If you are trapped in Beijing this summer, don’t fret as there are still plenty of great activities going on for kids. Here are just a handful of camps happening throughout these months that are focused on pushing your child to new heights academically, athletically, and even creatively to prevent that undesirable summer slide that comes with too much idle time on smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles.
Atelier Creative Summer Camps, Jun 17-Aug 30
Ages 5-18. Atelier’s creative team has concocted a series of colorful and adventurous cultural workshops. Meet artists, visit countries, explore the oceans, become an architect, and awaken ecological awareness. There are six topics, such as Le Tour de France, Eco-Cities, a Drawing & Painting Masterclass, Journey to Traditional Culture, and Under the Sea, open to students five and up. Visit www.atelier.cn.com for more details and pricing.
2019 CISB Camp, Jun 24-Aug 2
Ages 6-15. The Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) offers English and Chinese language summer camps here in Beijing, and will also introduce a New One-Week Specialty Program for students aged 10 to 15 at the Discovery Adventures Park at Moganshan in Zhejiang province. Under the “Summer Enhancement program”, CISB will offer SSAT training for middle school students and SAT training for high school students. RMB 27,300-28,300. Canadian International School of Beijing (6465 7788; summeradmissions@CISBeijing.com)
DDC Summer Talented Youth Program, Jun 24-Aug 2
Ages 6-17. DDC (Diligence & Delight Learning Center) is offering their tailored educational summer programs dedicated to the development of highly talented students at The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi campus from June 24 to August 2. This includes STEM, Humanities, Arts and Drama programs to students from Grade 1 to 11. All classes are taught in English. 9am-4pm. The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi. (RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Camp Greenwoods, Jun 24-Aug 31
Ages 7+. Camp Greenwoods is the first ever fully American-style campsite built in China, incorporating all the true elements of American camping from campfires to camp Olympics. Children spend their one or two week sessions in the great outdoors developing new skills and making new friends. There are four camps to choose from across China (Beijing, Shanghai, Qiandaohu, and Kunming). RMB 8,800 per week. (6417 3809, WeChat: lufang0105, email@example.com)
Keystone Academy China Discovery Program, Jul 15-Aug 2
Keystone’s Summer Archway is a language immersion program, helping western students master their command of Mandarin Chinese. In three weeks, they will explore the past, the present, and the future of this exciting and influential city while simultaneously strengthening the communication skills of Chinese language learners. Grades 3-11. Keystone Academy (8049 6008 ext. 2777 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
White Cloud Volleyball Camp, Aug 5-9, Aug 12-16
Including playing for the Bayi women’s volleyball team and the Chinese national team, Bai Yun has dedicated herself to teaching and coaching volleyball to children, hoping to pass on her skills and knowledge to more young people and inspire a passion for the game. Volleyball players of all ages are welcome to register to develop and fine-tune their skills, develop teamwork, and increase their physical abilities through a safe and fun sport. Inquire for group discounts. RMB 4,281 (includes coaching fee, lunch & jersey). 9.30am-4.30pm. International School of Beijing. (RSVP: email@example.com)
This article first appeared in the beijingkids April 2019 Exploring Beijing issue.
Photos: Courtesy of organizers