Local Events and Opportunities

Community activities and events are listed below.  All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting.  In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office.  By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.


Glencairn End of the Year Picnic - Farewell to the Old Building




6 to 8 pm at Glencairn Elementary


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East Lansing High School Students Robotics Club

East Lansing Robotic Club is looking for boys and girls from 8th to 12th grade students to learn and build  a VEX EDR robot. We will begin forming teams in mid-May and continue into summer.  The  team will attend multiple High School level tournaments in Michigan in the school year of 2018-2019.  Experienced players and beginners are welcome. Parent coaches and volunteers will help teams become more successful.

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Andre Hutson Basketball Camp

The East Lansing Basketball Club is sponsoring the 4th annual Andre Hutson Basketball Camp  from June 18-22.

This camp is eligible for grades 2-12.

Part of the proceeds from the camp are donated to the East Lansing Educational

Foundation and to also reduce the Middle School "pay to play"  fee.   To

learn more and to register for the clinic, visit www.elbasketball.org or the City of East Lansing website (Hannah Community Center/Sports (Youth & Adult)"

Archer Trojan Community Soccer Camp

Weeks of July 16 and July 23, 2018

Nick Archer—championship coach and founder of the ELHS boys’ and girls’ soccer program—lends his skills and expertise to ELHS girls’ varsity soccer coach Jeff Lyon; current and former ELHS soccer players; and community coaches to offer East Lansing’s premier soccer camp.

The Archer Trojan Community Soccer Camp will offer participants at all levels a challenging and rewarding experience that will help them gain an understanding of teamwork and sportsmanship; learn the game of soccer; and develop age-appropriate skills—in a safe, positive, nurturing environment. All of the camps are held at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

Morning sessions are an introduction to soccer.  Campers entering grades 1-4 and 5-8 will learn the rules, fundamentals and beginning-level skills with group and individual instruction.

Evening sessions are for grades 9-12 and are designed to challenge intermediate players to build on their skills; provide group and individual instruction; and prepare students for interscholastic play. Goalkeeping instruction will be provided. HSSSL: register for one week only.

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Burchfield County Park Summer Camps 2018

How to Register
Please call the Ingham County Parks
office @ 517-676-2233
E-mail: parks@ingham.org
121 E Maple St., Suite 102
Mason MI 48854

**Camp is open to children ages 5-12.
Children age 5 MUST have completed
kindergarten. Campers are limited to 4
weeks of camp and may not attend the
same theme more than once. Please have
your sessions chosen prior to calling.
**Session 9 is open to ages 10-13

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City of East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts - Summer Camps



  • City of East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts - Summer Camps

    Full Summer Camp Flier
  • British Soccer Camp
    June 25-29

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  • All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre
    East Lansing Hannah Community Center
    819 Abbot Road
    East Lansing, MI 48823
    (517) 333-2580 ext. 0

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  • Zombie Survival Camp (Ages 8 - 12)
    Join us for awesome survival training in preparation for the zombie apocalypse! Campers will learn wilderness skills vital for survival.  Build shelters, find edible plants, establish a camp perimeter, drill with “weapons,” prepare a “bug out bag” and more.  Work as a team to defend against the zombie hordes! Campers are encouraged to bring their Nerf Blasters. Rain or shine!

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City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

Northern Tail Dog Park to Re-open this Friday, June 15

The City of East Lansing’s Northern Tail Dog Park, 6400 Abbot Road, is scheduled to re-open to the public this Friday, June 15.

For the time being, community members are asked to please enter the park from the north entrance (trail side). Signs will be in place directing community members to that entrance. This will help to reduce wear and tear on the side of the park where the grass is still growing.

In fall 2017, the City of East Lansing completed some fairly extensive work to improve drainage and restore the grass at the park. This was the first time since the park opened in 2008 that the City temporarily closed the facility in order to complete a renovation of this nature. In order to prevent a long-term closure like this in the future, City officials are considering temporarily closing the park when wet conditions exist and closing during the winter months, similar to other outdoor recreation venues, such as the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, the East Lansing Softball Complex and the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

“Thank you to everyone for their patience during this extended closure,” said East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts Director Tim McCaffrey.

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East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts Introduces Summer Adult 4v4 Soccer League

The East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts (ELPRA) is currently accepting team registrations for its inaugural 2018 Summer Adult 4v4 Soccer League. The registration deadline is June 29.

The Adult 4v4 Soccer League will include men, women and co-ed divisions. Advantages of this league include small-sided fields with 3’x 4’ goals, a smaller minimum of team players (four vs. 11) and only 30-minute games. Adult 4v4 Soccer is a great way to stay active on a team with friends even with a tight summer schedule.

