Offering a bagful of activities specially designed for school children, a number of summer workshops have mushroomed in the city, as majority of schools have closed for vacation. Apart from the routine activities to which students are largely attracted, like creative arts, adventure sports, crafts, dance, music, painting, theatre, yoga or aerobics, this time personality development and soft skills are some of the common ones, which are topping the schools and other institute’s lists.
British School, Sector 44 and Shemrock school, Sector 69 have collaborated with Go Banana Kids club which has been running in the city since 15 years. At British School, the summer camp will begin from May 25 to June 15 for all the age groups upto class VIII. The activities would include theatre, free style dance, poetry, environmental education, arts and splash pool parties. While, at the Shemrock School, the camp will begin from June 1 and will continue till June 22.
Besides activities, there will be field visits, interactive sessions with a child counsellor, fun science projects, meditation techniques, cookery for kids and lot more.
For those students under 8-14 years of age group who wishes to improve upon his/her writing/reading/listening or communication skills can join the city based debating society, ‘Wordz’. The Wordz society will be starting with a summer camp which would include customised modules for school students, working professionals, college students and non-working individuals. From Spoken English to Vocabulary building, personality development and from English grammar to body language, everything will be covered. One of the founder members, Ashmita Gupta said, “Our classes will not be like any tuition but students will feel as exited to attend our classes as they would be for any swimming or dance classes. We do not confine a student to four walls of a classroom but also provide for practical training as well.”
Sherwood Convent School and Acme Summer camp in Mohali will also organise activities which will focus on soft skills, personality development, calligraphy, various forms of dance and tours packages as well to Shimla, Kufri and Pinjore. The camp fee will be Rs 25,000 for two weeks.
Meanwhile, the State Library in Sector 34 and Sector 17 will also be starting summer camps for the students of class III to VIII, from June 9 to June 27. Art and craft, story telling and personality development will be a part of the workshop. The parents would have to only deposit a registration fees worth Rs 200-250.
Ashiana Public School, Sector 46 is also organising a summer workshop for kids interested in Martial Arts including Judo-karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The camp which will be starting from May 24 will also include self defense training, wrestling, kicking, striking and block drills. Satyapal Negi, who will be running the workshop said, “Since, it is sports oriented workshop, not many girls participate but every year, of 70-80 students, 20% are girls.”
Another summer camp with fun-filled activities for tiny tots will be organised at Tulip World School, Panchkula. Art of Living (Inspirational Activities), Wildlife Videos, Mud Craft, Storytelling with pictures and props, GK on current affairs, Anger Management, Time management, relaxation exercise, kids movie screening are some of the options for the kids to choose.