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New programs at Long Island summer camps

Birds are the topic of a new camp

Birds are the topic of a new camp called Bird Quest at The Stony Brook Summer Programs. Credit: Handout

Have a Steven Spielberg wannabe growing up in your house? He might be interested in a summer film camp being launched in July by the Long Island Motion Picture Arts Center & Museum at Molloy College in Rockville Centre.

The day camp program will give students a chance to experience and explore filmmaking, says Michelle Ciardulli, museum co-chair. "This gives them the opportunity to work with the professional film equipment, including lighting and grips and HD cameras, that professional filmmakers use to shoot a feature," she says.

Here are the details about Film Camp and some other novel programs being offered at camps across Long Island during the summer of 2014:

Film Camp

Long Island Motion Picture Arts Center & Museum at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-507-9570,

NEW FOR SUMMER A children's group, grades 3 to 7, will learn line and stop-motion animation and special effects and produce a film. An advanced group, grades 8 through high school, explores script writing, story boards, film production and editing and sound mixing. Advanced campers will write, produce and edit film projects. Camp provides professional motion picture equipment.

CAMP RATES Children's group $895 for three weeks beginning July 14; advanced group $1,795 for six weeks beginning July 7. Campers provide own transportation.

FOR MORE Driftwood Day Camp in Melville is starting an Animation Program during which campers will create clay pieces, then bring them to life on video (631-692-6990); Future Stars Summer Camps at the College at Old Westbury is adding a stop-motion animation program (516-876-3490).

Bird Quest

The Stony Brook Summer Programs, 1 Chapman Pkwy., Stony Brook, 631-751-1800 ext. 595;

NEW FOR SUMMER Kids ages 10 to 15 who love birds will explore, observe, identify and learn about avian life. At least two days will be all-day field trips to Jamaica Bay and eastern Long Island beaches to study migrating shore birds. Workshops will cover bird anatomy, vocalization and behavior.

CAMP RATES $750 for two weeks, beginning July 28, transportation to camp not included. Open house 1 to 5 p.m. March 15.

Science Academy

Park Shore Day Camp, 450 Deer Park Rd., Deer Park, 631-499-8580,

NEW FOR SUMMER In an expansion of a program launched last summer, kids from grades 2 to 6 will spend three hours each morning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities led by a certified science teacher. Children will build robots, bridges, roller coasters and DNA models.

CAMP RATES Each two-week Science Academy 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. session is $1,150; if child stays for full day of camp, it's $2,280. Morning program includes pickup only; full-day program includes all transportation. Call camp for four-, six- and eight-week session prices. Open house noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, beginning this weekend.

FOR MORE Mid Island Flight School in Ronkonkoma offers Aero Camp (631-588-5400), which teaches kids about airplane flight controls, airport traffic patterns and even takes them on flights. Other area camps also have added academic enrichment programs.

'Pitch Perfect' A Capella Singing Camp

Friends Academy Summer Camps, Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, 516-393-4207,

NEW FOR SUMMER Kids ages 8 to 14 who loved the movie "Pitch Perfect" will enjoy using their voices and bodies to replicate musical arrangements and songs in different genres. They'll learn to sing, harmonize, create percussion sounds and more.

CAMP RATES $950 for one-week program beginning Aug. 4; price reduced when campers attend multiple other weeklong sessions. Includes transportation, lunch, swim and towel service. Sign up by Saturday for early-bird discount. Open house noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 9.

FOR MORE Crestwood Day Camp in Melville is starting an "iRock Academy" music program (631-649-6101), and Driftwood Day Camp in Melville is starting a School of Rock program (631-692-6990).

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