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Ivy Tech Youth Camps and Classes

The Center for Lifelong Learning is so excited to have you back with us for summer camps this year! 2020 was a year of change resulting in adaptation and innovation. Our staff has worked thoughtfully with your child and family in mind to provide enriching and fulfilling summer camps. It is our hope that these brand new and returning signature camps will bring joy - joy in creation, in connection, and in imagination. Although we miss seeing your faces, we must continue to prioritize the safety of your family and our staff and hold camps virtually this summer. Students will have live instruction via Zoom with expert instructors and time for play with other campers! Most camps include a supply kit full of goodies that your child can use to keep creating even once camp ends. We thank you for your support and cannot wait for a fun summer with you!

Summer 2021 Digital Catalog

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Testimonials from our 2020 Virtual Summer Camps

 

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For more than 15 years, Ivy Tech has offered youth summer camps and sought to provide equal access to these experiences. With the added COVID-related constraints impacting families, we are excited to have been able to offer the opportunity in partnership with Verizon for ALL youth ages 6-15 to register and participate for one FREE Ivy Arts for Kids or College for Kids virtual camp this summer.

We have now reached our capacity in offering free camps in partnership with Verizon and would like to thank everyone who signed up for one of our virtual camps this summer! 

For more free programming this summer, spots are still available to girls grades 6-8 for our Rural Young Women camp with Verizon Innovative Learning (see the camp listing below for more details).

Registration for CLL summer camps is still open, so you can browse our available camps below and register online as usual or join the waiting list for any camp that is at full capacity.


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Bloomington, IN 47404

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All Ivy Tech Youth Programs are currently held virtually


SUMMER CAMPS


IVY ARTS FOR KIDS Ages: 6-11

Ivy Arts for Kids - Session 1

Fill this summer with fun and creative arts activities! Our signature summer camp, Ivy Arts for Kids, is back this summer in a safe, virtual format that includes live instruction and time to play. Each two-week session features new mediums and hands-on projects in both 2D and 3D art that make for a full and engaging summer. Participants will work on projects in groups, ages 6-8 and 9-11, with multiple instructors. All participants receive a supply kit full of goodies that will keep them creating art beyond camp. Each session culminates with a virtual art show where parents, grandparents, and friends can see all the beautiful art made by their child.

CRN: 41005-211
Emily Medsker and Hannah Shuler
Monday - Friday | 9:00-11:00am
6/7/21 – 6/18/21
$195


Ivy Arts for Kids - Session 2

Fill this summer with fun and creative arts activities! Our signature summer camp, Ivy Arts for Kids, is back this summer in a safe, virtual format that includes live instruction and time to play. Each two-week session features new mediums and hands-on projects in both 2D and 3D art that make for a full and engaging summer. Participants will work on projects in groups, ages 6-8 and 9-11, with multiple instructors. All participants receive a supply kit full of goodies that will keep them creating art beyond camp. Each session culminates with a virtual art show where parents, grandparents, and friends can see all the beautiful art made by their child.

CRN: 41016-211
Emily Medsker and Cheryl Maxwell
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
6/21/21 – 7/2/21
$195


Ivy Arts for Kids - Session 3

Fill this summer with fun and creative arts activities! Our signature summer camp, Ivy Arts for Kids, is back this summer in a safe, virtual format that includes live instruction and time to play. Each two-week session features new mediums and hands-on projects in both 2D and 3D art that make for a full and engaging summer. Participants will work on projects in groups, ages 6-8 and 9-11, with multiple instructors. All participants receive a supply kit full of goodies that will keep them creating art beyond camp. Each session culminates with a virtual art show where parents, grandparents, and friends can see all the beautiful art made by their child.

CRN: 41026-211
Emily Medsker and Megan Humphreys-Savell
Monday - Friday | 9:00-11:00am
7/6/21 – 7/16/21
$195


Ivy Arts for Kids - Session 4

Fill this summer with fun and creative arts activities! Our signature summer camp, Ivy Arts for Kids, is back this summer in a safe, virtual format that includes live instruction and time to play. Each two-week session features new mediums and hands-on projects in both 2D and 3D art that make for a full and engaging summer. Participants will work on projects in groups, ages 6-8 and 9-11, with multiple instructors. All participants receive a supply kit full of goodies that will keep them creating art beyond camp. Each session culminates with a virtual art show where parents, grandparents, and friends can see all the beautiful art made by their child.

