The Cabin expands its summer camps through collaborations

If you’re looking for a creative opportunity for your kids this summer, check out the new summer writing camps at The Cabin. This year the organization has expanded its award-winning offerings through some fun collaborations with other community groups. Kids can learn to write a play or a song, tell a good story or perform a poem.

The camps are for kids grades 3 through 12. Here’s a sample of what they have to offer:

“Wildlife Words” is a full day camp in collaboration with Zoo Boise for grades 3 to 5: Kids will spend the morning at the zoo and learn about endangered animals and their habitats. In the afternoon, the kids will work with a writer at The Cabin to create poems and stories inspired by what they learned. The camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1 and costs $195 for non members, $160 for members.

Kids in grades 7 through 12 can learn to tell it like it is at “Story Story,” a camp in collaboration with Boise’s story initiative Story Story Night. Kids will learn to take their ideas from the page to the stage. They’ll learn to create a behind-the-scenes plot line, work on pacing and public speaking and tell their own true stories inspired by a theme. Then they’ll tell it on stage without notes. Camps run 9 a.m. to noon July 21-25 for grades 7-9 and July 28-Aug. 1 for kids in grades 10-12. It’s $165 for non-members, $130 for members.

Kids age 10 and older can learn to write songs at “Song Writer,” a camp in collaboration with Boise Rock School. Kids will learn the craft of songwriting, using hooks and rhymes they will begin writing their own songs the first day. It’s open to any instrument or ability level. Bring your instrument with you, if you have one. Camp runs 9 a.m. to noon July 21-25 and costs $185 for non-members, $150 for members.

Kids in high school can explore the world of performance poetry at “Poetry Slam,” a camp in collaboration with Big Tree Arts, a Boise-based group that produces local poetry slams. Kids will learn to write poems and how to perform them in slam style. Camp runs 9 a.m. to noon July 14-18 and costs $165 for non-members, $130 for members.

Find more camps here. For more information, call 331-8000. Some camps also are offered in Twin Falls and the Wood River Valley.

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