If you are looking for a way to keep your youngster busy this summer, programs around the county have you covered.
Schools, Franklin College, nonprofit organizations, community centers and even a museum are offering summer camps to cater to every kid’s taste.
Children can sing at multiple musical theater camps, learn about Greek mythology, create their own robot or become green thumbs.
Here is a look at the summer camp offerings.
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Camp Can Do
Teens with autism can stay physically active and mentally engaged at Johnson County Autism Support Group’s day camp.
Camp Can Do blends traditional camp activities with life skills in a fun learning environment. The program allows students to build skills such as cooking, money management and using public transportation that are needed to become an independent adult.
The program is divided into three one-week sessions: June 12 to 16, June 19 to 13 and June 26 to 30. Camp is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Whiteland Community High School.
Registration is $150 per session for Johnson County residents and $175 per session for residents outside of Johnson County. Campers attending all three sessions receive a $75 discount. In order to assure an appropriate ratio of counselors to campers, register early. Registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis with final payment due by May 15.
Youngsters have several ways to put their mad scientist caps on at Camp Inventions across the county.
Creekside, Isom and Center Grove elementary schools are all using curriculum from the nationwide program.
Creekside camp is June 19 to 23; Isom is July 10 to 14 and Center Grove is June 5 to 9. Creekside’s camp is $235. The other two are $225.
Register for the camps at campinvention.org.
Center Grove Dance Camp
Members of Center Grove’s varsity dance team will teach your dance-loving child on June 13, 14 and 15.
Their camp is open to students in grades 1 to 8. Cost is $50.
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Center Grove Fine Arts Academy
Your theater-loving child can study Disney, Broadway and dinner theater at a Center Grove Fine Arts Academy Camp.
The academy has camps in all three theater disciplines. Students in kindergarten through third grade can do Adventures with the Mouse in a Disney themed camp June 12 to 16.
Students in fourth through seventh grade can learn about Broadway from June 19 to 23. Cost is $200 for both camps.
Students age 13 to seniors in high school can put on a dinner theater production July 23 to 29. Cost is $125 for this camp.
Register at: www.centergrovechurch.org/summer-camp-2017/
Franklin Choral and Music Camp
Young aspiring musicians can hone their skills at the Franklin Community Choir Choral and Vocal Music Camp.
Students can get private lessons, small group instruction and learn with guest clinicians June 12 to 16. Students in grades 5 to 12 can enroll.
Cost is $85. Discounts are available for multiple students for the half-day camp. Call 317-496-0791 to register.
Kids on Campus
Kids can learn about fantastic beasts, cooking, flying, DNA and hosts of other subjects at Kids on Campus.
Franklin College is offering its annual camp from June 26 to 30 for students in first through eighth grade.
Parents can choose half- and full-day options. Costs range from $129 for a half-day early bird registration by May 23 to $209 for a full-day camp after the early bird deadline. Extended care pricing is also available.
Children can pick their own classes as availability allows.
Youngsters who love history and have finished third or fourth grade can attend the Johnson County Museum of History’s Time Traveler’s History Camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 to 14.
Each day of the camp, students will learn about a different time period. They will interact with a Civil War re-enactor, and learn about Native Americans and Johnson County pioneers. Crafts, food and games from the past will be offered.
Cost is $30 or $25 for members of the historical society.
Email tmoore@johnson co.jo.in.us to register.
Missoula Children’s Theatre
Students can help produce a show in one week with the Missoula Children’s Theatre.
Employees of the Missouri-based camp roll into towns across the world with everything they need to put on a full-scale production. They will be in Franklin, sponsored by the Artcraft Theatre, the week of June 19.
If students are chosen for a role, they will have rehearsal all week. Auditions are 10 a.m. June 19 at the Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin.
Two performances of “Aladdin” at 3 and 5:30 p.m. June 24 will wrap up the camp.
Youth Garden Camp
Students who love gardening and nature can find their niche at a garden camp.
Purdue Extension’s Youth Garden Camp will help local kids improve their green thumbs.
The program for children ages 8 to 12 will run from 9 to 11 a.m. June 9, 16, 23 and 30 and July 7 at the Purdue Extension office on the Johnson County fairgrounds in Franklin.
The cost is $15 per child. Camp sessions will focus on hands-on activities related to soil, plants, pests, garden-to-plate nutrition and more. There also will be crafts and team-building activities.
The camp has been spread over several weeks so that budding gardeners can learn about the science of plant development and environmental responsibility. Children will get to plant seeds and watch them grow over the course of the camp.
Membership in 4-H is not required for Garden Camp participants. For additional information, contact Heather Dougherty at 317-736-3724 or by email at email@example.com.