It may still be spring, but some are already planning for a great summer. Parents just might have the most important task: registering kids for summer camps. Many have been refined over the years, while others are new and exciting. Whatever your child’s choice, make sure you book early.
For children who enjoy the arts, IMP All Things Theatre Camp is a fabulous choice. IMP is part of a multifaceted year-round theater program where kids ages 6 through 18 are given the opportunity to explore theater in a safe, supportive, hands-on manner. Held at the Edgartown School, IMP Camp is about choice. Children are given the opportunity to choose their path as they explore all types of theater. They can choose full or half day options, one or two week sessions, and different types of theater. You may visit them at troubledshores.com or call 508-939-9368.
If your child enjoys animals then The FARM Institute is the place to be. The FARM Institute has programs designed to “connect your children to the culture of agriculture through fun, exciting, and informative farm experiences,” according to a press release. Programs start for children age two and up, and there are discounts for Islanders, early registration, multiple weeks, and multiple children. Keep in mind this is a working farm. For an outline of their summer programs, which you can sign up for now, visit their website at farminstitute.org or call 508-627-7007.
Have an adventure lover? Then here are two great options for you! The Black Dog Kids Cruise Program, aboard one of their two tall ships, is a five-day trip where the kids become an integral part of the crew and learn an appreciation for the simpler way of life while having a summer experience on a ship. For more information check them out on the web at theblackdogtallships.com or call 508-693-1699.
The newest excitement to hit the Vineyard is Martha’s Vineyard Adventure Camp. At this phenomenal camp your child will get to go mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and go to the beach. All of this while “learning the different ways in which we all impact our environment and about how they can leave no trace when enjoying our natural world,” according to the press release. Learn more about this new camp at mvadventurecamp.com or call 508-693-8484. They are currently offering discounts for early birds, multiple children, and Islanders.
A great well-rounded program that offers a variety of concepts is the YMCA. While they are opening their new building this May, they have actually been running children’s programs for years, but now have the opportunity to expand their curriculum. Their activities include: Sports and Fitness, Creative Arts, Science and Nature, Outdoor and Environmental Education, Swimming, On-Island field trips, team building activities, organized games, along with Nutrition and Food. YMCA Summer Camp will began on June 28 and you may visit their website at ymcamv.org for enrollment information.
While these are all wonderful summer camp options, remember that they are just a small sampling of the amazing selection of camps Martha’s Vineyard has to offer. So search, try, and enjoy the variety this summer. Here are a few more great choices to help you find the perfect camp(s) for your child:
Featherstone Center for the Arts: featherstoneart.org; 508-693-1850
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary: massaudubon.org; 508-627-4850
Vineyard Summer Soccer Camp: vineyardsoccer.com
Arrowhead Farm Summer Pony Camp: arrowheadfarm.net; 508-693-8831
Sense of Wonder Day Camp: senseofwondercreations.org; 508-693-3142
Martha’s Vineyard Skate Camp: mvskatecamp.com 508-955-9016
The Boys and Girls Club: mvbgclub.org 508-627-3303
Island Theatre Workshop, Children’s Theatre: itwmv.org; 508-693-2769