From video game development to sports: Summer camps in Utah Valley

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Video Game Summer Camp

Your kids could spend their summer vacation playing with friends, being bored, swimming at the local pool — or they could spend four weeks learning to code and developing their own video games.

This year World Tech Academy is offering three sessions of a Video Game Summer Camp that’s three days a week for four weeks. The camp is for kids ages 10 and up and will be at Weave at Thanksgiving Point, 3401 N. Thanksgiving Way #400 in Lehi. This is the second time they’ve done the camps, but the first time that it’s three days a week for four weeks.

While learning to code, students will first build a maze and puzzle game, then a game like Super Mario Bros., and then an isometric game, which looks more three dimensional, said Jared Rhodes, director of the Video Game Summer Camp.

The last camp project is a game type of their choice, featuring a character they drew at the beginning of class, he said. The camp takes the kids’ character drawings and has an artist turn them into pixel art so they can be part of the kids’ games.

“We want to help kids get into coding,” Rhodes said. It’s a marketable skill that will help them through their lives.

The class size is a maximum 15 students, and there are still spots available in the June, July and August camps.

Tuition for the four-week camp is $599. There’s a 10 percent discount if you enroll more than one student — they don’t have to be related — or if you sign up before June 7 for the July or August sessions. And there’s a 20 percent discount for girls, because World Tech Academy wants to encourage girls to get involved in coding and video game development.

“We’ve never had a girl before, and this time we have a girl,” Rhodes said. “We’d like to have more.”

The company is also sponsoring one child who lives in foster care per camp.

In addition to tuition, campers also need access to a laptop, but there are some computers available to use if a laptop is unavailable.

For more information or to sign up for the program, go to worldtechacademy.com.

Video Game Summer Camp is just one of many options to keep your children busy and learning this summer in Utah Valley:

Digging Up Dinos is one summer camp offered at Thanksgiving Point this summer. (Photo courtesy Thanksgiving Point)

Digging Up Dinos is one summer camp offered at Thanksgiving Point this summer. (Photo courtesy Thanksgiving Point)

Thanksgiving Point

Kids from preschool to 12th grade can learn about Legos, farming, science, paleontology and more at Thanksgiving Point’s summer camps. There are one-day camps or four-day camps, and prices vary for each one, and members get a 10 percent discount.

For more information, go to thanksgivingpoint.org/day-camp-listing.

Sundance

Sundance Mountain Resort offers a nature day camp for kids ages 5-12, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., from June 6 to Aug. 5. They can attend for one day or multiple weeks. Every week has a different theme, and children will play, explore and learn about arts and music and environmental awareness. Prices are $59 per day, $53 per day for a sibling, or $245 per week and $215 per week for a sibling. The price includes a T-shirt, water bottle and sling bag, and there’s a $30 registration fee.

For more information or to register, go to sundanceresort.com/kidscamp.

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UVU

Utah Valley University offers a variety of programs for children during the summer. They can learn about aviation — and fly a plane with an instructor, do arts and crafts, learn about theater with the Noorda Theatre Summer Camp, take computer classes, learn about robotics or take classes about inventors and anatomy.

For more information go to uvu.edu/ce/youthcamps.

BYU

Brigham Young University offers summer camps for a variety of sports and fitness, including football, lacrosse, soccer, cheer and Cougarettes, golf and speed and power. Campers will train with nationally recognized coaches and athletes at BYU’s sports facilities. For more information call (801) 422-5724, email sportscamps@byu.edu or go to byusportscamps.com.

BYU also has dance and music camps for children and teens. The dance camps include ballroom, ballet, creative dance and international folk dance. For more information, go to dancecamps.byu.edu/children_creative.

The Young Musicians’ Summer Festival is a six-day summer camp, June 12 to 18, for children ages 14-18 to help improve musical skills and talent. For more information, go to youngmusicians.ce.byu.edu.

SCERA

From ukulele classes to acting and anime, the SCERA in Orem offers a variety of summer camps for children. Other unique offerings include Pirate Fun, Bubbles, Artsy Science and a course called Speak Up! to teach children how to be heard and perform better academically.

For more information, go to scera.org/event-category/summer-camps.

Nebo School District

Children who’ve finished fifth grade and live in the Nebo School District boundaries are invited to attend the Nebo School District’s three-day Shadow Mountain Camp.

Students learn about archery, leatherwork, star gazing and go hiking. For more information, go to shadowmountain.nebo.edu.

Alpine School District

Children who’ve just finished fifth grade and live in the Alpine School District boundaries are invited to attend the five-day Clear Creek Summer Camp.

For more information, go to clearcreekcamp.org.

Provo School District

Students who’ve just finished fifth grade and live in the Provo School District boundaries are invited to Camp Big Springs, in Provo Canyon. Students spend five days doing science experiments, arts and crafts and playing sports.
For more information, go to campbigsprings.provo.edu.

City rec programs

Many cities around Utah County offer summer day camps and summer recreation programs for children. In Provo, besides all the other rec programs, there’s a Summer Adventure Kids Camp and Adaptive Camp.

Payson has a children’s Summer Craft Camp. In Eagle Mountain, there’s a Jr. Golf Camp at the Ranches.

For more information, go to your city’s website to find out what’s available.

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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