Tennis For Kids starts Monday

jd-summercampsTennis For Kids launches its 23rd free summer tennis camp on June 24. Offering tennis instruction to youth ages 7 to 16 at 21 locations in York and Adams counties, the free tennis camp is held at most locations, 9-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Last year’s camp was record breaking, hosting 1,771 youth during the six weeks.

Tennis for Kids was awarded the outstanding Organization of the Year by USTA Middle States on Feb. 24, 2013.

“As we prepare to start our 23rd season of free tennis instruction, we are extremely pleased to receive this recognition of excellence from USTA Middle States,” shared Stef Campisi, Tennis For Kids President. “With so many great programs for youth, it is an honor to be singled out as one of the very best.”

Online registration is available at or parents may register at any of the 21 sites on June 24.

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Youth soccer camp is open to ages 8 to 13

jd-summercampsRegistration is under way for Penn State York’s 31st annual youth soccer camp, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22-26 at the campus.

The camp is designed for both female and male soccer players of all ability levels, ages 8 through 13. Players are grouped according to age and ability level. Players will participate in a total athletic experience including stretching and conditioning, drills, position analysis, rules of the game, and team play under the direction of Rich Chilcoat, Penn State York soccer coach and three-time Coach of the Year winner in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.

Players should arrive at camp each day dressed to play soccer and should bring indoor footwear in case of rain. The fee for the five-day camp is $195 and includes instruction and coaching, camp ball, a soccer T-shirt and lunch each day. Registration for each additional family member is $175.

For information or a brochure, call Penn State York at (717) 505-8949, email Chris Beaverson, PSY athletic director, at Enrollment is limited to the first 115 registrants. 

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Archaeology camps for ages 10 to 13

jd-summercampsThe York County Heritage Trust is again partnering with the York County Department of Parks and Recreation to offer two archaeology camps at Penn Park, July 15-19 and July 22-26.

The camp is for students ages 10 to 13 interested in science and history. They will learn archaeological techniques and will actually dig in hopes of unearthing history. Penn Park was set aside in 1741 for communal use. Not only did it serve as a popular gathering site, but it was home to various structures such as American Revolution era barracks, a Civil War army hospital, a baseball diamond, and to the monuments that are there today.

There will also be education programs; the exploration of York County Heritage Trust museums; and educational activities, such as campfire cooking and making homemade soda.

Registration is $150 for non-members and $130 for members. To register, visit or

For more information, call Jeri Jones at (717) 428-1961 or email or Patrick Bochy, museum educator, at (717) 848-1587, ext. 304, or

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Music camp’s a great opportunity for young musicians

jd-summercampsThe York Symphony Orchestra will hold its 13th annual summer music camp, My Opus Magnum, July 22-26 at Logos Academy in York.

The camp will offer youth musicians in grades 3 through 12 the opportunity to learn the steps of creating a song, preparing it on music manuscript, and filling out the necessary forms to copyright the created material. The camp emphasizes a hands-on creative approach with group instruction on individual keyboards and computer software as well as personalized coaching through the songwriting process.

Highly qualified instructors will offer level specific instruction (new this year) and will creatively guide elementary to high school students through the process of composing a masterwork all their own. The camp includes dynamic individual coaching using computer software and keyboards.

Camp will conclude with a performance of each students composition and pizza party. Each student will also receive two vouchers to a York Symphony Concert for the 2013/2014 Season. Students of all levels of ability are encouraged to attend however, it is suggested that they have some private lesson experience with the instrument of their choice.

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon and the cost is $95 per student. A downloadable application can be found at or by calling (717) 812-0717.

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Baseball camps held throughout the summer

jd-summercampsThe York YMCA’s Hoffman Baseball/Softball Academy and the York Revolution have collaborated to offer Baseball Camps throughout the summer for ages 8-15.

Each week, beginning June 10, is for a different age group and skill level. Camp highlights include two full camp days at Sovereign Bank Stadium and a twilight game for participants to play a real game on the field.

For more information, call Doug Markel at (717) 843-7884, ext. 248, or email

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Register soon for York JCC summer camps

jd-summercampsRegistration for York Jewish Community Center’s Summer Sports and Dance Camps opens at 5 a.m. March 29. Most camps are held at the center, 2000 Hollywood Drive. Registration can be made in person, by phone at 843-0918 or online at

Summer camps are:

– Free Camp Demos, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 5

– Pre-K Sports Camp, ages 3-5, 9-10 a.m. June 10-14, $72

– Olympic Games Camp, ages 5-9, 9-10:30 a.m. June 17-21, $97

– Tumble Camp, ages 3-5, 9-10 a.m. Aug. 5-9, $72

– Superheroes Adventures Camp, ages 4-7, 9-10 a.m. June 24-28, $72

– NBA/WNBA Rookie Basketball Camp, ages 4-5, 9-10:15 a.m. July 15-19, $90

– NBA/WNBA Hoopsters Basketball Camp, ages 6-9, 9-10:30 a.m. July 22-26, $97

– Safe Kids Tae Kwon Do Camp, ages 6-10, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 12-16, $150