“We are excited to try something new by introducing Adult 4v4 Soccer,” said Parks, Recreation and Arts Director Tim McCaffrey. “These programs are highly successful in other larger metropolitan areas and we envision the same success in East Lansing. We have the facilities and a lot of interest in soccer throughout the community to really run this well.”

The summer league consists of an eight-game season plus participation single elimination tournament at the end of the season. All adult league games will be played on lighted fields at the East Lansing Softball Complex, 6400 Abbot Road, on Tuesday and Thursday nights from mid-July to the end of August. The cost is $550 per team (that includes a roster of up to 10 players).

To download a registration form, go to www.cityofeastlansing.com/sports. For more information, contact Kate Maninga, kmaning@cityofeastlansing.com, or call (517) 333-2580 ext. 0.

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East Lansing Farmers Market to Host UNITY PROJECT Installation on Sunday, June 10

The East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM) is pleased to host the UNITY PROJECT installation on Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.

This interactive art project is sponsored by the East Lansing Arts Commission and features a larger than life structure that consists of 32 posts with identifiers. Participants tie colorful pieces of yarn to posts that reflect their identities. The yarn intertwines with other participants’ yarn to create a web of interconnectedness.

The UNITY PROJECT was “created to raise consciousness about the labels we give ourselves and others and explore how those labels both support and limit building interconnected, interesting communities.” All ages are encouraged to participate.

In addition to the UNITY PROJECT, live music at the market will include Deacon Earl from 10 a.m.-noon and Will Crandell from noon-2 p.m. There will also be outdoor yoga at the market at 9:30 a.m., which will be hosted every Sunday during the market season. There is a suggested donation of $10 and participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats.

The 2018 season of the ELFM runs June 3-Oct. 28 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park.

About the Market
The ELFM draws a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors to Valley Court Park each week to shop for farm-grown Michigan produce and products. As a growers-only market, ELFM vendors are required to grow their own produce and/or make their own products. The ELFM tagline says it all: “100% Homegrown Makes Us Different.”

This year’s vendor lineup includes a great mix of returning and new vendors. The 2018 vendors include: 45th Parallel Pickle Company, The 517 Coffee Company, Applegarth Honey, Better Finds LLC, The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, Circle F Ranch, Corrion Farms, The Country Mill, Droscha Sugarbush, El Burrito Mexicano, Fire and Rice, For the Love of Grain, The Fresh Lake Whitefish Company, GCC Organics, Guiding Light Garlic Farm, Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery, Jenny’s Sweets & Treats, The Local Epicurean, MI Drinks, Owosso Organics, Pregitzer Farm Market, Rasch Orchards, Rust Belt Roastery, Sanctuary Pizza, Sapo De Solis, Simpatico Coffee, Steffey Farm, Stone Circle Bakehouse, Tomac Pumpkin Patch, Trillium Wood Farm, Wildflower Eco Farm and Wooden Shoe Herb Farm.

Live musical performances take place at the market each week from 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m.

“The market is a great place to pick up locally grown produce and locally made products, while enjoying a Sunday outing with family and friends in an inviting park setting,” said ELFM Market Manager Karla Forrest-Hewitt.

SNAP/Bridge Card & Double Up Food Bucks Benefits
The ELFM accepts SNAP/Bridge Cards at the market and allows EBT-eligible customers to stretch their dollars with the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program. As a result of a grant from the Fair Food Network, the DUFB program "matches" SNAP/Bridge Card dollars spent at farmer's markets. Customers will receive a dollar for dollar match (up to $20) that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan. For example, if a customer spends $20 on their SNAP/Bridge Card, they would receive an extra $20 to spend (limited to $20 per market Sunday).

Community members can learn more about the ELFM at www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket

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Summer Concert Series

Ann Street Plaza
Downtown EL
Fridays 7-9 p.m.

Moonlight Film Festival

Valley Court Park
280 Valley Court

Play in the Park

Valley Court Park
280 Valley Court
Tuesdays • 7 p.m.

Crossing Guard Applications Are Being Accepted for the City of East Lansing


Either one hour in the morning, or, one hour in the afternoon, or both depending on need, Monday – Friday. Must be available before school starting time and when school lets out in the afternoon. Specific hours dependent on public school.

$12.00 per Hour

Go Online to cityofeastlansing.com for details and to complete an application.

