Summer Fun reading and camps

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:20 a.m.

If you’re looking for activities to keep your child busy, entertained and educated this summer, Rowan County has many options, from special learning camps, to art days to swim lessons and a little bit of everything in between.

Below is information submitted to the Salisbury Post about a variety of options.

Reading remediation

There will be a summer reading remediation program July 8-Aug. 23 at the City Park Center on Lake Drive. It is a one-on-one program meeting three times weekly for 30-minute sessions designed to fit the individual child’s needs. This could include fluency, phonics and writing/spelling skills as well as comprehension.

Children enrolled in City Park’s summer camp can incorporate this into their camp experience for an additional fee. Parents will contact the instructor for individual times that fit their schedule. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions can be arranged.

Call 704-638-5295 for registration questions. Denise Foutz is the instructor and the fee is $24 weekly.

SHS science

& math

For the sixth consecutive year, a summer program will be offered to students entering grades seven, eight or nine who live in Rowan County and are interested in advanced study in science and math. The program will take place during July at Salisbury High School. Students may attend one or two weeks; cost is $25/week.

Contact Barbara Peach at 704-636-1221 ext. 411 or for further information and applications.

Center for Faith

& the Arts

“Wake Up Leonardo!”

July 29-Aug. 2: “Wake Up Leonardo!” Summer Arts Academy for Children and Youth: $95 per student (limited number of need-based scholarships are available). Open to all children and youth, rising first grade through high school. Choose either Visual Arts Focus or Performing Arts Focus. Classes are taught by area artist-teachers. Registration and scholarship forms available at

Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. Call 704-647-0999 for details, visit or email:

Summer Reading Festival

CHINA GROVE — On June 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. is the one-day summer reading kickoff event at Patterson Farms, 3060 Millbridge Road.

There will be free books for preschool and elementary school children, games, storytelling, story writing, art and food.

The Salisbury Altrusa Club, promoting literacy and supporting school readiness, is sponsoring this event along with Patterson Farms, Rowan Public Library, Rowan Smart Start and Woodleaf Lanes. For more information, call Nancy Mott at 704-637-9561.

Salisbury Academy Summer Camps

Salisbury Academy offers a variety of camps for children entering junior kindergarten through rising ninth-grade students. Children do not have to attend the school to enroll in camp programs.

Six weeks of sessions are offered beginning June 10 and ending July 26, with morning, afternoon and whole-day sessions. The program also offers flexible drop-off and pick-up schedules.

Camp themes include scooter games, manners, Wild About Birds, Spanish immersion, Spanish cooking, Big Splash, adventure, introduction to German language and culture, American Girl Doll History, hoop and noodle games, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, ultimate sports, crafts, arts, and food from the Spanish-speaking world, volleyball skills, game maker, net sports, beauty camp, God Bless America crafts, mad scientist, math olympics, Out About Town, books and cooks, study skills, Christmas in July, soccer skills, pre-algebra/algebra boot camp, It’s a Small World After All, A Commotion in the Ocean, arctic adventures and more.

Also this year, Salisbury Academy will host Camp Invention July 22-25, providing extended science education for elementary school children. A day at the Camp Invention program includes hands-on activities, brainstorming, experimentation and action. Children rotate through modules each day, each of which encourages working in diverse teams, engaging in investigations, experiments, and engineering challenges that combine science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in fun, hands-on activities. Parents must register campers for this camp through the Camp Invention website. A link may be found on the Salisbury Academy site by visiting

For a complete camp schedule, visit Registration is open.

Saving Grace Farm

Horse Camp

Saving Grace Farm is offering five weeks of horse camp this summer, including two weeks of full-day camps and one teen camp. Camp activities are adult-led and provided by certified instructors at an accredited facility. Saving Grace Farm offers services to the community that are kept to industry standards for safety and quality. All camps include horsemanship education, horseback riding, crafts, nature walks and education, healthy snacks and more.

• Half-day camps are offered June 17-21 and June 24-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 5-13; cost, $150.

• Full-day camps are offered July 8-11 and July 15-18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 5-13; cost, $225.

• Teen Camp is July 29-Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages 13-18; cost, $150.

Cost includes snacks, crafts and other activities. Full-day camps include lunch.

Contact the director at 704-638-2339 for more information. Download the application at and send it in with your deposit to reserve a spot. Call ahead for availability; spaces are limited.

Summer Strings Camp

Learn to play violin, viola, or cello June 17-21. For ages 8 and older. Call 704-637-4730 or email Sponsored by the Salisbury Symphony.

Saleeby-Fisher YMCA

790 Crescent Road, Rockwell, 704-279-1742

Camp Explorer — provides a fun, structured and safe environment. Campers can develop new skills, good leadership, self-reliance and Christian values. Campers are grouped into grade levels and can build interpersonal relationships with other campers that will last a lifetime. Each week of summer is a different experience for your child.

Cost is $95/week member; $135/week nonmember; $25 one-time registration fee; $10 off registration fee and $10 off weekly fee for additional children in the same family. Age: rising first through fifth grades; child must have completed kindergarten.7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Middle School Adventure Camp — A program for pre-teens that will push the limit of action and adventure throughout the summer. Adventure Camp will challenge campers to excel in sports, crafts, Christian values, team concepts, community involvement, leadership skills and more.

Cost: $95/week YMCA member; $135/week nonmember; $25 one-time registration fee; $10 off registration fee and $10 off weekly fee for additional children in the same family. Age: rising sixth-eighth grades; 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Part-Time Day Camp — Two days of the week. This is a solution during the summer when you only need a couple of days during the week. $50/per two days YMCA member; $75/per two days nonmember; $25 one-time registration fee.

Super Star Camp — The weeklong active camp will teach gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming, dance and fitness to every child. The camp will help improve self-esteem and confidence in young girls. Girls will need to bring a bag lunch, drink, swimsuit and towel. July 8-12; $95 YMCA member; $135 nonmember; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., limit 20 spaces. Registration dates: June 1-July 3.

• Youth Swim Lessons — Listed are the levels of swim lessons and dates. Each day of the week is its own session which lasts for one month. Instead of having eight lessons we are offering four lessons per session.

Session dates: June 3-24, July 8-29, Aug. 5-26; you pick time and day. Classes meet once a week for four weeks. Times swim lessons will be offered are: 4-4:45 p.m., 5-5:45 p.m., 6-6:45 p.m., 7-7:45 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Cost per session: free for YMCA family and household members; $20 all other membership types; $40 nonmembers.

Private Swim Lessons — Private swim lessons for ages 3 and up. Register at the front desk; $15/class YMCA member; $30/class nonmember.

YMCA Splash Week June 3-6 – Free swim lessons for all; parents welcome to help with their child in the water. 3- and 4-year-olds meet 5-5:45 p.m.; 5- to 7-year-olds meet 6-6:45 p.m.; 8 and up meet 7-7:45 p.m.

Lifeguard Class: May 17-25 — Friday, May 17, 5-6 p.m. prerequisite swim test; May 18, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; May 20 and 21, 6-9 p.m.; May 22, 5-8 p.m.; May 23, 6-9 p.m.; May 24, 5-7 p.m.; May 25, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Prerequisite Swim Test — Must successfully pass all parts of the following swim test. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their arms under the armpits. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are NOT allowed. Surface dive, feet first or head first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using the steps or ladder.

Lifeguard Course Requirements: Candidates must be at least 15 years of age prior to first day of class; must meet requirements of prerequisite; attend all class dates and times; demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities; demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios; answer at least 80 percent of the questions in each of the two sections of the final exam.

Upon successful completion of the lifeguarding course, each participant will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate for Lifeguard Training/First Aid/CPR/AED which is valid for two years; $190 YMCA member; $220 nonmember. Payment for class is due at registration. No refunds.

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