WMU News

Summer activities for youth abound on WMU campus

May 20, 1999

KALAMAZOO-- In just a few short weeks, children across the area will joyously leave the halls of their schools, celebrating the beginning of summer and parents will all ask themselves the same question: "Now what?"

Western Michigan University has the answer with a variety of summer activities for children of all ages, including writing and sports camps, dancing and swimming. Activities planned include:

Campus Kids
What: A summertime program of WMU's Children's Place Learning Center, each week focusing on a special topic, such as oceanography, creative arts, space exploration and the environment.
For: children who have completed kindergarten to age 11
When: June 7 ­ August 20
Where: WMU's Children's Place Learning Center, 2210 Wilbur Street
Cost: Full-time (7:30 a.m. ­ 6 p.m. weekdays), $100 per week; part-time (up to five hours daily), $74 per week
Contact: Children's Place Learning Center at (616) 387-2277

Third Coast Writing Project Camp for Young Writers
What: Expanding and exploring creative writing skills, students work alongside peer authors and are taught by experienced writers and artists. Professional writers and artists visit to share techniques and ideas.
For: children ages 10-16
When: June 28-July 16, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: WMU Department of English, Moore Hall
Cost: $250, need-based scholarships are available; registration deadline is May 31
Contact: Anna Marovich at (616) 343-1091

Swimming Lessons
What: Swimming lessons for students at all levels from beginner to advanced (Level 1 through Level 6), including classes for infants and toddlers.
For: children ages 6 months to 16 years
When: Two sessions: June 14-June 30 and June 21-July 7, morning and evening classes
Where: WMU's Gabel Natatorium
Cost: $30 for Parent and Infant Tot classes; $37 for all others
Contact: Gabel Natatorium at (616) 387-3050

Boys' Basketball Camp
What: The 1999 Individual Skill Development Camp, led by WMU Men's Basketball Coach Bob Donewald, will enhance skills including ball handling, passing, shooting, and offense and defense techniques for teams and individuals.
For: boys, ages 9-18, who have not yet completed the 12th grade
When: June 20-23
Where: WMU's Student Recreation Center and University Arena
Cost: $230, includes room and board, 24-hour athletic trainers and camp activities. Those not staying overnight receive a rate of $155.
Contact: Christian Wilson at (616) 387-3106

Boys' Football Camp
What: Led by WMU Head Football Coach Gary Darnell and the football staff, three camps focus on enhancing individual skills in a team environment through instruction on offense, defense and the kicking game.
For: boys, ages 9-17, who have not yet graduated or started their senior year of high school
When: One-day camp for all positions, June 16; WMU Passing Academy for quarterbacks and receivers, June 27-29; and WMU Kicking School for kickers and punters, June 27-28
Where: WMU athletic facilities
Cost: One-day camp, $30; Passing Academy, $195 for overnight campers, $145 for commuters; Kicking School, $135 for overnight campers, $95 for commuters. Costs for overnight campers include all meals and housing.
Contact: Bronco Football at (616) 387-8620

David Howard Summer Dance Intensive
What: Nationally recognized instructors David Howard and Mary Price Boday will present a kinesthetic approach to movement and dance training and will utilize slow motion video frame by frame technology to see the anatomy and kinesiology of movement principles.
For: dancers, ages 12 and up
When: June 20-26
Where: WMU'S Dorothy U. Dalton Center studios
Cost: $350, room and meals available for additional fees
Contact: WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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