Crossing Guard Flyer

The Downeaster Theater Summer Camp

The Downeaster Theater Summer Camp

1120 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI 48906
(517) 763-8045

until May 14
Scholarships available

MS Camp Flier

HS Camp Flier

East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities

Dear Friends of the East Lansing Educational Foundation:

Through wind, rain, and snow a dedicated team of community volunteers meets on the second Tuesday of each month with one ultimate goal in mind; to help raise funds to distribute to East Lansing Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff.

It has been my pleasure over the past few years to be a part of this team, better known as the East Lansing Educational Foundation, and to help raise those funds and to assist in reviewing the requests for assistance for our classrooms that come in each fall. From your donations, the ELEF was able to fund grants this year totaling over $48,000. I wanted to share just a few of those wonderful requests that were awarded this year.

East Lansing High School
$1,058.00 for two new cameras for the yearbook staff
$3,939.90 for mini iPads for the Math Department

MacDonald Middle School
$3,500.00 for a new 3-D printer

$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center

$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department

$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs

$718.00 for parental support literature

$3,400.00 for Drum Fit - a collaborative effort between P.E. and music classes

As you can see, students at every school in our district benefit from your generous support to the ELEF. As we enter the season of giving, I humbly ask that you once again open your hearts and your checkbooks to assist the ELEF in its mission to continue to provide that extra support our ELPS teachers, administrators, and staff so deservingly need. We all benefit from this generosity of spirit and our community is a much richer place for it. Please fill out the enclosed donation form or visit us online at: www.elef.us to contribute to the ELEF in whatever amount you can spare. All donations are extremely appreciated.

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Blair Renfro
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation

PDF Version of Letter

Donation Form


East Lansing Educational Foundation Presents Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award Winning Stories

History of the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award

The Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award began in the spring of 1985 as a memorial to a young East Lansing girl named Sarah Beth Tarpoff.  She was a student at the now closed Bailey School when she died in a horse-back riding accident.  This accident occurred at the same time the school was closing.  As a result, the school’s Parent Teacher Organization decided to combine the remaining PTO assets with monies given to the Tarpoff family in Sarah’s memory to begin a writing award and a new education foundation that has become the East Lansing Educational Foundation! 

An accomplished rider, Sarah loved horses more than anything.  She also loved to write and draw, so this award program was created in her name to foster and encourage other children to express themselves through writing and drawing.

For over thirty years the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Project has been open to all students in East Lansing Public Schools, from kindergarten to high school seniors, who submit an original poem, story or essay no longer than 1,000 words. Each manuscript is read and evaluated by high school students in Honors English, under the direction of their teacher, to evaluate and judge submissions. Everyone who enters receives a ribbon honoring their participation. In addition, all students, Kindergarten through grade 12, may also receive first, second, third, or honorable mention ribbons.

For many years the Creative Writing Award was organized and run by Sarah’s family, with the help of many others dedicated to encouraging the language arts.  It then transitioned into an East Lansing Educational Foundation sponsored program, retaining the core mission of encouraging creative writing within the East Lansing community and school district. First place entries are published, with parental permission, on the East Lansing Educational Foundation website and linked to the East Lansing Public Schools website.

The 2016-2017 school year 1st Prize Award-winning entries will be showcased and published on the East Lansing Educational Foundation (www.elef.us) and the East Lansing Public Schools websites following the schedule below:

  • February and March           Donley and Marble Elementary Schools
  • March and April                     Glencairn and Whitehills Elementary Schools
  • May and June                          MacDonald Middle School

The Sarah Tarpoff Writing Project will kick off this year in mid-February 2018.  This year’s deadline for submissions for the Sarah Tarpoff Writing project is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

If you student receives a 1st Place Award-winning entry for the 2017-2018 school year and you want your student’s works published on the ELPS and ELEF websites watch for additional information with your student’s work when you receive them back in June 2018.



East Lansing Junior Trojans Football Parent Info Day - Grades 4-8

East Lansing Junior Trojans


Parent info day | Grades 4–8 | Wednesday June 13, 2018, 6–7PM
Auxilary Gym, East Lansing High School
[Players can meet outside at the west practice field.]

The season starts August 6 with the first day of practice. Get information about rules, eligibility, registration, equipment and schedule. Bring your player to participate in pick-up games and enjoy pizza afterwards, West practice field.

Register now and save. Fee before July 31, $175 after July 31, $225. Online Registration: Enter player information, including forms and payment, all collected through the website. Visit juniortrojans.org and click on registration.

