St. Martin’s camp: Tradition of service, learning, fun

    St. Martin’s Episcopal School calls it the “Summer Experience,” and with good reason. The school’s 18-acre campus is utilized in some fashion for the variety of summer activities, and campers get the personal attention for which the school has been noted.
    Boys and girls who participate in the Summer Day Camp are divided into two age groups – ages 2-4 and 5-12. This year, campers will be introduced to the treasures of the United States of America, and each day will be loaded with indoor and outdoor activities.
    Among the cultural treats will be a Hawaiian luau, a Hollywood movie premier, a Texas-style barbecue and lasso exhibition and a Mardi Gras parade. Art projects, music, dance, food and games will be tied to the unique cultures of respective states.
    There will be two four-week sessions, June 4-29 and July 2-27, but weekly registration is possible. For the younger campers, the fee is $800 for each four-week session or $220 weekly; for the older campers, the cost is $700 for each four-week session or $190 weekly.
    The camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and extended care is available. Optional hot lunches are available.
Family oriented
    “We definitely are the only program that I know with such a family-oriented setting,” said Christina Spako, director of the summer camp program. “We’ve had the same staff almost every year for the past five years, and that makes us very close. We know all the kids. It’s a very tight family atmosphere.”
    Spako may be contacted about the summer camp program at 736-9925. Online registration opens March 19 at www.stmsaints.com.
    St. Martin’s also offer enrichment camps, sports camps, academic lessons and swimming lessons, and a theater camp.
    The enrichment offerings include language arts, cross-stitching, chess, introductory video game creation, 3D animation creation, video game creation, science, rocketry, robotics, reptiles and amphibians, chemical reactions, computer explorers, Lego robotics and moviemaking.
    A special camp June 4-8 is Camp Invention, where children work in teams to solve problems and investigate challenges that involve science, technology, engineering and math.
    The sports camps for boys and girls ages 6-13 will be offered in weekly sessions and include basketball, sports academy, baseball and top gun (variety of sports).
Academic classes offered
    St. Martin’s Episcopal also offers Summer Academic Sessions, which are open to students throughout the area. There are opportunities for students to brush up on grammar and writing, algebra, geometry, college applications and keyboarding.
    There also will be a chance for students entering grade 4 through grade 9 to work on a theater production of Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” July 9-27. The young entertainers will perform the musical, directed by Carrie Hill and Andrew Crusse,  July 27 at noon and 3 p.m.
    For more information on the Summer Programs at St. Martin’s, call 736-9966. The information line is 736-9982. The Summer Day Camp can be reached at 736-9925.

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