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Testing Wilderness Skills at The Human Path

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Human PathThe Human Path youth camps seek to create a new generation of nature lovers by offering programs that inspire creativity, curiosity, passion, and playfulness while in the woods. The staff there hope that by re-establishing a lasting connection to the natural world, we will once again see just how important it is to our existence. Camping outdoors is a great opportunity to put kids' skills to the test and allows them to enjoy staying up late telling stories, cooking s'mores and playing games.

The Human Path is a community-minded, ecology-based, wilderness-survival, urban-survival and wilderness-living school offering a huge variety of outdoor, bushcraft classes: outdoor fitness, wilderness and primitive living skills, plant medicine, small unit tactics, reconnaissance, tracking certification, wilderness medicine, herbology (a.k.a. herbalism), self-defense, teamwork and leadership, primitive and off-grid engineering, permaculture certification, aquaponics, green building, knife-making and blacksmithing, outdoor fitness, and much more.

The classes are sustainability and earth-centric, yet also very practical and realistic. You can visit their Sloop page for all the details, but here's what is on the horizon still this summer:

BOW MAKING BASICS CAMP (ages 10 - 16) July 19 - 20th, 2014
This is a 2-day overnight camp where the campers will learn the ancient art of bow making with skilled bowyers in this not-to-be-missed camp that is all about archery. Each student will receive a "blank board" of red oak that they will craft into a functional work of art. They will cover all the basics of proper wood selection, design and efficiency, tillering, and making strings. Campers will go home with their own bows at the end of the 2-day camp!

WOODLAND ARCHERS CAMP (ages 10-16) July 21- 24th, 2014
Come out for this 4-day overnight camp in a natural setting that you would find yourself in if hunting a large game animal. Join us for a week of intensive archery, where we will explore the secrets of instinctual archery that has almost been lost and forgotten. This class is sure to get your child addicted to archery so watch out!

Human PathWILDERNESS SURVIVAL CAMP (ages 11 - 17) August 4 - 7th, 2014
Join them for this 4-day overnight camp to teach and then test your children's camping skills. How comfortable are your kids in the wilderness? This camp a wonderful introduction to the world of wilderness survival using modern tools and skills in a safe environment. They will begin with basic camp skills and slowly remove items from camp to test their skills to improvise and adapt. The challenges will continue to evolve and the lessons learned are never the same, so give your child to young teen the skills of confidence and self-sufficiency during this amazing summer camp.

The Human Path is located about a 15-mile drive north of the San Antonio Airport in Texas on a 50-acre campus. They also teach some of the urban classes in downtown San Antonio, as well as hold community-oriented, student-run herbal clinics downtown in San Antonio. For more information, or to register for camps, visit the website. Or the Camp Sloop Listing



Dance XPlosion

Monday, June 02, 2014
Dance XPlosionDance Xplosion has show-stopping summer camps! Each day is filled with dancing, crafts and creativity.

Throughout the week campers do everything from learn new dance moves and dive into themed crafts (many of which become part of their costume) to enjoy story time or write their very own musical script.

Dance Xplosion’s instructors have taught for years and have the energy and ideas to fill campers with excitement each day they’re in the studio!

Dance Xplosion’s camps are week-long, Monday through Friday,for girls and boys ages 3 to 12 years old. Most camps are half-day, either 9 a.m. to Noon, or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and extended care is available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dance XPlosionNew this summer...Dance Xplosion also offers 2 full-day camps!

Each camp at Dance Xplosion ends with a special performance on Friday for friends and family. This is a great time for the campers to showcase everything they’ve learned and created during the week.

Dance Xplosion’s half-day camps include:
Disney Pixar (ages 4-6, coed) / Girls Wanna Have Fun (ages 3-5 & 4-6) / Princess (ages 3-5 & 4-6)
American Girl Doll (ages 5-9) / Hip Hop (ages 5-7 & 7-10, coed) / Broadway Bound (ages 5-7 & 8-11, coed)
Dance Xploration (ages 6-8, coed) / Breakdance (ages 5-8) / Acro (ages 8-12, coed)

Dance Xplosion’s full-day camps include:
Produce It! Music Theatre (ages 8-12) / Dance ‘Round the World (ages 5-9)

Dance Xplosion’s week-long camps are $175. The cost includes a snack and water bottle each day, plus countless Dance XPlosionhours of fun! To register, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required.

Dance Xplosion’s detailed camp schedule is on their website.
Or Visit their Camp Sloop Page.

Come dance with them this summer!

Moolah U

Friday, May 30, 2014

Money-Smart Your Kids!


Moolah UMoolah U is a week-long business camp for kids ages 8 to 15. Kids have a natural interest in money and business. At Moolah U, they feed that curiosity by giving them hands-on experience. In just one week, they create a real business, make a real product, and sell it for real money. And they get to keep all the money they make!

Through that experience, they learn how money works and how to use their money wisely. This real life experience is the best way to Money-Smart Your Kids!

Where is Moolah U? They currently has 13 locations around Austin. Check their website for the schedule and locations near you. Camp Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday - Friday (extended-care is availble). How much? Tuition is $300 for each week-long camp

For more information please visit Moolah U’s Camp Sloop page or give them a call today at 512-443-8851. You can also visit their Web site.


Summer Spark

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Summer Spark is a place for children to have fun and enjoy summertime while developing essential life skills that are often missing in the typical school day.  A weekly challenge gives campers the opportunity to apply their creativity as they explore and create with their hands.  Whether designing a complex machine to execute a chain of reactions, weaving a rug for their bedroom out of old tee-shirts, or crafting a parachute to protect an egg from a 10 foot drop, campers will collaborate with peers and develop problem solving skills as they work towards their vision.

