The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and it’s finally warm enough to go outside without a coat on. Winter is officially over, and summer will be here before you know it. When classes are finally over, what will your kids be doing all summer? Whether you work full time or you’re a stay-at-home parent, summer camps are a great way to occupy your kids from June to September. They can get outdoors, learn new things, make new friends, and have wonderful experiences they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. 

Luckily, the Berks County area is home to lots of amazing summer camp programs that will have any kid on cloud nine until school starts up again. Here are some of the ones that we recommend checking out!

South Mountain YMCA 

Registration for Summer Camp 2022 is now open at South Mountain YMCA (SMYMCA). Simply put, you can’t beat the wide range of options SMYMCA offers kids of all ages. Schedule your kids to attend overnight camps and day camps, theme camps (think Hogwarts or Camp Half-blood), teen camps; you can even register your child for an international exchange program camp with Spain or Germany. The best part of South Mountain programming is that you are sure to find the camp experience that best suits your child, your schedule and your budget. From classic camp activities like zip lining and paintball to leadership programs and other skill builders, SMYMCA will keep your kids happy and engaged. Keep the fires burning.

GoggleWorks

If you have a budding artist on your hands, they can spend their summer polishing their skills at GoggleWorks Summer Camp. GoggleWorks Center for the Arts encourages the development, exploration, and innovation of artists young and old. Their summer day camp for kids and teens will foster the same growth in your children as they experience working in a variety of artistic modalities, including glassblowing, virtual reality, painting, drawing, printmaking, fused glass and more. Kids also get the opportunity to experience unique artist demonstrations so that they can learn from the experts. Merit and need-based financial aid is available. Your home will surely end up decorated with a wide array of unique art after your child spends the summer being creative at GoggleWorks.

Berks Nature

Berks County has some incredibly beautiful natural landscapes that many locals never get a chance to really appreciate. Sending your kids to Berks Nature Eco-Camp will keep them from being one of them! With both full-day and half-day options, Eco-Camp will get your children outside, soaking up the sunshine and fresh air as they explore and learn about the incredible ecosystem of the area in Angelica Creek Park. With themes that range from“I Love Dirt” mud week to a high-energy bike week to a recycling week and a gardening week, your little ones will pick up life skills, exercise habits, and all kinds of useful knowledge about the natural world around them. Registration for the 2022 season is open now, so don’t wait to get your kids signed up!

Hawk Mountain

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary also offers nature themed options for your youngsters this summer. Camp attendees will explore nature in a variety of ways. They’ll meet animals, hike scenic wooded trails, engage in role-playing exercises, do arts and crafts, try fun experiments and enjoy presentations from scientists and special guests. As if attending camp at Hawk Mountain at an internationally recognized research facility isn’t enough to keep your camper happy, themes change weekly to keep your child engaged. We have a feeling your kids won’t want to come home at the end of each day! Hawk Mountain Nature Camps are now enrolling for Summer 2022. Registration can be done week by week for topics of interest or for the entire summer. Financial aid options are available.

The spring is going to fly by, and these summer camps will fill up fast, so don’t wait! Register your children today. Get them ready to enjoy the dog days of summer with exciting activities and great learning opportunities!