The Banyan Tree Summer Camps
Two weeks of hands-on activity offering a combination of art, music, and gardening in an indoor-outdoor setting. The program is developed with careful research, tailored to each child’s specific needs. Children will learn new techniques to create incredible art projects, all about gardening and composting, and try out various musical instruments.  Ages 7-13. July 9-20, 9 am-12 pm. 786 Cascade Dr., San Jose. (408) 372-4059. Pr_eeti@hotmail.com

Beyond the Box Learning Camps
Taught by creative writers, illustrators, and entrepreneurs, this camp offers a highly interactive program for children and teens. Enroll for the Imagine-Nation Story and Illustration Camp offered for young writers, and Teen Fiction Writing Camp and Teen Entrepreneurs 101 for teenagers. Ages 7-12 (Children’s camp). Aug 6-10, 9 am-3 pm (full day and half day options available). Ages 13-17 (Teen camps). June 18-29 and July 30-Aug 3, 1 pm-4 pm. Several locations in Bay area. (650) 814-7876. www.BayAreaYoungWriters.com. www.BayAreaTeenWriters.com.

Camp Jano India
Explore and learn about India’s culture, heroes, languages, art, festivals, and cuisine in Camp Jano India. The kids are taken on a theme-based journey of India. Each camp ends with a play in Hindi. Themes for this year are Incredible India, Celebrate India and I Love India. Ages 5-13. June 11- July 27, 9:30 am-4 pm, pre- and post-care available. Several locations in the Bay area. (650) 493-1566. www.janoindia.com.

Chhandam Children’s Summer Camp
An opportunity for children to be immersed in kathak and the holistic teachings of Pandit Chitresh Das, founder of one of the world’s largest Indian classical dance institutions. Students will be immersed in dance technique, storytelling and expression, North Indian classical music, theory, etiquette, history, and rhythmical mathematics, all in a fun and inspiring environment. Ages 5-12. June 18- Aug 17, 9am- 3pm. Week 1 & 2, Mission Dance & Performing Arts, 42068 Osgood Road, Fremont; Week 3, Pacific Ballet Academy, 295B Polaris Ave., Mountain View. (415) 333-9013. chhandam@kathak.org

FUSION Summer Camp 2012
Nine weeks of summer camp centered around themes such as Exploring the Wonders of the World, Engineering, Green Living, through art, craft, culture, music, and food. Camp bonanzas include cricket, dance, theater, cooking, mad science, art, golf, engineering and entrepreneurship. Also offered are Math, Writing, hands-on Science and language immersion (Spanish, Mandarin and Hindi) classes. Outdoor activities include water play, stretching, and yoga. Ages 5-14. June 18- Aug 13, 9 am- 6 pm (full day) and 9 am-2 pm or 1 pm-6 pm (half day). 940 S. