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New Orleans Summer Camp Guide 2013 

There are summer camps for every interest and age

click to enlarge Children learn that science can be fun at Creation Sensation Camp in Covington.
  • Children learn that science can be fun at Creation Sensation Camp in Covington.

Summer should be a time for children to recuperate from nine months of intense schoolwork and explore the outdoors, read books just for pleasure, meet new friends and try new things. Many parents want to find activities more structured than free play with a babysitter while mom and dad are at work, and the area's vast offering of summer camps provides a wealth of options. Children can go to a camp with a wide range of activity choices, or one that focuses mainly on one area, whether it's robotics, theater or chess. Camps are weekday-only unless otherwise stated, and many offer before- and after-care for a fee. Here is a compendium of summer camps in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Camps for Adults

Loyola Prep Adult Piano Camp
Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles ave., (504) 865-3627; www.cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-arts

Ages: Adult Dates: June 4-to be announced
The 10-week camp for adults is designed for beginners who have previously studied piano but need a review of the basics. The non-credit course includes rhythm, note-reading, scales, chords, ear training and theory. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.
Cost: $140

Loyola Prep Voice Camp for Adults
Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., (504) 865-3627; www.cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-arts

Ages: 18 and older Dates: Thursdays June 13-Aug. 8 (closed July 4)
The eight-week voice class, which meets on Thursday nights, covers vocal techniques, breath support, posture, vowels and more. It's good for beginners, members of choral ensembles and singers trying to refresh their technique.
Cost: $150

 

GENERAL/ VARIED ACTIVITIES

ASH Day Camp for Boys
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: Kindergarten-fifth graders, boys Dates: July 15-26
The boys-only camp offers swimming and waterslides, a variety of sports, field trips and other activities.
Cost: $195 per week

ASH Summer Fun Day Camp
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: Pre-kindergarten-fifth graders, girls Dates: June 10-July 26 (Closed July 4-5)
The camp offers swimming, games, sports and art, and campers explore New Orleans through field trips.
Cost: $195 per week, $135 July 1-3

Arden Cahill Academy's Camp Corral
3101 Wall Blvd., Gretna, (504) 392-0902; www.ardencahillacademy.com
Ages: 4 (by Sept. 30)-14, boys and girls Dates: June 3-Aug. 9
Camp Corral, which occupies 12 acres on the West Bank, offers horseback riding, swimming, art, theater, sports, games, a petting farm, computer lab, dances, fishing, campouts, archery, academic classes and more.
Cost: Varies

Buras YMCA Summer Camp
36342 Hwy. 11, Buras, (504) 564-0591; www.ymcaneworleans.org
Ages: 3-12, boys and girls Dates: May 28-Aug. 2
Each week features a theme and a variety of activities including sports, swimming, art, outdoor play and more.
Cost: $75 per week

Camp Cabrini
Cabrini High School, 1400 Moss St., (504) 482-1193; www.cabrinihigh.com
Ages: First-seventh graders, boys and girls Dates: May 27-June 28
The camp offers a diverse variety of activities including swimming, fishing, soccer, basketball, dance, cheerleading, ultimate football, arts and crafts, media, drama, painting and field trips.
Cost: $130 per week, $50 registration

Camp Cricket
University Montessori School, 7508 Burthe St., (504) 865-1659; www.umsnola.org
Ages: 2-6 Dates: June 10-Aug. 16, boys and girls
Half-day and full-day camps are offered and include activities such as arts and crafts, music, water play, outdoor play and time in the classroom.
Cost: $120 per week half-day, $200 per week full day

Camp Kaleidoscope
Cedarwood School, 607 Heavens Drive, Mandeville, (985) 845-7111; www.cedarwoodschool.com
Ages: 2-5, girls and boys Dates: June 3-28 and July 8-26
Activities include mud, sand and water play, poetry and literature, puppets, plays, gardening and nature studies, computers, science, art, music, dancing games and visits by special guests. Sessions are two weeks long and run three or five days a week.
Cost: $330 per session (three days), $450 (five days)

Camp Invention
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: First-sixth grades, boys and girls Dates: July 29-Aug. 2 The camp endeavors to expand children's minds and teach them 21st century skills using problem-solving games, teamwork and hands-on activities.
Cost: $225

Castletree
St. George's Episcopal School, 923 Napoleon Ave., (504) 891-5509; www.castletree.net
Ages: Pre-kindergarten-sixth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 10-28 and July 8-26
The three-week camp sessions provide a variety of age-appropriate activities including outdoor games, water play, arts and crafts, music, gymnastics, yoga, cooking, sports, science, jewelry making, martial arts, photography, dance, musical theater and more. Reading sessions with a teacher are available for 4- and 5-year-olds for a fee.
Cost: $700 a session full-day, $550 half-day program (available for ages 4-5 only)

Christian Brothers School Summer Camp
8 Friederichs Ave., (504) 486-6770; www.cbs-no.org
Ages: Third-seventh graders, girls and boys Dates: June 10-July 19
Certified instructors administer this camp, which includes water days, bounce days, field trips, cooking demonstrations, live reptile shows and more.
Cost: $285 per session

Colossal — The Ultimate Camp Experience
Cedarwood School, 607 Heavens Drive, Mandeville, (985) 845-7111; www.cedarwoodschool.com
Ages: First-fifth graders Dates: June 3-28 and July 8-26
Each two-week session offers a variety of activities including making chocolate, making books, scrapbooking, cheerleading, yoga, dance, karate, singing, movie-making, cooking, computer games, Lego building, inflatable climbing toys, pottery, mosaic art and more. Half-day and whole-day camps available.
Cost: $450 per two-week session

