Summer 2020 is not cancelled. It’s upon us, but it certainly looks different than summers past here in Brooklyn and in much of the country. While there are camps that are able to open, many will not and instead of opted to create online versions for kids. Virtual Summer Camps for Kids certainly seems like an oxymoron, however we all recognize that we will need programs and classes to keep our kids occupied, engaged, and active this summer.
Now more than ever it is important for all of us to support our local businesses and organizations. This list of Virtual Summer Camps for Kids are from companies that are based in NYC, primarily in Brooklyn, and will be evolving as more camps and classes become available for our kids this summer.
List of 2020 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids :
The Arts :
BLUE BALLOON SONG WRITING FOR SMALL PEOPLE
Blue Balloon is a local, women owned business that has been offering private and small group instrument lessons through songwriting since 2010. They launched their “Long Distance Lessons” in 2018 and went fully remote before NYC went on pause. Reaching over 400 families weekly in NYC alone, Blue Balloon will be bringing their creative and unique lessons to families this summer through their virtual camp.
Blue Balloon’s coveted summer camp program is back this year – virtually! Students 5 and up will collaboratively explore architecture, nature and the outdoors through fine arts, songwriting and music. Students without any prior musical experience are welcome! No instruments necessary. www.blueballoonschool.com/summer-camp
The teachers at Tam Tam are offering online music and movement classes (Music Together) for children aged 0-6 and their grownups. This summer enrolled families get to enjoy a live, interactive music class with their children every day, led by their beloved teachers, learning a best-of selection of our award-winning songs. Summer classes begin on July 6th and run through August 30th. A subscription is $110 for a 4-week session, renewable for another 4-week session. More about the program and trial classes here: https://www.tamtambrooklyn.com/
Leadership and Social Innovation:
GIRLS LEADERSHIP ONLINE SUMMER CAMP
Girls Leadership is an organization that equips girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. The Girls Leadership’s internationally-recognized Online Summer Program, founded in 2001 is a camp experience for girls like no other. Combining the best of traditional summer camp – amazing friendships, fun games and community activities, a powerhouse team of experienced staff – with something no other camp offers. Engaging workshops for Grades 4 through 12 focus on social and emotional learning and teach the inter-personal and intra-personal skills at the foundation of leadership, wellness, and influence.
Camp starts June 15th. Register now HERE
International Education Opportunity + Summer Enrichment
Delivered Virtually for Summer 2020
Hello Future is a US-registered nonprofit working with adolescent refugee teens living in refugee camps. They teach students essential skills so they can become entrepreneurs and community leaders. This is a unique opportunity for US teens, ages 14-17, to gain a deeper understanding of the global refugee crisis through the unique lens of their Syrian peers and sharpen their leadership and storytelling skills. More details and registration at https://www.hellofuture.io/summer-camp
Educational and STEM:
There aren’t always a lot of options for the older kids! Brooklyn Letter is offering a virtual creative writing course for ages 10-13 for this summer.
Another one for the older set!Camp MAVE provides a fun and educational summer experience to children ages 10-14. The full-day schedule is designed to allow time each morning for campers to socialize, compete in fun games and challenges, and learn how basic concepts from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are used in everyday life and business by creating their daily project. Camp starts July 6th. Register HERE for weekly, monthly, or full summer options
This is very well written and loaded out. I can see where the mix of general advice and an idea of what to expect would be very useful to someone in this situation and I’m glad someone is is sharing their experiences on this.