Summer is fast approaching and it’s time to make plans for the summer. Keeping your teenager busy has never been easier. From old-fashioned summer camp to top-of-the-line technology and everything in between, there is something to do for every teen in Connecticut.  The only problem may be having to actually choose between activities.

iD Programming Academy
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
(408) 871-2227

While some adults are still struggling to use a smartphone, it is safe to say that many teens not only embrace today’s advanced technology, but have the desire to make a life of it. ID Programming Academy, in partnership with Yale University, offers kids ages 13 to 18 a two-week course featuring workshops such as Robotics Engineering and Coding, JAVA, iPhone and iPad Application Development, Modding and Programming with Minecraft and iD Programming Labs. Small classes afford each student a greater learning experience. This is a perfect opportunity for kids who want to get a head start.

Loomis Chaffee Summer Program
Loomis Chaffee School
4 Batchelder Road
Windsor, CT 06095
(860) 687-6355

Perhaps your teen is driven to learn and has a strong desire to achieve academically. For middle and high school students, the Loomis Chaffee Summer Program keeps minds nimble by offering a wide variety of summer studies. This is an exceptional chance for your scholar to learn something new or to take the opportunity to master a subject that has already posed a challenge. For students close to moving on to the next level of education, SSAT and SAT prep courses are also available.

Chelsea Piers
1 Blachley Road
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 989-1000

Give your serious or recreational athlete a treat this summer by enrolling him/her in one of the Power Summer Camps at Chelsea Piers. Practice, conditioning and strength training are the building blocks for success and are all part of the agenda in a state-of-the-art atmosphere. A variety of sport camps are offered with more intense training for older teens. Give your children a competitive edge as well as a summer camp experience they will thank you for.

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Silver Lake Conference Center
223 Low Road
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-5526

For teens through the age of 19, Silver Lake Conference Center offers continuous, week-long, age-appropriate summer sessions. In a beautiful and nurturing atmosphere, kids can play, learn, grow, enjoy nature and explore their spirituality. For a completely different developmental experience, a volunteer program allows those 16 and older to serve as counselors to younger children. All are welcome to visit the grounds and learn more at open houses on the first and third Sundays of May.

Dynamite Academy of Gymnastics
130 Scott Road
Waterbury, CT 06705
(203) 419-0661

If you are looking for the perfect summer excitement for the agile teen, consider a tumbling, trampoline or stunting class at Dynamite Academy of Gymnastics. Great for the cheerleader, aspiring parkour artist or gymnast in the family, your child will master desirable skills while achieving a new level of fitness, discipline and self-confidence. Instruction is available for those with special needs so everyone can take advantage of the chance to feel like a star in a judgement-free environment.

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