Creation Sensation Camp
Christ Episcopal School, 80 Christwood Blvd., Covington, (985) 705-2577; www.creation-sensationcamp.com
Ages: Pre-kindergarten-seventh graders, boys and girls Dates: June 10-28
Pre-kindergarten through first-grade students have daily schedules of activities including cooking, science, movement and music, exploration, art and more. Campers in second through eighth grades chose activities that vary from week to week and include art, athletics, drama, robotics, stop-motion animation and photography.
Cost: $225 per week

Crescent City Summer Camp
Crescent City Christian School, 4828 Utica St., Metairie, (504) 885-4700; www.ccchristian.net
Ages: 4-14, boys and girls Dates: May 28-to be announced
The all-inclusive camp offers daily arts and crafts, a Wii room, a game room, movie theater, gym, outdoor play, an indoor swimming pool, waterslides, weekly field trips and more.
Cost: $140 per week

Curious Jane
Louise S. McGehee School, 2343 Prytania St., (504) 274-4912; www.curiousjanecamp.com
Ages: 5-11, girls Dates: June 3-July 19
The project-based summer camp has themes that revolve around writing, design, engineering and science. Project themes include toy design, "Gadgets and Gears," costuming, storyboarding, graphic novels, DIY your room, photography, video and more.
Cost: $285 per week

DominiCamp
St. Mary's Dominican High School, 7701 Walmsley Ave., (504) 865-9401 ext. 4129; www.stmarysdominican.org
Ages: Fourth-eighth graders Dates: June 3-21
There are a variety of activities to keep girls active and engaged during the summer.
Cost: Starts at $150 per week, $225 two weeks, $325 for three weeks.

Dragon Camp
St. George's Episcopal School, 923 Napoleon Ave., (504) 891-5509; www.castletree.net
Ages: 1-3, boys and girls Dates: June 10-28 and July 8-26, boys and girls
Small-group, whole group and outside play activities are scheduled as well as art, music, free play, storytelling, movement, water play and more. There are full-day and half-day options as well as two-, three- and five-day-a-week options.
Cost: $400-$700

East Jefferson Family YMCA
6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie, (504) 888-9622; www.ymcaneworleans.org
Ages: 5-12, boys and girls Dates: May 27-Aug. 9
The camps offer a variety of activities including swimming, sports, arts, drama, martial arts, outdoor play and more.
Cost: $150 per week, $125 YMCA members

Elmwood Park Summer Camp
Elmwood Park Academy, 1517 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, (504) 392-0217 Ages: 3-14, girls and boys Dates: June 3-28
Campers swim daily, and swimming lessons are available for a fee. They also go on a field trip each week and participate in arts and crafts projects and more.
Cost: $80 per week 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $120 per week 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hermann-Grima House Summer Camp
820 St. Louis St., (504) 274-0751; www.hgghh.org
Ages: 6-10, boys and girls Dates: May 28-31, Aug. 5-9
The camps focus on teaching young people about life in the 19th century. The May session features cooking and gardening in the 1800s, and the August session is on 19th-century lifestyles and art.
Cost: $250 per session, $225 Hermann-Grima members

JCC Summer Day Camps — Chaverim Jewish Community Center
3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-5158; 5342 St. Charles Ave., (504) 897-0143; www.nojcc.org
Ages: 3-4, boys and girls Dates: June 10-Aug. 2
At the four-week sessions of Chaverim (friends) camp, preschoolers can take swimming lessons, learn songs, play sports and other games and create arts and crafts. (Children must be potty-trained.)
Cost: $670 per session

JCC Summer Day Camps — K'ton ton Jewish Community Center,
5342 St. Charles Ave., (504) 897-0143; www.nojcc.org
Ages: 21-36 months, boys and girls Dates: June 10-Aug. 2
Designed for first-time campers, K'ton ton (little ones) is similar to nursery school and features active exploration, independent play, teacher-directed activities, water play, art, stories, songs, educational play and more. Sessions last four weeks; three- and five-day-a-week options are available.
Cost: $415 three days, $555 five days. (Check website for availability and rates for six- and eight-week sessions.)

JCC Summer Day Camps — Maccabee Jewish Community Center
5342 St. Charles Ave., (504) 897-0143; www.nojcc.org
Ages: Kindergarten-first graders Dates: June 10-Aug. 2
The four-week sessions include field trips, swimming lessons, sports, music, arts and crafts, drama and more.
Cost: $670 per session

JCC Summer Day Camps — Sabra Jewish Community Center
5342 St. Charles Ave., (504) 897-0143; www.nojcc.org
Ages: Second-third graders, boys and girls Dates: June 10-Aug. 2
There's a variety of activities during the four-week sessions, including swimming lessons, sports, music, science, arts and crafts, dance, cooking, dodgeball, weekly field trips and an overnight at the Jewish Community Center.
Cost: $670 per session

JCC Summer Day Camps — Zion Jewish Community Center
3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-5158; 5342 St.Charles Ave., (504) 897-0143; www.nojcc.org
Ages: Fourth-fifth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 10-Aug. 2
During each four-week session, campers have an opportunity to serve as role models to younger children (and their peers) attending camps at the Jewish Community Center. The Zion camp offers swimming lessons, a trip to Blue Bayou Water Park, weekly field trips, an overnight at the JCC, sports, swimming, science, games, art, drama and more.
Cost: $750 per session

JCC Taglit Teen Camp
Jewish Community Center, 3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-5158; www.nojcc.org
Ages: Sixth-eighth graders Dates: June 10-Aug. 2
The weeklong, weekday camp is designed for teens with busy schedules. Each week has a different theme, and attendees can choose from a variety of activities ranging from cooking and fitness to art and field trips. Specialists in the various topics offered meet with campers in the mornings. Other offerings include swimming, sports and socializing.
Cost: $275 per week ($100 off total tuition if registered for four or more weeks)

Jumpin' for Joy Camp
St. Mary's Dominican High School, 7701 Walmsley Ave., (504) 865-9401 ext. 4129; www.stmarysdominican.org
Ages: First-fourth graders, girls Dates: June 3-21
There is a variety of activities to keep girls active and engaged.
Cost: Starts at $150 per week, $225 two weeks, $325 for three weeks.

