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May 4, 2017kids camps Billings Montana

MSU Billings Academic-Based Summer Programs for Youth

By Laura Gittings-Carlson


Yesterday, May the 4th, summer weather arrived.  It may not stay – because we live in Montana and everyone knows that May weather can change quickly – but the 80-plus weather was a welcome change.  Before we know it, our children will be out of school for the summer.  In May, parents begin searching for the best camps for their children.  Questions abound, such as Who do I trust with my children?  How can I make sure they have a balance of fun and education and time with friends?  What are they interested in this year?  What are the costs of programs?


We’re lucky to live in Billings, because we have some amazing businesses and nonprofit organizations organizing quality summer programs, such as camps for our children.  Each place offers programs that focus on what they do best.


At MSU Billings, what we do best is educating students in a wide-array of different programs.  Because of this, our focus for youth summer programs is on learning.  Want your child to learn academically over the summer months but still have a lot of fun?  Consider an MSU Billings Extended Campus academic-based summer camp taught by licensed K-12 educators or MSUB/City College faculty, such as a Kids on Campus.  Do you have a child who thrives on learning new things?  Is an “independent learner”?  Enjoys a challenge?  Consider an MSU Billings Extended Campus I THINK Camp taught by instructors who understand and love working with advanced learners.  


This year my 9th grader, who loves to write and draw almost as much as he likes super heroes, is enrolled in three camps: “Create Your Own Comic Book”,  “Large Art Murals”, and the “Online Writing Camp”. All artwork from these art-related camps (and the 4-6 grade 2-D Art Camp) will be professionally installed by the instructor Dr. Mara Pierce, MSU Billings Assistant Professor of Art, in the Northcutt Steele Art Gallery at MSU Billings.  Artwork will be on display for several weeks.  Readings from work created during the “Online Writing Camp” taught by Rose Park School Extended Studies instructor Darla Williams, will be read by the authors at a Reception the afternoon of Friday, July 28th. Creating visual and literary work is a process.  The culmination of this process is receiving constructive feedback from peers, mentors, family and friends that the Reception will provide.  Plus, cookies and lemonade will be provided!


For the 2017 summer, MSU Billings Extended Campus’ youth programs are broken into four different age groups, which is the grade they will be going into next Fall.  These age categories include those entering 2-3; 4-6; 6-8; 7-9 grades. Camp scholarships are available.  Complete an application by May 22.  Awards will be announced the following week. 


Enjoy the sunshine!