An essential part of Summer Spark is its supportive community which is carefully cultivated each week through guided indoor and outdoor activities, as well as plenty of time for socializing and play.  As a natural part of the design and creation process, each camper will encounter setbacks, and this supportive community will help them embrace these setbacks as learning opportunities.  A healthy relationship with failure is an important indicator of success in life, though the opposite is often fostered at a young age.

Summer Spark offers the fun, relaxed atmosphere of camp that encourages new friendships and leaves campers smiling at the end of each day.  But they leave with more than great memories.  They leave having developed new skills and a new sense of their own capabilities which leads to authentic confidence.  This small internal change can have a great impact as it influences the way they respond to the next challenge presented to them, setting them on an upward spiral with no limits.

Camp begins July 7th and goes through August 15th.  Each session lasts one week, Monday-Friday, 8:45am-3:15pm.  The first three weeks are geared towards upper elementary-aged children (entering 4th-6th) and the second three weeks are geared towards lower elementary-aged children (entering 1st-3rd).  Visit www.summerspark.com to learn more about the Summer Spark experience and reserve a spot for your child. Make sure to visit Summer Spark's Camp Sloop page for more information and registration details. 

Mathnasium

Monday, May 26, 2014
Mathnasium is a math learning center where kids come to catch up, keep up and get ahead in math. Our summer programs are designed to help avoid the "summer slide” and to help ensure your child is ready for the next school year.
 
Our summer program includes:
  • Customized Program for Grades K-12
  • Power Math (review last year & preview next year)
  • Cooking with Math Workshops
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Individualized Learning Plan
They have locations in Northwest Hills and Westlake. Visit Mathnasiums Camp Sloop page and them for more information at 512-837-MATH (6284). You can also visit www.mathnasium.com/northwesthills or 
 

Art Garage

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
At The Art Garage,they’re passionate about creating a space for children to experience art in a positive, encouraging, and engaging environment. They reach out to kids with themes and projects that relate to where they are in life…whether that’s a popular movie theme, like Frozen, or an art medium that your child is most excited to explore, like sculpture. From there, the teachers construct a knowledge base by building on the weekly theme with connections to art history, art techniques, and awesome art projects.
The Art Garage Summer Camps are lead by art educators and degreed artists. They all care deeply for art and have been gifted and trained with the ability to teach. The ratio is one teacher to every nine students, because every child craves individual attention no matter how much they thrive in the group!
The Art Garage art camps are each a week long, Monday through Friday from 10am – 2pm. There are camps for three different age groups each week, giving you about 30 camps to choose from! Early-care is available from 9 – 10am as well as after-care from 2 – 6pm. You can choose to add hours as your family needs them.
For more information about their summer art camp themes, the art instructors and all the fun art projects you can walk-in and make visit their Camp Sloop page and website www.theartgarageAustin.com. Be sure to check them out on Facebook too at https://www.facebook.com/theartgarageAustin, and you can call the studio for more information: 512-852-9900.

IQuest

Monday, May 19, 2014
IQuest Global Enrichment Center has just about everything you can imagine. Summer is a time to explore and experiment. Whether your child is a creative, entrepreneur, innovator, artist, or problem-solver, or they wish to become a future television star, sports broadcaster, programmer, fashion designer, cultural attache, or improv guru, all will have a fun, rewarding, and rich experience at IQuest. Explore a new interest, improve an existing talent, or let your imagination and creativity explode.

IQuest strives to offer fun classes across a wide variety of topics (50+ offerings this summer) so those returning for multiple weeks can choose something different each time, but also because each child is different and families should have the option to foster and individualize the interests of each child without having to drive all over town. They even added an altered book camp for adults this year!

They incorporate 21st century skills into each and every camp, so check out the 21st century skills grid on the IQuest website. Creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and independent thinking are all qualities celebrated by our talented mentors. Check out instructor bios on their website. IQuest staff has a wide range of interests and varying backgrounds, but the one thing they all have in common is a love of learning.

Camps are available for PreK through 18 and class sizes are small (max of 6 to 8 adventurers). Half day, and full day camps are available. For those students who attend full day, there is a one hour lunch break. Fear not, the aptly named "Ball of Torture" will return as part of our end of lunch challenge. It was quite fun to watch the innovative thinking that went in to unwrapping it!

IQuest is located on RR 620 at Quinlan Crossing in the Randalls shopping center. For additional information please visit I-Quest's Camp Sloop page or www.iquestaustin.com.

Camp Indigo

Friday, May 16, 2014
Due to overwhelming interest, the Amala Foundation is grateful and excited to announce it will host a third session of Camp Indigo, July 7th-11th, at Austin Discovery School.  Please note: Session One and Session Two are still on a wait-list.
Camp Indigo, now in its fourteenth year, is a week-long summer camp that offers exciting and creative opportunities for children (ages 4-12) to express themselves and explore their world.  Camp Indigo promotes a high level of respect for the self and others, clear communication, increased confidence and acts as a space for healing and personal growth.  This year’s offerings include arts, crafts, improv, dance, earth art, capoeira, and a compassion challenge.
To register your child for the third session of Camp Indigo or for more information, please visit www.amalafoundation.org/youth-programs/camp-indigog.

And if you’re looking to volunteer this summer….  Camp Indigo is your place.  Come be a kid again and experience a truly transformational form of service.  Email them at campindigo@amalafoundation.org for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Summer Spark Camp

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
This summer, Acton Academy’s founding teacher, Kaylie Reed, brings a new spin on camp to Austin with Summer Spark – www.summerspark.com. Fun and exciting? Yes. Amazing memories and new friendships? Yes. A safe place for your child? Yes. But Summer Spark is more than that. With weekly hands-on projects, Summer Spark is a place for children to learn more about who they are, what interests them, and what they can do. A place for them to experiment, test their ideas, and learn alongside their peers.  A place for them to build confidence as they experience the impact of their ideas and actions. 

