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Clayton State offering youth summer camps

Looking for fun activities for your youth to do this summer? Well, Clayton State University will be offering a variety of summer youth camps starting next month.

John Shiffert, director of university relations, said youth camps will begin Monday, June 11, and will be open to Clayton County youth, ages 7 to 16.

“We will be mixing education and fun at Clayton State University, as part of the Continuing Education Division’s annual line-up of summer youth camps,” said Shiffert. “As is always the case, there will be a wide variety of interesting, unusual, creative and just plain fun weekly offerings, running from June 11 through July 20.” In addition, he said all of the classes will challenge the young learners with multiple subjects.

Shiffert said the summer youth camps will be split into two age groups, from 7 to 11, and from 12 to 16. The summer camp session he added, will run for five Mondays — June 11, June 18, June 25, July 9 and July 16.

The 7 to 11 courses include: Engineers and Ecosystems; Wild West Adventure; A Cross-Curricular Camp; Sleuths and Scientists Jr.; Exploring South America and Español; Comic Strips and Calculations; Digging Up the Past, A Cross-Curricular Camp; Spaceships and Sign Language; Cakes, Cookies, and Characters; Underwater Adventure! A Cross-Curricular Camp; and Dinosaurs and Drawing.

“The cross-curricular classes give students a wide range of learning experiences,” said Shiffert. “For example, Digging Up the Past includes units on the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome, delving into archeology, geography, geology, cultural studies, as well as reading, writing and math.”

The 12 to 16 courses are all “combo” camps, covering two different subjects: Motors and Math; Photography and Photosynthesis; Acting and the Amazon; Sleuths and Scientists; Animation and Allegories; Myths and Marzipan; Mummies and Music Production; Comics and Creative Writing; Avatars and Action: Teen Video Game Academy; and French, Flowers, and Frescoes.

“Teens in the Comics and Creative Writing combo camp will spend a portion of each day creating their very own comic books and the remainder of each day fine-tuning their skills as writers,” said Shiffert.

Shiffert said those who are interested in participating in this year’s summer youth programs can visit the Continuing Education website at www.conted.clayton.edu for detailed information about each course, location and fees.

“Look for ‘Summer 2012!’ then click on Exciting Themes or Fun & Educational,” said Shiffert. “Click on the individual course heading for the description of that course and registration information for that course.”