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By Lucia Dunlap
Marketing Intern, Lakehill Preparatory School

The long, lazy days of summer. Kids look forward to a break from their busy year, while parents worry that all that “doing nothing” will lead to their children doing nothing but playing video games or spending hours on the Internet, letting their minds waste away.

Although the summer should be a more relaxed time for your child, their interactions in the outside world should not come to a halt. Luckily, parents have a wide variety of options to help their kids get outside, make a connection in nature, and have face-to-face contact with other children. Whatever a child’s interests or abilities may be, parents can find a summer camp to save their kids from boredom, keep them actively engaged, and prevent the dreaded summer "brain drain."

Many parents turn to nature-based camps when making their summer selections. According to a study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, camps that get children outdoors in nature can sharpen a children's ability to focus, lower their chances for childhood obesity, and establish a meaningful connection with nature.

In this day and age, where children can spend the entire day without face-to-face contact with other kids, interacting only by phone or Internet, a summer camp adventure can increase children's social skills and give them the opportunity to make new friends.

Lakehill Preparatory School is offering more than ten nature-based camps this summer. The camps are designed to give children of all ages the opportunity to get outside, get active, and explore the wonders in nature that are all around them. The names of Lakehill’s camps alone invite discovery and excitement: Going GreenAnimal Planet, and Down and Dirty are just a few.

As an added bonus, many of Lakehill’s nature-based camps are taught at the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, a 6500-square-foot, LEED-certified science and nature facility located on the school’s Roger L. Perry Campus. Opened in the fall of 2009, the state-of-the-art Science Center offers laboratories, classrooms, and meeting space. With access to more than 40 acres of land, campers really have the opportunity to explore their natural environment. “Lakehill offers an amazing venue for getting students excited about nature,” said Summer Camps Director John Trout.

Lakehill takes its role as a leader in nature-based education seriously. The school is a founding member of the Green Ribbon Schools program, a regular participant in Earth Day Dallas, and an official TXU Solar Academy.

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 continuing through August 9, 2013.

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

There are a variety of sports camps, including basketball, golf, all-sports, and fitness.

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

With nearly 70 different camps available this summer, there truly is something for everyone.

Camps are $220 per week for a half-day session, and $295 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 continues throughout the summer.

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