School is almost over, so it’s time to start planning for the summer. Here are some local camps and events that can get kids creating, going on adventures or practicing their French over the next few months.
Get creative at the Acadiana Center for the Arts
AcA’s weeklong summer arts camps aim to spark imagination and encourage creativity for children ages 6-14. They don’t have to be an experienced artist to join.
Each week’s camp is led by teaching artists and has a different focus and theme. Campers can explore everything from folk art to animation to Greek gods and goddesses while learning to express themselves through drawing, painting or dancing.
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There are options of four-day or five-day camps, full-day or half-day, or single-day visits, according to the website.
Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. For all-day camps, campers need to bring their lunch. All supplies and materials are included in the registration fee.
For more information or to register, contact Education Manager Paige Aaron at Paige@AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org or 337-233-7060 or visit https://acadianacenterforthearts.org/summer-camps/
Learn what makes Acadiana unique at Vermilionville
Vermilionville will host its 12th Annual Summer Camp Series through June and July.
Each week is custom-crafted for each age group and language in order to provide skill-level appropriate demonstrations and hands-on craft opportunities for campers, according to the website. Throughout the week, campers will learn about the many things that make Acadiana unique.
This summer camp is designed for children between the ages 5-12. All campers are required to have completed kindergarten or a home-school equivalent.
Camp dates are as follows:
Week 1: English; Ages 5-8: June 20 – June 24
Week 2: English; Ages 9-12: June 27 – July 1
Week 3: French; Ages 5-8: July 11 – 15
Week 4: French; Ages 9-12: July 18 – 22
Camp runs from 8:45 am to 4 pm each day, except the final day (Friday) ends at 1:30 pm, following the family lunch and end of camp ceremony.
Morning drop-off begins at 8:30 am Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided from the on-site restaurant, La Cuisine de Maman.
For more information or to register, visit https://bayouvermiliondistrict.org/summer-camp-2022/?fbclid=IwAR3E-4-oZx4629Hlhhkl_8JrSSpJupHWZQlq9T5KgXHxnXbo095QS4V7rJw
Summer workshops at Acadian Village
Summer workshops at Acadian Village will have kids crafting, honing survival skills and learning about sharks and science from 8 am to 3 pm
They are hosted by Danielle Bienvenu and geared toward kids from pre-K-3 to fifth grade. Kids are asked to bring a water bottle and nut-free lunch and snack. Bienvenu suggests campers wear clothes that can get messy.
Camp dates and themes are as follows:
- May 31-June 3: Camp Create
- June 13-17: Survivor Camp
- June 27-July 1: Beach Bash
- July 11-15: Shark Week
- July 25-29: Art ‘n’ Science
- Aug 1-5: Adventure Camp
To register or get more information, contact Dani B at 305-934-6919 or email@example.com.
YMCA of Acadiana
Registration is open for summer camp at the YMCA of Acadiana, a Christian-based organization active in both mind and body., reads its website.
Camps run weekly from Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 6 pm, for kids ages 4-12. Campers are divided into groups according to age and gender.
Teens who have attended at least one full summer camp at the Y before can join the Junior Leader Program (ages 13-15), by contacting CEO Doc Stepanek. Junior Leaders are expected to be role models for younger campers by being positive, hard-working, and having a great work ethic, according to the website.
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Register or find more information at https://www.theymcaofacadiana.com/summer-camp.html.
Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana
Kids can enjoy summer programming at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana, which runs from May 31 through July 29 with hours from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Clubs will be closed July 4-8, according to the website.
Summer programming includes two daily meals, a sports league, educational enrichment, access to a computer lab and gaming systems, art and STEM activities, indoor and outdoor games, and opportunity to work with trained staff and mentors.
To register or find more information, start here: https://www.bgcacadiana.com/summer
Tell us about your summer plans or offerings! Contact children’s issues reporter Leigh Guidry at Lguidry@theadvertiser.com or on Twitter @LeighGGuidry.