Inspired by over a decade in Montessori environments and at Acton Academy, Summer Spark days are carefully designed to balance individual and group activity, intense focus and play, hands-on experimentation and reflection.  Campers are presented each week with a challenge and given freedom to explore, design, and experiment.  They are guided by experienced teachers to stretch themselves, collaborate with peers, and embrace setbacks as opportunities for learning.

This summer, your child could design a container that protects a raw egg from cracking when dropped from the a second story window, weave a wallet out of empty potato chip bags, or build a chain reaction machine that makes Mousetrap seem boring.  Each week, the options are limitless as each child decides how to approach the challenge.

Camp begins July 7th and goes through August 15th.  Each session lasts one week, Monday – Friday, 8:45am – 3:15pm.  The first three weeks are geared towards upper elementary-aged children (entering 4th – 6th) and the second three weeks are geared towards lower elementary-aged children (entering 1st – 3rd).  Visit Acton Academy's Camp Sloop page or www.summerspark.com to learn more about the Summer Spark experience and reserve a spot for your child.

Getting Ready for Camp

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Now would be a great time for a refresher on camp planning, both in choosing the right camp and in making sure you have everything you need.

Lab LeapA reread of our blog post "Start with What You Know" would be a great start, since it outlines how to start the camp planning process. Then a review of our Camp Tips in the Austin American-Statesman will help prep you for deciding what would be a good fit.

After you've chosen your camps, there's the logistics, e.g. what you'll need to bring. Obviously, you'll need to check with the camp in question to make sure you have everything. But here's one tip: Make a camp kit for each kid. The kit should:



  • Be as portable as possible and not too bulky.
  • Include everything they need for the next day's camp, all in one nice package.
  • Be stored in the same place and checked to make sure it's ready and complete each night before bed.
  • Be the responsibility of the camper to prepare (or at least help prepare, depending on age).
Here's some of the things a typical kit might include:
  • Something to carry lunch or snacks if they aren't provided.
  • "Coolies," little freezer packs to help keep food cool.
  • A good water bottle that is insulated.
  • Quality sun block, and a brand that the child likes enough to actually apply themselves.
  • Large baggies for wet clothes.
  • An emergency card that lists contacts, food allergies, the doctor's name and other important information. Camps should have all this, but it's good for the kids to have in case a counselor needs it on the run. And you can quiz your kids on all the info. There's a variety of downloadable cards on the web, but a laminated, hand-written index card works great.
Here's some other tips
  • Mark everything in permanent marker with the kids' names.
  • Have a backup item for everything, and store it out of reach of the kids, e.g. extra goggles, sun block, swim suit, dance wear, etc.
  • If you only have one pair for a child, keep the old sneakers on hand, even if they are a bit snug and/or disgusting--which is better than wearing wet shoes to camp.
  • Routines, routines, routines. The more you make getting ready each day for camp a set-time routine, the smoother things will go.
Hopefully a little prep will make everything go smooth this summer! If you have any tips of your own, feel free to post them here or on our Facebook post.


Sugar & Spice

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sugar & Spice is the best getaway for mothers & daughters! Check out: "Bonding mothers & daughters through horses"

The Sugar and Spice Ranch is exclusively for Mothers and daughters who want to spend a week having the best bonding experience of a lifetime. Imagine bunking with other moms and daughters in a real bunkhouse and riding your very own horse for the week. You'll learn how to care for your horse by learning to tack up, groom, bathe, feed, turn out, and of course ride.

Moms will feel like kids again and your daughters will get the camping experience while still having the security of being with mom. You'll do virtually everything together including riding, swimming and on the last day of camp you will even participate in a team horse show. Click here to view more about our Summer Camp in Texas.
 
Here are a few testimonials:

"EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME" 
I was a guest of The Sugar & Spice Ranch this past August at their Wyoming location and it was a once in a lifetime experience. I was allowed to bring my own horse and ride the range with Miss Leigh and her staff. The hospitality and atmosphere was second to none and I would encourage anyone looking for a unique, amazing equestrian vacation to contact Leigh McCourt as soon as possible. She will provide you with an authentic Western experience. You truly step back in time and understand what it was like back in the day of the cowboy. The setting is a historical ranch with much history and has been restored to reflect the way it was in 1862. The ranch accommodates families, mothers & daughters and couples....I traveled as a single woman and fit right in. The family style environment they have created gives this package the comfort and ease for you and even your horse. Dont miss this fantastic opportunity!!!!

"SPECIAL WEEKEND WITH MY GIRLS" 
I'm not much of a horse person, but my wife and daughter have been to Sugar and Spice several times and absolute love it. So, they took me over Labor Day weekend and now I'm a fan too. It's a rustic experience to be sure, but comfortable and homey. The owner Leigh and her daughters really made me feel like family and, despite my lack of riding experience I felt very at ease with my horse Willow. The food was excellent as well. If you want a real working ranch experience with great folks, this is the place to go.

"BEST MOTHER/DAUGHTER VACATION EVER!" 
I have stayed at the Sugar and Spice Ranch three times, currently planning my fourth. The attention to detail is wonderfull! The scenery is beautiful! The food is excellent! They provide activities, onsite pool and best of all...time to RELAX! Each time we go, my relationship with my daughter grows stronger. She is now 11 and looks forward to our next visit.


The Sugar & Spice Ranch is a mother & daughter horse camp where we teach total horsemanship and are famous for "Bonding Mothers & Daughters Through Horses". An all-inclusive guest ranch that specializes in creating a very nurturing and positive environment to learn and connect with horses and each other. Please see our Website for rates and sessions and visit Sugar & Spice's Camp Sloop page.


Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

Saturday, May 10, 2014
UMLAUF Summer Camp

Want a fun, engaging, and artistic outlet for your kids this summer? Then UMLAUF’s summer camp is the perfect choice! The museum is offering a variety of programs during the months of June and July for ages 8-13. Each session is four days long and runs for three hours daily starting at 9am for the morning session and 1pm for the afternoon session. These special, one of a kind, lesson plans were created by our very own volunteers and program staff. Your kids will have a blast learning and discovering art in a natural atmosphere surrounded by the local flora and fauna of the Austin area!
Session titles include: 

1. Wonders of the Natural World- Lets use our observational skills to explore nature. Come work outside and in the classroom focusing on different painting and drawing techniques. Utilizing still lifes, the landscape, and their imagination, students will create varied works using wet and dry media.
2.  Drawing from Sculpture- Observational drawing is an essential skill for any artist. Throughout history artists have developed their observational and compositional expertise while drawing from sculptures. Create portfolio worthy work using charcoal pencil on hand toned paper while drawing from works by acclaimed sculptors.
3. Building, Forming, and Exploring 3-D- Explore sculpting while experimenting with a variety of materials and subjects. Materials include, but are not limited to; wire, paper, and air dry clay. We will begin with exploring each material and seeing what we can do with it, and then begin constructing our original works.
4. Storytelling/Puppet/Marionette Making- Discover types of puppets from around the world, and then learn how to create your own marionettes from start to finish. Our class will explore techniques of designing characters, making technical drawings, constructing, painting, and assembling our marionettes.
5. Claymation- Create your very own original animation! Students will think up a short scene, create a corresponding storyboard, and build clay characters. Finally students will build the sets and capture their characters in action! 
6. Stop Motion- We will look into various stop motion artists, and then make our own stop motion animation. Students will think up a short scene, create a corresponding storyboard, build a puppet, and then bring them to life.

Camp tuition is $150 per week for UMLAUF members and $175 for non-members. For more information and how to register please visit http://umlaufsculpture.org/summercamp/ 


Austin Waldorf School

Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Camp Roadrunner at Austin Waldorf School

Voted 2013 Overall Favorite by Camp Sloop families, Camp Roadrunner allows kids, ages 6-12 an opportunity to enjoy an old fashioned hill country summer. The wide open spaces, shady playgrounds, and excellent facilities on the 19 acre campus provide the perfect space for children to relax and enjoy themselves.

Camp Roadrunner began accepting campers up to age 12 last year. Welcoming Middle School age campers into the program proved to be a worthwhile venture. Week after week, these older campers, the Sequoia Group, were able to take every activity to a new level. They put on a talent show last summer that included magic, songs, gymnastics, skits, and dance. Several of the older campers enjoyed crafting props and costumes for the younger group's plays that week using items such as broken umbrellas, fabric, paper mache, and duct tape. 

During the Penny Circus, the Sequoia Group wowed the audience with aerial silks routines, juggling, unicycle rides, and balancing stunts. The week of Don't Try This at Home always gives everyone, even the oldest campers, a chance to forget about being "cool" for the week, and just enjoy being a kid. 

Each week themed activities are altered for each specific age group. Whether your camper is just entering elementary school or on their way out of middle school, the teachers and counselors at Camp Roadrunner strive to engage, challenge, and support every camper to make the most of their time at camp. Space is limited, wait lists are available, to read more visit Austin Waldorf's Camp Sloop page or www.austinwaldorf.org/summercamp

LSTRAT

Saturday, May 03, 2014
Does your teen dream BIG? Do you believe he or she has the potential to make it BIG?

Great leaders are self-made, they are go-getters, they have a clear vision, they are passionate, they chase after their goals relentlessly and they are confident about their outcomes. They are constantly selling ideas, concepts and influencing decisions. They work for the greater good; they revolutionize society, industry, market and contribute towards the development of mankind. They are effective communicators. They are good at getting work done; they are organized and constantly re-prioritize. They are visible in public and leave a mark where they go. 

Above all they have always had mentors, coaches or influencers that they looked upon who nurtured their dreams, discussed the possible, streamlined their thoughts, encouraged and motivated them, provided guidance and empowered them to achieve greatness.  

Does your child dream BIG, do you see that he or she has the potential to be a leader? Now you or your child can dream too, and LSTRAT can help. 

Look no further, we are here to optimize your child’s potential, develop his or her real-world skills so he or she can go get that gold! Enroll in any of our different summer program for a week and see results for yourself.

Ever wondered if a perfect SAT/ACT score, 4.0 + GPA, and volunteering would get your child in the school of her or his dreams? Think again. 
You may already know this; all leading public universities and Ivy League schools have holistic admissions, so they are looking for students who will contribute more than good grades and test scores to the campus community. A winning Ivy League application needs to present a strong academic record, meaningful extracurricular activities, glowing letters of recommendation, and a compelling application essay. Your college interview could make or break the deal. 

If your child is not certain about the college major, is wondering what will make his or her essay stand out among the rest, gets butterflies in his or her tummy while interviewing, has an opportunity to improve the test- taking skills or get better organized prioritizing his /her activities then our College Prep workshop will work like a charm. 

College Prep workshop will prepare your child to draft the most meaningful essay, face the toughest of interviews, give the best while taking tests and be confident of his/her choice of College and major, plan the next of moves and may be, secure funds along the way. By the end of the workshop your child would have drafted a college application essay, an in-depth executable "to college" plan with SMART goals, key activities, timeline & milestones, risks & mitigation plan and have participated in a couple of mock interviews and learned about effective communication, goal management, time management, decision-making and develop essay-writing, interviewing, test-taking skills using real-world activities, exercises and practice sessions that are engaging, fun and meaningful. Your child will take the Murphy-Meisgeier Personality Type self-assessment that will provide insight into his /her preferences on career, communication style, decision-making style, learning style, conflict management, stress management and organization skills. 

Does your child dream about holding a position in the Students Council, winning competitions at DECA, IDEA, DI, TSA or others?

