Summer vacation is here, and summer camp is a way to help kids stay engaged, make friends and have fun learning.
Now in its sixth year, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, in Crystal Lake, offers a plethora of half-day, weeklong camps. There are 27 camps – 10 sport and 17 educational camps. They run the gamut from STEM to sports, reading, theater and more, in a christian-based setting. The camps, which are open to the public, start June 11 and run through the week of August 3.
“We offer first through sixth grade camps and sixth through eighth grade basketball camp, which is Upward based - a Christian-based sports program,” said Nikki Rutzen, summer camp director.
For those interested in books, reading camp takes place in July. There’s one for first and second graders and another for children in third through fifth grades. “It helps kids get a little bit further in their reading before school starts,” Rutzen said.
“We also have a STEM and science camp, which is something different,” added Rutzen. “They teach what God has created and focus on technology, engineering and math.”
Immanuel’s nature camp takes kids out around the campus where they learn about various things found in nature. Home economics camp teaches home-based skills such as cooking, creating a budget and sewing,
There’s an afternoon art camp for kids in grades four through six, taught by Immanuel Lutheran School’s art teacher. “She teaches different techniques, with watercolors, acrylic paints, and more,” Rutzen said.
For kids interested in acting and stage production, the theater camp, taught by Immanuel’s music director, will put on a performance of Lion King. The jewelry-making camp has kids making their own jewelry using stones and metals.
To register, go to Immanuelcl.org to the summer camp tab, or register at the church. Camps include daily devotions, and campers receiver a t-shirt, take-homes and daily healthy snacks.