Best Summer Camps for Your Child in Top Cities of India
Keeping your child occupied during the summer holidays is nothing short of a challenge. But we have made things easy for you. Here is a list of popular summer camps in your city
By Team ParentCircle • 18 min read
Which is that one place where a child gets an opportunity to build social skills, nurture long-lasting friendships, learn teamwork, expand her knowledge, get creative and aim at personal development – all at once? A well-organised summer camp, of course! Summer break has just started and while the mercury rises every day, children are finding new ways at home (and outdoors) to keep themselves occupied.
It is a good time to engage in some unstructured play, but the long holidays mean that children will soon get restless. The best way to keep them away from gadgets and the television is to enrol them in summer camps. Make sure you pick activities according to their interest.
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We have chosen a few camps for you in top cities of India –
1. Brainbay Eduspark Summer Camp
Ages: 5 – 17 years
Location: The Brainbay (After School Programs), 6/4, 7th St, Devi Karumariamman Nagar, Vijaya Nagar, Velachery
Activities: Abacus, Vedic Maths, Handwriting, Phonetics, Math-a-magic and Focus ‘o’ Brain
Date: Starts on 18 March, 2020
Contact: 044 – 42300349, 99410 76103, 98404 19861, 94984 88656
About the camp: This summer camp offers a wide variety of specialised activities like arts, language learning, mathematics and supplemental educational programmes. These classes are conducted on a daily basis for 10 days, with a duration of 2 hours per day, from Monday to Friday. The aim of this camp is to encourage children to learn new skills which have a lasting impact on their overall development.
2. Chennai Kidequettes Summer Camp 2020
Ages: 4-15 years
Location: Slate, Gate No 4, 78 Lady Andal School, Harrington Road. Chetpet. Also at: T. Nagar, R. A. Puram, Purasawalkam, Velachery, Anna Nagar, Kelambakkam, Vadapalani, Perungudi, Adyar
Activities: Posture, Cleaning up, Party etiquette, Good table manners, Behaving at public places, Meeting new people, Graceful dining, Restaurant dining, Play dates, Being a good guest, Giving and receiving gifts, Sportsmanship, Telephone manners, Personal hygiene, Money matters and Conversation skills.
23 March to 3 April
Morning 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Anna Nagar
Evening 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – R. A. Puram, T. Nagar, Chetpet, Anna Nagar
27 April to 8 May
Morning 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Velachery
Evening 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Tambaram, Anna Nagar, T. Nagar, R. A. Puram
11 to 22 May
Morning 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Anna Nagar
Evening 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - KK Nagar
Contact: 098412 00118
About the camp: It is vital for children to learn how to treat people and conduct themselves at all times. Chennai Kidequettes classes not only teach children good conduct, but also help them to establish core values and principles. Your children are taught some basic manners which help them build on their behaviour, thereby laying a strong foundation in proper etiquette that will last a lifetime.
Check here for more summer camps in Chennai.
1. Abstratics Summer camp
Ages: 6 – 12 years
Location: Abstratics Creative Dance Company, #1144, 1st Floor, Above Syndicate Bank, BEML Layout 3rd Stage, RR Nagar
Activities: Dance, Acting, Story Telling and Pencil Sketch
Dates: 6 to 17 April, 2020; Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Contact: +919739173840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the camp: This is a 10-day, fun-filled summer camp for kids to experience learning with various types of materials and activities. The aim of this camp is to introduce children to different activities which will challenge their body and mind, and ensure that they learn and have fun at the same time. The classes will be conducted in a professional set-up in the studio. They will keep the kids engaged, and help them make great memories during this summer vacation.
2. Varadha's Dance Company Summer camp
Ages: 6-12 years
Location: Varadha's Dance Company, #377, P-II, 43-rd Main Road, Near Mount Carmel School, Ideal Homes Township, Rajarajeshwari Nagar
Activities: Hip Hop, Contemporary, Western, Drama and Gymnastics
Dates: April & May – Monday to Friday – 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Contact: 9916010542 / 9738100243
About the camp: This summer camp will keep kids cool and active during the hot summer days. It is not the usual class that stresses them, but provides a great opportunity for them to enjoy and learn something new.
1. GiGGLES Summer Camp
Location: CP Goenka school, Oshiwara
Activities: Beat Boxing, Taekwondo, Fun with Science, Vedic Maths and Mandarin Language
Dates: 3 to 10 May, 2020; 11:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.
Contact: Tina - 96193 66239; email@example.com
About the camp: This ‘fun & learning' summer camp, which is in its 14th year, gives an opportunity for the kids to engage in self-developmental activities like dance, singing and fashion show. It also encourages them to participate in various camp competitions. After six days of activities, a ‘Grand Finale’ will be organised exclusively for families of participating children. The kids will perform a stage show, and prizes and certificates will be distributed.
