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Virtual Camps

Beat the summer blahs with Bellarmine summer camps



We’ll help you beat the summer blahs as you build your skills in a virtual classroom, theater or tech lab.



School is out, and this summer is going to be unlike any we have experienced before. One thing that has not changed, however, is that summer is an opportunity for your child to engage, invent, create, learn and explore new interests through summer camps. There are tons of benefits to attending summer camp, from making new friends to developing skills not covered in school curricula. But unlike in years past, most summer 2020 camps will be virtual. 

 

Bellarmine camp instructors and staff worked quickly to create an exciting schedule of virtual camp experiences for children and youth. While many of the camps being offered are similar in content and instruction to what they would have looked like in-person, we also added some new options that translate well to a virtual setting. Topic areas include Tech, Test Prep/Study Skills, Creative Arts, Science & Math, and Career Exploration. 

 

“Even though we can’t get together in person, we’ll still help you beat the summer blahs as you build your skills in a virtual classroom, theater or tech lab..."

 

“Even though we can’t get together in person, we’ll still help you beat the summer blahs as you build your skills in a virtual classroom, theater or tech lab,” says long-time camp instructor George Halitzka. George notes that he is looking forward to trying out some new things that normally are not feasible in the theater where he teaches his camps. 

In addition to making camps virtual, Bellarmine has also developed new programing to engage high school students. Rising high school juniors can get an edge applying to their dream school with the 'Navigating the ACT and College Admission Process' camp. Our “A Week in the Life of…” Career Exploration Camps offer teenagers a chance to experience firsthand the jobs that interest them. Guided by an expert in the field, campers can spend a week as an attorney, an environmental scientist, a nurse, a pet care professional, or a sports broadcaster. In addition to fun activities and engaging lectures, campers will also get to meet and and talk to guest speakers in the field.

Camps will be run using the Microsoft Teams platform, allowing students to meet virtually with their instructors and other campers in a secure space. Teams is accessible on a variety of devices through a web browser or the Microsoft Teams app. Materials kits are included for some camps, and will be available for socially-distanced pickup or shipping. 

Camps will run weekly from June 8th through July 31st. Options are available for students from 2nd  to 12th grade (high school seniors). Costs vary depending upon the program. 

 

Explore the list below and see which camp is right for you!


Test Prep/Study Skills

Grammar in Gear – learn the rules, tricks, and nuances of English grammar

Mastering Reading Skills – increase reading confidence & skills 

Navigating the ACT Test & College Admission Process 

Study Smarter, Not Harder! – time management, note-taking, memory tools

 

Tech

Broadcasting Basics – shoot, edit, and star in your own video

Build It!: Handheld Game Console – assemble and code your own controller

Level Up: Video Game Design – create original online games

Nature Through the Lens – videoing and editing the outdoors 

Photo Magic- design and create unique digital graphics

Power Podcasts – write and produce a podcast to entertain listeners

Real World Coding with Circuit Playground Express- build and code projects to use in your everyday life

Out of this World – with AR/VR! – animate a virtual reality world with a VR viewer you will build 

Web Weaver – build a webpage from the ground up

 

Creative Arts

Angles, Lights, and Emotion – training in a variety of photography techniques

Center Stage: Make a Radio Drama – practice acting with your voice

Comedy Camp: The Not-So-Daily Show – produce a short satirical newscast

Creative Story-Crafting – descriptions, characters, dialog, plot twists, and more!

Design On! - design a literary magazine with your writing 

Drawing in 3D – create realistic, dimensional drawings that leap off the page

Drawing in Colored Pencils – color mixing and shading to create lifelike drawings

Star in Your Own Story – transform your life experiences into a monologue 

Watercolor Basics – techniques for watercolor painting

Write On! – expand your portfolio to become a more effective writer  


Career Exploration

A Week in the Life of an Attorney

A Week in the Life of an Environmental Scientist

A Week in the Life of a Nurse

A Week in the Life of Pet Care Professional 

A Week in the Life of Sports Broadcaster 


Registration is available online at www.bellarmine.edu/ce/register. For camp dates, descriptions, and pricing visit our camp page at https://www.bellarmine.edu/ce/youth-camps/

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