Does your child have a need to deliver an effective presentation of his year-long 
project to a group at his school? Does he or she need to constantly communicate to groups to get noticed, be elected, get work done, to influence decisions or simply network to make friends? 

Is your child is either an introvert who mostly needs to be prompted to speak but has valuable contributions or is your child is an extrovert who blurts out as he or she thinks? LSTRAT can could groom your child to be effective in any situation. 
The Effective Oral Communication workshop will explore types of oral communications (public speaking, debates, extempore, meetings, discussions & presentations) and scenarios that use them. Your child will gain insight into his or her preferred style of communication, strengths and blind-spots by taking the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator self-assessment, develop effective oral communication skills with preparation and practice using exercises, interactive activities and cases. Your child will also learn to prepare and deliver presentations effectively keeping audience engaged & motivated. You can expect him or her to deliver a power packed, impactful public speech or an effective presentation on the last day of the workshop.

Does your child plan to organize and execute a community project, raise funds for a self-defined cause? 
Does he/she have an urge to demonstrate community leadership that will add credential to his profile? Does he/she have a need to come up with a project idea at school and execute it from conception to completion? 

Then, enroll your child in our Young Leadership Program he or she will not be far from his or her dreams. Young Leadership Program will develop essential leadership and project management skills to plan & execute a community project or an event successfully. Your child will gain insight into his or her preferred leadership style, strengths and blind spots by taking the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator self-assessment. By the end of the workshop your child will have drafted a readily executable plan to execute a community program having learned the key concepts of decision-making, schedule, cost and team management while improving on communication, presentation and conflict management skills. Your child will present an assigned project on the last day of the workshop. 

These workshops are conveniently held at Westlake High School and Hill Country Middle School and are offered by high qualified professional will extensive credentials in this field. To learn LSTRAT's camps please go to LSTRAT's Camp Sloop page or https://www.lstrat.org/camps.html to learn more about the workshops or call us at (512) 378 -0663 


Umlauf

Friday, May 02, 2014

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

 
UMLAUF Summer Camp
Want a fun, engaging, and artistic outlet for your kids this summer? Then UMLAUF’s summer camp is the perfect choice! The museum is offering a variety of programs during the months of June and July for ages 8-13. Each session is four days long and runs for three hours daily starting at 9am for the morning session and 1pm for the afternoon session. These special, one of a kind, lesson plans were created by our very own volunteers and program staff. Your kids will have a blast learning and discovering art in a natural atmosphere surrounded by the local flora and fauna of the Austin area!


Session titles include:

1. Wonders of the Natural World- Lets use our observational skills to explore nature. Come work outside and in the classroom focusing on different painting and drawing techniques. Utilizing still lifes, the landscape, and their imagination, students will create varied works using wet and dry media.
2.  Drawing from Sculpture- Observational drawing is an essential skill for any artist. Throughout history artists have developed their observational and compositional expertise while drawing from sculptures. Create portfolio worthy work using charcoal pencil on hand toned paper while drawing from works by acclaimed sculptors.
3. Building, Forming, and Exploring 3-D- Explore sculpting while experimenting with a variety of materials and subjects. Materials include, but are not limited to; wire, paper, and air dry clay. We will begin with exploring each material and seeing what we can do with it, and then begin constructing our original works.
4.  Storytelling/Puppet/Marionette Making- Discover types of puppets from around the world, and then learn how to create your own marionettes from start to finish. Our class will explore techniques of designing characters, making technical drawings, constructing, painting, and assembling our marionettes.
5.  Claymation- Create your very own original animation! Students will think up a short scene, create a corresponding storyboard, and build clay characters. Finally students will build the sets and capture their characters in action!
6.  Stop Motion- We will look into various stop motion artists, and then make our own stop motion animation. Students will think up a short scene, create a corresponding storyboard, build a puppet, and then bring them to life.


Camp tuition is $150 per week for UMLAUF members and $175 for non-members.

For more information and how to register please visit Umlauf's Camp Sloop page or visit: http://umlaufsculpture.org/summercamp/

 


Tecaboca

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Esto Vir…To be a (Godly) Man. Every day, and in every way, daily living with all of the fun that summer camp has. Sure, Tecaboca has a great waterfront for swimming and canoeing, excellent craft and woodshop facilities, riflery, archery, horseback riding and outdoor cooking. The essential thread running through it all? Esto Vir

The world says that a "real” man proves himself one way; Tecaboca says a "real” man seeks God, behaves in a way to bring others to God’s kingdom, and serve others. Through intentional community living, the boys at Tecaboca are shown healthy, active fun…with a Christ-like attitude.

Joining the Tecaboca family means finding the other home for your son that nurtures his soul while entertaining his joy of the outdoors, mud, dirt, running, laughing, games, and well, just plain fun. 

Counselors who have been carefully screened for suitability to community living, working with children, and commitment to positive, high energy fun, work with the boys to learn skills such as shooting sports, wood shop, and outdoor cooking.  Early in the day, the routine involves morning prayer, community breakfast (with all pitching in), and making plans for the day. Before supper each day, boys either attend daily mass, or participate in a group activity involving growing their faith. The evening hours are filled with all-camp games and team competition to build leadership, build positive following skills, and have an incredible amount of unplugged fun.

The Marianist Charism of Community of Equals, modeling Mary’s discipleship, and service to others combines to create the framework for Esto Vir. Marianist Brothers, Priests, and Lay people are involved in daily program, eat with the boys, and worship with the boys. 

In this day and age of hustling from one adult-organized activity to another, children miss the opportunity for "pick up” games in the neighborhood, where working out disagreements, ingenuity in making the game happen, and playing for the fun of it. At Tecaboca, time is given for boys to get out on the field and play, while other boys hang out and play other games such as horseshoes, washers, tether ball, any other number of great past times that are often not done anymore. 

