Sensational Summer camps

 With the summer holidays just a few short weeks away, most parents will be turning their thoughts to what summer camp options are available. Over the next two weeks the Observer on Sunday carries information on a variety of camps, which cater for any number of interests from sailing and marine ecology to art adventures. Run by churches, private individuals, schools and independent organisations,all of them require parents to register their child before attending and range in cost.
Details about the government-run sports camps will be published shortly. Anyone wanting information on the latter is encouraged to leave an email address on a mailing list at www.departmentofsports.com.

Sports/Fitness

Fitness Connection 2010 Summer Camp
Dates: July 6- August 27:  themed weekly camps
Location: Fitness Connection, off Glen Eden Rd, South Sound
Ages: four to 14
Time: mornings, afternoons or full days. Mornings: 8am – 12pm,  afternoons 1 – 5pm or  full days 8am -5.30pm.
Activities: swim lessons, active excursions, art projects, snorkelling, cooking classes, French & Spanish lessons, educational activities and games
Food/beverages: Children need to bring lunches and snacks
Cost: weekly $340,  half days per week $200, multiple siblings pay only $300 per week. Register for more than two weeks and receive the following weeks for $300.
Contact: Fitness Connection, at  949-8485, or email [email protected]

Equestrian Centre Own your own pony camp
Dates: Week 1: 28 June – 5 July, Week 2: 5 – 9 July, Week 3: 9 – 13 August, Week 5: 16 – 20 August, 23 – 27 August.
Ages: eight and older
Time: 2 – 6.30pm
Activities: Trails, games on horseback, jumping, instruction and more
Food/beverages: Provided
Cost: $325 a week
Contact: Mary McTaggart, at [email protected]

Ecology and more
The Ritz-Carlton’s Ambassadors of the Environment Summer Day Camp 2010
Dates: Week 1: 12 – 16 July, Week 2: 19 – 23 July, Week 3: 9 – 13 August and Week 4: 16 – 20 August
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman: Ambassadors of the Environment Heritage House
Ages: eight – 12
Time: 9am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 5pm. Before and after care provided at an additional rate
Activities: Snorkelling, field trips, arts and crafts, photography, science experiments and a variety of team building fun and games.
Food/beverages: Lunch is included for full day summer campers.
Cost: $375 per week for morning or afternoon only. $675 per week for full day including lunch (includes all equipment, snacks, eco-friendly gift and activities). 10 per cent discount if you book before 25th June 2009* For each additional child*
Contact: Ambassadors of the Environment: 815-6120.

National Trust Discovery Summer Camp
Dates: 6-30 July
Location: National Trust Visitors Centre as well as a number of off-site locations
Ages: seven to 12
Time: 9am – 5pm
Activities: Learning about sea creatures, exploring sea grass beds and the mangroves, learning about butterflies and nature, discovering species unique to Cayman, recycling, cooking and story time at West Bay, George Town and North Side Public libraries and historic walking tours with a focus on old Caymanian homes and local architecture, art and crafts.
Food/beverages: parents to provide lunch the camp will provide a snack and beverages
Cost: $225 for members and $250 for non-members, Week of 6 to 9 July will cost $180 for members and $200 for non-members (four day camp).
Contact: Erica Daniel, education programmes coordinator, at 749-1126 or e-mail [email protected]

Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute
Dates: 7 – 14 August
Location: CCMI’s Little Cayman Research Centre
Ages: 14 to 17
Time: 1 week
Activities: Classroom and laboratory learning, diving, snorkelling, research, field trips, and lots of fun activities
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Food/beverages: Three meals a day and snacks
Cost:$2,300 per student. NB: scholarships are available
Contact: Kate Pellow, Marketing and Development Director of Central Caribbean Marine Institute, at 948-1094/925-5929.

Indoor and more
Camp Adventure
Dates: 5 – 30 July
Location: Mary Miller Hall, Red Bay
Ages: Nemo: five and six, Incredibles: seven, Transformers: eight and nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: 10, Harry Potter: 11 and Avatar 12
Time: 7am – 3pm
Activities: Field trips, football, basketball, arts and crafts, Spanish introduction, computer skills, creative writing, religious education, animal care and more.
Food/beverages:
Cost: $80 a week or $300 for the month
Contact: 925-7077/925-3218.

Water babies
Sea is for Science Summer camp and club
Dates: Week 1: 19 – 23 Snorkel Camp, $280, nine to 13. Sinking of the USS Kittiwake this week; Week 2: 26 – 30 July Snorkel Camp, $280, nine to 13; Week 3: 2 – 6 August: SCUBA Dive Certification Camp, $475 age 10 to 14, price includes PADI Jr. Open Water Certification and gear and Week 4: 9 – 13 August SCUBA Dive Camp, $380, age 10 to 14
Location: Lobster Pot dive centre, North Church Street
Time: 9am – 3pm
Activities: Marine conservation, coral and fish identification, octopus, turtles, u/w photography and more
Food/beverages: Bring your own lunch. Water provided and snacks for sale
Contact: [email protected], 923-2183.

Government camps
Cayman Islands Gov’t Youth Services Unit Sizzling Summer Series
Dates: Week 1: Career Shop 12 – 16 July (Spaces still available), Week 2: Wellness Camp 19 – 23 July (Spaces still available). Weeks 1 and 2, University College of the Cayman Islands and Week 3: Culinary Camp 26 – 30 July 26 – 30 (full)
Location: Weeks 1 and 2, University College of the Cayman Islands and Week 3: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman     
Ages: 12-17
Time: 8.30am – 2pm
Activities: Week 1: Simulation of five work space environments offering instruction and hands-on expedience in each, interviewing technique, and further education planning; Week 2: Education and training in how to take responsibility for one’s physical and emotional health; Week 3: Instruction and hands-on cooking experience for youth who have covered the basics in the culinary arts and wish to gain further develop their knowledge and skills in the field.  
Food/beverages: Break and Lunch: Week 1 and 2 to be bought from on site cafeteria and Week 3 – youth prepare their own on site
Cost: Week 1 and 2 $50 per week plus cost of lunch and Week 3 $50
Contact: [email protected]

As ever, there are a plethora of camps, which cater for any number of interests from sailing and marine ecology to art adventures.