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March 14, 2013

So many camps, so little summer

Explore the options in New Hampshire and Massachusetts at two weekend expos

It might be hard to believe with the snow piled high in backyards and parking lots, but it’s time to plan for summer camp. And as a resident of the Merrimack Valley, you are in a great position to do so: New Hampshire and Massachusetts are rich with options for every interest. That means that whether your child loves math and science, sports, or the great outdoors, there’s sure to be a camp to match.

Meanwhile, all those choices can be daunting. That’s why camp fairs can be such a big help to parents. This Sunday two such fairs are scheduled: one at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester, and another at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel & Conference Center. More than 50 camps will be represented at each of these Summer Camp and Program Expos, giving parents a chance to talk with counselors and other camp professionals to learn about the offerings.

Among the exhibitors is LetGo Your Mind, a traveling summer camp and enrichment program that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) topics by using Legos to create hands-on activities for kids, such as building robots, making music videos, and creating stop animation.

“This year’s theme is Star Wars,” says director and teacher Jim Harvey. “The kids get all the fun and what the parents see on top of it is that they’re getting the math and science skills behind it.”

Harvey says the camp travels from town to town, bringing the week-long curriculum to communities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including North Andover, Wakefield, and Melrose, Mass., and Salem, Nashua, Dover, and Bedford, N.H., as well as Burlington, VT.

With small groups and certified teachers as instructors, each kid gets an interactive experience.

“I know we nail it when it comes to kids having fun and creativity,” Harvey says.

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