Many summer camps ask kids to leave digital devices behind, but not the Young Hacks Academy. Fifty-eight campers ages 10 to 12 learned computer programming basics during Young Hacks' first two weeklong summer sessions at Colchester High School. The second session closed with a public showcase on July 19, where campers presented interactive games they'd made using kid-friendly programming software called Scratch. The topics they chose to address in their games varied — from demonstrating tornado safety to delivering vaccines in the Congo. One game about genetically modified food challenged players to stab an ear of corn with a syringe. "It is pretty obvious that kids are hungry for this type of stuff," says camp director Thomas Bacon. "It seems like a really good program that could be replicated in other places."
For kids age 6 -15, Camp Greylock is a traditional coed day camp run by the Greater Burlington YMCA at Kingsland Bay State Park on Lake Champlain in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. Lunch, snack and transportation are all provided. Fun and games are just the start. Camp Greylock is a place where…(more)