Jacqui Nickell
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Arts and crafts have been a staple of summer camps and programs for so long that it’s easy to forget why the tried and true keep coming back around.


The truth is, there’s a special kind of joy, unlike any other, that comes from seeing a project you’ve been working on for an extended period of time come to completion. After the finishing touch is added, you examine the fruits of your labors from all angles, taking pride in the fine details added so painstakingly, and revel in the fact that through your hard work there is something new in the world.


As Director of Summer Programs at Lakehill Preparatory School, I get to see kids, every summer, experience that special joy. Whether kids are learning to create unique masterpieces in our All Mixed Up camp, bringing new life to an old favorite object in Trash to Treasure, or experimenting with new stencils or Mod Podge decoupage glue in Crazy for Crafting, the start is the same: tentative and careful, as the ideas are slowly forming in the crafter’s mind. Then, as vision becomes reality, the pace speeds up, the artist’s strokes are more confident, and the work becomes feverish. Lastly, work slows down again as the final tweaks are made, and that’s when you see it, that special joy.


You know that the artist has plans already; a gift for mom, dad, or a grandparent, a special place on the windowsill, or a spot of honor on the hallway wall may be its destiny.


About Lakehill Summer Camps

Lakehill Summer Camps are unique in offering quality, teacher-led camps at an affordable price, with free before-camp and after-camp care available every day.

Lakehill Summer Camps offer programs for boys and girls entering kindergarten through grade 12, with weekly sessions beginning June 8 and ending August 7, 2015.

In addition to science camps, Lakehill offers a variety of camps in LEGO, Minecraft, visual and performing arts, crafting and building, film making, and more.

There are a variety of sports camps, including cheerleading, tennis, disc golf, soccer, and basketball.

Young minds can stay sharp over the summer with fun camps in reading, writing, mathematics, and technology, or get a leg up preparing for kindergarten, fourth grade, or Middle School.

Altruistic campers can spend a week volunteering in the Community Connections Camp. With 87 different camps available, there truly is something for everyone.

Camps are $240 per week for a half-day session, and $315 per week for a full-day session. Free before-camp and after-camp care is available.

Camps will be offered at both the Main Campus and at the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. Online registration is now open and programs are filling fast. More information and easy online registration is available at

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