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Top 10 Smart Kid Camps in Southeast Michigan

Think your child's summer shouldn't be squandered? There are plenty of A+ camps in Michigan that allow kids to learn, grown and achieve when school is out.

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Eastern Michigan University Inkstains (Ypsilanti)

"Everyone can write," EMU's website asserts. "Writing can be taught." And this writing camp is an incubator where kids in middle and high school hone their chops in a variety of genres. Two sessions are offered: July 11-15 for kids entering grades 6-8, and July 18-22 for kids bound for 9-12.

Students write, share and publish their stories. But this camp goes beyond polishing prose. Kids tap into their opinions and ideas, harnessing the power of words to express them. They draw inspiration from a real campus, too.

Writers are grouped with peers and must apply. The $140 fee includes a hardbound journal, T-shirt, daily snacks and anthology with select writings from the week.

Computer Explorers (throughout metro Detroit)

This day camp for children ages 6 to 12 can be found in a variety of local spots, including Novi, Bloomfield, Birmingham and Macomb Community College. Computer Explorers teaches hands-on skills in engineering, robotics, programming, video-game design and animation.

"They teach basic engineering skills and how they are applied in everyday life," says Sonia Pillar, teacher and account manager at the Madison Heights-based parent company. "Our programs are designed to teach hands-on skills and teamwork." Children work in groups of two or three, learning how to share and delegate.

Dearborn Heights Montessori Center

This nine-week summer program for kids ages 3 to 12 combines learning with fun, according to Shelley Boatright, parent and public communications coordinator.

"The majority of the day is spent doing something academic," says Boatright. The session focuses on a theme: This year it's science, so every week features a different science project, activity, research and presentations. There also are field trips.

Parents increasingly want their children to be more academic in the summer months, she adds. "Parents want them to stay ahead. Our summer program is a natural continuation of the school year. Everything we do has a purpose."

Geiger Ballet Intensive Summer Camp, Bloomfield Hills

This ballet academy offers a summer intensive for ages 4 and up, so children can gain technical and professional instruction during the summer months and not lose their edge in the competitive field of ballet.

The summer intensive, which runs for three weeks in August, features classes taught by nationally renowned dancers. Campers must be age 8 and older, with previous dance training only. The extended summer program, in July and late August, offers introductory dance classes for preschool on up, for boys and girls.

Learning at the Opera House (Detroit)

This Michigan Opera Theater-based summer program offers a variety of classes, including opera workshop, opera camp, dance education, an American Ballet Theater summer intensive and audition, inner city dance, ballet and more – right in the cultural heart of downtown Detroit.

Greenhills School Summer Program (Ann Arbor)

This unique school, designed by Michigan Architect Laureate Alden B. Dow, offers a variety of academic summer programs for kids in grades 6-12, including weeklong sessions in The Art of Problem Solving, SAT prep, Writing the College Essay, Forensics, ACT prep, forensics sampler and more.

For an intense environmental edge, its Wilderness Expedition focuses on skills needed for backcountry travel, topped by a trek in the Porcupine Mountains in the U.P. or Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Open to a max 10 upper-school students, the fee is $675. It's usually the first two weeks of August.

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