6/23, Sat. “517 Football Camp” Hosted by Taylor Moton (Carolina Panthers) and Cooper Rush (Dallas Cowboys) Lansing Catholic High School Field.
3rd – 8th grade, registration required: taylormoton.com 

7/24, Tues. Junior Trojan Mini Camp 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ELHS West Practice Field. Meet varsity football players and coach Feraco and take part in agility, position drills, and football skill building exercises.

6/18– 7/25 Velocity Sports Performance Get faster, get stronger
through six-week program, Mondays and Wednesdays
(4-6 grade 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and 7-8 grade 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

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East Lansing Soccer Club Registration 2018-2019 Season

East Lansing Soccer Club Registration 2018-2019 Season

Register now at www.eastlansingsoccer.org

Kindergarten soccer program -
This is a fun clinic style program and comprised of kindergartners (no pre-school or 1st graders please). There is one fall session and a separate spring session.  Each session is traditionally 5-6 weeks long one day per week.  Registration is required separately for the Fall and Spring sessions.

1st Grade soccer program -
Players are 1st graders only who are placed on 1st grade teams that play other ELSC teams in a small sided game format (usually 4v4 with no goal keeper.)  Season is traditionally 8 weeks in the fall starting after Labor Day, and 6 weeks in the spring starting after Spring Break.  There is one "Night under the lights" set of games in the Fall to introduce games and about 5 weekend games on Saturday mornings in the Spring.  Practices are twice per week.

Recreational soccer program -
Players are 2nd-6th grade and placed on school grade level teams that play against other community teams in the East Side Soccer League (ESSL).

Season is traditionally 8 games over 8 weeks in the fall starting after Labor Day, and 8 games over 6 weeks in the spring after Spring Break.  Games are Saturday mornings.  Practices are twice per week. Registration is open now here and all registered will be placed on a team.

Select soccer program -
Players can be 4th to 8th grade (generally born 2003 to 2009) and try out for a spot on a team. All players selected will be placed on team based on their ‘birth year.’  Teams play against other community teams in the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) and occasionally highly skilled teams will compete in the Western Suburban Soccer League (WSSL). 

Season is traditionally 8 games over 8 weeks in the fall starting after Labor Day, and 8 games over 6 weeks in the spring starting after Spring Break. Games are Saturday or Sunday afternoons.  Practices are twice per week. Tryout / evaluation for a CASL team is required, and dates and times for tryouts are available online on our website here.

Players not selected for a CASL team will be placed on a recreational team with their age group.

Recreational teams are $100 for the 2018-2019 season which consists of both fall and spring sessions. CASL teams are $200 for the season which consists of both fall and spring sessions. All fees are due paid in full by August 1, 2018.

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Girl Scouts Pre-K Invite Celebrations

Did you know that your Pre-K girl can become a Girl Scout the summer before she begins Kindergarten?

What a great way to grow her circle of friends before she starts her next adventure!

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Howell Nature Center Summer Camps

Featuring Overnight Summer Nature Camps

Special Nature Schola rshipson a First-Come Basis

Amazing Overnight Nature Programs
For kids in grades 3rd – 12th

  • One-week Overnight Nature Camps for boys and girls 3rd – 6th grades
  • One-week Naturalist-In-Training Camp for boys and girls 7th – 8th grades
  • One-week Excursion Camps for boys and girls
  • 7th – 12th grades (Excursions include cool places like the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks)

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Ingham ISD Kids' College 2018

The Gifted and Talented Office of Ingham Intermediate School District and Michigan State University are pleased to announce the thirty-first year of Kids’ College for talented students. This collaborative venture improves and expands educational offerings for students who have outstanding abilities and/or potential talent in the content areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The content focus for 2018 is “Energy.”

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Lenses Collective

Lenses Collective is a collaborative photography and writing project for East Lansing seniors (55+) and youth (middle and high school students). The thirteen-week project is designed to bring youth and seniors together to explore generational perspectives and experiences through dialogue, creative writing, and photography. The participants’ work will be displayed in a collaborative art exhibition.

Sessions will be held at the
East Lansing Public Library
on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
beginning September 12, 2018.

For more information, email
lensescollective@gmail.com or visit

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MASCOT 2018 Mathematics Augmentation Series: Cultivating Optimal Teaching

The topics of MASCOT are intended to supplement, complement and extend mathematics taught in the regular school program. The choice of topics is based on current research in the field and knowledge about how children learn. The instructional strategies emphasize cooperative learning and build on children’s prior mathematical knowledge.

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MSU hosts 2018 Fascination of Plants Day

From website:
The Fascination of Plants Day is a worldwide event promoted by the European Plant Science Organization. It aims to enthuse the public about the importance of plant science in their day-to-day lives – such as in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, etc. The event will take place alongside hundreds of others worldwide.


