20 Of The Weirdest Summer Camps

When most people think of summer camp, hikes, swimming and capture-the-flag come to mind.

But some niche camps go above and beyond the classic fun and give kids a chance to fight zombies, swim with sharks, or learn French.

From Space Camp to Camp Jam, here are some of the more unusual summer camps out there.

 

At Spy Camp, kids break codes, make disguises, and use spy gadgets.

Cost: $415 for one week

Location: International Spy Museum, Washington DC

Kids 10-13 years old spend one week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily learning to crack codes, going on spy missions, attending secret briefings, and having adventures around the museum.

At Space Camp, kids are trained in robotics, space missions, and more.

Cost: $949 for the summer session

Location: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL

Campers get extensive training at week-long Space Camp, learning space history and working together on mock space missions.

The summer session lasts from May 22 to August 18.

At Wizards & Warriors Camp, kids spend the summer fighting zombies.

Cost: $4,295 a month

Location: Westford, Mass.

Kids create their own armor, receive (foam) weapons training, treasure hunt, and write their own character for the duration of the session at Wizards & Warrior Camp.

At Circus Arts Camp, kids learn to juggle, unicycle, and fly on the trapeze.

Cost: $1,225 a month

Location: Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Hartsdale, NY

You don’t clown around at Circus Arts Camp; you actually learn how to become a clown. The camp accommodates kids ages 7 years and older.

Kids learn acrobatics, balancing skills, juggling, equilibristics, rolla bolla, trapeze, Spanish web, fabric, trampoline, stilt-walking, tightwire, unicycling, and more.

At Camp Jam, aspiring musicians rock out in their own bands.

Cost: $1,595

Location: Norcross, Georgia

Camp Jam is considered the premiere Rock-n-Roll summer camp in the country for kids ages 7 to 17.

The camp markets itself as “no canoes, lots of work.” Every Friday night the campers perform a concert.

At Mad Science Camp, kids explore chemistry in a lab.

Cost: Price is determined by location

Location: Global

At Mad Science Camp, kids make casts of animals, learn about and play with robots, and experiment with chemistry sets.

There is one instructor per 13 children at camp, and grades one through five are admitted.

At Hollywood Stunt Camp, kids learn hand-to-hand combat and choreograph their own stunt show.

Cost: $6,295 a month

Location: Running Springs, CA

Hollywood Stunt Camp is part of Pali Adventures Camp, and campers learn how to do stunts like the pros.

They even coordinate with campers at a nearby film camp for their stunt shows.

At Plantation Camp, everyone lives outside without electricity and works on a sustainable farm.

Cost: $4,400 for about a month

Location: Cazadero, CA

At Plantation Camp, the entire experience is unplugged. Campers can choose from more than 50 activities, including riding a horse bareback, building a fort, tie-dying a shirt, or playing capture the flag in acres of redwood trees.

At Kids ‘N Comedy Camp, the campers are mentored by professional New York City comedians.

Cost: $995 per session

Location: New York, NY

At Comedy Camp, students learn about improv, comic acting, and stand-up comedy, and end camp with a live show at Gotham Comedy Club.

The class is open to kids ages 10-18, and limited to groups of 10, so the students get a lot of attention.

At Kids Culinary Camp, students learn to prepare fresh ice cream, cater meals, and decorate cakes.

Cost: $4,900 for two weeks

Location: Highgate, Vermont

At Kids Culinary Camp, kids will be exposed to crock pot cookery, canning and preserving, German and Japanese cuisine and more.

At Camp Fully Involved, women who aspire to be firefighters learn the tricks of the trade.

At Camp Fully Involved, women who aspire to be firefighters learn the tricks of the trade.

(Not a firefighter from Camp Fully Invovled)

Rachel Davis

Cost: Many campers receive scholarships

Location: Merrimack, NH

Women between the ages of 14 and 20 years old who have dreams of becoming a firefighter experience vehicle and dumpster fires, rappelling, SCBA drills, room and content fires, Engine and Truck company operations, forcible entry, ventilation and combined operations.

At Camp Biz Smart, kids are given “thrival skills.”

Cost: $1,400 for two weeks

Location: Several in the California area

Camp Biz Smart is designed for the future entrepreneur between the ages of 11 and 15 years old.

Students will learn to pitch ideas, develop leadership, business and project management skills, and more.

At Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs, kids can become handymen.

Cost: Unavailable

Location: Colleges in the California area

The Foundation of Fabricators and Manufacturers run camp Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs, helping mold students into artisans.

Each session of camp offers a different specialty, including welding, turbine power, and the magic of manufacturing.

At Jurassi Camp, students learn about dinosaurs and fossils.

At Jurassi Camp, students learn about dinosaurs and fossils.

(This image is not from Jurassi Camp).

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Cost: Unavailable

Location: University of Miami, Pinecrest, Jungle Island, St. Philips, & Lynn University

Kids make a model T-rex and fossil dig on a typical day at Jurassi Camp.

