Summer is almost here, and several camps in the Cayuga County area can give children ways to stay busy while school's out:
Since 1941, Camp Caspar Gregory on Cayuga Lake in Aurora has been a haven of outdoor activities for local children.
• Camp Caspar Gregory has opened registration for day and overnight camping this summer. The rustic, American Camp Association-accredited youth camp, open since 1942, is located on Cayuga Lake near Aurora. The summer children's camp lasts five weeks, July 7 through Aug. 9, and is open to children 5 and older. Overnight camp is for children 8 to 16. Some financial aid is also available. For more information, visit campgregory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (315) 364-8486.
• Signups are open for Champs Summer Camp at Champions for Life Sports Center. The six-week camp will have a different theme each week, such as superheroes, music, Star Wars and more. The camp begins July 8 at the center, 453 Grant Ave. Road, Sennett. After-care is available each weekday at an additional cost. For more information, including pricing, visit championsforlife.org or call (315) 252-9305.
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• The Montezuma Audubon Center is now accepting registration for its summer camps: July 8-12: Hunter Education and Waterfowl Summer Camp for ages 11-15; July 15-19: Bowhunter and Trapper Summer Camp for ages 11-15; July 22-26: Fisheries Camp for ages 11-15; Aug. 5-9: Montezuma Unplugged Camp for ages 11-15; Aug. 12-16: Nature Camp for ages 6-10; Aug. 19-23: Nature Camp for ages 6-10 The camps take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and space is limited. The center is located at 2295 Route 89, Savannah. For pricing and other information, or to register, call (315) 365-3588 or email email@example.com.
• The Cayuga Museum of History & Art, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and the Seward House Museum will team to offer a new summer camp experience this summer, Hands-on History Camp. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8-12, the camp will include an archaeological dig with a park ranger, picnicking in Fort Hill Cemetery, a Victorian tea and luncheon at the Seward House, playing ball with the Auburn Doubledays and filmmaking in the Case Research Lab. The camp will conclude with participants and their families enjoying an evening of screening camp movies and learning how to navigate through stargazing. The camp is appropriate for ages 10 through 13. Reservations are required, and scholarships are available. For more information, including pricing, visit sewardhouse.org.
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• Art Space 4 Kids, a new arts camp, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. every weekday, July 8 through Aug. 16, at Montessori School of the Finger Lakes, 6734 Pine Ridge Road, Sennett. Children are invited to create art with a teacher, and math and music classes are also available. Drop-off is permitted for ages 6 to 17, and parents can stay for ages birth to 6. A parent lounge is also available. For more information, visit fingerlakesmontessori.com.
• Cayuga Community College will offer College for Kids and Teens classes for ages 8 to 14 from Monday, July 8, through Friday, Aug. 2, on its Auburn campus at 197 Franklin St.. Each class is 1.5 or three hours daily for one week, and new classes begin every Monday. Topics will include "Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite Style Video Game," "Delicious Desserts," "Star Wars Stop Animation" and more. For more information, or to register, call (315) 294-8841 or visit cayuga-cc.edu/kidsandteens.
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• Camp Y-Owasco is now accepting registrations. The traditional day and residential summer camp programs for children ages 6 to 15 offer swimming, canoeing, sailing, archery, water-skiing and more. The Auburn YMCA-WEIU-operated camp is located on Sam Adams Lane on the east side of Owasco Lake in Niles. For more information, including registration, visit auburnymca.org.
• Auburn Public Theater and Cayuga Community College will team this summer to offer a new Young Filmmakers Camp. Children ages 11 to 18 are invited to the camp, where they will make a film in one week using facilities at the college at the theater. Subjects to be covered include digital video cameras, non-linear editing, lighting, directing and storytelling. Children will also work with media professionals in writing, directing and producing. The camp runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8-12 for sixth, seventh and eighth graders, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15-19 for high-school grades. There is a limit of 20 students per class. For more information, including pricing, call (315) 253-6669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The theater will also offer a "Phantom of the Opera" Musical Theater Camp from July 22 through July 27. The first five days of the camp will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn, where participants in grades 3-12 can learn scenes from the musical and perform a showcase for friends and family Friday. Then, on Saturday, participants will travel to New York City via bus to see the show live on Broadway. For more information, including pricing, call (315) 253-6669 or visit auburnpublictheater.org.
• Also taking place at the theater will be Exchange Street Records Camp July 29 through Aug. 3. Participants in grades 7-12 will learn about playing in a rock band and writing music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, then perform with Perform 4 Purpose on the theater's Main Stage Saturday. For more information, including pricing, call (315) 253-6669 or visit auburnpublictheater.org.
• A five-day performing arts workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26, at Auburn Alliance Church, 630 N. Seward Ave., Auburn. For ages 8 to 15, the workshop will teach skills in acting, singing and dancing, as well as life skills and Bible lessons. It is presented by Family Life Ministries, of Bath. The workshop will culminate in a performance of "Faith News," a mini musical. Registration is limited to 60 students. For more information, including pricing, visit fln.org/events or call (800) 927-9083.
• The Art EmPOURium will host a children's summer art camp from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, Aug. 19 through 23, at its space on the second floor of 101 Genesee St., Auburn, above Regenerations consignment boutique. Children will create a variety of products in different mediums; the theme of this year's camp is "Woodstock: Five Days of Peace, Music & Art!" Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, including pricing, visit artempourium.com or call Sue Waby at (315) 406-0097.