When it comes to planning children’s activities for the summer months, it’s never too early to think about summer camps. The Greater New Orleans area is home to many camp options that offer a variety of activities for parents to keep their children engaged in learning, exploring new subjects, and making friends. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission provides many free and discounted summer programs for parents in partnership with local community organizations. But did you know parents can also apply for scholarships at other summer camps around the city? We’ve highlighted three summer camp programs that offer scholarships below:
- Electric Girls: Electric Girls was founded in Spring 2015 by Flor Serna and Maya Ramos to develop leadership skills in young girls through electronics, computer programming, and technology. Electric Girls will offer camp programs from May 28 through August 3 on the campus of Loyola University in New Orleans. Girls 5 through 14 are invited to learn more about electronics, programming, and building their own inventions. Scholarships are available to families who qualified for free or reduced price lunch, and nearly half of all Electric Girls’ participants receive full or partial scholarships.
- Longue Vue House and Gardens: Located on a magnificent, eight-acre estate, Longue Vue’s Summer ‘Scapes camp inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and celebrates nature through week-long classes based on a different theme each week. Open to children ages 5-10, this camp is easily accessible to families who live in Hollygrove, Mid-City, and the Carrollton areas of New Orleans. Registration for nonmembers begins on March 5, and families in need of scholarship assistance can receive up to 80% of summer camp fees covered through private and grant funds.
- Operation Spark: When it comes to summer program planning, teens can often get left out the conversation. Fortunately, Operation Spark is here to help. Operation Spark’s High School to High Wage Summer Coding Camp provides an introduction to computer programming and is designed for students with little to no prior experience in coding. It aims to teach students the core concepts of computer programming, basic front-end web development skills, and provides students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. Camp is offered in downtown New Orleans or approved satellite locations from June 4 through June 29. While the normal cost of tuition is $800, students in grades 9 through 12 can also receive scholarship based on need.