Summer camps held at schools

Many Summerlin public and private schools extend their core curriculum calendars to the summer, offering academic advancement programs, supervised play and learning programs, as well as sports clinics for young people.

At Becker Middle School after-school and seasonal-break programs offered by The Symbolic Art Center are expanded during the summer, offering students arts programs as well as stimulating game-filled sessions which are open to all children ages 6-14.

The Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas morphed into a summer camp, said Jennifer Zukowski, director of Camp K’ton Ton, the conservative Jewish private school’s summertime alter ego. “When the school year ends the teachers are required to tear down their classrooms, so everything comes off the walls. Camp counselors come in and, based on summer camp themes, set up the classrooms for camp. For the children who attend school here, the classroom looks like an entirely different place when they come to camp.”

Camp themes like jungle fever and planes, trains and automobiles meant campers entered rooms that no longer had books, but were wallpapered with trees and draped with paper vines hanging from the ceilings or, had paper roads wrapping around the room with cars popping off the walls. Children of all religions are invited to attend Camp K’ton Ton.

Shenker Academy also held a themed summer camp, open to all valley children. Activities at the nine-week camp were geared toward children ages 12 months to kindergarten and included cooking projects, outdoor play and arts and crafts related to the themes like ocean and beach, pirates and treasure, camping and dinosaur adventure.

For the seventh year, Bishop Gorman High School hosted a week-long marching band camp open to musicians across the valley. Gorman coaches ran sports clinics throughout the summer for boys and girls entering the first through ninth grades, while teen thespians honed their stage skills at the school’s theater camp.

Some Summerlin schools, including Gorman, offered continuing academic programming for summer scholars. Core classes for credit as well as electives, enrichment classes and college preparatory programs were offered at Gorman, The Meadows School and The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain. The inaugural Dawson College Bound summer program was open to students entering the sixth through 12th grades with acceptance for the free program made via application. According to the program’s website, the program’s goal is to serve “high-achieving students in the Las Vegas Valley who are from diverse backgrounds and who may encounter barriers to educational resources and opportunities.”

“We know Summerlin’s public and private schools offer rigorous and enriching academic programming during the school year,” said Kevin Orrock, president of Summerlin and vice president of master-planned communities for The Howard Hughes Corp., “but many of these summer programs extend learning to a year-round curriculum and open the doors for students across the valley. These programs allow young people around the valley to take advantage of the solid learning opportunities students who live in Summerlin receive nine months of the year.”

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