– Youth Tennis Camp, ages 5-9, 6:15-7:30 p.m. June 17-20, $79

– Track and Field Camp, ages 5-9, 9-10:15 a.m. July 29-Aug. 2, $72

– Flag Football Camp, ages 5-9, 6:15-7:30 p.m. June 24-27, $72

– Coed Lacrosse Camp, ages 5-9, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Aug. 12-15, $72

– Girl’s Volleyball Camp, ages 9-13, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5-8, $72

– UK Soccer Squirts Camp, ages 3-4, 9-10 a.m. July 8-12 and 4-5 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2, $65

– UK Nippers Soccer Camp, ages 5-6, 10 a.m.-noon July 8-12 and 5-7 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2, $95

– UK Youth Soccer Camp, ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8-12 and 4-8 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2, $135

– Youth Hip Hop Camp, ages 5-9, 4-5 p.m. July 22-26, $58

– Tap & Ballet Camp, ages 5-9, 4-5 p.m. July 8-12, $90

– Cheerleading Camp, ages 5-9, 5:30-6:30 p.m. July 22-25, $58

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Spaces available for Archaeology Week

Each summer the York County Heritage Trust partners with the York County Department of Parks and Recreation to offer Archaeology Week for students ages 9-12. And the final week for the summer is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 6-10 at a 19th century York Iron Co. Mine, located in present-day Raab Park.

Students are exposed to the basics of archaeology first-hand as they participate in an actual excavation at a real archaeological site. Campers also learn about how artifacts are preserved and interpreted in a museum setting with visits to trust sites and museums. The trust runs programs during each session to educate participants about the relevant history and time period highlighted at the dig site.

Spaces are still available. To register, visit

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Register soon for YSO’s summer music camp

The York Symphony Orchestra will hold its 12th annual Summer Music Camp, My Opus Magnum, July 23-28 at Logos Academy, York.

The camp will offer youth musicians in grades 3-12 the opportunity to learn the steps of creating a song, preparing it on music manuscript, and filling out the necessary forms to copyright the created material. The camp emphasizes a hands-on creative approach with group instruction on individual keyboards and computer software as well as personalized coaching through the songwriting process.

Conductor Dr. Robert Hart Baker and his wife, flutist and jazz vocalist, Barbra Duvall Baker, will lead the camp. bring their expertise to this unique camp.

Hours are 9 a.m.-noon and the cost is $80 per student. A downloadable application can be found at or call (717) 812-0717 for more information.

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York College’s music school/camp has expanded

York College’s Prep Community Music School is expanding its Summer Music Experience day camps to include an introductory half-day exploratory camp for elementary musicians ages 5-8. The camp already includes full-day offerings for ages 13 and older and half-day junior camp for developing musicians ages 9-12.

Elementary and junior camps will run July 9-13, and the full-day senior-level camp will run July 16-20. Staffed by York College division of music faculty members and distinguished guest artists from the region, the camps will feature lessons, age-appropriate class offerings, ensembles and activities designed to keep young musicians motivated and progressing in their studies.

All camps will be housed in Wolf Hall. All students are challenged to fulfill their potential and increase their knowledge and enjoyment of music through daily theory and ear training classes, chamber and large ensemble participation, composition seminars, master classes, workshops and, for the youngest campers, petting zoos where all of the orchestral instruments are introduced and may be sampled.

Applications and downloadable brochures are available at For more information, email Susan Loy at or Gretchen Dekker at, or call (717) 815-1354.

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This summer camp is for children with asthma

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s Camp Superkids, an annual residential week-long camp for children with asthma, will be held the week of July 15 at Summit Grove Camp in New Freedom.

The summer camp is for children ages ages 7 to 12. It offers a full range of traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, karate, outdoor confidence and teambuilding skill. It will teach kids how to manage their asthma, thereby decreasing the number and duration of asthma episodes; increasing confidence in their ability to manage asthma; provide the children with knowledge to make independent and positive health choices; improving the children’s school performance; and increase self-esteem.

They will also gain a strong support system of friends with asthma and positive reinforcement from adults who volunteer their time and services. The camp is attended by registered nurses, a physician assistant, respiratory therapists and other non-medical personnel who are on-site the entire week.

The cost of the week-long residential camp is $400. Some scholarships are available for those who qualify. At the time of application, a $75 registration fee is due, which is deducted from the camp fee.

For more information or to download a camper application, visit; email,; or call Ceal Curry at (410) 550-0374 or Heather Dougherty, camp administrator, at (717) 578-0465.

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