The perfect combination of down time, energized play, Esto Vir, and skill development is what makes Tecaboca a perfect extension of the home that parents work for in the speedy culture we live in. Let Tecaboca welcome you and your son home; home at Tecaboca. For additional information, visit Tecaboca's Camp Sloop page


LSTRAT

Thursday, May 01, 2014


Dreaming BIG for your Children?

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Are you dreaming BIG for your children?

Are you confident about his/her GPA? 

Are you wondering what major or college best fits his /her personality? 

Not certain about his or her communication skills or leadership credentials?

Wondering what strategy would help him/her to land in the college of his/her dreams?

Then, look no further LSTRAT is here to help.
Develop real-world skills and get COLLEGE & CAREER ready. Register with us for the Weekly Summer Leadership Camps offering Career Prep, Effective Oral Communication and Young Leaders workshops here in Austin at Westlake High School and Hill Country Middle School. Our workshops are filled with highly engaging, fun, real-life activities and cases. Skills learned will be readily applicable the NEXT DAY!


• Build leadership credentials, conceive and execute a community project.
• Communicate with confidence to a group.
• Draft & deliver effective presentations.
• Develop essay-writing, test-taking, interview skills.

Visit LSTRAT's Camp Sloop page or Click the link below to Learn More and Register. 

https://www.lstrat.org/camps.html

You can also call 512-378-0663 or 512-535-4977 for questions.


PARENTS!
When you REGISTER your High-Schooler or Middle-Schooler to any one of the summer camps you get REWARDED to one of the following 3 hours workshops FREE! Call for details.


1. Know your core "preferences”, your strength’s, your blind spots, your preferred style of communication by taking Myers-Briggs Personality Type Self-Assessment and learn to "Flex” your style of communication for results.
2. Learn the art of negotiation and extempore.
3. Build your own website & learn how to effectively conduct an eMarketing campaign.
(You’ll have to bring your own laptop)


Austin Yacht Club

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Sail the summer away on beautiful Lake Travis! Founded in 1952, Austin Yacht Club (AYC) is located on 35 acres of lakefront property in the heart of Texas Hill Country, 30 minutes from downtown Austin. AYC offers tremendous opportunities for sailing education year-round, including learn-to-sail and learn-to-race clinics for adults, sailboat races almost every week of the non-winter months, an active Junior Sailing program, and summer youth sailing camps.

Sailing teaches youth valuable life lessons including confidence, independence, strategic thinking, sportsmanship, teamwork, self-reliance, and respect for the environment. The Austin Yacht Club staff is dedicated to imparting a love of sailing and boating as a lifetime sport while providing the fundamental skills necessary for participants to advance in the sport as far as their desire, skill, and hard work may take them. 
 
The Austin Yacht Club offers two youth summer camps, each designed to introduce new sailors to the joy of sailing and improve experienced sailors’ skill and knowledge of the sport.  

The Junior Sailing Day Camp runs in week-long sessions in June and July. Sailors ages 8-16 will spend the week sailing aboard our fleet of Optimists, Lasers, Sunfish, Picos, and Flying Juniors. AYC’s qualified staff includes US Sailing certified instructors and American Red Cross lifeguards.  With a camper to counselor ratio of 3:1, campers receive small group instruction that is catered to their skill level and age group. On the water activities include destinations sails, windsurfing, racing, and sailing games like tennis ball tag and sailing basketball. There is also plenty of fun to be had onshore— campers will participate in our legendary capture the flag game, swim in the pool, play land games, and tie-dye their very own "Keep Austin Sailing” t-shirt.  Each camp session ends with an awards ceremony, recognizing each camper for the skills they acquired during their week at AYC, and a pizza party to celebrate their accomplishments.

For younger sailors, the Austin Yacht Club’s PB&J Summer Sailing is the perfect introduction. Since the early 1990s, the PB&J Summer Sailing program has been offered on summer Saturday and Sunday mornings, with kids signing up for four 90-minute weekend sessions. Designed for 4-10 year olds, PB&J keeps things simple, introducing the basics in a fun, friendly, and safe environment. Each PB&J session starts with three rules: 

1. Wear a Lifejacket
2. Listen to the Coach
3. Have Fun!

Campers then learn how to steer, how to pull in the sail, and then they’re off for their first sail with a partner or an instructor! The goal of PB&J is to build life-long sailors by getting kids comfortable in the water and sparking a love of sailing and the water around them. 

There’s no better way to spend a summer in Austin than sailing on Lake Travis! Visit Austin Yacht Club's Camp Sloop page and register today! For additional information you can also visit http://www.austinyachtclub.net/


GradePower Learning

Monday, April 28, 2014
Preventing Summer Learning Loss
The last bell of the school year has rung—before the book bag is put away for the summer, take a few moments to take stock of this past school year. 

Did your child encounter any academic obstacles? Were there trouble spots? Unfinished projects? Homework issues?
Summer is the perfect time to catch up in any problem areas. Your student even has the ability to get ahead this summer.

Studies have shown time and again that on average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computational skills during the summer months. This means that when students head back to school in the fall, they spend about 6 weeks reviewing and simply getting back into the swing of things rather than learning new material.

Sure, kids deserve a break after the school year (we all do), but from an educational standpoint, these numbers are quite scary.

There is good news though. Summer learning losses can easily be prevented with just a few hours a week of summer learning. Now consider how much more prepared for success your child will be after a summer of mentally stimulating activity.

It’s easy to keep the brain stimulated—a few hours a week is all it takes! Tip: Don’t exclude summer school from your summer planning because of any stereotypes you may believe. Summer school is a great opportunity. There is typically less pressure, and your child can get the individual attention that he or she may not be getting during the school year.

