By Kathy L. Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin will be offering nine weeks of summer camp this year. Children in the SouthShore area have great choices for summer camps this summer. You can choose to attend one or all nine.
Campers are required to bring a brown bag lunch. Snacks will be provided by the Firehouse Cultural Center for morning and afternoon breaks. Each week culminates with a performance or a “Show-off” for family and friends.

Children can be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. and picked up at 3:30 p.m. Weekly camp rates are $125 for members and $140 for non-members. Save on two or more weeks. There are a limited number of scholarships available. You can register by calling 645-7651 or online at

During the month of June, campers will sparkle like a star during four weeks of Musical Theatre. Musical Theatre I will be held June 5 to 9; Musical Theatre II will be held June 12 -16; Musical Theatre III will be held June 19 to 23; and Musical Theatre IV will be held June 26 to 30.

During the week of July 3 to 7 (no class on July 4), campers will engage in Drawing, Painting and Watercolor Camp. Campers will create imaginative and unique drawings, paintings and watercolor works of art.For the next two weeks, July 10 to 14 and July 17 to 21, campers will explore the art of Cartooning and Animation. Campers can bring their favorite character to life and create their own different and unique characters. Campers will develop basic cartooning, animation and storytelling skills.

Summer camp will round out the last two weeks with Robotics during the weeks of July 24 to 28 and July 31 to August 4. Campers will work in small groups to create and program a robot. There is an additional $50 materials fee for Robotics. Georgia Vahue, Executive Director of the Firehouse Cultural Center said, “Musical Theatre has become one of our popular summer camps, building confidence, while bringing out the best in our campers. Each Friday, when our campers perform for families and friends, I am truly impressed with their talent and what they accomplished in a matter of four and a half days.”

For information,visit or call 654-7651.

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