CRN: 41027-211
Emily Medsker and Allen Zielinski
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
7/19/21 – 7/30/21
$195


COLLEGE FOR KIDS Ages: 11-15

2D Art Camp Ages: 11-15

Escape into the world of 2D art in this camp through drawing and painting! In this camp, students will learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques to express their own ideas. Students will create from life as well as the imagination utilizing design elements including techniques, colors, patterns, and shapes. A full supply kit will be provided so students can continue creating even after the camp ends!

CRN: 41009-211
Cassidy Young
Monday - Friday | 9:00-11:00am
6/7/21 – 6/11/21
$125


Summer Chef: Cooking Camp Ages: 11-15

Learn from the best as the Ivy Tech Hospitality Administration Program invites you into the virtual kitchen where you'll learn key fundamentals, such as mother sauces, knife skills, healthy cooking with proper nutrition, and prep. Each day leaves you with something delicious for the family! A full supply kit will be provided and we will follow up after regsitration closes with a list of recipes and daily itinerary.

CRN: 41006-211
Chef Tad DeLay
Monday - Friday | 9:00-12:00pm
6/7/21 – 6/11/21
$195


Virtual Puzzles, Escape Rooms, and More! Ages: 11-15

Do you like challenges and puzzles? Virtual Puzzles, Escape Rooms, & More is just the kind of camp that challenges students to get creative and think outside of the box, even in this virtual format. Students will start each day of camp with a different kind of puzzle to solve followed by a lesson on how to create that kind of puzzle. Students will also create their own Google Slide escape room and explore symbols, clues, ciphers, and word searches and scrambles. The camp will conclude with a chance for students to share all that they made with their families on Friday.

CRN: 41007-211
Cassidy Young
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
6/7/21 – 6/11/21
$90


World Art Ages: 11-15

Escape into the world of 2D art in this camp through drawing and painting! In this camp, students will learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques to express their own ideas. Students will create from life as well as the imagination utilizing design elements including techniques, colors, patterns, and shapes. A full supply kit will be provided so students can continue creating even after the camp ends!

CRN: 41010-211
Hannah Shuler
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
6/7/21 – 6/11/21
$125


Fiber Arts Camp Ages: 11-15

Have you ever wondered how your clothes are made? Are you looking to learn a hands-on skill that is both creative and practical? In this fiber arts camp, young artists will find out! Students will be introduced to embroidery, crochet, and weaving - learning the ins and outs of the incredible world of fiber. Students will learn new techniques each day to create work that can be used, worn, and adorned! Artists should be prepared to play and experiment in this hands-on, week-long camp. A full supply kit will be provided!

CRN: 41014-211
Angie Doffin
Monday - Friday | 9:00-11:00am
6/14/21 – 6/18/21
$125


Greek Mythology & Art Ages: 11-15

Enter the world of gods and monsters! The world of myth has long fascinated audience, from the ancient world up until modern day. Specifically, myth has been a muse for the art world, inspiring sculpture, painting, and even film! In this course, students will explore Greek mythology and its influence on art, both ancient and modern, and how it has captivated generations. You will learn a variety of Ancient Greek Myths, take a look at the art inspired by them, and create your own artistic interpretations of the myths! A supply kit will be provided with materials required for camp, though campers will need to have handy a notebook, graph paper, a pencil, and ruler.

CRN: 41012-211
Wendy Vencel
Monday - Friday | 9:00-11:00am
6/14/21 – 6/18/21
$125


Creating Your Character Ages: 11-15

Heroes, villains, fantastic friends, and foes - dream them up and then build them from the ground up in this five-day character design course. You’ll start with a variety of basic drawing techniques for a solid foundation, and then you’ll take your character into the digital realm with editing software and watch your character come to life. Beyond drawing, you’ll learn how to create believable characters by constructing the way they look, think, and act in the world around them.

CRN: 41013-211
Bob Wolanin
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
6/14/21 – 6/18/21
$110


Discover Printmaking Ages: 11-15

Printing is as easy as a keyboard shortcut nowadays, but it was not always that simple. In this hands-on week-long camp, students will learn how to make art prints while exploring block carving techniques, applying ink with brayers, and how to successfully transfer designs to paper. Printmaking is a fun way to play with layers in students’ designs while also being able to duplicate artwork. While creating, students will also learn the variety of ways printmaking can be used – from band posters to t-shirt design, to birthday cards. A supply kit will be provided.