Jurassi Camp is part of the Fun Camps franchise.

At China Cultural Immersion Camp, students volunteer, and learn the language.

Cost: $5,999 plus air fare

Location: China

The “China: Ancient Empires to Modern Wonder” camp exposes students to caring for pandas, allows them to visit the 2008 Olympic venues in Beijing, take boat tours along the Li River, and more.

The price includes meal and hotels.

At Fiji Shark Camp, students scuba and snorkel next to the sharks.

Cost: $5,580

Location: Fiji

Swim along the sharks for hands-on experiences in Fiji. Students must be scuba certified.

Campers receive 10 hours of community service and three college credits for the program.

At Dude Ranch Camp, kids ride horses, zipline, and more.

Cost: $2,995 for three weeks

Location: Lake Wales, Fla.

At Circle F Dude Ranch Camp, campers ride 65 different horses or choose from over 25 different activities including rockwall, zipline, paint ball, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, dance, tumbling, cheerleading, football, soccer, volleyball, and swimming.

At Canoe Island French Camp, students learn to speak French.

Cost: $2,000-$3,000 for two to three weeks

Location: Canoe Island in the San Juan Islands

Forty-five campers spend their summer on Canoe Island immersing themselves in French culture, while learning the language and partaking in classic summer camp activities such as archery.

At Motorsport Camp, kids get behind the wheel at least twice a day.

Cost: $2,190 for two weeks

Location: Alton, VA

At Motorsport Camp, kids get to drive on dirt and paved courses.

When they aren’t behind the wheel, there’s still time for paintball, racing-career exploration, and motorsport science.

At Cricket Summer Camp, kids six to 18 years old attempt to master the sport.

At Cricket Summer Camp, kids six to 18 years old attempt to master the sport.

(This photo is not at the Cricket Camp mentioned in this article).

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Cost: $120 a week

Location: Multiple locations

Cricket Camp,  which is part of the US Sports Institute, is a five-day course that teaches campers the game from the elementary level.

You’ll learn to handle the ball on Monday, and by Friday be playing in the “World Cup,” the camp’s website says.

Prefer a more traditional summer camp?

Prefer a more traditional summer camp?

Camp Androscoggin

 

Thanks, Meredith!

This Abandoned All-Girls’ School Is About To Be Demolished

Bennett College, a school for women, was founded in 1890. Located in Millbrook, New York, many privileged women passed through Bennett’s doors until it closed in 1978.
Since then the school’s main building, Halcyon Hall, originally built as a luxury hotel, has remained abandoned.
Steven Bley, a photographer, went inside the decaying building (which has moved well beyond its halcyon days) and came up with a lot of eerie photographs. He was kind enough to share them with us.
Bley said that the hall has been fenced off since last fall, and he believes it is set to be demolished any day now.

Thanks, Matthew!

Sarah Jane Dias + Katrina Kaif = Nargis Fakhri?

This post has been long overdue, but with work and parties, I haven’t had the time to actually get myself to blog.

I watched Rockstar a few weeks back. Was a pretty cool movie too. Especially Jordan..WTF..lmao. But apart from the ‘wannabe Jim Morrison’ nonsense, all i saw were Nargis Fakhri‘s lips. Weird how I couldn’t get my eyes off them…and no they weren’t pretty…they were HUGE!  more a distraction you could say. I’m darn sure you stared at them too. I mean c’mon, what else is there to stare at anyway.  😉

And then i thought of Katrina‘s slice ad, her full-massive lips. So that’s why she makes for one part of the equation.

Sarah Jane was just a random thing. But if you think Katrina or Sarah should be replaced by someone else, my comment box is right here. Go on…tell me!

While you rack your brains, go check out Sofia Vergara + Kim Kardashian = Nayer

Nicole Scherzinger Goes Bare For Coffee Table Book – Culo


If Nicole Scherzinger isn’t careful she could find herself inadvertently headlining the XXX Factor. The Pussycat Dolls superstar has dared to bare almost all in a new coffee table book about women’s backsides.

Scherzinger is one of the many celebs who stripped down for artist Raphael Mazzucco’s Culo By Mazzucco, a 248-page ode to women’s backsides edited by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Interscope and A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine.

Culo, if you don’t know, means buttocks in Italian.

Scherzinger appears in a sepia print photo with her back to the camera. Her tush, legs and back are decorated with henna tattoos.
Two leis are wrapped around her neck, an obvious homage to her native Hawaii.

A few pages in, Lady Gaga flashes us in all her black and white glory. She wears a simple bra while pulling down her thong for some full moon exposure.

Mazzucco captures Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie leaning against a wall with her arms and legs spread. Rounding out the portrait are different shades of gold, orange and green paint along with images of butterflies.

Surprisingly, Sarah McLachlan also makes an appearance. The “I Will Remember You” singer looks into the camera while lying nude on a plush bed with a guitar by her side.

Jimi Hendrix: Best Guitarist Ever, Says Rolling Stone Mag


Legendary musician Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history on Wednesday by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.

Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage,” said Grammy-winning guitarist Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” as key tracks.

Hendrix is joined by the likes of Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend among the top 10, in a list laden with rock ‘n’ roll icons spanning decades.

The panel of experts recruited to vote for their favorite guitar players included musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Van Halen (who was voted No. 8), Brian May and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, along with a selection of Rolling Stone’s senior writers and editors.

The experts also weighed in on their favorites, with Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready calling Eddie Van Halen “a master of riffs” and Joe Perry praising Jimmy Page’s “vision of how to transcend the stereotypes of what the guitar can do.”

The full list will be featured in a special issue with four special covers of Van Halen, Clapton, Hendrix and Page, and will be on newsstands and online at http://www.rollingstone.com on Friday.

Rolling Stone’s top 10 greatest guitarists:

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Eric Clapton

3. Jimmy Page

4. Keith Richards

5. Jeff Beck

6. B.B. King

7. Chuck Berry

8. Eddie Van Halen

9. Duane Allman

10. Pete Townshend

Sylvester Stallone launching “Rocky: The Musical”

Will the famous Rocky catchphrase “Yo Adrian” be turned into the title of a love song? 

Sylvester Stallone is launching a musical version of his breakthrough film, “Rocky,” which will premiere in Hamburg next November, producers Stage Entertainment say. 

Rocky: The Musical” will be co-produced by boxing siblings Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.

Action in the ring aside, “Rocky: The Musical” will focus on the romantic relationship between underdog boxer Rocky Balboa and his ever-supportive girlfriend, Adrian Pennino, played by Talia Shire in the Oscar-winning film and its many sequels.

“At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story, and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” Stallone said in a video produced by Stage Entertainment. “To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud.”

Tunes from the “Rocky” series of films, including “Gonna Fly Now” and “Eye of the Tiger,” will be featured, along with many new compositions, according to Stage Entertainment.

According to the company, “Rocky the Musical” will be a production “filled with values as courage, love, honesty and faith”. HA HA HA…

What is St. Stanislaus in Bandra Up To?

The reputation of St. Stanislaus in Bandra has been going downhill lately. Just a while back it made new when the boys were caught consuming alcohol at a school camp. And now, it’s in the news again for 2 reasons – molestation and illegality. Here’s the scoop

I’ve heard so many parents rant about the principal Father Jude Fernandes’ insensitivity towards them and the kids too. Even the teachers hardly speak up because of his attitude. And even though I hate to speak against a ‘holy’ man, his deeds just don’t match up to what is expected of him. He’s just the kind that won’t listen to anyone… even if he’s wrong. Now it seems like everyone has started picking reasons to degrade the friar.

Here’s what happened this time

In a letter addressed to the Bandra police, angry parents complain of sexual improprieties committed on their young girls by male swimming teacher.

The ‘sexual mischief’ committed by a swimming instructor while training minor girls has plunged the pool at St Stanislaus High School in a sea of trouble, with parents dispatching an angry letter of complaint to the Bandra police, with the support of the Bandra Welfare Committee Association.

The letter also complains about the lack of a basic sanitation system for the pool and the filthy condition of the water. It also alleges that the school, which is using the pool commercially to reap profits, has not bothered to obtain the necessary licence from the BMC. The swimming lessons were offered not only to school students, but also to outsiders, who could avail of lessons as guests, by paying a sum of Rs. 300.

The complaint states that the sexual improprieties had even been brought to the notice of Father Jude Fernandes, but that no action was taken by him to address the issue. This is exactly what I’m talking about –> He Doesn’t Listen.

Cop Speak 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Pratap Dighavkar said, “We get many letters every day, but I can’t remember having received any letter about a swimming pool in St Stanislaus School. So I cannot comment on the matter.”

And look at this – How can an Asst Municipal Commissioner not know his jurisdiction?? Ridiculous.

Assistant Municipal Commissioner of Bandra H-west Ward Sunil Dhamne said, “I have only recently assumed this post, and will have to find out if St Stanislaus School comes under my jurisdiction. From the legal point of view, every swimming pool needs a BMC licence.”

School Says 

Father Jude Fernandes, principal of St Stanislaus School, claimed that the swimming lessons for female students had been cancelled following the incident. He said, “It is true that a parent complained about such improprieties a while back. We immediately terminated the appointment of the instructor. We also stopped offering swimming lessons for girls.  Asked if they had made any plans to address the matter, he added, “If the classes are ever resumed, we will appoint a female instructor.”

“We returned the fees paid for the lessons by the aggrieved parents. The little girl’s mother used to send a maid to chaperone the girl, but claims that when the attendant wasn’t looking, the swimming instructor touched her daughter mischievously. I don’t know how much truth there is in their claims, but we have sorted the matter out.”

Ok first he agrees that he was aware of the issue… then in his next breath he says he doesn’t know how much truth there is in the claims. BUT, it is sorted out.

So he agrees to what really now?