I have been talking to directors and see that they are offering some terrific summer programs for middle school students. Here are some ideas!
Your child is not into competitive sports? NOT A PROBLEM! Did you know there are specialty creative writing camps as well as programs for students who love to read? No report cards are given – no pressure! These specialty camps encourage students to read classics such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses and other great novels. Follow this reading with the sharing of ideas through writing and discussions and your child is on his way to the summer of a lifetime. Summer music camps are also a wonderful option as are summer academic camps and language study camps.
Perhaps your 6th grader wants a more career specific program. We’ve got it! How about a program where he can study Veterinary or Emergency Room medicine? He’ll learn from working professionals and get to real-time experience. There are also cooking camps for aspiring chefs!
What if your daughter is struggling with some social issues? She should know that she is not alone. Today young woman are facing many hard choices. There are overnight girls camps that inspire woman to be young leaders by giving them a better sense of self. They instill the belief that every girl is special, smart, and powerful. The arts are used as a vehicle of expression but it is not necessary to be “good” at any art form. These summer programs empower girls to try new things and feel good about themselves.
What about service? Many community service programs are wonderful but are geared for high school students. New for the younger age group are wonderful community service programs geared specifically for tweens. The work is substantial and the rewards lasting.