Kidcam Camps
Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive, Gretna; Woodlake Country Club, 82 Sequoia St., Kenner; Pinewood Country Club, 405 Country Club Blvd., Slidell; Beach Club, 6000 Cleveland Place, Metairie, (877) 454-3226; www.kidcamcamps.com
Ages: 3-13, boys and girls Dates: May 28-Aug. 2
These Kidcam locations offer swimming, tennis, outdoor activities as well as arts and crafts, games and more.
Cost: $140 per week, $130 Pinewood camp

Kidcam City Park
1 Palm Drive, (877) 454-3226; www.kidcamcamps.com
Ages: 3-13, boys and girls Dates: May 28-Aug. 2
Campers have access to amusement park rides on Thursday and Friday, plus they also can play at Storyland, on the great lawn, the large playground area and more. They swim each week at Woodlake Country Club.
Cost: $175 per week

Kiddie Kids Daycare Adventure Camp
6142 St. Claude Ave., (504) 279-5900 Ages: 3-12 Dates: June 3-Aug. 9
There is a variety of activities for young children and pre-teens.
Cost: $90 per week

Memorial Baptist Summer Camp
5701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-0533; www.mbsmetairie.org
Ages: 5-12, boys and girls Dates: June 3-Aug. 2 (closed July 4)
The camp has a sports program, on-site swimming pool, a movie room, arcade room and arts and crafts activities.
Cost: $95 per week (three-week minimum); registration $25 single child, $45 family

Mount Carmel Academy Summer Camp
2013 7027 Milne Blvd., (504) 288-7626; www.mcacubs.org
Ages: Fifth-ninth graders (regular camp), second-fifth graders (junior camp) Dates: June 3-28
Camps offer a variety of activities including art, athletics, cheerleading, dance, life skills, theater, film and music.
Cost: Registration $30, $40 after May 6

New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD)
Various locations; www.nola.gov/nordc
Ages: 4-12, girls and boys Dates: Varies
NORD offers more than 30 different camps for New Orleans children 4 to 12 years old. A free NORDC Summer Camp Expo March 30 at Joe W. Brown Recreation Center (5601 Read Blvd.) offers information about the various camps and on-the-spot registration. The expo is free and open to the public.

St. Andrew's Cardinal Camp
St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 8012 Oak St. (504) 861-3743; www.standrewsepiscopalschool.org
Ages: Kindergarten-eighth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 3-28
The camp features daily sports activities, music, art, science and water play, as well as laser tag, special guests and a weekly field trip.
Cost: $200 per week

St. Martin's Summer Cottage Camp
St. Martin's Episcopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 736-9925; www.stmsaints.com/summer
Ages: 2-3, boys and girls Dates: June 3-July 26
The school's 18-acre campus offers plenty of room for outdoor and indoor activities including arts and crafts, water play, music, body movement and more. The camp also has pony rides, magic shows and more.
Cost: n/a

St. Louis King of France Camp Crusader
1600 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-8224; www.slkfschool.com
Ages: 4 years-seventh grade, boys and girls Dates: May 28-July 26
The camp has a swimming pool on site and offers sports, special presentations, fine arts, computer instruction, science projects and learning about food.
Cost: $130 per week, $360 for three-week session

St. Mary Magdalen Cougar Camp
6421 W. Metairie Ave., (504) 733-1433 Ages: Pre-kindergarten and third-eighth graders, boys and girl
s There's a variety of activities offered at this nine-week camp.
Cost: $135 per week, $975 for nine weeks; $35 registration

Stuart Hall Summer Camp
Stuart Hall School for Boys, 2032 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1954; www.stuarthall.org
Ages: Pre-kindergarten-fifth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 3-July 12
There are half-day and full-day programs with daily activities including indoor play, art activities, sports, recreational games and water play. Special activities such as waterslides, gymnastics, rock climbing, obstacle courses, woodworking, bowling, magic shows and presentations about wetlands, bugs and zoo animals also are planned.
Cost: Prices will be posted on the school website in May

Summergate at McGehee
Louise S. McGehee School, 2343 Prytania St., (504) 274-4912; www.mcgeheeschool.com
Ages: Kindergarten-fourth graders Dates: July 29-Aug. 9
The camp focuses on music, arts and crafts, sports, water games, field trips and teamwork challenges.
Cost: $250 per week, $480 two weeks

Trinity Summer Camp 2013
1315 Jackson Ave., (504) 525-8661; www.trinitynola.com
Ages: Pre-kindergarten-eighth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 3-28
The wide-ranging offerings include ballet, sports and fitness, cheerleading, dance, creative construction, critter costuming, decoupage and collage, movies, arts and crafts, fashion design, games, recreation, improv and movement, acting, jewelry making, drawing, science, etiquette, robotics, math, music, art and more.
Cost: $240, full-day camp; $120 half-day camp; $10 registration

The Waldorf School of New Orleans Summer Camp
517 Soraparu St., (504) 525-2420; http://www.waldorfnola.org/programs/summer-camp
Ages: 3 1/2-8, boys and girls Dates: June 17-July 5
The one-session camp features experienced teachers leading small groups for activities, a media-free environment, healthy snacks, field trips, painting, cooking, sewing, woodworking and more.
Cost: $450

click to enlarge Each Encore Disney Camp ends with a Stage prodution by the students.
  • Each Encore Disney Camp ends with a Stage prodution by the students.

West St. Tammany YMCA Camp
71256 Francis Road, Covington, (985) 893-9622; www.ymcaneworleans.org
Ages: 5-15, boys and girls Dates: May 28-Aug. 9
The camp offers archery, swimming, arts and crafts, weekly field trips, sports activities, robotics, reading, science and health and nutrition information.
Cost: To be announced

 

 

OVERNIGHT CAMPS/ OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Camp Abbey
77002 KC Camp Road, Covington, (985) 327-7240; www.campabbey.org
Ages: Second-eighth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 9-29 boys, July 7-27 girls
Campers spend a week at the Camp Abbey grounds with activities including swimming, boating, team sports, arts and crafts, archery, rock climbing, fishing, music and more. Children of all faiths are welcome; the camp offers Catholic Mass and sacraments.
Cost: $395 per week

Camp Stanislaus
304 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis, Miss., (228) 467-9057; www.campstanislaus.com
Ages: 8-15, boys Dates: June 9-July 6
Campers stay in a dormitory on the St. Stanislaus beachfront campus and participate in water sports including skiing, sailing, swimming and fishing, as well as archery, dodgeball, laser tag and field trips to Zephyrs games and the Audubon zoo. There also are academic electives including marine science and chemistry.
Cost: $650 one week, $1,200 two weeks, $1,750 three weeks, $2,300 four weeks

Cheley Colorado Camps
3960 Fish Creek Road, Estes Park, Colo., (303) 377-3616 or (970) 586-4244; www.cheley.com
Ages: 9-17, boys and girls Dates: June 19-July 15 and July 17-Aug. 12
This camp in the Rocky Mountains offers hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting, technical climbing and more.
Cost: $4,850 per session

 

 

Specialty camps

Academics

Camp Lango
Ecole Bilingue, 821 Gen. Pershing St.; 5818 Perrier St., (504) 344-1661; www.lango-neworleans.com
Ages: 18 months-14, boys and girls Dates: June 3-Aug. 2
The foreign language immersion adventure camps offer two-week sessions in language options including French, Spanish, Mandarin and German. There is a full range of fun and educational activities each day.
Cost: $429 per session

Jump Start I
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: Kindergarten-fourth grade, girls Dates: July 29-Aug. 2
The camp features fundamental language arts, math and creative arts in preparation for the coming school year. Kindergarteners have a half-day morning camp. First through fourth graders have a whole day.
Cost: $125 half day, $200 whole day

Jump Start II
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: Fifth-eighth graders, girls Dates: July 29-Aug. 2
There are fun activities geared toward easing students into the coming school year. There are art projects and games to hone listening skills, writing projects, oratory, academics and more.
Cost: $200

St. James Language Arts Camp
St. James Methodist Church, 1925 Ursulines Ave., (504) 822-8138 or (504) 715-5069; www.stjamesmc-no.org
Ages: 3-11, boys and girls Dates: June 3-July 12
Reading, math, science, vocals, instrumental music, piano, swimming, library day and more are offered at this camp. Registration is April 2-May 28.
Cost: $65 per week, $30 registration, $25 per week for before- and after-care

St. Martin's Summer Experience — Spanish Camp
St. Martin's Episcopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 736-9966; www.stmsaints.com/summer
Ages: Kindergarten-second graders and third-fifth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 10-14
The Spanish immersion camp focuses on learning the language and the culture of people who speak it through hands-on projects. Activities include games, singing and more. Morning sessions are for kindergartners-second graders; afternoon sessions are for campers in third-fifth grades.
Cost: $170

Sophie B. Wright Summer School
1426 Napoleon Ave., (504) 304-3916; www.sophiebwrightschool.com
Ages: High school students, boys and girls Dates: June 3-July 5
The charter school offers high school summer school classes in Spanish I, algebra I and II, geometry, physics, chemistry, physical science, biology, world geography, civics, U.S. history and English I, II, III and IV.
Cost: $225 per course

 

Architecture

Studio Longue Vue Art-chitecture Camp
Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, (504) 488-5488; www.longuevue.com
Ages: 8-12, boys and girls Dates: July 22-26
Campers will explore architecture while planning and building a city. They will learn about New Orleans' architectural history and current green-building methods. Campers will draw, design, build and display their creations at a gallery opening at the end of the week.
Cost: $175, $150 Longue Vue members

 

ARTS

Art Time Summer Camp
705 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 674-2023; www.arttime.biz
Ages: 4-14, boys and girls Dates: June 3-Aug. 2
The weeklong camps offer three options: Real Art camp in which students complete five art projects covering marker, pen and ink, watercolor and oil pastels; 3D camp, where students work on a metal embossing project and four other 3-D projects; and JAM camp in which students study Japanese and American animation and work on animation in several media.
Cost: $150 per week for third graders-14, $100 second graders and younger

CAC Summer Arts Camp
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., (504) 528-3805; www.cacno.org
Ages: 6-14, boys and girls Dates: July 8-Aug. 2
The camp features classes taught by local artists in the visual arts, theater, dance, music and the culinary arts. Campers present their creations in a weekly student showcase.
Cost: $220 per week, $190 per week CAC members.

Ceramics Camp
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: Fifth-ninth grades, girls and boys Dates: July 8-19
The two-week session teaches campers various methods of creating functional sculptural ceramic pieces as well as the art of glazing. Items they make will be kiln-fired.
Cost: $450

Creative Hearts Camp
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: Kindergarten-fifth graders, girls Dates: June 10-28
The three-week session challenges girls to explore their artistic side with ceramics, painting, sculpture, music, drama, illustration, creative writing, jewelry making, gardening and more.
Cost: $675

Creative Leadership Camp
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: Fifth-ninth graders, girls
A visiting artist leads the camp that focuses on helping girls recognize and nurture their strengths and talents through art projects, creative writing, poetry and interactive games.
Cost: $225 per week

Kuumba Institute
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; www.ashecac.org
Ages: 6-16, girls and boys Dates: June 3-July 19
Students receive specialized training in visual arts, dance, voice, stepping, yoga, martial arts, photography, poetry, arts and crafts, drama, African drumming and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines dance and music. There also are field trips to performances, the IMAX Theater, Aquarium of the Americas and other places.
Cost: $250 single camper, $350 two campers, $450 three campers; $40 per child registration

Loyola Kids' Art
Loyola University Art Studios, 7214 Dominican St., (504) 865-3627; www.cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-arts/kids-art
Ages: 7-14 Dates: July 8-19
The curriculum is history-based and provides hands-on experience in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. The two-week session ends with an art exhibit for family and friends.
Cost: $350

Lusher Summer Arts Intensive
5624 Freret St., (504) 324-7313; www.lusherschool.org
Ages: Fourth-12th graders, boys and girls Dates: June 3-28
The camp offers in-depth concentrated study in dance, music, theater, stagecraft, visual arts, media arts and creative writing. High School Institutes for eighth-12 graders are offered, as well as classes in all disciplines in the arts. There also are guest artist visits and music performances.
Cost: $650, $550 Lusher students

Ogden Museum Visual Culture Camp
925 Camp St., (504) 539-9608; www.ogdenmuseum.org
Ages: Eighth-12th graders, boys and girls Dates: June 17-28
Campers need a basic understanding of photography (See Ogden Museum Photography Camp listing) to enroll in this camp and will use that artistic medium to explore how images affect people and how artists communicate their ideas visually, as well as investigating connections between art making, social justice and social change. The camp culminates in a student-curated exhibit.
Cost: $275, $250 Ogden members

Ogden Museum Photography Camp
925 Camp St., (504) 539-9608; www.ogdenmuseum.org
Ages: Eighth-12th graders, boys and girls Dates: June 17-28
Campers will learn basic elements and foundations of photography, including composition, lighting, exposure, using manual camera settings and how to expand the way they look at the world. They will take photographs inspired by the photography collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the city of New Orleans. The camp culminates in a student-curated photography exhibit.
Cost: $275, $250 Ogden members

St. Martin's Summer Experience — Visual Arts Camp
St. Martin's Espiscopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 736-9925; www.stmsaints.com/summer
Ages: 4-14, boys and girls Dates: July 8-26
The camp inspires creativity through cake decorating, painting, papier mache, photography and more. The session culminates with a student art show. Other activities include sports, science, swimming, field trips and more.
Cost: n/a

St. Mary's Dominican Studio Art Camp
St. Mary's Dominican High School, 7701 Walmsley Ave., (504) 865-9401 ext. 4129; www.stmarysdominican.org
Ages: Fifth-ninth grades Dates: June 10-14
Campers learn the basics of art in a variety of media.
Cost: Starts at $150 per week, $225 two weeks, $325 for three weeks.

Southern Art Society Fine Arts Camp
2619 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 909-4278 Ages: 9-13, boys and girls Dates: June 3-28 and July 8-Aug. 2
During the two-week sessions students will produce as many as 10 artworks in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, pastels, acrylics and oil paints.
Cost: $275 per two-week session

Summer Art Camp at NOMA
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4128; www.noma.org/learn
Ages: 5-12, boys and girls Dates: June 3-Aug. 2
The weekly sessions include exploring the permanent collection and special exhibits at NOMA and creating projects in an array of media with the help of professional teaching artists. Visual arts camps are 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and performance arts camps are 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $150 per week, $120 for NOMA members (if registering before May 17); $170, $140 for NOMA members (after May 17)

Summer Arts Program at The Big Top
1638 Clio St., (504) 569-2700; www.3rcp.com
Ages: 6-10, boys and girls Dates: July 8-Aug. 16
Sponsored by 3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center, the summer arts program offers instruction by professional teaching artists and hands-on learning about topics including fabric art, sound design, puppetry, drumming and more. Children can enroll in one or both of the two half-day camps offered each weekday. Each week includes a half-day morning session dedicated to visual arts. Performance arts camps are offered afternoons. Each week concludes with a performance and/or exhibit for the parents. Enrollment is limited.
Cost: Each half-day camp $100 per week, $75 for 3 Ring Circus members

click to enlarge Desmond Richardson of Complexions Contemporary Ballet will be a master guest artist At New Orleans Ballet Association’s Summer Intensive Camp in July.
  • Desmond Richardson of Complexions Contemporary Ballet will be a master guest artist At New Orleans Ballet Association’s Summer Intensive Camp in July.

Summer 'Scapes Summer Camp
Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, (504) 488-5488; www.longuevue.com
Ages: 5-7, boys and girls Dates: June 10-28 and July 15-19
Each week presents a different mini camp. The Shades of Summer Art Camp June 10-14 features artist Rachel Brown teaching the basics of drawing, painting, printmaking and working with clay through art projects inspired by nature. There's an art reception at the end of the week. The Nature of Art Camp June 17-21 features artist Jane Hill leading campers on an exploration of art through touch and sight, while playing in the Discovery Garden. A Bug's Life eco-art camp June 24-28 features educator Jen Cohn leading the interdisciplinary art and biology camp. The Garden Adventures camp July 15-19 has educator Carly Levin leading crafts projects inspired by the gardens and exploring harvest herbs, creating edibles, painting pots, planting flowers, digging for worms, catching tadpoles and playing games.
Cost: $175, $150 Longue Vue members

Ursuline Academy Summer Arts Camp
2635 State St., (504) 931-6999; www.ursulineneworleans.org
Ages: 3-eighth grade, girls Dates: June 10-28, July 1-19 and July 22-26
The three sessions, the third called Super Week, explores creative and performing arts with classes in visual arts, dance, drama, singing, science, cooking, sewing, cheerleading, music, gym games and more. There also are performances by visiting artists and swimming. Each session ends with performances and artwork displays by campers. Super Week includes field trips to places such as the Entergy IMAX theater, skating, bowling, swimming and more.
Cost: $695 one session, $1,290 both sessions, $275 Super Week

 

Chess

St. Martin's Summer Experience — Chess Camp
St. Martin's Episcopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 736-9966; www.stmsaints.com/summer
Ages: 5-15, boys and girls Dates: July 29-Aug. 2
Campers can choose mornings, afternoons, or all-day session for youngsters interested in chess, with all levels of competency welcome. USA Chess administers the camp, which includes chess instruction and play. Tuition includes trophy and chess set. Register through USA Chess at www.activelearningcamps.com
Cost: $260 half days, $280 after June 15; $410 all day, $435 after June 15.

 

DANCE
(Also see Art and Theater categories)

LAAPA Summer Dance Camp
2002 Dickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-3050; www.laapa.com
Ages: 5-16, boys and girls Dates: July 8-26
The Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts hosts the dance camp featuring ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and creative movement.
Cost: $250 per week, $15 registration

New Orleans Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive
900 Camp St., (504) 210-0222; www.nobt.org
Ages: 9-18, boys and girls Dates: June 3-28
The cross-disciplinary program is designed to provide highly focused dancers an opportunity to work with professional dancers of the New Orleans Ballet Theatre in levels ranging from beginner to pre-professional, with daily classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, character, composition, partner dancing, yoga, Pilates and modern dance.
Cost: n/a

NOBA Tuition-free Summer Dance Camps
Various locations in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, (504) 522-0996 ext. 207; www.nobadance.com
Ages: 6-18, boys and girls Dates: June and July
The New Orleans Ballet Association and its partners present the camps, providing nationally award-winning dance instructors and guest artists for students at every level of competency.
Cost: Tuition is free, supply fees vary

The Ultimate Dance Camp Experience
New Orleans Dance Academy, 5956 Magazine St., (504) 899-3780; www.thenoda.com
Ages: 3-16, boys and girls Dates: To be announced
Campers will receive instruction in various forms of dance, with an emphasis on ballet, taught by award-winning dance professionals.
Cost: To be announced

 

FASHION

Camp Girl Biz & Fashion Design
Locations in Mandeville and Metairie, (985) 705-9288; www.campgirlbiz.com
Ages: 7 and older, girls Dates: May 27-June 21 Mandeville, June 24-28 Metairie
Girls learn how to develop a business, and they create their own products that they sell on Market Day. Campers also learn about fashion design by sketching, constructing and executing their own look, which they will model during a fashion show.
Cost: $200 per week (all supplies included), $20 registration

Ogden Museum Art & Design Camp
925 Camp St., (504) 539-9608; www.ogdenmuseum.org
Ages: Second-fifth graders Dates: June 24-July 5
Campers will explore art and design through decorative arts including jewelry making and fashion and will create functional objects that will be exhibited in a student gallery show.
Cost: $275, $250 Ogden members

Ogden Museum Fashion Camp
925 Camp St., (504) 539-9608; www.ogdenmuseum.org
Ages: Seventh graders and older Dates: July 15-26 The two-week intensive camp for wearable art is led by designer Veronica Cho and culminates in a runway show in which campers model their own designs. Campers can create a signature style, build a professional dress form, customize a runway-ready garment using basic clothing templates and sewing techniques and learn fashion illustration and design.
Cost: $275, $250 Ogden members

 

GYMNASTICS/TUMBLING

Crescent City Gymnastics Camp
7800 Earhart Blvd., (504) 861-1740; www.crescentcitygymnastics.com
Ages: 3-13, boys and girls Dates: June 3-Aug. 9
The camp offers youngsters instruction in tumbling, parallel bars, balance beam, vault and other gymnastics. There also are arts and crafts activities, games and more.
Cost: $170 per week, $640 four weeks

Elmwood Gymnastics, Tumble and Cheer
700C Elmwood Park Blvd., (504) 733-4496; www.elmwoodfitness.com
Ages: 3 and older, boys and girls Dates: May 26-Aug. 9
Gymnastics experience is not required, but children must be potty-trained to attend any of the 11 weekly sessions. Programming includes basic cheerleading skills, tumbling, trampoline, gymnastics vault, balance beam, bars and floor exercises. Campers also can swim, play on a water slide, do arts and crafts and play games.
Cost: $165, $155 Elmwood Fitness members

Ivanov's Gymnastics Academy
3930 Barron St., Metairie, (504) 889-9800; www.ivanovsgymnastics.com
Ages: 3-15, boys and girls Dates: May 28-Aug. 16
Full- and half-day camps are available, focusing on tumbling and gymnastics in all areas, including bars, balance beam, floor exercise and pommel horse, as well as games and arts and crafts.
Cost: $35 per day, $160 per week for full-day camp; $20 per day or $90 per week for half-day camp

 

MUSIC

LAAPA Music Camps
Covington School of Music, 100 N. Tyler St., (985) 590-4545; Mandeville School of Music, 316 Girod St., (985) 674-2992; www.laapa.com
Ages: 5-16, boys and girls Dates: July 8-26
The Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts hosts music camps offering instruction in guitar, piano, voice, percussion, wind, brass, movement, jazz and orchestra ensembles, violin and bass guitar.
Cost: $250 per week, $15 registration

St. Mary's Dominican Band Camp
7701 Walmsley Ave., (504) 865-9401 ext. 4129; www.stmarysdominican.org
Ages: Fourth-eighth graders Dates: June 3-7
The afternoon sessions offer lessons in music and band.
Cost: Starts at $150 per week, $225 two weeks, $325 three weeks.

