Kirkwood Offers Variety of Summer Camp Opportunities for Area Youth
Camps are filling fast for what’s become the areas preeminent summer camp for middle-school aged students. Although registrations are filling almost twice as fast as last year, there are still many opportunities for youth to enroll in Kirkwood Interactive Camps for Kids (KICK), which has offerings running from June 11-August 10.
For the fifth straight year, Kirkwood is offering its wide range of active, engaging learning choices for area youth. Dozens of different KICK camps are designed to build positive experiences across the spectrum of knowledge and career possibilities. Morning and afternoon sessions are designed to fit into busy family schedules. Some are weeklong camps, with others being two or three focused sessions. There are almost 60 different camps, offered across 90 different sessions.
“We are pleased with the response and enthusiasm for these camps in the past few years, and the registrations are exceeding our expectations this year,” said Kim Johnson, vice president of Kirkwood Continuing Education and Training Services. “We continue to tweak our programing and offer camps with helpful input from area parents, educators, school leaders and the students. The kids always have a great time, and get practical ideas about quality careers along the way.”
The 57 camps run the gamut of careers and learning topics, from languages to green technology, baking to virtual reality, and fashion to health careers. Some camps are full, but with the wide variety of offerings, families that act fast can ensure their kids fit one of these career exploration camps into their summer.
The camps have scholarships available for many students in the area. “It is important for Kirkwood to support families in financial need. We have funds available for eligible parents to send their child or children to these educational, career-oriented programs,” said Johnson. Scholarship eligibility and an online application are available on the Kirkwood website: www.kirkwood.edu/kick.
Most camps are designed for students ages 9-15. Fees vary by number of camp sessions and other factors. Camps are located in both Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, with many on the main Cedar Rapids Kirkwood campus. A brochure describing the camps is also available by calling (319) 398-1022, or 800-332-8833.