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This summer, Detroit and surrounding areas are offering a number of camps and workshops geared toward teenagers. Get ahead of the masses in research and planning. Read on to learn about programs near you that provide entertaining and educational activities for youth.

YWCAs of Metropolitan Detroit
985 E. Jefferson Ave., Suite 101
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 259-9922

The YWCA has a made a long-standing commitment to entertaining children of diverse ages and backgrounds and its programs are made affordable to boot. This summer, “the YWCAs of metro Detroit are holding day camps at three locations: Wyandotte, Oakland County and Redford Township.” Programs are structured to incorporate swimming, field trips, arts and crafts and other activities that offer a full package of summer camp fun. Those interested can call their nearest location in Downriver (734) 284-9030, Oakland (248) 435-9100 or Northwest (313) 537-8500.

Detroit City Camp
Friends School
1100 St. Aubin St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 330-6206

With a motto that states, “Every child deserves a wonderful summer,” Detroit City Camp is a wonderful option for parents of teens ages 12-15 years old. The camp promises to provide courses, workshops and trips that allow campers to learn, explore, develop and have fun. Additionally, campsites are in several locations around Detroit for parents’ convenience. This year’s camp experience will run from June 18th until August 24th, 2012 and costs $80 per week.

Cranbrook Theatre School
39221 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
(248) 645-3000

In celebration of its 72nd season, the Cranbrook Theatre School welcomes children in grades six through eight to join its summer theater program. The aim of the program is more educational than entertaining but that doesn’t mean student participants won’t have fun. Through hands-on experience and exploration and activities that include improvisation, storytelling, dance, music and movement, students will leave the camp with a wealth of practical knowledge. According to the website, “Workshops in lighting, set design and other aspects of technical theatre are included throughout the summer.” Cranbrook’s Performing Arts Center provides the location for classes, rehearsals and performances for the Senior Division of the Theatre School.

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iD Tech Camps
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(408) 871-2227

Offered at 40 college campuses across the country, including the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and open to kids aged seven to 17, iD Tech Camp provides hands-on technology learning experience. Potential campers learn digital video, website development, robotics or other skills while producing a project in that discipline. Courses are one week but usually campers stay longer out of sheer love for what they are able to do at camp. While most of the program will have students in front of a computer, outdoor activities are also on the itinerary.

Exchange City
20330 Superior Road
Taylor, MI 48180
(734) 287-8696

Exchange City offers a two-week learning camp in both city and “habitat” locations in a 20,000-square-foot building in Taylor. Day campers ages 11-16 will be residents of Exchange City, and will learn entrepreneurship, business skills, how to run a government and other grown-up ideas, but on a smaller scale. The details surrounding the ‘habitat’ side of the program are kept more secretive but past participants have hinted that it is out of this world. Campers should expect to have outside play, do some tie-dying, learn and sing songs, outside of the other economic-centered activities.

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Sakina Al-Amin writes regularly for an accumulating number of online publications, but has dreams of one day being a spokesperson. She resides in the metro Detroit area with her husband. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.