It’s almost summer camp sign-up season. I’ll admit, I’m already freaking out about it a little bit. This will be the first summer both the kids will need to be in camps while their dad and I work (semi-)regular office hours.

There are SO MANY camps! Thankfully, each year the newspaper puts out a guide to summer camps. I understand the first summer camp tab will be out this Sunday, and the next comprehensive camp guide will come out on Thursday – a week from today.

Until then, here’s one camp to consider:

Camp Invention,

a Nationally Acclaimed Summer Enrichment Program,

Kicks Off the Summer by Inspiring Young Minds

Missoula, MT (Grassroots Newswire) April 7, 2014 — Camp Invention, a national educational program recognized for fostering innovative-thinking, real-world problem solving, and the spirit of invention, is coming to C.S. Porter Middle School the week of June 23 – June 27, 2014. The weeklong day camp experience for students entering grades 1-6 encourages inventive young minds through hands-on problem solving, using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a fun and creative atmosphere.

“We are thrilled to be offering Camp Invention to more children this year interested in these focus areas”, said Barbara Myer — Camp Invention Director at Allen ISD and District Advanced Academics/Gifted and Talented Coordinator. “Selecting a camp is an important decision for parents and our goal is to provide children with a curriculum that allows them to fully express their inventive young minds by exploring different types of technology, through real-world problem solving challenges, building things and taking them apart, while still having fun and developing new skills. Every year I am impressed by not only the level of thinking and time that goes into the curriculum, but also by the level of fun and excitement that I see on my students’ faces.”

Camp Invention was founded by Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Programming is developed through partnerships with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and inspired by Inductees of the Hall of Fame and finalists of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Camp Invention’s  new curriculum for  2014 called “Morphed!” immerses students in hands-on activities, such as building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle, and disassembling electronics to build an insect-themed pinball machine. Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in those communities.

“Camp Invention is proud to inspire and challenge our next generation of innovators through this nationally acclaimed educational program,” said Michael Oister, CEO of Invent Now, the organization responsible for organizing more than 1,200 Camp Invention day camps throughout the U.S. serving 80,000 students every year. “During the past 20 years, we have helped to ignite a passion for creativity and invention in more than 900,000 children while leaving them with great camp memories and lifelong friendships.”

For additional information, or to find the nearest location for registration, visit

About Camp Invention:
Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children in grades one through six to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world’s great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and comprise Invent Now. This nationwide organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Through these three entities, over 250,000 children, teachers, parents, college students and independent inventors are encouraged to explore science and technology programs every year.  Regional program sponsors include Chevron Products Company.