Summer camps offered for ages 7-16

Experience virtual reality
Experience virtual reality

Pitt-Bradford will hold 10 youth camps this summer, including several first-time offerings in art, computers and science.


            New camps this year are Acrylic Painting, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Camp for ages 10-16, Our Wild and Crazy Earth!, Lego Mindstorms Camp for ages 8-10 and Earth Keepers for grades 4-6.


            First up is the Youth Writing Spectacular for ages 9-14. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 11 to 14 in the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center. On the evening of the last day, students will sit in the author's chair and share their work with fellow writers, friends and family at an open mic from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 14 in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel. The cost is $79.


            The next day, Lego Mindstorms Camp for ages 8-10 begins in Fisher Hall. Mindstorm introduces children to science, engineering and math through hands-on experience with Lego robotics. Classes will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on June 12 and June 14. The cost is $49.


            Beginning Wednesday of the same week, young scientists can explore geology and oceanography at Our Wild and Crazy Earth, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 13 to 15 in Fisher Hall. Explore dirt, oceans, clouds, rocks, earthquakes and more through fun hands-on activities. The cost is $85.


            On June 23, a one-day acrylic painting class will take place for school-aged children from 10 a.m. to noon at Marilyn Horne Hall. Artists will learn the basics of acrylic painting, including color, blending and proper usage of brushes. Cost is $45.


            Children going into grades 4 through 6 interested in the environment can learn about green energy, reducing waste and more at Earth Keepers. Classes take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Fisher Hall June 25 to 28. The cost is $89. Need-based scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


            In July, students age 10 to 16 can attend Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Camp from 9 a.m. to noon on July 9, July 11 and July 13 in Swarts Hall. Students can use VR/AR multiplayer games, art VR programs like Google Tilt Brush, and learn about creating their own games and environments using Unity and other popular technologies. The cost is $69.


            On Saturday, July 14, ArtXperience for ages 10 to 15 will be held on the first of three Saturday mornings, July 14, 21 and 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Marilyn Horne Hall. Projects will include abstract wire sculptures, pet or animal portraits, and a mixed-media project that students choose. The cost is $69.


            Photography 101 will be available for students age 10-16 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. July 17 to 19 at the McDowell Sport and Fitness Center. Students should bring their own camera or smartphone to learn about taking photos outdoors and indoors. The cost is $69.


            The popular X-Treme Science Camp returns for ages 7 to 11 from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 23 to 25 in Swarts Hall. Campers learn about plants, birds, stream life, water quality, chemistry, physical science and more. The cost is $85.


            In August, Pets 'n' Vets returns Aug. 7 through 9. Campers who have completed first through third grades meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and campers who have completed fourth through sixth grades meet from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in Fisher Hall. Hands-on learning is the primary focus for this camp centered on children and their pets. Cost is $84.


            Those who register for one camp will receive a $10 discount for each additional camp for each child. For more information about camps or to register, call the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at 814-362-5078 or email