CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Registration is now open for the "Best. Summer. Ever.," six-week series of unique experiential learning and camp sessions for children ages 3-12, offered by the Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street. A wide variety of specialty and theme-week programs, including geocaching in the Kanawha State Forest, drama classes with the Charleston Theatre Arts Workshop and "Amiguitos" Spanish activities will be offered in two separate but complementary camp programs. Faculty and camp leaders are subject-matter experts and highly experienced and professionally trained in both educational and camp settings for children.MMS Summer Program 2013, featuring focused exploration activities each week, will be held June 17 to Aug. 2. Full (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and half-day (9 a.m. to noon) sessions and after-camp (3 to 5:30 p.m.) programs will be offered. Learn to Swim classes at the University of Charleston are included for full-day campers. Registration is open to all children and is not limited to MMS students.Children may register for one or all of the following sessions:
June 17-21: "Geocaching, Maps and Wilderness Exploration," for children ages 3-12 with Jessica Rodecker. (Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt using GPS to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches."). Transportation will be provided from the school to the Kanawha State Forest.June 24-28: "Amiguitos" Spanish Camp for children ages 3-6 with Ana Wentz.
July 8-12: "Around the World Magic Carpet Ride" for children ages 3-6 with Samantha Van De Berghe.July 15-Aug. 2: Drama with Charleston Theatre Arts Workshop with Jessica Rodecker.With the exception of week one, weekly registration is $215 for a full day and $120 for half-day sessions; the after camp plus program is $45 per week. A sibling discount is available. Registration for the geocaching session is $225. To register, go to www.MountaineerMontessori.org
or call 304-342-7870. A second program, "Summer Fun Camp with Nancy and Sophia," is scheduled for June 24-July 26. Registration is open to rising first graders and older. Activities include: storytelling; swimming at UC; bike riding; cooking classes; natural arts and crafts; and Friday in the Kanawha State Forest. Leaders are Nancy Johnston, an MMS physical education and art instructor with more than 16 years of experience, and MMS alumna Sophia Kaufman, a certified lifeguard and former counselor at Camp Glenburn in New Brunswick, Canada."Summer Fun Camp" will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with early drop-off available for an additional fee. Registration is $200 per week, with a sibling discount offered. To register, contact Johnston at 304-344-0666, or email firstname.lastname@example.org