CRN: 41015-211
Amanda Hutchins
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
6/14/21 – 6/18/21
$125


Magic 101 Ages: 11-15

Amaze yourself and fool your friends, family, and future audiences! Learn this theatrical craft and art from Tom Hastings, a retired high school teacher, performer, and current demonstrator for Rich Hill's Magic Shoppe in Nashville, IN. With over 60 years of experience, Tom introduces and teaches basic psychological, mechanical, and manipulative skills to enhance your knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance. You will learn a stunning new vocabulary and how to better navigate the many resources available to novice wizards.

CRN: 41011-211
Tom Hastings
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
6/14/21 – 6/18/21
$125


Sculpting Ages: 11-15

Have you ever seen a sculpture and wonder how artists make it? In this very hands-on camp you will learn both basic and advanced sculpting techniques using non-hardening wax/oil-based clay making your very own sculptures! You will be able to sculpt what you want based on your unique interests – characters, cos-play items, figures, animals, and masks are a few examples. A supply kit will be provided!

CRN: 41020-211
Bob Wolanin
Monday - Friday | 9:00-11:00am
6/21/21 – 6/25/21
$150


Summer Chef: Cooking Camp Ages: 11-15

Learn from the best as the Ivy Tech Hospitality Administration Program invites you into the virtual kitchen where you'll learn key fundamentals, such as mother sauces, knife skills, healthy cooking with proper nutrition, and prep. Each day leaves you with something delicious for the family! A full supply kit will be provided and we will follow up after regsitration closes with a list of recipes and daily itinerary.

CRN: 41018-211
Chef Tad DeLay
Monday - Friday | 9:00-12:00pm
6/21/21 – 6/25/21
$195


Adventures in Dungeons & Dragons Ages: 11-15

Role-playing games inspire creativity, problem-solving, team work, and storytelling. In this camp, you will learn the basics of the latest (5th Edition) Dungeons and Dragons rules, create your own unique characters, and set off for an adventurous dungeon crawl. Are you a human, elf, wizard, hardened warrior, or a cleric that can heal your wounded party? What is involved in a campaign adventure? This camp encourages deep interaction among its players and you'll rely on one another to survive the mysterious creatures that covet the treasure. Even while virtual, you can have fun with friends in this immersive camp!

Building on the knowledge gained in week 1 of Adventures in Dungeons & Dragons, week 2 will allow participants to refine and build on the skills learned while also putting them into practice. Participants will dig deeper into Dungeon Mastering and creation with each student having the opportunity to run a game for the others in the camp!

CRN: 41021-211
Bob Wolanin
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
6/21/21 – 7/2/21
$195


Music Synthesizers & Audio Synthesis Ages: 11-15

From creating the sound of a flute and violin to a screaming electric guitar or alien spaceships, laser beams and other worldly soundscapes, electronic music and sounds created by audio synthesizers have been a staple in music and film soundtracks since their inception. The past couple of years has seen a huge resurgence of interest in these unique and highly creative audio tools. That sound of a soda can being opened in the commercial you just watched was created by an audio synthesizer! Odds are pretty good that the soundtrack and sound effects to your favorite video game were composed and created by these fascinating instruments. You hear them every day and probably aren't aware of it.

CRN: 41024-211
Bob Wolanin
Monday - Friday | 9:00-11:00am
6/28/21 – 7/2/21
$110


Once Upon a Time: An Exploration of Fairy Tales Ages: 11-15

Find out what it’s like to be a real-life Indiana Jones! Archaeologists work all over the world, and even in our own backyards learning about people in the past. How did people use to live? What did they eat? What did they wear? These are just some of the questions archaeologists seek to answer that you will also explore. In this camp, students will learn what culture is while traveling through ancient Africa, Europe, and North America. There will even be an artifact scavenger hunt! Don’t miss out and register today!

CRN: 41023-211
Wendy Vencel
Monday - Friday | 9:00-11:00am
6/28/21 – 7/2/21
$90


Archaeology 101 Ages: 11-15

Find out what it’s like to be a real-life Indiana Jones! Archaeologists work all over the world, and even in our own backyards learning about people in the past. How did people use to live? What did they eat? What did they wear? These are just some of the questions archaeologists seek to answer that you will also explore. In this camp, students will learn what culture is while traveling through ancient Africa, Europe, and North America. There will even be an artifact scavenger hunt! Don’t miss out and register today!

