Summer camps, programs offered to area youth

A variety of summer camps and programs for kids and teens will be offered by the Western Carolina University Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Summer Reading Adventures, a program to help rising first-, second- and third-grade students maintain the literacy level developed throughout the school year, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, June 17, to Friday, June 28. Through reading aloud, shared writing experiences, workshops and small guided reading groups, students will learn and practice strategies needed to be effective readers and writers. Summer Reading Adventures will be taught by Holly Whisnant and Jeri Hensley, National Board certified teachers who have more than 20 years combined experience in elementary school classrooms. Cost to attend is $125.

Rocket to Creativity, formerly known as Cullowhee Creativity Camp, will be held for rising second- through ninth-graders from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 24, to Friday, June 28. The camp engages children in fun and challenging activities that promote creative thinking and problem solving. Interest groups to be offered include Crime Scene Investigation, The Inventors Club, Robotics, Spy and Espionage, Clown Around with Animation, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Cost to attend is $130 and includes lunch.

The Robotics with Legos Camp for rising sixth- through eighth-grade students will be held from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12. Students will explore the technology behind robotics while building and programming with Lego building sets. Campers will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Cost to attend is $149 and includes lunch.

The Good Ole Time Summer Day Camp for children ages 9 through 13 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26. Campers will explore the culture of the region, including the heritage of Southern Appalachia, Cherokee and the pioneer experience, through crafts such as mask-making, weaving, candle-making, open-hearth cooking and pottery. Cost to attend is $110 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is Friday, July 5.

Youth Swim Programs will be available for participants starting at 6 months of age during four sessions offered between Monday, May 13, and Friday, Aug. 2. The cost is $44 for participants ages 6 months to 5 years and $75 for youth ages 6 and up. Exact class dates and times are posted online at

For more information, visit online and click on “Camps & Programs for Kids” or call 828-227-7397. Information about other learning opportunities including conferences, community classes and professional development also is posted at

Children will have an opportunity to learn about traditional weaving at the Good Old Time Camp at WCU's Mountain Heritage Center.

Children will have an opportunity to learn about traditional weaving at the Good Old Time Summer Day Camp.