The end of the school year is fast approaching, and with it comes a bit of anxiety for parents.
One option for keeping kids engaged and out of trouble during mom and dad's work day is sending them to one of the many day camps at Nicholls State University.
From full eight- or nine-week day camps to shorter sessions tailored to specific interests, there is an abundance of choices for kids and parents to choose from.
The complete list can be found at nicholls.edu/continuing-ed/youthsummercamps. But to get you started, here are just a few of the activity-specific camps available this summer.
Jr. Chef Culinary Camp: Campers will learn to cook from “scratch” like professional chefs. The sessions will include sanitation, safety, main courses, desserts and more. Junior chefs will be able to taste their culinary creations and take home recipes to cook for their family. The camp will be taught by chefs of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute. Three one-week sessions from 1-5 p.m. for cooks ages 9-14 -- Back to Basics, June 3-7; Taste of Home, June 10-14; and World Cuisine Class, June 17-21. Cost is $250 per session.
Coding Wizard Computer Coding Camp: Combining technology with Harry Potter, campers ages 8-12 will spend June 3-7 from 1-4 p.m. at Hogwarts learning to code their magic wand. Campers will learn to code over 70 apps controlled by their own wands. Tablets recommended but not required. Cost is $220 per camper.
Interactive Story Building: Campers ages 7-14 will creatively engage in the reading of children’s stories and imaginatively form alternate storylines, then trace the steps on an original life-size board-game adventure that stretches on the floor from wall to wall. Two week-long sessions, June 17-21 and July 22-26 from 1-3:30 p.m. Cost is $150 per session.
Hands-On Science Exploration Camp: Campers ages 7-14 will be introduced to an interesting scientific world of microscopy as they enjoy fascinating explorations in pH, hair, skin, nails and slides of animals and plants, then participate in hands-on science activities throughout the week of June 10-14 from 9-11:30 a.m. Cost is $150.
Chess Camp: Campers ages 7-17 will learn the art of chess with instructor Mike Papa, who has earned the title of National Master from the United States Chess Federation in 1985 and has written two books on chess. In these camps he will teach all beginners how to play and help others improve their games by instruction and holding tournaments. Each participant will be given an official chess tournament set, vinyl roll up board, zippered pouch and chess books worth $30. Awards will be given for the tournament on the last day of camp. Two sessions, June 10-14 and July 15-19, from 1-3:30 p.m. Cost is $180 per session.