With so many specialized summer camps available, how is a family to choose? In a new option through LuHi Summer Programs called "The LuHi Sampler," for example, a child doesn't have to focus on just one interest. The two-week sampler session lets kids experience two days at each of five different LuHi programs -- fencing, fishing, computers, adventures and GIFT, which stands for Great Ideas For Tomorrow and includes electives from the sciences, arts and crafts or sports.
"The kids can get a taste of a few different programs," says Jennifer Magerle, program specialist.
Here are details about the new offering at LuHi and some other brand-new programs being offered at camps across Long Island during the summer of 2013:
The LuHi Sampler
NEW FOR SUMMER During the session from June 24 to July 5, kids grades 4 to 6 can experience the sampler.
CAMP RATES $1,250 for the two-week session; enroll by March 1 for $25 discount. Optional lunch program is $60. Includes transportation. Open house noon to 3 p.m. March 10
Astronaut Training Camp
NEW FOR SUMMER Destination Science, which runs camps in five states, changes programs annually. This year, it's featuring a weeklong Astronaut Training Camp that will teach kids how NASA is handing some space travel over to entrepreneurs and what it's like in an outer space capsule, says program director Kathy Heraghty. Other new topics include the Ultimate Survival Zone, focusing on how organisms have survived over the years, and Wacky Robot Camp. Camps are for ages 5 to 11.
CAMP RATES $359 a week; enroll by March 1 for $90 discount. Transportation not included. No open houses
NEW FOR SUMMER Does your camp end in mid-August, leaving you with few options for entertaining the kids? Problem solved: Girl Scouts of Suffolk County is adding a ninth week to its season for the first time, from Aug. 19 to 23 at both its day camps. "We try to serve our working families as best we can. Due to popular demand, we decided to add a ninth week of summer camp," says Christine Terzella, director of public relations for Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. Camp Edey is grades 1 to 9 and Camp Sobaco is grades 1 through 6.
CAMP RATES About $255 a week. Optional transportation throughout Suffolk County for $30 a week per child. Open houses 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 14, and 6 to 7:30p.m. May 8 and 16 at Camp Edey; 2to 3:30 p.m. March 10, 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 14, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 6 and 21 at Camp Sobaco
Technical Theater Program
NEW FOR SUMMER This new major for kids entering grades 10 to 12 concentrates on the other side of theater -- backstage. This is an advanced course for experienced theater tech students involving project organization and participation in hands-on activities in Usdan's theaters, including sets, costumes and lighting.
CAMP RATES $3,925 for seven weeks; transportation additional $725 to $1,125, depending on location; register by tomorrow and save $100. Open houses 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24, March 17, April 21 and May19
NEW FOR SUMMER From July 8 to 12, campers ages 9 to 12 will study "the science behind ewww" -- exploring ear wax, flying bugs and more. "We're trying to promote STEM in a fun way. Any way we can incorporate science is our priority," says Catherine Bingham, education coordinator at the museum. The camp is led by museum educators from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other weeks this summer include Toys "R" Discovery and Space Adventures.
CAMP RATES $340 a week, transportation not included. No open houses