Central Montco Technical High School has added a new wrinkle to the local summer camp scene for ‘tweens. The Plymouth Meeting-based school’s recently announced Grab-A-Day Activity Camps will allow ascending sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to explore everything from automotive technology to the visual arts during a trio of three-day sessions: July 9-11; 16-18; and 23-25, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Attendees can show up for one day, two days, three days or nine at $30 per day. The camp’s options are laid out on a BINGO-like chart and let kids concentrate on one specialty or choose a different one every day, all under the watchful eyes of CMTHS instructors in the kitchens, labs and workshops used by Colonial, Norristown and Upper Merion high school students during the regular academic year.
Interested in fixing cars? Braiding hair? Decorating cakes? Creating an escape room or hovercraft? Adding to your computer savvy? Making ice cream?
According to CMTHS Spokesman Fred McCarthy, all that and more is part of the new camp’s hands-on agenda.
-Auto Tech-Collision: Changing tires, oil and fluids; mastering tools; in general, "learning how to take care…of cars (and) get small engines like the ones found in lawnmowers and snowblowers run their best."
-Construction: Everything from "making lights work (and) fixing leaky pipes — the basics of becoming your very own do-it-yourselfer"
-Cosmetology: Shampoo treatments, hairstyling, braiding, manicures, pedicures and facials.
-Culinary and Baking: "Soups, salads, gravies, macaroni, cake decorating, cooking it all (or) take all of these classes to make a meal fit for royalty."
-Discovery Science: In addition to "an experiment that will blow your mind," escape rooms, hovercrafts, ice cream, edible orbs and other "funky-shaped foods.”
-Landscape Design: Hardscaping and landscaping. "Learn how the pros make decks, patios and beautiful ponds."
-Networking: Wired and Wireless activities that illustrate “how to build a computer and get connected to the Internet."
-Public Safety: "Law enforcement from the ground up."
-Visual Arts: Instruction in art and design elements and photography that will result in graphics for everything from T-shirts to skateboards.
The CMTHS camp was set up “to give kids the opportunity to explore careers while having fun working in our state-of-the-art facility.”
"Kids will have the opportunity to work with their heads as well as their hands, learning about all of the highly-desirable careers CMTHS trains students for,” McCarthy adds. “We have something for everyone, and (participants) can choose as many days as they want. It’s like a career exploration a la carte menu because they can take as few as one day or take all nine days.”
Part of the camp’s schedule will overlap with CMTHS’s “Welcome Wednesdays” for teens who will begin attending the school during the 2019-20 academic year as well as returning students, prospective students and the community-at-large.
"New students can come in on these Welcome Wednesdays and complete their registration, order their (vocational-technical) kits and supplies and also get to meet our staff and tour the facility," McCarthy explains. "This is a great ice-breaker for the new students. They feel a little less stress having been in the building already and met the staff.
Students will be able to try on uniforms for size before purchasing and also be photographed for their student IDs. We will also have the required emergency medical forms and contact forms available for parents or guardians to complete.”
This summer’s “Welcome Wednesdays” are set for July 10 and 17 and Aug. 7 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CMTHS’s annual “Student Summer Extravaganza” for new students is scheduled for July 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature “food, fun and games…with teachers and peers.” The first 100 students to register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-277-2301, ext. 243, will receive free CMTHS t-shirts.
CMTHS is located at 821 Plymouth Road (Plymouth Road and New Hope Street) in Plymouth Township. Additional details about registering for the school’s new Grab-A-Day Activity Camps for sixth, seventh and eighth-graders is available at www.cmths.org or 610-277-2301.