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  • By Bill Seklar

Summer for Our Children at The Community House

“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas, and even beyond home and school.” - Michael Popkin, Ph.D

Almost since The Community House was established nearly a century ago, children’s classes, programs and services at The Community House have been at the center of our mission, purpose and vision. Our founders envisioned The Community House to be a place where young people from our community and surrounding region would gather for comraderie, learning and enrichment.

It would be a safe place for our children to interact with their peers, in a structured environment where children and positive role models would guide them to “make good choices, develop creative skills, build independence, self-reliance, and gain self-confidence.”

Over the years, The Community House has supplemented our fall, winter and spring children’s classes with a robust selection of summer camps. We believe that summer camps are a place where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies.

We have found “that there are the much more complex challenges of getting along with a new group of peers, learning how to ask for help from others, or taking manageable amount of risks, outside of school, and without a parent following after you.” We believe that summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies.

So, it is in that spirit that The Community House is proud to present over 40 summer camps – Summer 2018; half day, full day, morning, afternoon, lunch optional, with before and after-care opportunities. Make sure to visit to see all of our camp offerings and to register. Hurry! There is limited enrollment!

2018 TCH Summer Camps include:

All Day Camp – Get away from the TV and smartphone for a week! Your child will enjoy a full day of music, cooking, crafts, and more. Lunch provided!

Ages 7 - 10 • August 6-10

Theatre Camps – Is your child a budding comedian? Do they love to act and sing? Our theatre camps, offered by renown Theatre Directors, Joey Albright & Debbie Tedrick, take place throughout the summer, have something for every interest and age including:

Junior Division (Grades 3 -7) Theatre Camps - Beginning or Advanced - Two Weeks,

M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 18 - 29, July 9 - 20 and July 23 - August 3 ; Senior Division (Grades 7 - 12) Theatre Camps - Two Weeks, M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 18 - 29, July 9 - 20, and July 23 - August 3

BRICKS Challenge Camps – This camp integrates LEGO® with scientific and mathematical principles in a FUN and Exciting way! Teaching is conducted using customized LEGO® kits with motors, gears and batteries! Education + Entertainment approach. Introducing children to theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) M-F, 1p.m.-4 p.m.

Ages 6 - 12 • July 9-13 (Young Engineers) • August 6-10

So You Want to Be a YOUTUBE Star Camp – Have fun filming, acting and producing your own YouTube show. Learn what it takes to be a star and express your personality to the world! In this camp, you will learn how to use basic lighting, editing and sound production. By end of the week you will be a star and we will have a final show for our friends and family celebration. M-F, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ages 10+ • August 6-10

Babysitter Safety Camp – Become a qualified childcare provider by learning basic first-aid, emergency response training, diapering, feeding and more. One of the days during camp, campers will learn how to recognize and perform infant & child CPR with hands-on practice and when and how to use an AED. Upon passing a short test at the end of the week, a certificate of completion will be awarded. M-W, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ages 11+ • July 23-25


CultureTalks 2018 – An intimate lecture series featuring cultural mavericks from Southeast Michigan. Tickets are $15 per lecture or $45 for the series. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Reserve your tickets now. Seating is very limited. This year’s mavericks include:

Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art – Detroit

Wednesday, June 6, 6:30 p.m.; Dan Carmody, President, Eastern Market Corporation

Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.; Steve McBride, Executive Director, Pewabic Pottery

Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.; Richard Rogers, President, College for Creative Studies

Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.

Summer is surely a lively time at The Community House! We also offer many classes, and high quality cultural events for everyone. To request a catalog or register for these and other TCH classes, Summer Camps or events, visit or call 248.644.5832.

William D. Seklar is President & CEO of The Community House in Birmingham.

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