Summer Fun from Youth Services in Library News and Notes

This article by Teri Rankin originally appeared in the O’Fallon Weekly.

Welcome to spring…gateway to summer! Each spring, Miss Becky puts together a helpful publication entitled, Summer Fun, A Listing of O’Fallon Area Camps and Programs from The Youth Services Department. For the blog article, with links, go to:

O’Fallon YMCA – The O’Fallon YMCA is providing a variety of programs this summer featuring arts, nature,
sports, swimming, and more. There are camps for children ages 3-12 with a Counselor-in-Training program for youth 13-16. The camps run from May 31 – August 13.

McKendree MetroRecPlex – The Metro Rec Plex is offering a lot of fun experiences for kids – Animals, STEAM Lab, Art camp, Spy camp, and more! Camps start on June 10 for kids ages 5-13.

O’Fallon Parks & Recreation – O’Fallon Parks and Rec has camp programs throughout the summer for all ages. Their camps will provide endless hours of games, art, sports, field trips, swimming, and many other exciting activities. Camps start June 1 for kids ages 3-13.

Tye-Dyed Iguana – TyeDyed Iguana offers a one-week summer camp in house! They will spend five
days in our store doing crafts and learning about animals. They will also receive a Tye-Dyed Iguana T-shirt that the entire class will Tie-Dye during one of their afternoons. Summer camp is for K – 6th

Metro East Golf Academy – Summer camps are designed for kids entering 1st through 9th grade. During the camp kids will hit balls on the driving range, chip, putt, receive on-course instruction, and learn about golf etiquette. One-week camps start June 6.

Elite FT Soccer and Fitness Camps – Elite FT Soccer camps are available for preschool through high
school. Located in and around the O’Fallon area these camps provide training for all playing levels.

First Lego League Camps – Each summer, the Robo Raiders offer half-day, week-long camps
for students entering 2nd-8th grades. They use Lego robot kits to teach the basics of programming, core values, problem-solving, and provide students with a showcase at the end of the week.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – SIUE offers a variety of summer camps. Students of all ages can explore academics and the arts this summer. Browse the lists of available camps, -check back regularly for the latest additions.

Camp Invention – A confidence-boosting STEM summer camp where kids build creative inventions and lasting friendships. Led by certified local educators, their camps offer new and exciting hands-on activities every year.

Sylvan Learning STEM Camps – Either online or in-person at their center in O’Fallon, they offer innovative camps for elementary and middle school students that are sure to motivate, inspire and encourage creativity. Kids just love them!

Sky Camp – Sky Zone in Fairview Heights is offering an exciting camp this year for kids ages 6-12. Jump all day, create crafts and make memories that will last.

Paintball Summer Camp – Located in Millstadt, IL, this summer camp is intended for 10 to 16-year-olds. While the camps are focused on paintball, their main goal is to let kids be kids and HAVE FUN!

O’Fallon District 90 – The school district provides hands-on, active learning experiences for kids of all ages throughout the summer.

Endangered Wolf Camp – Spend your summer in the wild! Learn about Mexican wolves, red wolves, maned wolves, swift foxes, fennec foxes, African painted dogs, and more from local animal experts and ambassadors. This year’s program will be a Virtual Blend for preschool, elementary, and teens.

Upper Limits Rock Climbing Camp – Our camps are designed to provide life-long lessons about perseverance, problem-solving, and other important values all through the sport of rock climbing. Camps run for five days with an option for a morning or full-day session. Camps are available for ages 7-14.

St. Louis Zoo Youth Camp – The zoo provides camps for kids from preschool – 8th grade. This year they are providing Virtual camps with unique opportunities for learning from home and in-person experiences for small groups. More information and registration will be available on April 19.

Circus Harmony Summer Camp – Held at the City Museum this camp is a great combination of creativity,
physicality, and fun for ages 7-12. Camps start on June 7.

Camp Magic House – The Magic House hosts summer camps for kids ages 5-11. Children can explore STEAM concepts such as art, science, and engineering starting on June 6.

Mad Science St. Louis – Mad Science is offering full-day and half-day science experiences this summer all over the metro-east area. Each camp gives children a solid scientific foundation that goes beyond the classroom, through hands-on activities and spectacular demonstrations.

Challenger Learning Center – Working remotely is nothing new for NASA. This summer’s Virtual Camps will provide campers with handson engineering experience with robotics and drones.

St. Louis University – SLU is offering some amazing virtual learning classes for students in preschool through high school including art, acting, technology, aviation, and medical.

Metro Theater Company – Metro Theater Company is back for another summer of virtual fun—with more camp options than ever before! Whether it’s playing with sculpture, storytelling, and song at Creative Arts Camp or learning how to audition for a play at Grand Theater Camp, MTC’s professional teaching artists bring fun and growth through the arts to campers of all ages.

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