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030211Feature_SoccerCampFor three UNCG summer camps, the busy season is getting started. For those with children, the time to think about summer plans may be now – before slots fill up.

UNCG Summer Music camp

This camp provide music offerings for students in grades 6 through 12 in band, orchestra, chorus and piano. It will be offered two weeks: the weeks of July 10 and July 17.

It is “far and away the largest and most popular summer music camp in America on a college campus with 1,725 camp students and a staff of 150 professionals,” says Dr. John Locke, director of bands and also director of this camp.

He notes the camp has far more applicants each year than they can accept. “Waiting lists form as early as mid-February for some popular instruments. While we can accept 1,725 camp students, we typically have several hundred more on various waiting lists.” Those interested may want to act soon.

Full details, pictures, videos and downloadable brochure and registration form are at www.smcamp.org.

All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp

Specializing in hands-on classes in arts, sciences and technology, the All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp also includes recreation and citizenship components. Its instructors are experienced professionals, artists, scientists, and public and private school instructors.

It offers one week sessions for ages 7-15 at UNCG, NC State, Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and is operated by UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning. There are overnight and all-day options. Its week at UNCG begins July 24.

A sampling of courses range from elementary age “Creepy Crawlies,” “Hogwarts Elementary,” “Yuck Science,” “Daring Class for Girls” and “Movie Madness” to older ages’ “Forensics,” “Hogwarts High,” “Rockets!” “Web Media” “Project Fashion,” and “LEGO Robotics.”

It offers a 10 percent discount for UNCG faculty and staff.

Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see camp videos, photos, updates – or to register. Those with further questions may call 315-7742 or 4-2255.

UNCG Athletics camps

Ten sports are offered as part of the UNCG Athletics camps. Various ones are offered on select weeks – full information about each of the camps is at www.uncgspartans.com/camps/Index.

A discount of 10 percent for faculty and staff is offered on all athletic camps. Also, there is a sibling discount of $20 off each child per camp (must attend same camp). There is also a group discount for those youth teams that want to attend the same camp together ($20 off each child – 10 or more to qualify as a group).

Some new things this year:

  • Tennis camp will be emphasizing the USTA’s Quickstart Tennis format
  • New women’s soccer coach Steve Nugent will continue day camps and also conduct two residential camps
  • Volleyball will do a one-week day camp this year along with their residential camp

Christy Avent, who oversees the Athletics camps, notes one advantage over some other area sports camps: great facilities, including the cafeteria and availability of Rosenthal Pool. “Kids love these two things,” she adds.

Their facilities and space allow them to bring the camps indoors on days it’s rainy or very hot.

Most of the camp staff is composed of our student-athletes and coaching staff. For example, the basketball players they normally see from the stands in the winter are the ones guiding and teaching them throughout the week in summer.

Summer Camps Fair A Triad area summer camp fair will be held in the EUC Saturday, March 5, starting at 10 a.m. A couple of these UNCG camps will have tables there. More information is at www.1075kzl.com/pages/6171323.php.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

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