Summer camp energizes, develops arts in students PDF Print E-mail
Minds, hands, feet, and spirits will be in lively motion during the first Kids-X-Press Summer Arts Camp this month for area students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Open to the public, Kids-X-Press is under the auspices of the Personal Counseling Service (PCS) music therapy team and in partnership with Centenary United Methodist Church, 309 E. Spring St. in New Albany, where the camp will be offered.  The creative interactions, demonstrations, and teachings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 27-30.

Campers will be divided into two groups--kindergarten through third grade and fourth through eighth grade--for the themed activities each day. These include a wide variety of arts and crafts, drama, storytelling, dance/step teams, cultural presentations and education, calisthenics, singing, arts-related games and activities, and live music performances. An innovative bonus is the opportunity for children to enroll in individual guitar, voice, and piano lessons during those four days. In addition, individual counseling will be available upon request.

Children should bring their lunches, and snacks and free time for the students to socialize and build relationships will be part of each day.

The camp’s culmination will be a program for the public at 7:30 p.m. on the final day, giving the students the chance to showcase the gamut of their learning and growth in a safe and welcoming environment, according to Ethan Schmidt, director of PCS’s musical therapy services. The camp’s drama, ensemble, choir, and step/dance performances will also be featured at PCS’s annual Norman Melhiser Samaritan Awards Dinner for the public on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Huber Winery’s Plantation Hall in Starlight, Ind.

The fee is $75 per child. Families with multiple children will pay a reduced rate, and for those for whom price is prohibitive, parents may contact PCS about scholarships. Parents may enroll their children by bringing a check and completing a form at PCS, 1205 Applegate Lane in Clarksville.  The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17.

For additional information, call PCS at 812-283-8383/Ext. 41.