Summer Youth Camps Offered at George Mason

Posted: May 18, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

computer camp
Computer camps are

among the many

options available

for kids this summer

at George Mason.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

All three George Mason campuses will offer a variety of youth camps and programs this summer, including academic assistance programs, enrichment programs, recreational camps, and sports camps. While most camps are limited to specific age groups, there are programs for all ages. Most are coed and include both day camps and residential camps.

George Mason’s Helen Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities hosts the academic assistance programs CompuWrite and CompuPlay for 4th through 8th graders and people with moderate to severe disabilities. The CompuWrite camp uses computers to enhance the writing process and improve written language skills of students who are experiencing difficulties with the writing process. CompuPlay focuses on the students’ individual disabilities to use adaptive and/or assistive technology when interacting in their home, school and/or community environments.

The enrichment programs offer students a wide range of fun and educational programs. Foreign languages, instrumental instruction, fine arts and debate classes, math and science programs, and even modeling, nursing, writing, and cooking classes are available for grade school to high school students.

Recreational camps are offered from toddler and preschool children to counselor training camps for high school students. Hemlock Overlook provides students with the opportunity to spend their summer days outdoors participating in events such as canoeing, nature and creek hikes, nature-related crafts, swimming, outdoor cooking, mountain biking, caving, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, swimming, and llama trekking. These outdoor camps are offered to students ages 9-17, although age groups are limited by camp.

For students who are more sports-minded, camps offered this summer include inline skating, roller hockey, baseball, basketball, aquatics, dance, football, lacrosse, paintball, and skateboarding. Some of these camps, such as the lacrosse and basketball camps, are split according to gender. Also available is a coed sports camp that focuses on physical development through athletics with a variety of general activities.

The cost for each camp or program varies. For more information and a complete list of camps, visit the summer camp web site.

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