Jewish Community Center hosts specialty summer camps

YOUNGSTOWN — From theater performance to science projects to horseback riding, the Jewish Community Center is offering various themed specialty camps each week for children.

Emily Blau, Camp JCC director, said the camps kicked off in June and will be held each week through mid-August.

She said a recent camp with building with LEGOs drew a large crowd of children. Alicia Lenczewski, instructor / educator with Snapling of Kent, said the camp was a great way to expose children to different concepts of engineering and design.

“They are learning as they build and have fun,” she said.

This week, children used LEGOs to build amusement-park creations such as Ferris wheels, bumper cars, roller coasters and a merry-go-rounds.

“The children learned engineering skills, simple solutions and design process,” Lenczewski said.

Bryce Allison, 12, of Youngstown, said he enjoyed learning engineering skills to help him build bumper cars.

Blake Vickers, 6, of Girard, said he learned how the LEGOs could be used for building creative projects.

Other camps scheduled for children ages 7 to 14 include:

“Mad Science-Eureka!” — Monday to 19. Campers will be given a series of challenges which must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors;

• Horseback Riding Camp — July 22 to 26;

• Crayola Imagine Arts Academy World of Design — July 29 to Aug. 2. Campers will learn about the rain forest, Hollywood, the ocean, Mars, and a futuristic city, all while using the design thinking process and a wide variety of art techniques.

There is a fee for each camp.

For information, call 330-746-3250, Ext. 152