Summer camps return to SCCA

Published 9:57 pm Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is providing an opportunity for kids to get out of the house and learn alongside others their age in a safe environment.

The summer camps are in collaboration with Arts for Learning, which will provide art professionals to teach the classes each week.

“What makes this camp unique are the professional artists and professional musicians who will come and take the learning one step further,” said Rick Byrd, the education manager at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. “The whole purpose is for kids to come participate with skills and activities of interest. The campers will do a whole array of things to help both the visual and tactile learner at the things they enjoy.”


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The camps are for students rising into first through sixth grades. Each camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for one week, Monday through Friday. Registration for the camps is due by June 7.

The first camp is an art camp June 21-25. During this week, campers will have the opportunity to learn about visual arts through painting, crafting and puppet making and will have plenty of their own creations to bring home.

The music camp is from June 28 through July 8. Musicians of all skills are welcomed to make the right and wrong notes as professional artists invite campers to create original lyrics, melodies, rhythms and more during this week of learning and growing.

Theater camp is Aug. 2-6. In this unique take on theater camp, the campers will spend the week writing and producing an original short film with a green screen and puppets. This will allow the campers to get relevant experience in this evolving area.

The last camp is a STEAM camp Aug. 9-13. Science, technology, engineering, art and math will be used as the campers learn about topics like Legos, robotics, engineering, video games, graphic design and coding.

As the pandemic continues, the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is prepared to follow the guidelines necessary to bring this camp to the community.

“We can ensure parents that we will follow safety protocols and the students will be in a safe environment,” said Byrd. “We don’t know what the restrictions will be by that time, but we are still prepared. If it weren’t safe, we wouldn’t do it.”

For those interested, there are a limited number of scholarships available to help with the cost of the camp. There are also volunteer positions available for those interested in being a classroom aide for the week.

To register, volunteer or learn more, visit