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Summer camp counselor Shaunak Mishra floated from table to table during a recent afternoon art class at the Boys & Girls Club in Kendall, asking his group of second graders what they were painting.

"I’m trying to draw Batman," one replied. Shaunak — who the kids call "Shaun" for short — told him to draw the Joker, too.

The 17-year-old interpreted one kid's painting of green swirls as a soccer field and asked the table for predictions of World Cup winners. A couple of the campers chanted: "Mexico! Mexico!" 

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Half of the percussion section is lined up along a classroom wall, with whiteboards to their backs. Each young boy is shaking a shekere — a West African instrument made from a dried gourd and covered with a colorful beaded netting.

The rest of the musicians are sitting nearby in blue plastic chairs with djun djun and djembe drums at their feet. They bang on the instruments with one or two wooden sticks — or just their hands.

They’re laying down the beat for the girls, who are jumping and moving their bodies like waves to the music.

Kathleen Dubos

When Cardal Dobard received his “Summer Fun Pack” Friday, he smiled bright. Inside, he found a jump rope, frisbee, chalk, sunscreen and instructions for a number of outdoor games.

“I like my jump rope the most because it helps you exercise while having fun,” says Dobard, an elementary school-aged kid who lives in Fort Lauderdale.

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Sun Sentinel reporter Megan O’Matz recently reported on new public information that the Broward Sheriff's office delayed the entrance of fire department medics into Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school during the February Parkland shooting.

As students count down the days until summer vacation, concerned parents are scrambling to keep survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre occupied so they don't have extra time to relive the nightmare.

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What did you do during the summers when you were a teenager? Did you play video games? Did you spend your time at the pool or beach? Or perhaps you favored the park?  For 17 local girls, this summer has been all about learning computer science. 

Most of these future coders are in high school, though some are younger. And about half of them are in foster care.  It was a sunny Thursday morning in July when they got to show off all they had learned in the six-week college readiness camp, four of which were focused on data and computational science. 

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Around 400 students from low-income families around Miami-Dade County spent six weeks of their summer learning to code – and getting paid for it.

The TechHire initiative was started by President Barack Obama in 2015. CareerSource South Florida, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the TechLaunch program at Florida Vocational Institute (FVI) partnered to bring TechHire to Miami. Out of around 900 applications, approximately 400 students were chosen by a combination of a lottery system and qualifications.

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On the last day of Camp MetroTown, teenagers held posters they made earlier in the week with images of the "monsters" in their lives. Spiders. Stress. Advanced placement physics.

Then, they tore them up.

"These are the things that hurt you and the people you now love," said the camp's program director Heather Burdick. "Rip them to shreds!"

Miami Summer Camp: Basketball, Dance, Swag…And Coding?

Aug 8, 2016
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  “You can’t find your website? We’re going to need to help you with that,” Derick Pearson tells a camper squinting at a laptop at New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Liberty City before a summer camp “pitch session.”

Pearson, a co-founder of the nonprofit Code Fever, is getting ready to give out accolades and prize money to a group of kids who have spent part of the summer learning the fundamentals of web and app design, now set to present their work before an audience.

When kids gaze up at the moon -- many dream about becoming astronauts. But how many look to the sea for similar inspiration?

The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the planet's surface and less than five percent of it has been studied.  But at least one submarine pilot is working to motivate a new generation of ocean explorers.

At a Pinellas County summer camp -- middle school girls learn about marine technology.   

Summer camp and mosquitoes go together like chicken and waffles, particularly in the South. But Zika virus may raise the stakes in the age-old struggle of campers versus pests. The mosquito species capable of carrying Zika can be found in much of the Southern United States.

Anxious parents need not panic; no Zika-infected mosquitoes have been identified in the country. Nonetheless, Tisha Bolger, board president of the American Camp Association, says camp administrators are particularly interested in what they can do to prevent mosquito bites this summer.

A Rock Camp For Girls Will Come To Miami This Summer

Apr 6, 2015
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For those about to rock, expect girls to share the stage.

A camp that helps young girls gain confidence through music is coming to Miami this summer.

The Miami Girls Rock Camp is part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. The first camp, Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls, originated in 2001 in Portland, Oregon. Several more camps soon followed with locations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Despite the rapid spread, there was no Miami camp -- until local musicians Steph Taylor and Emile Milgrim decided it was time.

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FACE, a paid summer internship program for young adults, is wrapping up and showing off what its participants have been up to in the past six weeks.

The name of the program stands for film, arts, culture (and coding) and entrepreneurship. Participants choose an area of focus and pair up with industry professionals to develop and execute a project in that field.

MetroTown

 

Like at other summer camps, the young people who spent a week at MetroTown last month put on skits and competed in sports. But the purpose of MetroTown, unlike a typical recreational summer camp, is to teach students empathy.

Students engaged in camp-wide discussions on race, diversity, gender, sexuality and religion.

MetroTown, held July 21 to 26, is a sleepaway camp offered by the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews and hosted by St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.