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MSU Summer Camps

Broad Summer Art Camp

Learn to see differently, rethink the familiar, and explore the endless possibilities of art-making.
Register by March 31 for a $50 discount!
Camp meets for weekly sessions, 9am–3pm daily. $250 per week.

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Discover MSU Women in Engineeering Summer Camps

Lady Spartans: Women in Engineering (WIE)

What: This camp is designed to introduce various disciplines of engineering and engage prospective women engineering students to role models for their future professional careers. University and lab tours will complement this group-based project camp. Engineers are people who use communication skills, creativity and problem solving skills to dream up, design, improve and build things that matter.

Who: 9th-12th graders in Fall 2018
When: June 17-21, 2018; all day

Where: Michigan State University, residential
Cost: $825

Who: 9th-12th graders in Fall 2018
When: June 18-21, 2018; 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: Michigan State University, commuter
Cost: $450

Spartan Girls in Engineering

A program designed to expose girls to engineering. Campers participate
in hands-on activities, learn from engineering faculty and professionals, as well as participate in engaging projects.

Who: 6th-8th graders in Fall 2018

Where: Michigan State University, commuter

When: July 16-20, 2018; 8:00 AM-Noon

Cost: $295


Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens

Our summer camps introduce children (ages 6-12) and teens (13+) to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on hands-on activities and interactions in the target language. No prior knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated. Camps meet from 8:30-4:00 pm in Wells Hall.  Morning-only options (8:30-12:00 pm) are available for all kids camps.

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Play Math this summer at the MSU Mathematics Department 2018 Summer Camps

Detailed course descriptions, introductions to the staff, and online registration can be found on our website: https://iota.math.msu.edu/k12-outreach/

MSU Mathematics Department camps are designed to foster curiosity, creativity, wonder, and enjoyment of mathematical ideas and reasoning. Daily activities will include a variety of fun games, puzzles, explorations and activities.

Please contact MSU Mathematics Department Outreach Coordinator Ashley Ahlin at ahlin@math.msu.edu with any questions.

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Spartan Engineering Summer Camps

Thinking about becoming an engineer? Explore engineering before you even enter college!
Our pre-college engineering programs will show you how to bring your intellect and
creativity together to have fun, solve problems, and discover your career interests.

For application deadlines and information to register, please visit our website: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs

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Volleyball Girls Resident and Commuter Camps

July 14
College Prep Camp

July 15-17
Competitive Team Overnight/Day Camp

July 15-17
ShootoutTeam Day Camp

July 19-21
General Skills Day Camp

July 22-24
All Skills Overnight Camp

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Mystic Lake YMCA Camp 2018 Overnight Programs for Boys and Girls


Overnight Camp • Specialty Camps • Teen Adventure Camps
Leadership Programs • Family Camping


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Spartan Engineering Summer Camps

Thinking about becoming an engineer? Explore engineering before you even enter college!

Our pre-college engineering programs wil lshow you how to bring your intellect and
creativity together to have fun, solve problems, and discover your career interests.

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Spartan Sprouts Soccer Camp LLC 2018

Spartan Sprouts Soccer Camp LLC is designed to provide youth players with an outstanding soccer learning experience. The sessions feature a positive learning environment in all aspects of soccer, from individual to group activities. Sprouts camp is open to all boys and girls ages 5-9, and is geared to the young developing player or first time player. Players will be instructed by members of the MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SOCCER STAFF as well as current and former varsity players.

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Trojan Aquatics Summer Swim and Polo


June 18 - July 27, plus meets on August 2 and August 4
Practices will be held in the evenings at the East Lansing High School Pool

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SUMMER SWIM and POLO Rising (Grades 6-8)



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SUMMER SWIM and POLO Rising (Grades 9-12)



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Trojan Tennis Camp 2018

Dates: July 16th-July 19th (Mon-Thur)

4th-8th (9:00-10:30am)
9th-12th (10:30am-12:00pm)

Cost: $40/camper (includes t-shirt)
Location: East Lansing High School

-Stroke production
-Mental toughness
-Strategy (singles/doubles)
-Match play

Equipment: Athletic clothes and shoes, tennis
racket, and water bottle

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Zookambi Summer Camp at Potter Park Zoo

No other camp is this WILD!

Potter Park Zoo  has the wildest weeks of summer camp available in Michigan!

Students from grades 1-12 will see fantasticanimal presentations,learn amazing facts with a variety of hands-on activities and experience adventures that typical zoo visitors can't.

Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, or all day! Early drop-off and late pick-up is available.

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