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Chess Wizards Camp:

Join us this summer (grades K-8 welcome) for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. You’ll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out your most powerful muscle – your brain! Our camps include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time (of course), snacks, tournaments and puzzles. Each camper will receive a T-shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder. Chess Wizards has been teaching the game of chess since 2002. Our interactive curriculum makes learning fun for new and seasoned players alike. Our camps are led by our most experienced instructors. Unleash your brain power and spend part of your vacation with Chess Wizards! Camp will be conducted at the Community Center. Contact the recreation office (610-353-2326) for registration information.

Dates: Aug. 20 - Aug. 24
Days: Mon. - Fri.
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Site: Comm. Center
Price: $180

     Driver Education:

PA-certified Driver Education Theory and Skills Course (classroom only) for new drivers will be conducted by the Defensive Driving Academy, Inc. of Broomall beginning June 12. This 30-hour course will be held at the Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm each night. Minimum age to attend is 15. This course is recommended for high school students preparing for either their permit test and/or their driver’s license test. Driver’s permit is not required to attend this course. Most insurance companies will provide a discount for course completion. Students must attend eight out of 10 classes to complete program and receive certificate for their insurance company.

Dates: June 12 - July 19
(No class July 3 & 5)
Day: Tue. & Thur.
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: $140

                       PAXON PREP:                             With Mr. MacNeal

This program will prepare your child (students entering 6th grade) for the Middle School experience. A guided tour of Paxon Hollow will begin the program. All students will have daily interaction with a combination lock and be assigned a locker to store all belongings. The program will also provide an explanation of the daily schedule and a glimpse into the curriculums in all major subject areas for the first month. Strategies for early success such as study skills, binder organization and time management will be introduced. Paxon Hollow Middle School Teacher Pete MacNeal will coordinate the program. Please use main building entrance at Paxon Hollow to gain access. Contact the recreation office (610-353-2326) for registration information.

Dates: Aug. 6 - Aug. 9
Days: Mon. - Thur.
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Site: Paxon Hollow MS
Price: $75

 

Cyber Reading Program:

Summer is the best time to reinforce the crucial reading skill of comprehension. Now you can do it online! Students in grades 3-5 can practice their reading comprehension using Level 1 of this new program. The program is designed for the emergent reader and uses sentences and small paragraphs to help practice inferencing skills to complete the meaning of each sentence or paragraph. The 15 lessons in Level 1 begin at the third-grade level and continue through to the fourth and fifth grades, gradually increasing the level of difficulty. Level 2 is designed for grades 6-8 to continue the development of inferencing skills using stronger vocabulary words in slightly longer paragraphs. The 15 lessons in Level 2 begin at the sixth-grade level and continue through to the seventh and eighth grades, also gradually increasing the level of difficulty. Level 3 is designed for the experienced reader and will require the reader to draw inferences in more complicated text and apply other thinking skills as well. The 15 lessons in Level 3 begin in ninth-grade and increase in difficulty to the tenth-grade. All lessons have 20 reading activities and are completed independently and scored once submitted for immediate feedback. It is recommended that one lesson be completed each day. If you have any questions about the program please contact Program Coordinator Pete MacNeal at pjmacneal@gmail.com. 

Level 1: Recommended for emergent readers grades 3-5
Level 2: Recommended for proficient readers grades 6-8
Level 3:        Recommended for experienced readers ready for a challenge
Registration: Open Enrollment
Price: $30 per program level

 

Kitchen Wizards Youth Cooking Camps:

Marple Newtown Recreation and Kitchen Wizards will offer two theme-based Youth Cooking Camps this summer for children ages 4 to 13. The camps will be held at Loomis Elementary School. Each participant will receive a chef’s hat (toque), apron, recipe booklet and a certificate of completion. Contact the recreation office (610-353-2326) for registration information.

Cooking Around the USA (Ages 9-13)                    “Travel” our country with Kitchen Wizards by preparing and eating foods enjoyed in different regions of the United States – California Cuisine, Southern Cookin’, Tex-Mex, and Philly Phoods. 

Dates: July 9 - July 12
Day: Mon. - Thur.
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Site: Loomis School
Price: $165

Sweets for Sweeties (Ages 4-8)                         Many little chefs begin by making deserts. Kids will gain confidence working in the kitchen and have a sense of pride as they bring home the goodies to share with their families.

Dates: July 23 - July 26
Day: Mon. - Thur.
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Site: Loomis School
Price: $165

Mad Science

Marple Newtown Recreation has partnered with Mad Science to offer two unique weeks of science camp for children ages 7 to 12. The camps will be held at Loomis Elementary School. All campers will receive a quality take-home item. Please bring a snack and drink each day.

Camp 1: Radical Reactions & Detective Science               (Ages 7-12)

In this weeklong program, campers will have tons of fun mixing up potions and experimenting with all kinds of chemical reactions! Our young chemists will grow crystals, create sidewalk chalk, and even make chromatography T-shirts to take home. Students will also become science sleuths as they investigate how chemistry provides evidence at the scene of a crime. During this hands-on detective work, children will gather and test “crime scene” clues, make and analyze their own fingerprints, decipher codes and encrypt messages.

Dates: June 25 - June 29
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Site: Loomis School
Price: $179

Camp 2: Mad Machines & Jr. Engineers (Ages 7-12)

Whether you child loves to build things or destroy them, this week of camp includes lots of both! The Junior Mad Science Engineers will design and build bridges and “skyscrapers” using only simple tools plus their imaginations. Kids will even construct a geodesic dome big enough for all the campers to sit inside! Then, the machine madness starts. Kids will discover how many different machines, simple & complex, we use in our daily lives. Campers will have fun building their own catapults to take home and will work with simple machines such as pulleys, wedges, screws and levers. After the simple machines are created, we use them to make more complex ones with our soccer-playing, line-tracking, sound activated Mad Science robots!

Dates: July 30 - Aug. 3
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Site: Loomis School
Price: $179

Fun Building Robots & Programming Them to Direct Their Actions Camp:

Offered in partnership with Computer Explorers, students (ages 6-8) will build robots on the computer and then they will use graphic symbols to direct the robot’s actions. Each project will get more complex and more fun! Will a monkey learn to play a musical instrument? Will birds dance? Will their sailboat survive in a storm? Finally, camp participants will build a robot of their own choosing based on the skills acquired during the camp. The camp will be conducted at the Gauntlett Community Center.

Dates: July 9 - July 13
Days: Mon. - Fri.
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Price: $155

Building & Programming Amazing Robots Camp:

Using the computer, camp participants (ages 9-11) will build and program robots to move, make sounds and respond to sensors and motors. Will the alligator snap its mouth shut? Can a soccer goalie stop shots from going in the goal? How about programming a plane’s propeller to turn at different speeds depending on whether the plane is flying up or down? At the end of the week, the children will build and program a robot from their imaginations. Offered in partnership with Computer Explorers, this weeklong program will meet at the Gauntlett Community Center.

Dates: July 9 - July 13
Days: Mon. - Fri.
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Price: $155

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