GradePower Learning offers summer and year-round programs to help school-age children catch up, keep up, and get ahead in all subjects. GradePower goes beyond tutoring by teaching cognitive strategies and processing skills, rather than just drill and practice. All students’ plans are individualized.

Located in the Arbor Trails Shopping Center at the southwest corner of William Cannon and Mopac, GradePower serves the entire southwest Austin area. Summer sessions are available in the mornings and evenings, 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as afternoon math camp options. Visit GradePower's Camp Sloop page, check out their blog, then call or email Gordon at GradePower to enroll:  (512) 892-7323, gfalk@gradepowerlearning.com.


The Sugar & Spice Ranch Camp

Friday, April 25, 2014
Sugar and Spice Ranch Camp
The Sugar & Spice Ranch is a mother & daughter horse camp that teaches total horsemanship and is famous for "Bonding Mothers & Daughters Through Horses." It's an all-inclusive guest ranch that specializes in creating a very nurturing and positive environment to learn and connect with horses and each other.

"Bonding Mothers & Daughters Through Horses"
The Sugar and Spice Ranch is exclusively for mothers and daughters who want to spend a week having the best bonding experience of a lifetime. Imagine bunking with other moms and daughters in a real bunkhouse and riding your very own horse for the week. You'll learn how to care for your horse by learning to tack up, groom, bathe, feed, turn out, and of course, ride!

Moms will feel like kids again, and your daughters will get the camping experience while still having the security of being with mom. You'll do virtually everything together, including riding and swimming, and on the last day of camp you will even participate in a team horse show.

Now "Bonding Families Through Horses"
The ranch also offers weekend packages for anyone that is interested in experiencing our program. These weekends are perfect for moms and daughters or the whole family.The ranch is located in Bandera, Texas, "The Cowboy Capital of the World." The town is steeped with history of the Old West and the Old Spanish Trail that was used for the cattle drives from Mexico to Wyoming. The Texas Hill Country is something to truly behold. If you've ever wanted to experience ranch living this is the place!

Here's what a few campers have said:

"BEST MOTHER/DAUGHTER VACATION EVER!" 
I have stayed at the Sugar and Spice Ranch three times, currently planning my fourth. The attention to detail is wonderfull! The scenery is beautiful! The food is excellent! They provide activities, onsite pool and best of all...time to RELAX! Each time we go, my relationship with my daughter grows stronger. She is now 11 and looks forward to our next visit.

"AWESOME, FELT LIKE STAYING WITH FAMILY!" 
We've been to The Sugar & Spice Ranch once, and we currently have our reservations again. Awesome family atmosphere. Food is second to none. Safety of guests is first priority, as is ensuring that everyone has lots of fun. Wonderful swimming pool. Wonderful views of the countryside. My daughter and I recommend this ranch to all our friends but especially the ones who have a special love for horses. We felt like family from the time we got out of our car and look forward to spending a week there for many summers to come.

"SPECIAL WEEKEND WITH MY GIRLS" 
I'm not much of a horse person, but my wife and daughter have been to Sugar and Spice several times and absolutely love it. So, they took me over Labor Day weekend and now I'm a fan too. It's a rustic experience to be sure, but comfortable and homey. The owner Leigh and her daughters really made me feel like family, and despite my lack of riding experience I felt very at ease with my horse--"Willow." The food was excellent as well. If you want a real working ranch experience with great folks, this is the place to go.

Don't miss out, create memories of your own to cherish forever. Visit Sugar and Spice Ranch's Camp Sloop page or visit TexasHorseCamps.com


Extend-A-Care

Monday, April 21, 2014

 

Extend-A-Care for Kids! Looking for a summer camp with all-day long fun? With 45 years of experience in licensed child care, EAC campers will participate in a full range of outdoor and indoor activities along with field trips every week and swim trips twice a week.  In between sports activities, children will participate in the 2014 Storybook Summer curriculum which offers children a constant source of new and interesting materials and activities such as arts & crafts, cooking, painting, science, math and more. In an effort to keep the learning and engagement going during the summer, the weekly themes and projects are from literature books our children will read and activities which are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) concepts and objectives. Sign up today at one of 10 summer locations in the Austin and Hays area for children 3-12 year olds. Weekly fees are $170 per week. Financial Assistance available as well. Call today -- 512-472-9402 or visit our Camp Sloop page and www.eackids.org.

Rio Vista Farm

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Rio Vista Camps
Know any horse crazy kids? Rio Vista Farm is THE solution! With over 28 years creating safe summer fun, Rio Vista keeps your horse crazy kids busy all summer long. Offering weekly camps from June through August, kids will get to ride as well as swim! Camp days runfrom 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. , and are filled with hands on horse care and education. With a small enrollment (only 18 campers maximum) Rio Vista Farm instructors can give a solid riding foundation for beginners and challenge more experienced riders all while keeping safety as a top priority. Campers are assigned a 
horse for the week and are responsible for the care of that horse with their partner. All camp horses are well-schooled horses and ponies that are used in the year round lesson program. Camp is concluded with a special camp horse show on Fridays where all the kids compete and receive ribbons and awards! Parents are encouraged to attend and bring their video to record what these horse crazy kids have learned. The first 14 campers enrolled each week have the option to use the van service available from North Austin or Westlake Hills for a $25 fee. Come visit during the open house on Sat. April 26th from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. while Rio Vista hosts a local horse show. For more information please visit Rio Vista Farms Camp sloop page and www.riovistafarm.net

KidsActing

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Enjoy an exquisite, locally sourced 4-course meal under the stars at Green Gate Farms to benefit Austin Discovery School.

