Explore St. Louis Summer Camp (ESSC) mission is to provide campers the opportunity to explore St. Louis through different events, programs, exhibits, and field trips outside of their neighborhood. ESSC will reopen next summer 2024.
ESSC serves co-ed campers, ages 5-13, and is a day camp. We are open from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, weekly fee is $200.00. DVN: 002829863. Before Care (BC) is from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. After Care (AC) is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 PM. The weekly fee is $130 per week for both BC/AC or $65 for either BC or AC per week. The ESSC Enrollment Applications will open up on May 1, 2023. Only the first 60 applications will be accepted. We will keep the applications open just in case we have an opening. All parents/guardians must attend the virtual orientation. Please click here to fill out the application. Remember, one application per camper.
ESSC provides underserved campers the opportunity to explore St. Louis through different attractions, shows, exhibits, programs, activities, community events, and other places outside of their neighborhoods. We are excited to provide underserved campers with tutoring/mentoring, Arts & Crafts, S.T.E.M. activities, financial literacy, DIY projects, computer enhancement skills, nutritional and health education, painting, cooking classes, swimming, and of course tutoring. Breakfast and lunches are provided, so there's no need to pack a lunch.
For the 2023 summer, we are excited to bring this program to your children. For more information, please check back at a later date. We also have our camp information on BluePrint4Summer.
ESSC also partners with the Summer Youth Employment Program that employs youth. This program is to support the youth in both St. Louis County and St. Louis City. For students wanting employment, please sign up early to secure your spot for employment. Click for both St. Louis County/City
I want to come back next year because it would be fun again.
I think the students learned a lot this summer and I feel like the counselors had a big part in how they are now.
What I liked the most was being able to gain experience working with kids. The kids gained confidence and prep for school.
I have seen students grow in confidence in Math as well as Reading Comprehension. At the start of camp, there were a few participants wanting to volunteer in answering questions but now everyone wants to participate. I also liked the opportunity the program provided for them to continue to learn over the summer break, which they can apply in the upcoming school year. This camp give them a boost of confidence and advancement.
Yes, I would tell people about this camp because it was good.
I found out that I am good at spelling. This camp was fun, plus I liked playing on the scooters a lot.
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Smart Kids, Inc. engages with a lot of students, volunteers, and staff members of different ethnic groups. It is with great understanding that all participants recognize the importance of working side by side with people from different backgrounds. Our team deals with diversity everyday in the workplace, when providing our program services to students with the Greater St. Louis region. We make it a priority to discuss, implement, and practice the importance of policies and procedures of diversity training. We never want to make feel uncomfortable when participating in our organization.
Being that we all come from different backgrounds at Smart Kids, Inc., it is understood that we have great equity at all times. One of our first priorities is to treat everyone with respect and dignity. We also provide the same opportunities to enhance the student’s educational growth.
As an organization that deals with a lot of diverse students with different backgrounds, we want everyone to feel comfortable and for them to be themselves. It is already hard for students to seem perfect with social media telling them what is perfect and what it not. That is not our environment and we strive to make it a better experience when participating in our programs. We have all walks of life that we work hand in hand with and we aim for them to be their full selves. Being yourselves and being comfortable here at Smart Kids, Inc. makes it easier for you to be successful and really learn what you need better through our tutoring sessions.
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