Kate Hodgin, then 5, left, rehearses for a production of 'Alice in Wonderland' as part of a 2007 youth theater camp offered by the Tar River Players in Tarboro.
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Kate Hodgin, then 5, left, rehearses for a production of 'Alice in Wonderland' as part of a 2007 youth theater camp offered by the Tar River Players in Tarboro.

Summertime and camps make the learning easy

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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Summertime isn’t an end to children learning.

It is important for children with still developing brains to continue to learn during the summer months, said Linda Bunch, director of youth services at Braswell Memorial Library. Luckily for Twin Counties residents, the library and other area groups have several summer camps still available to keep your child entertained and engaged in a variety of topics, ranging from song and dance to gardening.

“I think there is like 24 total summer camps, between the Arts Center and the Children’s Museum,” said Jennifer Rankin, an education specialist at the Imperial Centre. “I have Arts Center camps that are just Arts Center. Then we have joint camps where it is Arts Center and Children’s Museum put together, so kids will do a little of both arts and science. It is really fun.”

Some of the camps the center offers are classics, such as the clay animal and Lego camps, Rankin said and others are newer, such as the art and science camps “Hot and Cold.”

“We do something of a variety for everybody,” she said. “If you do not like to draw, you can still show up and have fun at camp.”

The typical camps are for children ages 7 to 12, but the center also offers some for children ages 5 and 6, Rankin said.

Registration is due about a week in advance, Rankin said.

Half-day camps are $70 for city residents and $105 for nonresidents; day camps are $140 for residents and $210 for nonresidents; and the Little Da Vinci series camps are $70 for residents and $105 for nonresidents.

More information is available by calling 972-1266.

For Edgcombe County residents, the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council offers six summer camps at three locations.

“The first one is the Blount-Bridgers House, then the charter school and then Howard Presbyterian Church,” Executive Director Joyce Turner said. “Each camp is unique. The first one, the week of June 23, is “Monet’s Garden,” and it will be incorporating gardening with masters like Monet. We are just trying to incorporate something alongside art.”

“Monet’s Garden” runs from 9 a.m. to noon June 23 to June 27 at the Blount-Bridgers House in Tarboro.

The next camp is “Arts Around the World,” featuring local artist Wendy Ferguson, which teaches children about arts in different cultures.

The camp is from 9 a.m. to noon, July 7 to July 11 at the North East Carolina Preparatory School, Turner said.

The week of July 14 through July 18 will have two camps: “Ms. Haffye’s Manners Camp,” which is for children who have finished first-grade at the Blount-Bridgers House and the “Funny Bone Camp,” where kids can learn to draw cartoons, art and manga at the North East Prep, Turner said.

Both camps run from 9 a.m. to noon.

“July 21, that week is going to be our first all day camp,” Turner said. “It is an art and drama camp. That is also taught by Wendy Ferguson.”

The art and drama camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21 to July 25 at North East Prep.

The final camp of the year is the art, cooking and science camp, which is from 9 a.m. to noon, July 28 to Aug. 1 at the Howard Presbyterian Church.

Each camp is $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers except for the drama camp, which is $90 for members and $100 for nonmembers.

The council offers a 20 percent discount for families with two or more children in attendance, and also offers a limited number of scholarships.

For more information, call 823-4159.


In Nashville, the Nash County Arts Council offers several summer camps, including a musical camp, Director Shelly Gray said.

The first camp is “Art Around the World,” which is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 to June 25. The deadline to register is Friday.

Next is a creative painting camp, which is from 1 to 4 p.m. July 7 to July 11 and is for children in sixth through eighth grades.

The “Musical Me” camp is from 9 a.m. to noon, July 14 to July 18 and will allow children in kindergarten though fifth grade a chance to study different styles of music. The camp will conclude with a performance, Gray said.

The most popular camp, and the one that fills up the quickest, is the international theater camp. It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. July 21 through 25 and the deadline to register is July 7.

Upon the completion of the camp, the students, ages 7 to 13, will perform a scene in the style of ancient Greek, Kabuki and Shakespearean plays, Gray said.

The final program is a dance camp, which for students ages 8 to 15 and runs from 9 a.m. to noon, July 28 through Aug. 1.

Each camp is $60, Gray said.