 

RELIGION

Paul's Dangerous Journey
St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 901 Beverly Garden Drive, Metairie, (504) 835-0324; www.stangela.org
Ages: 4 years old-seventh graders, boys and girls Dates: June 3-14
The half-day camp is themed on Paul's journeys in Greece and incorporates music, art, Bible readings, arts and crafts and more.
Cost: $50 per week

 

SCIENCE/NATURE

CSI Rocket Camp
540 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 641-3033 or (504) 232-6208; www.cypresscoveele-mentary.stpsb.org
Ages: Third-seventh graders, boys and girls Dates: June 10-14
Campers will construct, design and launch several different types of rockets at the camp sponsored by the 1912 Northshore Robotics Team and Stennis Space Center.
Cost: $125

CSI Science Camp
540 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 641-3033 or (504) 232-6208; www.cypresscoveelementary.stpsb.org
Ages: 5-12, girls and boys Dates: June 3-7
The one-week science camp features science investigations, lots of science experiments, dry ice, robotics and visits from CSI and FBI agents.
Cost: $125

LA/SPCA Camp Luv-A-Pet
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., (504) 368-5191; www.la-spca.org/camps
Ages: Second-third graders, boys and girls Dates: Aug. 5-9
The program teaches youngsters about the LA/SPCA and animal care. Campers are taught about safety with animals, pet handling and care, grooming skills and responsible pet ownership. Activities include animal-related arts and crafts, making toys and treats for the animals at the shelter, presentations about animals and pets — and lots of time with puppies and kittens.
Cost: $185

LA/SPCA Care Cadet Camp
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., (504) 368-5191; www.la-spca.org/camps
Ages: Sixth-seventh graders, boys and girls Dates: June 10-28
The program teaches youngsters to be humane educators to their peers through presentations from shelter managers, veterinarians, exotic pet experts, a therapy dog handler, service dog trainer and more. There are field trips to a horse stable to learn about large animals and Southeast Veterinary Specialists to learn about rehabilitation and specialty care. Cadets are tested weekly and teams are assigned a shelter animal to train. Those who complete the course can become volunteers at the shelter.
Cost: $400

LA/SPCA Veterinarians of the Future Camp
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., (504) 368-5191; www.la-spca.org/camps
Ages: 10th-12th graders, boys and girls Dates: July 8-19
This camp is for students who are seriously interested in a veterinary medicine career, including small animals, large animals, emergency and shelter medicine. Students will assist the LA/SPCA veterinarian in morning rounds and will participate in lessons on subjects including vaccinations, spaying/neutering, pet first aid, CPR, drawing blood, microscopes and more. Students are tested weekly.
Cost: $525

St. Martin's Summer Experience — Robotics Camp
St. Martin's Episcopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 736-9966; www.stmsaints.com/summer
Ages: Second-sixth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 17-21
Campers will build simple machines using Legos and will learn about machines that move, cars, drumming machines, robots and robotic programming.
Cost: $295

St. Martin's Summer Experience — Space Camp
St. Martin's Episcopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 736-9966; www.stmsaints.com/summer
Ages: Kindergarten-third graders Dates: June 10-14
Campers learn about the planets, solar system, object sin space and more. They'll create models, play games and build a model planet and a rocket.
Cost: $295

Summer 'Scapes Intern and Volunteer Exploration Camp
Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, (504) 488-5488; www.longuevue.com
Ages: 14 and older, boys and girls Dates: vary
Teenagers will learn about Longue Vue and the museum environment and will choose a department in which they will intern, including education, community relations, the garden, sales and operations, membership, maintenance, the museum, gift shop and hospitality.
Cost: Free

Zoo Explorer Summer Camp
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 861-5103; www.auduboninstitute.org
Ages: Fifth graders-seventh graders, boys and girls Dates: June 3-Aug. 2
Campers will take field trips, learn and interact with animals at the zoo and perform hands-on science and nature activities.
Cost: $300, $250 Audubon members

 

 

THEATER
(Also see Art, Dance and Music categories)

ASH Theatre Camp
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4301 and 4521 St. Charles Ave., (504) 269-1230; www.ashrosary.org
Ages: Second-fifth graders and sixth-ninth graders, boys and girls Dates: July 8-26, boys and girls
Campers in second through sixth grades will work on the play A Year With Frog and Toad at this three-week session, and sixth through ninth graders will learn Into the Woods. Students in both camps will learn all aspects of drama production, including costumes, stage sets and acting. The camp culminates with a performance by students.
Cost: $675

Broadway SMASH — Encore Musical Theatre Intensive
1999 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 737-5977; www.dancetumblemusic.com
Ages: Sixth graders and older, boys and girls Dates: July 8-28
The three-week intensive gives youngsters in musical theater an opportunity to work with professional choreographers and musical directors on a musical showcase.
Campers will perform in solos, duets, trios or group production numbers from Broadway hits.
Cost: $425