When:  June 9-August 22
Where: 14 Central Texas locations North Austin, Downtown, South Austin, Oak Hill, Mueller, Westlake, Lakeway, Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Dripping Springs

Contact:  512-836-5437
 info@kidsactingstudio.com
 www.kidsactingstudio.com

KidsActing Summer Camps

Since 1980, kidsActing has taught fun and exciting summer camps for children 4-19 years, across Central Texas. Summer 2014 is going to be our biggest yet! Austin's favorite and longest-running school for young performers will be pulling out all the stops as they host tried-and-true award-winning camps with brand-new top-notch themes that end with a performance that will WOW your friends and family and most importantly, ensure a summer filled with friends and fun. Camps are hosted in 12 locations throughout Central Texas including 7 in Austin plus Westlake, Lakeway, Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Dripping Springs.  So it’s easy to find an awesome summer camp in your neighborhood.

One week full day and half day camps include Adventure Time puppeteering camp, Glee Show Choir, Voice Intensive, and our most popular camp, Showstoppers Themed Camp, which include themes like Star Wars, Frozen, Annie, Teen Beach Movie, The Sound of Music, The Lion King, and many more!
Multi-week camps will include a Full Scale Play Production in June and a Musical Production in July and August.   Campers in these groups will have a part in a professionally produced production with lights, costumes, make-up, set, props and live accompaniment and perform for a public audience in our 140 seat theater!
kidsActing summer camps are a place where children of all ages will not only get the chance to learn valuable skills but also let their STAR SHINE all summer long! For more information visit KidsActing Camp Sloop page.

 


Snapology Austin

Monday, April 14, 2014
What is Snapology about?

Snapology offers educational programs to children ages 2 - 14 using LEGO® bricks to incorporate science, math, engineering, technology, art, and literary concepts.   We would love to have your child join us for a camp, class, birthday party or after school program. Our students typically work in teams under guided instruction to build a different model each week incorporating gears, axles, motors, sensors, and pulleys. All Snapology programs are inclusive and open to children of all building levels unless otherwise indicated. We always allow plenty of time at the beginning and end of class for creative building.  See a list of classes near you.




Snapology in Austin
Camp Sloop got the chance to speak to Christine Napierkowski from Snapology Austin. We got to ask a few questions. 
How did you get it started?

Between the two of them, Christine and her business partner, Kristi, have 5 young children. They both love Austin but found it was hard to find things to do with their kids when the weather made it uncomfortable to be outside. Snapology is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA which is where Christine is originally from. Chris was visiting with her family back East and knew the minute she walked into their building that Snapology was what Austin needed.

What is Unique about Snapology?

Our programs incorporate important STEM concepts in a way that is fun and entertaining for kids.  They're using toys they already love to play with in new ways that inspire creativity.  Kids don't realize they are "doing engineering," they are just having fun.  
We license most of our curricula from Snapology in Pittsburgh but we don't have to pay them a franchise fee which helps keep our registration costs low and supports the local economy.  We love having the freedom to run our business the way we want to!  We can write and develop our own programs specifically for our families in Austin.  TEKS standards are different than Pennsylvania core standards so it makes sense to us to really look at what we're teaching.  

What can you tell us about the staff?

We're hiring certified teachers for our summer camps. We think it's important to keep our teacher/student ratio low -  1:8 is the absolute maximum we're comfortable with. All of our staff have comprehensive background checks and all appropriate security clearances. You can be sure your kids are in good hands while they learn, grow, and experience new adventures!

What is the most memorable experience you've had with Snapology?

I was at an elementary school doing an after-school class and we had two brothers registered together.  Big brother had a great time and when it was time to leave said to me "I had so much fun, I thought it was going to be boring!"  He's a big LEGO® fan and learned some new ways to play with his bricks at home.  I love being able to do that with kids.  It's incredibly rewarding.  We loving seeing the same families return for new classes.  We've heard that some of our kids have even become friends outside of camp.  We love that. 

Visit Snapology's Camp sloop page to check out all of the camps they're offering.  With options like beginning and advanced robotics, stop motion animation, Minecraft, Star Wars, Disney, engineering, and more - you're sure to find something your LEGO® lover will enjoy.  Snapology welcomes children with special needs.  If they have an aide, they are welcome to class as well.  


Creative Side Jewerly Academy

Friday, April 11, 2014
What are your teens learning this summer?

Get them making metal art at Creative Side Jewelry Academy, the top jewelry crafting and metalsmithing school in Central Texas. Creative Side is now offering week-long summer metal and jewelry camps for teens (ages 11-17). Both half and full-day camps are offered in a fun, nurturing and interactive learning environment. The classes are taught by professional artist and educator Lindsay Hendricks. Both the half-day program, Creative Metal Works (mornings from 9am-12:30pm), and full-day, Outside the Jewelry Box (all day from 9:am-4:30pm), provide a safe and very creative environment where teens learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques using copper, brass and silver. Students will increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces.

Creative Metal Works teaches teens sawing, riveting, filing, hammering, drilling and finishing skills that will skyrocket them into an innovative, artistic mindset. This camp can be combined with Outside the Jewelry Box to create full-day program and that will expand upon techniques learned in the morning. In the afternoons, students will tackle unique projects including leather working, soldering and forging with guest artists educators who specialize in the project medium. These instructors include locally renowned artists and educators. The program deepens cultural understanding of ancient art and challenges students to develop their own design style.

Both camps are designed to accommodate teens new to jewelry or who are looking to advance their technique. Rising seniors in high school with ambitions of attending art colleges will use this camp as a unique portfolio addition. Students who have never worked with metal will develop handworking skills at a young age that they will use the rest of their lives. The Creative Side family is excited and honored to open up this world of jewelry making to your budding artisan. The gratification the students receive after creating their own design from start to finish is irreplaceable. Creative Side will host an end of the week art show to be named by the kids where parents and family will be invited to join in at the end of the day on Friday at 4:30pm to meet the instructors, new friends and view their artwork on display. 

For more information please visit Creative Side Jewelry's Camp Sloop page. 
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