, Salem, MA


May 3, 2013

Column: A unique opportunity for Salem students, parents


Boys & Girls Club Brain Gain Summer Camp. The camp will incorporate fun, engaging experiences and critical-learning opportunities. Each weeklong module takes a project-based learning approach. Camp is for kids ages 5 through 14 and runs from July 1 to Aug. 30.

YMCA. The Y offers a variety of camps that services youths ages 5-13. Children can explore their dramatic side at theater camps, hone their basketball skills or seek adventure through Adventure Camp. Explorer’s camp, hosted at Camp Naumkeag, offers sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and a gaga pit. Camps run weekly from June 27 to Aug. 30.

Camp Fire. Camp Fire North Shore offers two summer camp programs: Camp Waluta for students entering kindergarten through the fifth grade and Discovery Camp for students entering grades six and seven. In addition, Camp Fire offers a leadership program for teens entering eighth and ninth grade: the counselor-in-training program. Camps run weekly from July 1 to Aug. 30.

Sail Salem. This is an educational program for children promoting positive life skills and values through the sport of sailing. Lessons are conducted in Salem Harbor off Winter Island, and we are bringing the love of sailing to many children who would not have the opportunity to be on a boat. Classes are free for first-timers. No child will be turned away due to cost.

Peabody Essex Museum. PEM offers numerous programs for children and families over the summer, including PEM Pals, a weekly storytime program, art-making, family films, storytelling and performances. PEM also offers weeklong summer programs: Art Adventurers for 8- to 11-year-olds and Art Majors for 12- to 15-year-olds. General museum admission is free for all Salem residents. Most programs are also free.

Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities’ School Age Program is a high-powered, activity-based program for children ages 6 to 12. In addition to myriad activities tailored for each group, we feature field trips and bring in a wide variety of professional performers. Children are welcome from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

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