2. Acuver Sports Summer Camp
Location: Acuver Edu Conzult Pvt. Ltd, 004, Dharma Nagar CHS, LTD, Dharma Nagar, Opp. Aura Hotel, Off Link Road, Yogi Nagar, Borivli West
Activities: Athletics, Basketball, Chess, Football, Handball, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Throwball, Volleyball, Skating, Swimming and Cricket. Also includes Fun & Fitness, Dance, Music, Drawing, Speech & Drama, Abacus, Vedic Maths, Phonics, Handwriting and Calligraphy.
Dates: 17 March to 28 May
Contact: 022 28687620; www.acuver.in
About the camp: The training given in this summer camp is not just for how to kick a ball or run faster, it's much more than that. Children are taught different kinds of exercises, stretching techniques, knowledge about various sports and nutrition. A great opportunity for your child to be physically strong and also understand the ABC of sports.
1. Kids STEAM Camp
Ages: 2 to 5 years
Location: Delhi Public School, B-Block, Sushant Lok Phase-1, Gurgaon
Activities: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths
Dates: 1 Mar 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
About the camp: Children are never too young to start thinking about science, technology, engineering, art and maths. The STEAM Camp introduces important concepts through stories, activities and challenges that engage young learners in creating simple projects with their own, unique design.
1. Shreyans Gundecha’s Badminton Academy Summer Camp
Ages: 4 to 20 years
Location: ArmourTurf Sports Academy, 2, Grant Road, Vitthal Nagar, Eon IT Park Phase - 2, Kharadi
Activities: Badminton Coaching – from basic to advanced levels
Dates: March to May, 2020
Contact: Shreyans Gundecha – 72495 50344
About the camp: This camp offers professional badminton coaching from basic to advanced levels. It focusses on individual training, physical fitness, development of techniques and awareness about proper diet. Analysis of national and international level matches will be done to teach players better game skills.
Now, let's take a look at some more exciting camps lined up for this summer across the country. Most of these are week-long, overnight camps. If your child hasn't gone camping yet, you could start with a short day-camp and see how he likes it. Please note that there could be more camps planned over the next month or so.
ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAMMES
There are various academic summer programmes available all over the country, in themes like STEM, leadership, liberal arts, business research and community service. Apart from giving your child exposure, these programmes also help build your child's profile and can give him an edge when it comes to his college admissions. We list down a few options, particularly for high-schoolers.
High School Achievers Programme
This is a unique non-residential programme with a mix of exercises, lectures, group assignments and field visits. This programme can provide a great opportunity for children to hone their critical thinking and leadership skills. It is offered by ‘Young Leaders for Active Citizenship’, an organisation that aims to get young people more involved in the democratic process. If your child is a ‘social-media debater’ on contentious issues, this programme can help structure her thought process. Debates, interactions with bureaucrats and top professionals, social impact projects… there are ample opportunities to learn! Applications for the 2020 batch are now open.
Age: Open to children from Classes 9 to 12
Locations and Dates of the Programme:
Delhi (7 to 14 June and 15 to 28 June)
Mumbai (13 to 20 June and 21 June to 4 July)
Bengaluru (3 to 10 May)
Dubai (10 to 17 July)
Fee: Ranges from Rs 22,000 to Rs 35,000 + GST (Scholarships are available based on merit and need)
For more details: https://ylacindia.com/index.php/highschool-achievers-program/
Oxford Summer Courses in India
Two Oxford graduates wanted to share their enriching experience at Oxford with children across the world. That thought seeded Oxford Summer Courses (OSC), a programme that aims to provide 'an honest and authentic taste of Oxford education, Oxford living and Oxford culture'. With a wide range of 10-day courses in business and entrepreneurship, coding, creative writing, leadership and more, there are plenty of opportunities for children to develop public speaking, debating and critical thinking abilities. Students can choose to live on campus, or stay at home, or be with family/friends. Applications are now open.
Age: 14 to 17 years
Location: Oakridge International School, Bengaluru
Dates: 1 to 10 June
Fee: £1115 (non-residential) and £1595 (residential)
For more details: https://oxfordsummercourses.com/ apply/
Young Scholars Programme
Offered by Ashoka University, this week-long programme is a great opportunity for your child to get introduced to liberal arts and experience college life at Ashoka University. A week-long residential camp, this programme exposes students to different disciplines through hand-on learning and includes workshops, discussions, presentations, and more.
