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North Huntingdon, Irwin officials offer day camps

North Huntingdon

UK Soccer Camps

The UK Soccer Camps, which teach the fundamental techniques for soccer, offers two sessions at the Oak Hollow Park Athletic Fields, North Huntingdon.

The first session is June 24 to 28. Youth camp for youths ages 7 to 14, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $105; Nipper Camp for children ages 5 and 6, is from 10 a.m. to noon for $70; and Kickers Camp for children ages 3 and 4 is from 9 to 10 a.m. for $55.

The second session is Aug. 12 to 16. Youth Camp for youths ages 7 to 14 is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $90; Nipper Camp for children ages 5 and 6 is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for $60; and Kickers Camp for children ages 3 and 4 is from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for $50.

For more information, or to register, visit www.uksoccercamps.com, or call 717-825-2060.

US Sports Institute

• North Huntingdon's Total Play Multi Sport Camp offers 16 different sports for children of all abilities at the Oak Hollow Park Athletic Fields.

It offers three sessions from July 15 to 19, including camp for children ages 6 to 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $159; from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children ages 5 to 12 for $119; and from 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 5 to 12 for $99.

It also offers a fourth session from July 22 to 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for children ages 5 to 12 for $119.

For more information, visit ussportsinstitue.com or call 866-345-2255

• North Huntingdon's Total Sports Squirts Camp is July 15 to 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., for children ages 3 to 5 at the Oak Hollow Park Athletic Field.

The cost is $69 and includes soccer, basketball, lacrosse, T-ball and hockey.

For more information, visit ussportsinstitue.com or call 866-345-2255

• North Huntingdon's First Play Lacrosse camp is July 22 to 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., for children ages 5 to 12, for $109.

It includes an introduction to lacrosse skills and small scrimmages.

For more information, visit ussportsinstitue.com or call 866-345-2255

• North Huntingdon's First Play Basketball camp is July 22 to 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., for children ages 5 to 12, for $89.

It includes an introduction to basketball fundamentals.

For more information, visit ussportsinstitue.com or call 866-345-2255

STEM Camps

• The All About Learning Collisions Car Camp is Aug. 5 to 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the North Huntingdon Townhouse, 11279 Center Highway, North Huntingdon.

It includes an opportunity for students to work together with Lego kits to explore a variety of concepts, including engineering principles, gearing and gear ratios, electric motors and energy, problem solving and communications skills.

It is open to students in grades four through eight. Registration is $130 and is required by July 30.

For more information, call the North Huntingdon Department of Parks and Recreation at 724-863-3806.

• The Junior Engineering Camp is Aug. 5 to 9, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the North Huntingdon Townhouse.

It uses Lego kits to explore simple and compound machines, basic engineering principles, gearing, forces in motion, integrated problem solving, teamwork and collaboration and communication skills.

It is open to students in grades one through three. Registration is $130 and is required by July 30.

• The Mad Science of Pittsburgh astronomy camp “Moons, Stars and Beyond” is June 10 through 14.

It runs from 9 a.m. until noon for children ages 5 to 8 and from 1 to 4 p.m. for those ages 9 to 12 and features hands-on programming about the forces of flight, space travel and a rocket launch.

Registration is $135.

For more information, call 412-359-9035.

• The Mad Science of Pittsburgh chemistry camp “Molecules, Reactions and Concoctions” is July 22 through 26.

It runs from 9 a.m. until noon for children ages 5 to 8, and features hands-on chemistry-based programming.

Registration is $135.

For more information, call 412-359-9035.

Rex Arts

• The Rex Arts performing arts camp offers two sessions, from July 8 to 12, in North Huntingdon.

The first session, “The Sound of Music,” is from 9 a.m. until noon, for students in grades one to three. It includes singing, dancing and vocal lessons, and theater games and activities, and it concludes with a performance.

The second session, “Mary Poppins,” is from 1 to 4 p.m., for students in grades four through six. It is designed for new and experienced young actors and concludes with a performance.

Registration is $110.

For more information, visit www.rexarts.org or call 724-863-3806.

Irwin

Weekly day camp

• The Wilmerding YMCA and Irwin Borough's summer camp program begins June 17, from 9 a.m. until noon at Irwin Park.

Camp is open each week, except on July 4, for $15 per week.

It includes arts and crafts, sports activities, civic-engagement activities, “Meet a Community Hero” days, healthy-living awareness, outdoor education, group games, the Junior Penguins Dek Hockey program and the University of Pittsburgh's Summer Science program.

• The Wilmerding YMCA hosts the Challenger Soccer camp at Irwin Park, from July 15 to 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Registration is $135.

• The Wilmerding YMCA hosts Summer Science Day on Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Irwin Park.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7:15 p.m.
 

North Huntingdon and Irwin officials hope to help local children beat the summertime blues with a variety of camps.

This year, North Huntingdon's Department of Parks & Recreation plans to offer 19 camps, while Irwin officials expect to team with the Wilmerding YMCA to offer six weeks of programming.

Dan Miller, director of North Huntingdon Department of Parks & Recreation, said township officials are trying to offer something for everybody by providing camps covering a variety of interests, such as sports, theater, and science and technology.

The township plans to partner with several organizations to offer specialized camps, including UK Soccer Camps, the US Sports Institute and Rex Arts, Miller said.

“They bring the camps to us, run them with certified professionals, and we don't have to employ any additional staff,” Miller said. “We're offering quality programs with our camps, and we're also offering quality, and the more we can offer, the better it is for our residents.

“We're trying to play to the strengths of the community's characteristics by offering a large menu.”

This year marks the first time the township plans to offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM-based camps, Miller said.

Officials designed the STEM camps to emphasize concepts from the classroom, while creating a fun, informal atmosphere, Miller said.

“This has always been a sports-heavy community, but through working with the school district, there is a lot of education-based interests to tap into,” Miller said. “We wanted to reach outside the realm of sports.”

Irwin council struck a $5,500 deal with the Wilmerding YMCA to provide six weeks of programming in Irwin Park, with an emphasis on athletic activities, such as kickball, dek hockey, and basketball, for children between the ages of 5 and 14.

Scott Heasley, executive director of the YMCA in Wilmerding, which serves the Irwin area, said organization officials will meet with borough officials to examine the community's programming needs.

Programming could include science and arts components and begins June 17, Heasley said.

“I find that children, especially in summertime, need positive opportunities in the community,” Heasley told council last month. “Kids have energy, so you either give them a positive outlet or, unfortunately, they use negative outlets.”

Irwin residents likely would be the primary participants, he said, but the program would be open to any children.

“We're looking forward to it,” Heasley said. “That's what the Y is about — to try to partner and meet needs in the community.”

Staff writer Rossilynne Skena contributed to this report.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

 

 

 
 


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