May 3, 2007 (WPVI) -- Action News is helping you choose a summer camp for your kids. Get all the links and information you saw on the morning show right here.
Most public libraries offer some sort of summer reading program.
Philadelphia's is for all school-age children. Younger kids get a small prize for every book they read, and there are special activities to boot. Teens get tickets for every book they read, and the tickets enter them in a series of raffles with some really nice prizes available. You can sign your child up at your neighborhood branch, or online by Clicking Here. Philadelphia's summer reading program runs from June 18 through August 10.
The Science In The Summer program is offered citywide and at many suburban libraries, funded by a grant from Glaxo-SmithKline. This summer, children entering grades 2 through 6 will study DNA, genetics and fingerprints. Accredited science teachers handle the lessons, which are age-appropriate.
This program is so popular that many libraries have to hold a lottery to see which children actually get in. If your child does not make it in, ask your librarian to help you find another branch nearby which may have openings. This program runs from June 26 through August 4. While information about Philadelphia's program is on the Free Library's website, enrollment for this program is in-person only.
Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs are based at local colleges. Most offer either resident or day options.
For more information, visit their website. The company started out with just a tennis camp, then added golf.
Later came career-based choices like cooking, fashion design and television production. Film production is new this summer and more programs are always in the works.
The company also partners with another local firm to run Canyon Ranch, a personal fitness and nutrition program for teens.
The American Camp Association accredits member camps using standards far beyond mere health and safety codes. You can find them online at http://www.acacamps.org
The ACA also maintains a website called Camp Parents which has a quiz designed to help you look for a camp. That's at http://www.campparents.org
. Experts say you should not rule out your local school district, library, and recreation department when looking for summer programs. These are often tailored best to children in your neighborhood, at attractive prices.
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