HAMILTON, NJ --  School is in session for a few more months but Hamilton School District is already gearing up for fun and educational experiences for local students at their summer camps in action from June through July.    After the success of last year’s program, the camp offerings have expanded from 32 to 62 either half-day or full-day programs. 

According to Laura Geltch, spokesperson for the Hamilton Township School District, this series of summer camp experiences are set apart by the variety of offerings ranging from the incredibly popular Harry Potter camp to video game coding to sports to theater. 

“Children will have enrichment over the summer as they stay local and meet new friends.  They will be building memories and creating relationships,” said Geltch.  “Kids will walk away with experiences in a school environment having new meaning to them and building another layer between the community, staff and students.”

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The camps are taught by Hamilton Township educators.  However, they are not necessarily teaching the same topics that they teach during the school year.  Teachers from the District submitted proposals on the camps that they wanted to teach to the Hamilton Township Board of Education for approval.   Some teachers are leading more than one class

“The teachers don’t have to stay in their specific profession.  It gives teachers an opportunity to feel refreshed in the summer,” added Geltch.  “It also provides an employment opportunity for teachers to work in the summer.”

There are several new additions to the programs this year.  A class in E-sports to teach students to work in teams while gaming and learning the ethics, careers and scholarship opportunities in gaming.    The Women in Leadership class will invite female roll models from the community to discuss opportunities to become leaders, innovators, and productive young women contributing to their thriving hometown.  

The Healthy Mind and Body Yoga Camp will help teach students yoga and meditation to improve balance, coordination, posture, and flexibility.   Meanwhile, kids can get their hands dirty in gardening and horticulture class as they learn the importance of healthy eating. 

In addition, teenage students preparing for their licenses also can enroll in a week-long program

Each camp is open to 15 students who live in Hamilton Township, regardless of the school that they regularly attend.   The camp operates multiple sessions per day -- morning session which run from 9:00 am until noon; afternoon sessions run from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm; full-day programs that run between 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.  Before and after camp care is provided on-site by the Hamilton area YMCA.

Camp classes, which are held at Steinert High School or Reynolds Middle School, begin in one-week increment classes starting on June 22 and ending on July 31.   There is no limit to the number of class that a student may enroll in.  

Families are encouraged to enroll their campers soon before the classes fill up.  Registration before May 8 costs $150 per week for a half-day class; or $225 per full-day class.   After May 8, half-day registration is $175 per week; full-day registration would cost $260 per week. 

A full brochure of the available summer camps is available on the Hamilton Township School District website:  www.hamilton.k12.nj.us/

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