Camping: It’s not too late to register youths for camp. Here are a few to consider. Check Omaha.com/community for others. All charge fees unless otherwise noted.
» University of Nebraska at Omaha Volleyball Camps: Beginning Individual Camp for incoming grades five through eight, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9-10; Advanced Individual Camp for incoming grades seven through nine, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11-12; Junior Camp for incoming grades one through five, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13; Position Camp for incoming grades eight through 10, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 15; Advanced Specialty Camp for incoming grades 10 through 12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 17-18; Team Competition Camp for high school teams only, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 19-20. To register visit unovolleyballcamps.com/camps.cfm. For more information, email associate head coach Karen Povondra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Girl Scout Camps: A girl does not need to be a Girl Scout to take part in Girl Scout summer programs and enjoy what Camp Maha in Papillion has to offer. Every girl is welcome and all programs are grade-level appropriate. For a list of camp programs, visit girlscoutsnebraska.org. Camps run through Aug. 4.
» Iowa 4-H Robotics Summer Camps: The Iowa Extension Service will have you creating and programming robots out of Legos in these counties — East Pottawattamie, Fremont, Harrison, Montgomery and West Pottawattamie. Become an expert programmer and builder for FIRST Lego League or just have fun learning to work with robotics. For more information on the daily workshop schedules and for a registration form, visit extension.iastate.edu/fremont/node/17770. Click and download the camp registration and health forms and follow the instructions.
» Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps: The July 8-12 camp is for intermediate or advanced players and will meet in the Old Avoca (Neb.) Schoolhouse. Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, will teach. Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers. For more information, e-mail Deborah at email@example.com. To register, visit greenblattandseay.com.
» Summer Middle School and High School Girls Beach Volleyball: Middle school teams have four members in grades five through eight. High school teams have two members in grades nine through 12. Both sets of teams play Monday evenings, starting next week and running through Aug. 12. Play begins at 5:15 p.m. at Sandbaggers Beach Volleyball, located at Sempeck’s Bowling & Entertainment, 20902 Cumberland Drive. Teams are guaranteed three matches a week. Bring your own team, be placed on one, or mix and match weekly if you want. For more information, visit SandbaggersOmaha.com, call 402-289-4614 or email volleyball director Rob Feltman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
» AIM Summer Academy: Students in eighth- through 11th-grade will learn and apply the Python programming language to solve puzzles and gaming challenges. The Python language was designed to be easy to read by using simplified program statements and includes object-oriented features. Students taking this 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29-Aug. 1 session should come prepared with a basic familiarity through an introductory course in computer programming. The class will meet at the AIM Institute, 1905 Harney St., and is limited to 20 participants. Register at aimforbrilliance.org/summer-youth-it-academy.
Fireworks: Omaha Roncalli will sell fireworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through July 4 at the Dave’s Auto Body parking lot, Interstate 680 at the Irvington Exit. This is the third straight year for Roncalli boosters to sell in this location. Proceeds will directly benefit Roncalli students.
Exchange students: World Heritage Student Exchange Programs seeks American families to host high school students from Eurasia for the school year. These students all have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department-sponsored Future Leaders Exchange Program. The students are from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. To become a host family or learn more, contact Courtney Wade at 720-209-1145, 866-939-4111 or email@example.com. Or visit whhosts.com.
STEM: How does…? How can…? Have you…? These are the beginning of questions to entice youths to learn more in the 4-H national science experiments Wired for Wind, Eco-Bot Challenge and Power of the Wind. As part of the national 4-H STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative, youths had the opportunity to be “Engineers for a Day or More” as part of a program offered by Cass County 4-H School Enrichment and brought into the classroom. Youths learned about the engineering design process by working in teams to problem solve by designing, building and modifying a boat, wind turbine blades, a set of control surfaces designed to contain a “toxic spill” to be cleaned up by the Eco-Bot (a tiny toothbrush robot) or a combination of these.
Farm kids only: First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg have announced the annual “NEST on the Farm” scholarship contest for children of Nebraska farm families. Three winners will each receive a $3,500 contribution and three runners-up will each receive a $1,000 contribution to a NEST Direct College Savings Plan. The awards will be presented Sept. 11 at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island. The scholarship contest is open to youths who live on Nebraska farms or whose parents work on Nebraska farms. One winner and one runner-up will be chosen in each of these age categories: ages 7 to 9, 10 to 11, and 12 to 13. Each contestant must submit a typed essay of no more than 750 words, describing how being in a farming family influences his or her higher education goals. NEST is Nebraska’s tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan.
Putting it all together: Cass County, Neb., 4-Hers are making a difference by participating in community service. During the annual Cass County 4-H Community Service Workshop Day, participants tackled several community service projects including the Colene Shrader Kidz for Kwiltz quilt tops. Funds for this project include an annual donation of $500 from the Kurk Shrader family of Elmwood, Neb., and proceeds from the annual silent quilt auction held at the end of the Cass County fair in August. JoAnn Sagar of Omaha provides some of the quilt kits for 4-Hers to piece together.
They’re all hot shots: Camp Hot Shots for children with Type 1 diabetes was held this month at Platte River State Park in Louisville, Neb. The camp provides a fun and educational opportunity for attendees to learn how to manage their disease. Camp Hot Shots serves Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Minnesota. Local physicians, nurses, dietitians and child life specialists donate their time at the camp.
Pouring out support: Joy Belles, a service club of a home school group, raised $135 for Moore, Okla., by selling lemonade and cookies one day this month at the corner of Burt Street and Happy Hollow Boulevard. Joy Belles sent the money to the Red Cross for the victims of the Moore tornado.
Play ball! The Omaha Storm Chasers has continued its Chasers FUNdamentals for the fourth year. The program teaches minority youths ages 8-12 the basics of baseball. Co-sponsors are the Home Run Foundation of Greater Omaha, CVS and the Peter Kiewit Foundation. The six Chasers FUNdamentals clinics have begun at the Salvation Army North Corps location. Seven clinics are taking place at the Hillside Little League ballfields in a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha. Bus transportation for the participants is provided by the Peter Kiewit Foundation. Snacks, drinks and shirts are provided by CVS.
Enrichment: Students attending Papillion-La Vista School District Summer Success program complete enrichment activities to enhance their learning. All students rotate through the enrichment activities through July 25. Each week has a theme. Guests teach an enrichment activity tied to each week’s theme. Still remaining on the schedule are next week’s safety theme, July 9-11’s music theme, July 16-18’s art theme and July 23-25’s sportsmanship theme.
-- Compiled by Sue Story Truax