Camp rates vary between $66 to $125, depending on the number of days and whether or not you are a member of the YMCA.

Millersville University's ARTS SMARTS Camps offer Lancaster area youth an opportunity to explore Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. The camps, which will be held at the Ware Center, are designed for youth entering grades K through eighth. The week long age-appropriate programs do not require any previous experience. You can enroll your child in a camp of the same title in both morning and afternoon since both sessions will explore different specific projects. For those staying the whole day, there will be a supervised bring-your-own lunch period between sessions. The camp runs June 16-20 and 23 – 27.

Lancaster Rec has several summer camps to choose from this summer. Each has their own theme to it. The camps will be held between 11 June and 21 August and each day will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day as well. There is a $50 registration fee. The first three camps are open to students entering 1st through 9th grades. The first is a Traditional Summer Day Camp. The second is Sports of all Sorts. The third is Camp Optimist, an adventure day camp. There will also be a Kindergarten Bootcamp for children entering kindergarten in the fall.

Lancaster Mennonite High School will hold several sports specific camps, as do many high schools. Three other classes are also scheduled this summer. Two are art classes with Carol Dale as the instructor. One is a class, instructed by Dottie Weber and Monica Marcinkoski, called “Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh.” For more information on theses camps, visit

Toddlers to elementary school age children have the option of summer camp at the New School of Lancaster as well. Six weeks of camp will be offered. There is a $50 registration fee. For more information, visit the New School. The school is located at 935 Columbia Avenue.

Camp Universal is a great camp for athletic minded kids, aged five to 11. There are five sessions throughout the summer. You can enroll your child for a half day or a full day for any one session. Lunch can be brought from home or purchased at the Café. A typical morning session includes rotations of tennis, swimming, different sports, inflatable and free choice. A typical afternoon session generally includes swimming, Kidmazium, different sports, arts and crafts, and a general relaxing time. Universal is located at 2323 Oregon Pike.

The Art Matters Studio has over 20 different art related summer camps scheduled. Camps will be divided between Morning Art Camps for the younger campers, and Afternoon Art Camps for the older children. Enrollment requires a $50 non refundable deposit. The Studio is located at 780 Eden Road in the Moore Business Park. For more information on the studio and camps, visit

In addition to summer camps, students might enjoy various programs through the Lancaster Public Library.

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