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Summer camp experiences for young children

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Summer 2014 has arrived, and many parents are looking for quality summer camp experiences. It can be a challenge to find quality camps that are developmentally appropriate with camp counselors who are trained to work with young children, and parents must do their homework to find a camp that will provide developmentally appropriate activities provided by a summer camp for little ones. Camp experiences for young children have flexible hours and schedules. Some camps will also provide after-camp childcare if parents need longer hours after the camp activities are over.

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There are many organizations in Sarasota that are providing great summer camp experiences for little ones this summer. The camp counselors are trained to provide activities that are safe, educational, and full of fun for the little ones. Summer camps will launch next week, and registration is open for the summer.

Check out these camps in the following list that are specifically designed for ages 15 months-kindergarten. All camp counselors at these summer camps are trained to work with young children and all camp activities will provide great summer experiences for little ones.

*SureFit Summer Camp for children who are 6 and kindergartners who are able to swim will begin June 3. Dates for camp are June 3-6, 9-13, and 16-20. Fitness activities and watersports are a focus for camp experiences at SureFit. Paddleboards, surfing, and ocean swimming with safety lessons are all part of the summer camp experience at Surefit. All camp personnel are certified lifeguards. A low teacher-child ratio is of special interest to parents with young children. Parents may call 941-952-8245 to register for this developmentally appropriate summer camp for the little ones. Summer camp hours are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

*Preschool Summer Camp at Temple Emanu-el will open with Session one on June 4-27. Children from 18 months-pre-kindergarten are welcome to participate in this fun summer camp for the little ones. Hands-on learning activities at this accredited early childhood center will be theme-based for the summer. Themes for Session One will center around flying. Water days will let little ones cool off with safe water experiences. Cooking, art, and science activities will also be a part of this summer camp full of fun experiences. Parents may call 941-377-8074 to register for Session One. You may also log on at preschool@sarasotatemple.org. The Temple invites all of the community, and wants parents to know that you don't have to be Jewish to participate.

*The Ringling ROAR program has not forgotten the little ones this summer. June 6 begins reading activities for ages 4-7 every Friday in June. The ROAR program at the Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota offers developmentally appropriate reading experiences correlated with art. Young children begin reading by using the illustrations in books to tell them what the words say, and the ROAR program provides early literacy activities based on the skill of using pictures and stories to learn to read. Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in June. The Ringling Art Museum is located at 5401 Bayshore Rd. in Sarasota. Registration is required. Parents may log on at library@ringling.org for registration. The activities are free.

Give your young child a quality summer camp experience that is designed specifically for them this summer. They will want to participate in future summer camps after having fun with these experiences this year.

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