Code: Longue Vue — A Theatrical Scavenger Hunt
Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, (504) 488-5488; www.longuevue.com
Ages: 7-9, boys and girls Dates: July 8-12 Actor/artist Kate Adair Labouisse teaches skills of detection and code-cracking (hidden passages, invisible ink, riddles and disguises) while campers build their skills as performers. They will play theater games to get to the next clue on a weeklong scavenger hunt at Longue Vue House and Gardens.
Cost: $175, $150 Longue Vue members

Disney on Broadway — Encore's Summer Musical Theatre Camp
1999 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 737-5977; www.dancetumblemusic.com
Ages: Third graders and older, boys and girls Dates: June 3-23
The three-week musical theater camp ends with a main stage production.
Campers will learn about the process of staging a musical, work with professional choreographers and musical directors and learn valuable skills and techniques.
Cost: $425

Frank Levy Playmakers Camps
Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington, (985) 892-9767; Sans Souci Forest, Covington, (985) 892-9767; Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington, (985) 626-2605; www.storiesinmotion.com
Ages: 5-16, girls and boys Dates: May 24-June 19, July 15-20 and July 23-Aug. 4 Hours: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays, plus weekend performances
No acting experience is necessary for this camp run by award-winning professional director Frank Levy, but children will get experience because each session includes full theatrical productions staged in real theaters. Every camper has lines, gets to choose a part and has an opportunity to participate in dance scenes. Costumes are provided, and every camp production will appear on TV. Session I (May 24-June 19) ends with performances of Treasure Island the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Playmakers Theater. Session II (July 15-20) culminates in performances of Aladdin the last Friday and Saturday at the Greater Covington Center and Session III (July 23-Aug. 4) ends with performances of The Sword in the Stone the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Playmakers Theater.
Cost: $300 Session I, $175 Session II, $250 Session III

Loyola Theatre Arts and Southern Rep Summer Camps
6363 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-9857; www.southernrep.com
Ages: 9-18, boys and girls Dates: June 3-15, June 24-July 6 (closed July 4) and July 22-Aug. 3
All campers in the program learn about auditions, acting techniques, musicality and dance — and are cast in a play. The first session features Guys and Dolls Jr. and is for campers ages 9-12, Session II is Once On This Island Jr. for campers ages 13-18 and Session III is Pirates of Penzance Jr. for ages 9-18.
Cost: $300 (does not include costumes or makeup)

MADD Camp — Music, Art, Drama and Dance Camp
607 Heavens Drive, Mandeville, (985) 845-7111; www.cedarwoodschool.com
Ages: First-seventh graders Dates: June 17-28 and July 8-19
Campers design and create their own sets and costumes and experiment with stage makeup and lighting. Each two-week session culminates in a theater performance. The camp also offers swimming and other recreational activities.
Cost: $455 per session

click to enlarge Girls hone their soccer skills at St. Mary’s Dominican Sports Camp.
  • Girls hone their soccer skills at St. Mary’s Dominican Sports Camp.

The NOLA Project High School Intensive
503 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 289-2634; www.nolaproject.com
Ages: 13-18, boys and girls Dates: July 8-28
Admission to this three-week, full-time conservatory-style theater training camp is by audition. Professional actors, directors and designers who work with the NOLA Project theater company conduct classes covering technique, character, voice, movement, stage combat, film acting, Shakespeare, audition techniques and more. The camp culminates in a professionally mounted student production.
Cost: $695

NORD/Crescent City Lights Youth Theater
NORD Ty Tracy Theatre, Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave., First floor; (504) 598-3800; www.crescentcitylights.org
Ages: Fourth-12th graders, boys and girls Dates: May 28-July 21 and July 23-Aug. 25
The Crescent City Lights Youth Theatre stages two summer musicals. Each session of this camp consists of intensive rehearsals of acting, singing and dancing, culminating in a public performance. Application is followed by auditions in April.
Cost: $325 per session, $10 audition application fee

Ogden Museum Art & Drama Camp
925 Camp St., (504) 539-9608; www.ogdenmuseum.org/education/index.html#camp
Ages: Second-fifth graders, boys and girls Dates: June 10-21
Local artists and actors teach campers basic art and performance skills as well as how to create scripts, props and scenery. The camp culminates with an original multiple-act play performed on the last day.
Cost: $275, $250 Ogden members

St. Martin's Summer Experience — Performing Arts Camp
225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 736-9925 or (504) 736-9966; www.stmsaints.com/summer
Ages: 4-14, boys and girls Dates: June 3-21
The theme camp focuses on performing arts and the session ends with a student production of High School Musical. Other activities include sports, science, swimming, field trips and more.
Cost: n/a

St. Mary's Dominican Drama Camp
7701 Walmsley Ave., (504) 865-9401 ext. 4129; www.stmarysdominican.org
Ages: Fifth-ninth graders Dates: June 17-21 Campers learn the basics of drama and more.
Cost: Starts at $150 per week, $225 two weeks, $325 for three weeks.

Southern Rep Youth Summer Camp
Carrollton United Methodist Church, 921 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 523-9857; www.southernrep.com
Ages: 4-8, boys and girls Dates: June 10-22 and July 8-20
Disney's Cinderella KIDS sessions teach youngsters about auditions, productions, acting techniques, musicality and dance.
Cost: $300 per session

 

VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Camp Lighthouse Louisiana
123 State St., (504) 899-4501; www.lighthouselouisiana.org
Ages: First-12th graders, boys and girls Dates: June 3-28
Campers must be legally blind to qualify for the program, with activities designed exclusively for children with vision impairment.
Cost: Free

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