MARQUETTE - With summer's warm weather and sunny skies finally arriving, and school letting out for the year, it's time once again for the area's summer camps to spring into gear.
A number of organizations across Marquette County offer parents of kids of all ages a wide variety of camps, from sports to academics and everything in between.
Marquette County's YMCA is offering a list of summer programming that includes a day-camp for young people at its facility in the Vandenboom Early Childhood Development Center, Birchview Elementary School and K.I. Sawyer Elementary School.
Instructor Scot Stewart teaches photography fundamentals during the class, Hunting the Beasts of Presque Isle with your Digital Camera, as part of a recent Moosewood Summer Camp. (Journal file photos)
A pair of youths who attended the class taught by Stewart try out newly-acquired photography skills. (Journal file photos)
The Y is also hosting a slate of preschool camps for children as young as 3 years old along with its customary sports camps for kids from 4 years old all the way through seniors in high school.
Along with the summer camps, the Y's complete summer lineup has been announced, with classes for kids and adults alike in a wide ranging number of activities - from yoga to sculpting to gymnastics.
For more information on the Y's programing, visit its website at www.ymcamqt.org.
Northern Michigan University's Seaborg Center is also hosting summer programming, including its long-standing College for Kids event, which has run every year for two decades.
Children in kindergarten through eighth grade are included in the event, with four-day sessions running throughout the summer. A variety of science-related courses are offered, with each course designed to be age-appropriate.
The first round of sessions takes place June 24-28, with courses on beginning robotics, simple machines and the rules of gravity.
For more information on College for Kids programming, visit nmu.edu/seaborg or call 227-2002.
Northern also offers a variety of summer sports camps for area youth, with camps in basketball, football, hockey, soccer, swimming and diving and volleyball.
For information on those camps call NMU's Intercollegiate Athletic and Rec Sports Department at 227-2519.
The Moosewood Nature Center's summer camp lineup begins June 24, with a variety of camps designed for specific age groups. Some camps include nature photography, how to "rough it" outdoors and drawing from nature.
For more information on Moosewood's summer programming, visit its website at www.moosewood.org.
Bay Cliff Health Camp is already underway, with Sunday the first official day of camp. The organization is still looking for male camp counselors for the summer. For more information, visit Bay Cliff's website at www.baycliff.org.
The area's religious organizations are also offering a large number of youth camps over the summer. Check with your local church for more information on the area's bible camps.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.