Age: Open to students in Classes 11 and 12 (students who have appeared for the Class 12 exams are not eligible)
Location: Ashoka University Campus, Haryana
Dates: 17 to 23 May
Last date of application: 15 March
Fee: Rs 42,000 (inclusive of taxes)
For more details: https://www.ashoka.edu. in/page/ysp-60
Summer at Doon
Keen to provide an opportunity for your child to experience learning at one of the best boarding schools in India? A famous all-boys school, Doon welcomes both boys and girls to its two-week summer residential programme, where students will be given exposure to experiential learning, design thinking, problem-solving, social service and yes, outdoor adventure! The programme is designed to guide students to become 'influential leaders of tomorrow'.
Age: 14 to 18 years
Location: The Doon School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Last date of application: 30 April
Dates: 23 May to 6 June
Fee: Rs 1.5 lakh (inclusive of food, lodging, medical care, etc.)
For more details: http://www.doonschool.com/ summer-at-doon/
Online Camp from Google
How about an exciting 'Summer of Code' with Google? This is for your college-going child. Is your child 18 and enrolled in an accredited institution? Then, she can spend her summer vacation writing code for an open source software project from Google. Applications open 16 March 2020. Stay tuned for more information that will be made available soon: https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/get-started/
Shall we get adventurous now? From academic programmes, let's move on to outdoor camps. Rafting, trekking, experiencing the wild…. these adventure camps are sure to be a hit with most children.
An outdoor camp where your child can explore places such as Maldives, Bandipur and Coorg! Activities offered include trekking, bird watching, nature walk, kayaking and close interaction with elephants.
Age: 8+ (Parents are allowed to accompany their child in some camps.)
Location: All their camps start from Bangalore; pick-up options from Chennai and Hyderabad are available on request.
Dates: Holiday packages are available from the second week of April to the first week of May.
Fee: Varies based on the destination (Starting at Rs 16,000)
For more details: https://www. frolicboonies.com/
Nestled in a picturesque valley in Kerala, Camp Cardamom gives children an opportunity to experience the intersection of nature and culture. In a mixed-age setting, many cultural and outdoor activities are on offer – rock climbing, swimming, Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu, and more! It also boasts of a 1:3 teacher-student ratio. There is an online application form to be filled, which is followed by a short admissions interview.
Age: 8 to 16 years
Location: Marayoor Valley, Kerala
Dates: 3 May to 14 June (You can choose an appropriate duration for your child. The minimum attendance period is one week.)
Session 1: 3 May to 10 May
Session 2: 10 May to 17 May
Session 3: 17 May to 24 May
Session 4: 24 May to 31 May
Session 5: 31 May to 7 June
Session 6: 7 June to 14 June
Fee: Rs 45,000 per week
For more details: https://www. campcardamom.com/apply
Youreka Adventure Camp
With scenic campsites in many places across the country, Youreka offers a fun-filled, no-luxury holiday for small groups of children. If your child is nine and above, and loves outdoors, you may be able to find the right camp for him here. Sitlakhet, Uroli, Bhillar, Tirthan Valley, Yercaud…there are numerous options to choose from. Bookings are now open.
Levels: The outdoor camps are divided into three categories based on the previous camping experience of the child. The duration of camping varies accordingly.
- First-timers: 9 –12 years; 6 days
- Intermediate: 11–16 years; 8 days
- Advanced: 11–17 years; 8 to 24 days
Dates: Holiday-packages are available from the first week of April to the last week of June.
Fee: Most packages range from Rs 31,900 to Rs 41,900.
Departure points: Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi
For more details: https://inme.in/
Sounds exciting, right? These are just a few options. A little more research may get you more options that better suit your location and your child's taste. If your child is young, and not ready for an overnight camp yet, fret not. Explore the many fun day-camps available around you, that allow your child to learn sketching, chess, fireless cooking, pottery and more. Also, keep a lookout for exciting summer activities offered by ParentCircle: https://www.parentcircle.com. And we can't stress this enough: Before you sign up, do a thorough research on the reputation of the camp and the safety measures in place.
Now that you have explored our list of exciting options this summer, we tell you what you should keep in mind before you pick a summer camp:
- What are your child's interests?
- Is there any new activity that you would like your child to get exposure to? If yes, would she enjoy it?
- Will your child enjoy attending a camp, or would he prefer to spend time at home?
- How experienced are the camp organisers? What are the safety measures that the camp follows? Are the camp personnel professionally trained and have their backgrounds been verified?
- How much are you willing to spend on the camp? Is the camp worth the money you are ready to pay?
- Are you (and your child) ready for an overnight camp yet? How long would you be comfortable sending your child on a camp for?
A carefully chosen summer camp not only keeps your child engaged, but also helps him learn new skills and explore his interests, makes him independent, helps him find new friends, and above all, lets him have fun! Wishing you and your child a fun-filled, memorable summer ahead!
Disclaimer: Readers are advised to check the details by thoroughly researching before deciding. ParentCircle is only providing information here. This should not be seen as an endorsement of any of the camps mentioned in the article
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