Summer Enrichment Camps with BeTa Community Programs

Explore a variety of art, music, and science programs this summer! Each week a different camp will be offered!

Early Registration for summer enrichment camps begins Monday, May 8th!

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Information for all programs (scroll down for instructor bios):

Ages: See age ranges in class descriptions

Days: Monday-Friday

Time: 12:30-3:00 pm

Location: East Side Rec Field House, 226 Lake Ave

Fees: City $200/class / Non-City $225/class - if there is an additional supply fee it will be listed with the class information

July 10-14 - Recorder Ninjas

Ages: 7-12

Instructor: Megan O'Sullivan - Elementary/Middle School Music Teacher

Supply Fee: $10

Get ready to wow your music teacher and friends by committing to this one week camp. Students will earn "belts" as they level up their recording technique and music skills in this dynamic program. Recorder Ninjas is ideal for those students who are preparing to begin recorder study in school, improve their skills, or to complete their lifelong dream of earning their black belt as a recorder ninja!

July 17-21 - Beginner Broadway

Ages: 9-12

Instructor: Johnny Martinez & Diane Latchrupp - Owners, Tango Fusion Dance Company

This class will encompass the triple threat of singing, dancing, and acting to learn the art of musical theater. During the week participants will combine song, spoken dialogue, and dance to create a short performance (to be presented at the end of the week to family and friends) based on a classic film or Broadway show. Beginner Broadway promotes neurological developement, boosts confidence and self-esteem, and can be a great emotional outlet for children. Give your children the opportunity to learn dancing, singing, and acting skills that they will have for the rest of their lives!

July 24-28 - Glitter and Glue

Ages: 5-12

Instructor: Christine Carling - BeTa Community Programs

Supply Fee: $15

Explore different arts and crafts projects each day! This class will capture participant's imagination, stimulate their creativity, and exercise their developmental skills. Crafting is an excellent way to strengthen fine motor and visual skills, and improve bilateral manual dexterity and coordination. Improving all of these skills is an excellent way to build independence and confidence in your child. Paint, sew, cut, glue, sparkle - make something for yourself or a friend. Christine has over ten years working with preschool to school aged children and knows how to offer fun and creative classes!

July 31-August 4 - Brain Games

Ages: 5-12

Instructor: Christine Carling - BeTa Community Programs

Join us for a variety of bran game activities! Brain Games are a great way to stimulate and develop young minds, exercise cognitive abilities, and lay a foundation for mental health. Games such as Legos, Rubik's Cube, speed cup stacking, sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, brain teasers, scavenger hunts, and math & logic games are fun ways to increase memory, concentration, and problem solving skills. Be ready for new twists on outdoor games that will challenge your mind and body. Learning is disguised as fun and is a great way to build confidence and friendships!

August 7-11 - Artsy Smartsy

Ages: 5-12

Instructor: Christine Carling - BeTa Community Programs

Through self expression in art, students increase self-esteem, reduce stress, and improve academic achievement. Students who are actively involved in art are more likely to show more intrest in math and science based activities. During the week, participants will be introduced to various styles of visual arts including drawing, zentangle, painting, and more, and will end the week with several pieces they can be proud of.

August 14-18 - Bee-Lieve You Can Crochet

Ages: 8-12

Instructor: Jessica Franzen, Rosebud Johnnies

Supply Fee: $20

In one week, participants will learn the art of crochet, a process of creating fabric by using a crochet hook to interlock loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials. Students will work on creating a crocheted bumblebee while learning about the importance of bees in nature. There might even be a visit from a beekeeper to teach the class some fun facts and sample some bee made products!

August 21-25 - Snack Attack

Ages: 5-12

Instructor: Christine Carling - BeTa Community Programs

Supply Fee: $20

In this popular culinary program, students will have the opportunity to create yummy snacks as well as learn simple kitchen skills and nutritional science. Children who cook often become children who will taste and try more diverse foods. During the week participants will learn about measurements, reading and following directions, sequencing, and the importance of health and hygiene in the kitchen. Children who cook tap into their creativity and develop earlier emotional growth. If they then bring those skills home participants find cooking together is a great way to bond as a family!

August 28-Sept 1 - Why? Because Science Says So

Ages: 5-12

Instructor: Christine Carling - BeTa Community Programs

Supply Fee: $10

In this camp participants will engage in a variety of science experiments that will allow them to develop and appreciation life around them. This class introduce students to scientific terms and phrases that they can use throughout their lives when discussing the latest scientific news. Using real life examples and hands on activities, children will learn science concepts such as observing, comparing, classifying, measuring, and predicting. Warning! Some experiences could get messy!

Meet BeTa's Instructors:

Christine Carling:

Christine Carling has over 20 years of experience working with children. She has worked as a nanny, as a childcare provider for the Saratoga Spring YMCA and was the director of the Children's Theatre for 4 years.  Christine loves teaching children new things and watching them grow. She is a mother who loves music and animals of all kinds!

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Jessica Franzen:

Jessica Franzen is a local mom of two great kids, Carter and Clementine. She has always had a love for the arts and being creative. Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Visual Arts and another degree in Interior Design. Her love for crochet began when she was just 8 years old. In 2009, she started her own crochet based business, Rosebud Johnnies.

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Diane Lachtripp Martinez & Johnny Martinez:

Diane Lachtrupp Martinez & Johnny Martinez are professional dancers, owners of Tango Fusion Dance Company and director/choreographers for the Lake Avenue Elementary School drama club productions. They love teaching dance. Diane and Johnny teach both in person and virtual group classes, as well as private lessons for adults and children in Salsa, Swing, Tango, Waltz and all styles of partner dancing. They also specialize in wedding couples learning to dance together! Johnny and Diane are award winning dancers and have been guest artists throughout the US, South America and Europe.

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Megan O'Sullivan:

Megan O’Sullivan currently teaches general music and chorus at Glens Falls Middle School. Her prior school district includes Saratoga Springs where she specialized in elementary general music, chorus, and of course RECORDER.  Megan earned her Bachelor in Music Education from the Crane School of Music followed by her Master of Music Education from the University of Connecticut. “I have always wanted to offer a summer recorder camp and am grateful for the opportunity through BeTa Community Programs and the East Side Rec.”

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