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Fine Arts, Crafts and Performance

Fine Arts, Crafts and Performance

As young people are developing their identity, summer arts programs provide a wonderful vehicle for self-exploration. “Art is a great channel for kids to express their emotions and uncover who they are,” says Sara Plachta Elliott, Ph.D., executive director of the...

Sports, Recreation and Wellness

Sports, Recreation and Wellness

We all know kids spend a lot of time during the school year in a classroom. Summer is the perfect time for kids to get outside and play. What better way to experience outdoor fun than to be a part of an active summer camp? Sports, recreation and wellness camps are...

STEM

STEM

It might not surprise you that the fastest-growing percentage of high-paying jobs are in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. These days, jobs you might never expect are requiring STEM skills—like coding—so children who are getting a...

Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment

We all have nostalgic feelings about summer. It should be fun, carefree, and not feel a whole lot like school, right? At the same time, research shows us that summer is a time when children can lose progress in school, especially in math and reading. Good news is,...

Life Skills

Life Skills

From managing emotions to developing grit, summer camps that cultivate social-emotional skills offer learning that goes beyond the classroom. Research shows that these skills are often more predictive of a child's future success than their test scores. “Knowing how to...

College and Career Prep

College and Career Prep

High school is a really important time for young people to decide their college and career paths. Many summer learning opportunities can help teens identify an area of study, explore a career choice and experience on-campus life. In Michigan, Oakland University is one...

Special Needs

Special Needs

If you have a child with special needs, it can be difficult to find the right fit in a summer program. The good news is that Summer Spark rounds up camps that welcome kids of all abilities. From summer programming in Clark Park to Reading and Rhythm on the Detroit...

 

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