CRN: 41022-211
Wendy Vencel
Monday - Friday | 2:00-4:00pm
6/28/21 – 7/2/21
$90


COLLEGE FOR KIDS Ages: 8+ & Family Friendly

Nature Journaling

Summer is here and Bloomington is blooming! The flowers are bright, the trees are green, and the bees are buzzing. After a winter of being cooped up inside, the whole family can join us for this nature journaling camp, getting outside and observing the joys of the world around us. The instructor will hold the class virtually via Zoom from different outdoor locations and will provide a list of places around town that make for great nature journaling spots. Please note that this class does not meet together, but provides the guidance for your family to get outside and journal together for one price. A sketchbook and drawing tools will be provided in a supply kit, but students are encouraged to also bring their favorite coloring tools – paint, markers, crayons, watercolors, etc. – to add a little more oomph to their sketches.

CRN: 41008-211
Cassidy Young
Monday - Friday | 5:30-7:30pm
6/7/21 – 6/11/21
$125


CAMP INVENTION Grades: K-6

Camp Invention

Do you love being hands-on and working through problems? Do you love getting a big box of goodies in the mail? Our new Camp Invention Connect allows your Camper to receive a large box filled with awesome STEM activities, including two robots, to keep them busy for a week. Each morning of our at home camp week will start with an optional virtual meeting with local educators, followed by independent exploration for the remainder of the morning (using the full color instruction materials included in the box). In the afternoon we will have another optional virtual meeting to share inventions, talk about what we learned and problem solve any sticky points.
For more information, as well as access to discounts, see the Camp Invention Connect flyer here.

CRN: 41031-211
CLL Staff
Monday - Friday | 9:00-3:30pm
7/26/21 – 7/30/21
$245


VERIZON INNOVATIVE LEARNING Grades: 6-8

Rural Young Women

In partnership with Verizon, this FREE camp is open to any middle school student regardless of gender identity who lives in Monroe, Morgan, Lawrence, Brown, Greene, Orange, Martin, and Owen county.

Details:

  • The camp will consist of a summer three-week intensive learning experience including courses in immersive media, digital product innovation, smart solutions, artificial intelligence and robotics, and design thinking principles.
  • Following the summer, the students will participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year. Technology equipment will be provided for student usage and learning throughout the program.
  • Click here to learn more about the program!

Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education initiative, is a key part of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. The initiative ensures equitable access to education in under resourced communities across the nation. In support of under-represented populations in STEM fields, Verizon Innovative Learning in partnership with NACCE offers a year-round program that works with middle-school aged young men of color, and rural young women through over 45 NACCE member colleges across the country to teach next-gen technology skills and entrepreneurship. For this program, each student is offered an immersive STEM experience during a three-week summer camp followed by sessions offered once a month throughout the year. Participants are additionally paired with a mentor for the duration of the program, into the next academic year. Students also receive career exposure opportunities led by Verizon employee volunteers.

CRN: 41032-211
CLL Staff
Monday - Friday | 9:00-12:00pm
7/6/21 – 7/23/21
FREE


BLOOMINGTON PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT Ages: 5-14

All Bloomington Playwrights Project Summer Camps will be held in-person at Switchyard Park Main Performance Stage.

A limited number of scholarships are available for BPP summer camps. Students must be eligible for the National School Lunch Program to receive a scholarship. If you are interested, please click here for more information. For questions or more info about BPP Summer Camps, please reach out to education@newplays.org or visit BPP's website

Broadway Kids Ages: 5-8

There's no better way to experience summer than by being outside, making new friends, and creating fun theatre! Campers will explore music, movement, visual arts, and performance, all at Switchyard Park. With a focus on fostering creativity and imagination, students will learn improvisation techniques along with introductory elements of acting. Our Broadway Kids will gain self-confidence, respect for others, and a greater ability to express themselves both physically and vocally.

CRN: 41029-211
BPP Staff
Monday - Friday | 9:00-12:30pm
6/7/21 – 6/11/21
$250


Theatre Camp for Kids Ages: 9-14

Get your child outside this summer, creating theatre with other campers at Switchyard Park! A playground for young imaginations, Theater Camp for kids is the perfect opportunity for young actors and writers to explore their creativity. Over two weeks, campers will learn skills in acting and playwriting, as well as explore improvisation techniques along with character creation and artistic collaboration. It all culminates in an opportunity to star in a play they write themselves!

CRN: 41030-211
BPP Staff
Monday - Friday | 9:00-4:00pm
6/14/21 – 6/25/21
$400