May 2, 2018 — (Key West, FL).  Key West Art & Historical Society ArtCamp! at Fort East Martello offers weekly camp sessions for children and special Program Aide Training for Teens

Registration is open for this summer’s ArtCamp! at Fort East Martello, a summer program that celebrates Key West’s rich artistic history and natural landscape over a series of nine weeks beginning June 4 and running through August 3.  In addition to camps held for children aged 5-14, this year’s program includes a week of special Program Aide Training for Teens aged 12-16 held June 11-June 15, which will certify participants in assisting with the children’s summer program though leadership, creativity, and team-building development, and of course lots of fun!

The camp, in operation for over thirty years, marks Key West Art & Historical Society’s commitment to youth programming and educational initiatives that aim to inspire a greater sense of place and historical understanding about our island home. Each session is led by a team of instructors made up of talented artists, teachers, and historians with extensive experience with children and additional special training in working with those on the autism spectrum.

Weekly sessions run the creative gamut to touch upon a variety of art, culture, and the humanities to get children thinking, moving, and making: Pirate Camp; Sand Sculpting Camp; Program Aide Training for Teens; Mind Crafts Arcade Camp; Shake, Rattle, and Beats Camp; Summer Theater Camp; Medieval Camp; Claymation Camp; Cinema Camp, and Picasso Camp. 

Teens aged 12-16 who attend the June 11-15 Program Aide Training ArtCamp! will enjoy activities and tailored trips while further developing their creativity and leadership skills.  Activities and subjects to be explored include a day of paddle-boarding and team-building activities; “vision boarding” on personal skills, hobbies, interests, and talents; development of conflict resolution skills; health and safety for self and others; body language and effective communication-counseling techniques and best practices; basic child development and behavior management; time management and punctuality; and prioritization of multiple tasks.  Participants will receive 20% off future Society camps while bolstering their experience working with children.

Auxiliary activities and excursions pertaining to specific sessions, including field trips to local museums, nearby beaches and gardens, highlight the abundant history and cultural assets of our islands while encouraging students in expanding their knowledge of the local community. In addition to the weekly themed curriculum, campers also have the experience of exploring Fort East Martello, an enclosed Civil War-era fort stewarded by Key West Art & Historical Society, with time for natural, open-ended play, with outdoor play stations, water play, a dress-up area, giant building blocks and a Rigamajig from Imagination Playground.

ArtCamp! runs from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday – Friday and is $200 per session for Society members, $225 for nonmembers. Included are all supplies, light snacks and weekly Friday pizza parties. Free lunch generously provided by Star of the Sea Foundation is also available. Detailed descriptions of the Teen Program Aide Training and all ArtCamp! sessions along with registration information can be found at kwahs.org, click ‘tickets,’ or call Adele Williams at 305-295-6616, extension 115. Registration fills quickly.  Sign up now to secure your child’s spot! Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island. 

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Key West Art & Historical Society’s always popular weekly summer ArtCamp! sessions begin on June 4 and run through August 3, and include a variety of opportunities for fun, learning and adventure, including Theater Camp, Pirate Camp, Sand Sculpting Camp, Program Aide Training for Teens, and more.