Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, NJ

Summer Art Specialty Camps

Specialty Camp (Full Day): $325 per week
Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pre & Post Care is available,
allowing campers to attend from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
Fee for Pre & Post Care is $55 per week

Specialty Camps (Half Day  - Cafe BGs program only):
Hours: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$135 per week before 4/1/18; $155 after 4/1/18
You can add a Full Day Option: 
Hours: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

$280 per week if registered by 4/1/18; $300 per week after 4/1/18

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For more information, call our Membership Desk at 609-695-6060 x 0.


Does your child have a love of cooking, acting, or singing? Then why not continue supporting those passions during the summer? The Spruce Street Community Center offers a number of specialty camps for various ages throughout the summer. Specialty Camps are offered as a 9:00 am - 4:00 camp. Pre & Post Care is also available, for an additional charge.

Cafe BGs offers a half-day program, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm with one whole day field trip on Wednesdays from 9:00 - 5:00 pm. You can also choose a full-day options to Cafe BGs camp.

Specialty Camps offer a great way to add variety to your camper’s summer -- Mix and match these specialty camps with our Kids Camp and Last Blast for a fun summer experience!


East Coast Recording

East Coast Recording

Lead by Grammy award winning producer Jim Cravero, who is one of the leaders in the music industry on the east coast. Jim spends equal amount of time producing music as well as supervising youth programs at 17 locations in the tri-state area. Jim’s vision is to provide an opportunity for youth to understand the workings of the music industry by producing a song from start to finish. For some students, the program enables them to pursue their dreams of working in this industry.

Pop Star Singing - Ages 6 to 10 (9 am to 4 pm)

If your child enjoys singing and performing, then this is the class for your up-and-coming superstar! Not only will your child have a blast singing and performing their favorite karaoke songs, but we will also provide silly dress-ups and props so your child can perform and look like their favorite pop star. On the final day of camp, all performances will be video-recorded and made available online for you to view and enjoy. While having fun, students will also learn basic vocal warm-ups and performance tips that will help build their confidence. Students will also play singing games similar to lip-sync competition and "Name That Tune." This is a super-fun class! Some dress-ups and props are provided, however, campers are welcome to bring their own favorite costumes too!

Fee: $325
Week: July 30 to August 3

Singing & Songwriting - Ages 11 & up (9 am to 4 pm)

Does your child dream of what it’s like to be behind the microphone, performing like their favorite singer? Would they be interested in writing their very own songs? With this class your child will be introduced into the world of songwriting. Students will explore the concepts of tempo, feel, and style as a foundation for creating their next hit song. Students will experience writing a catchy chorus, developing and writing a verse, and introducing and placing a bridge. Students will create an intro, learn about building intensity and completing a song. Students will experience songwriting that will last a lifetime.

Fee: $325
Week: August 6 to August 10

Music & Voice Production - Ages 11 & up (9 am to 4 pm)

Does your child dream of what it’s like to be behind the microphone, performing like their favorite singer? Well, here's their chance! Students will have a blast developing their skills in Songwriting, Music Recording, Voice-overs and Audio Equipment Operation. Students can work interchangeably as talent and/or crew, behind the scenes or behind the microphone. They'll learn vocal warm up routines, perform voice-overs and TV/radio announcements, have a blast singing karaoke to their favorite songs, and the best part is they will have the unique opportunity to create their very own song from start to finish and record it live! Students will produce a song from beginning to end and have a copy of that song to share with friends and family for years to come. Students will receive one professionally edited audio CD that contains all of their camp recordings for the week. 

Fee: $325
Week: August 13 to August 17

Hip-Hop & Rap - Ages 11 & up (9 am to 4 pm)

Does your child wonder what it takes to be the next big Hip-Hop producer? This class will introduce your growing MC to the art of Hip-Hop. Students will learn a brief history of Rap music and create their very own beats using the latest music software. We will teach rhyming concepts and the importance of writing a good hook. They will use these concepts, along with their own life experiences, to write lyrics. Students will then record this rap over their new beat to create their very own Hip-Hop song. On the final day students will receive a CD of their new song to enjoy for years to come.

Fee: $325
Week: August 20 to August 24

Build Your Own Customized Electric Guitar! Design! Paint! Construct! Play! - Ages 12 & up (9 am to 4 pm)

Does your child love guitars? Is your child curious about how they work? With this camp your child will design, paint, and construct a real electric guitar, while learning all about the instrument. This camp will teach students how to identify the parts of an electric guitar, replace and tune the strings, and to set up and adjust the guitar neck. Sessions will also cover proper intonation, guitar care and maintenance. Students will go home with a fully functional electric guitar and knowledge that will last a lifetime. 

Fee: $325 (Additional Guitar Kit fee of $150)
Week: August 27 to August 31


Wickline Casting

Wickline Casting

Based out of Philadelphia and has casted over 10,000 roles in commercials, film and TV productions. Wickline currently teaches youth throughout the tristate area about the film and TV industry through after school and camp programs for the past 18 years. Kathy Wickline designer of these programs is a top casting director of TV and Film in the Philadelphia area. Program instructors are actors and directors with impressive credits. Additional information at www.wickinecasting.com

Intro to Film & TV: Acting and Behind the Scenes - Ages 7 to 12 (9 am to 4 pm)

This introductory to intermediate level program has youth working as cast, crew and writers to produce various film segments. Kids learn basic level of acting, directing, and operating the camera. Also script writing, storyboarding and improvisation will be introduced. During the course of the program they will work on commercials, film scenes, music videos and public service announcements. Parents have an option to pay for video to be professionally edited for a keep sake. 

Fee: $325
Week: July 9 to July 13

Acting for the Camera - Ages 7 to 12 (9am to 4pm)

This program focuses on the ‘acting’ part of film making. Youth learn real auditioning skills by working with scripts for commercials and film readings. Instructors help students learn to personalize characters and follow direction, block for the camera and read with their ‘co-stars’. Improvisation and ad-libbing will be taught as a basis of making acting choices and trusting their instincts. Included in the program is a take home tutorial showing you ways to find acting jobs, as well as a list of legitimate talent agencies. 

Fee: $325
Week: July 16 to July 20

TV Production Club - Ages 8 to 15 (9 am to 4 pm)

This intermediate to advanced Club meets weekly during the year to produce various commercials, public service announcements, interviews and stories for publication on social media, intragram, and the Club’s website. Students can focus on all aspects of TV production of just writing, producing, editing or on camera. Professional staff coach and advise students on developing weekly content.

Fee: $325
Week: July 23 to July 27


Café BG’s

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Cooking - Ages 8 & Up (9 am to 12 pm) - 10 maximum.

Summer 2018 with Café BG’s will be a blast! We are re-introducing our Cooking camps. There will be three camps offered and each with a different theme. Classes are intended for kids and teens ages 8 and up, are taught in our spacious kitchen, and are led by our professional Instructor Chef Roberts. We will begin each week with how to use a knife safely and effectively and cover all kitchen safety rules. We will then move on to key techniques including sautéing, searing, baking, and grilling. All classes conclude with a feast! Working safely and efficiently in the kitchen will be a continuous theme as we will be cooking creatively and having fun! Hope to see you this summer! 

Fee: $135 before 4/1/18, $155 after 4/1/18
Full Day Option: $280 per week if registered by 4/1/18; $300 per week after 4/1/18

Weeks:
July 16 to 20
(includes a whole day field trip on Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm)
July 23 to 27 (includes a whole day field trip on Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm)
August 13 to 17 (includes a whole day field trip on Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm)