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3D Game Design with Minecraft at Adelphi University, (Credit: Handout)

3D Game Design with Minecraft at Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City, is a new day-camp program guides beginner to advanced players in exploring new skills in Minecraft, a video game with millions of users.

Specialty summer camps on Long Island

Once children reach third, fourth or fifth grade, they start to exhibit interests that parents may want to cultivate through specialized summer camp programs. From ice hockey to video game design to nutrition, options for focusing on a developing passion abound. Here are photos of specialized programs on Long Island that go beyond the traditional swimming, archery and arts and crafts.

Camp Broadway at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts
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Camp Broadway at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is staffed by Broadway professionals; the camp travels the country and is in Westhampton Beach only for the week of Aug. 5 to 9, 2013.

At A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook,
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At A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook, kids ages 8 to 15 learn cooking skills.

LuHI Summer Programs in Brookville is instituting a
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LuHI Summer Programs in Brookville is instituting a "sampler camp" for summer 2013 -- the two week session lets campers participate in two days at each of five different specialty camps, including fishing and fencing.

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Hofstra Summer Camps offers Specialty Camps, a Learning
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Hofstra Summer Camps offers Specialty Camps, a Learning Institute and the Hofstra Sports Academy for day-campers whose interests are strictly athletic. (2012)

LuHI Summer Programs in Brookville is instituting a
(Credit: LuHi Summer Programs)

LuHI Summer Programs in Brookville is instituting a "sampler camp" for summer 2013 -- the two week session lets campers participate in two days at each of five different specialty camps, including fishing and fencing.

Hofstra Summer Camps offers Specialty Camps, a Learning
(Credit: Handout)

Hofstra Summer Camps offers Specialty Camps, a Learning Institute, and the Hofstra Sports Academy for day-campers whose interests are strictly athletic. (2012)

Hofstra Summer Camps offers Specialty Camps, a Learning
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Hofstra Summer Camps offers Specialty Camps, a Learning Institute, and the Hofstra Sports Academy for day-campers whose interests are strictly athletic. (2012)

Discovery Summer Camp at the Center for Science
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Discovery Summer Camp at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning seeks to engage children in hands-on investigations and experiments by designing projects, building and constructing, and using their imaginations to invent in activities such as art, music, team activities and challenges, special events and field trips. (2012)

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Summer Camps at Stony Brook University offers traditional
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Summer Camps at Stony Brook University offers traditional day camp, sports camp and themed academies, including acting, baking, band, chess, dance, forensics, natural sciences and photography. (2012)

Forensics Camp at LUHI Summer Programs, 131 Brookville
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Forensics Camp at LUHI Summer Programs, 131 Brookville Rd., Brookville, 516-626-1100, luhi.com is for Boys and Girls entering grades 7-12. They explore the science behind crime fighting through hands-on lab investigation, fingerprint analysis, drug analysis, hair and fiber analysis and handwriting analysis.

Vetrinary Medicine Camp, from Hofstra Summer Camps in
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Vetrinary Medicine Camp, from Hofstra Summer Camps in Conjunction with Nassau BOCES, teaches vetrinary science. Kids will work with live animals including dogs, rabbits and reptiles.

The College at Old Westbury hosts a two-week
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The College at Old Westbury hosts a two-week Circus Arts camp in which young people learn static trapeze, juggling, unicycling, acrobatics with silks, the tight wire and floor acrobatics. Here, students practice clowning and walking on stilts.

The College at Old Westbury hosts a two-week
(Credit: College at Old Wesbury, Circus Arts)

The College at Old Westbury hosts a two-week Circus Arts camp in which young people learn static trapeze, juggling, unicycling, acrobatics with silks, the tight wire and floor acrobatics. Here, a young girl works with silks while being spotted by another.

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The College at Old Westbury hosts a two-week
(Credit: College at Old Wesbury, Circus Arts)

The College at Old Westbury hosts a two-week Circus Arts camp in which young people learn static trapeze, juggling, unicycling, acrobatics with silks, the tight wire and floor acrobatics. Here, campers learn to build a pyramid.

Here, children participating in Westhampton Beach Performing Arts
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Here, children participating in Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center's Summer Musical Theatre Camp.

At the hockey camp hosted by the Rinx
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At the hockey camp hosted by the Rinx in Hauppauge, kids learn ice skills such as skating, handling the puck and shooting as well as having the opportunity to skate with kids with more experience.

3D Game Design with Minecraft at Adelphi University,
(Credit: Handout)

3D Game Design with Minecraft at Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City, is a new day-camp program guides beginner to advanced players in exploring new skills in Minecraft, a video game with millions of users.

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