PHOTOS: Youth camps focused on learning and fun

SUMMARY: JMU hosts a variety of summer camps for area children and teens, from adventure camps to academic enrichment programs to activities designed to teach healthy lifestyles. Here are some highlights from the 2022 season, captured by one of our college photographers.

A professional beekeeper teaches a young camper how to properly dress for beekeeping during the Arboretum Exploration Camp. The camp appeals to budding naturalists, animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

22-Summer-camps-for-youth-roboticsYouth Robotics Camp team members discuss how they could adjust their code so that their robot can stack blocks on its own. The camp uses robotic arm technology to teach the technical skills needed to overcome a variety of mechanical challenges.

UREC camp swimmerSpiderman takes a break from saving the city to go swimming during Camp UREC.

22-Summer-camps-for-youth-basketballA self-proclaimed “ball handler” from Camp UREC brings her fellow campers more basketballs for their game inside the college recreation center.

22-Youth-Summer-Camps-3D-PrinterA camper waits for the keychain he designed to print during 3-D Printing Camp, a week of design-build challenges led by product development company Juice Works.

22-Youth-Summer-Egg-CampsYoung paleontologists work hard to crack “dinosaur eggs” at the College for Kids camp, in which children engage in active learning with JMU faculty, graduate students and community experts.

22-Youth-Summer-Camps-bridgeExplorers from the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum climb onto the deck to peek at a turtle below. The Arboretum, on the JMU campus, is the perfect place for campers to learn about the life cycles of trees and butterflies, explore the behavioral adaptations of animals, and get up close with salamanders, turtles, and birds. .

22-Youth-Summer-Camps-wiringA renewable energy superhero reconfigures the wiring of his wind turbine to fire up the battery alongside him. The week-long Renewable Energy Camp teaches children about wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy as well as energy conservation.

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