Outside-the-Box Summer Camps 5

Niche Offerings for the Hardest-to-Please Young Camp-Goer

Space Rockets and Robots

1. STAR Academy 

2032 Greenspring Drive, Lutherville-Timonium

STAR Academy’s technology camps draw children interested in science, technology, engineering and math, offering projects and activities in such cutting-edge technologies as robotics, drones, virtual reality, 3D printing and coding. Their expert coaches lead campers through deeper-level understanding, critical thinking and collaboration, and students leave each week with completed projects to share with friends and family. For more information on Space Rockets and Robots and more themed camps for ages 6 to 12-plus, email info@STAR-Academy.com.

2. Pony Clinics

Garrison Forest School 

300 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills

Garrison Forest’s Pony Clinics are perfect for new or experienced riders interested in fun and friendship at the barn while they learn riding skills and aspects of safe horsemanship. In addition to riding, favorite activities include giving the ponies a bath and braiding their manes. Participation promotes self-esteem and confidence and reinforces learning through creative craft projects related to horses. For ages 7 to 12. Contact tararosenbaum@gfs.org for more information on this and other niche camps at GFS.

3. Improv Camp

Baltimore Improv Group 

1727 N. Charles St. 

At the improv skills camp for kids and teens hosted by Baltimore Improv Group in Station North, participants learn the basics of improv, from the intriguing to the silly, through scene and character work, as well as games. Through it all, the students will “gain self-confidence while exploring their own creativity and experiencing how group trust and teamwork make for amazing and hilarious improvisational theater.” Contact Michael Hartwell at michael.hartwell@bigimprov.org for dates and more information.

4. All-American Doll Camp

Bryn Mawr School 

109 W Melrose Ave.

Bryn Mawr Lower School teacher Christine Rogers invites campers to construct and decorate treasures for their American Girl Dolls or other dolls, such as furniture, tents, charcoal grills, purses, picnic baskets, beach towels, birthday hats and more. Campers wrap up the week by making a “cozy” sleeping bag and pillow for their dolls. For girls entering grades 1 through 6. Contact Leslie Feinberg at FeinbergL@brynmawrschool.org for dates and more information. (Bryn Mawr School is not affiliated with American Girl, LLC.)

5. CHOPPED! Cooking Camp

St. Paul’s Schools

11152 Falls Road, Brooklandville

Chopped! is like the reality TV show, with the twist that each day camper chef receives a basket with ingredients reflecting a different cuisine, such as French or Mexican. Using these ingredients, campers challenge themselves to make mouthwatering specialties and traditional favorites and explore new ingredients, tastes and combinations. Campers take leftovers home every night and get a recipe book at the end of the week with everything they have cooked. Ages 9 through 12. For more information on Chopped! and other camps for ages 5 to 8 and 8 to 12, contact sduckett@spsfg.org.

Tried and True

For kids who prefer a more traditional summer camp experience, consider these popular favorites:

Summer at Friends

Kindercamp, junior, intermediate and senior camp programs offer a mix of swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor play and more at the Friends School of Baltimore.

5114 N. Charles St.

FSCamp.org/page

Park Camps: The Park School of Baltimore

Kids from 3 1/2 to 12, grouped into “dens,” can enjoy a summer of adventure, including stream walks with critter identification.

2425 Old Court Road

ParkSchool.net/camps

Summer at Blakefield

Choose from a variety of options, including academic, creative, cultural and physical pursuits, for kids of all ages and interests.

500 Chestnut Ave.

LoyolaBlakefield.org/summer

Irvine Nature Camps

Kids can climb trees, race through meadows, catch frogs and explore the Caves Valley woodlands, having fun as they learn lessons in nature and ecology.

11201 Garrison Forest Road

ExploreNature.org/camp

Camp BMore Kids

Swimming lessons, arts and crafts, and science and STEM programming are all on the agenda for kids ages 3 1/2 through 8th grade.

1145 Concordia Drive

CampBMoreKids.com

ESF at Gilman

Day camp includes activities such as archery, fencing and innovation lab and more, for ages 4 through 8. Plus additional options for all ages.

5407 Roland Ave.

ESFCamps.com/gilman

Charm City Players: Imagination 101

Kids become a part of the musical theater world through classes taught by outstanding performers and arts educators in a two- week summer theater session.

Mercy High School, 1300 E. Northern Parkway

CharmCityPlayers.com/imagination-101-summer-camp.html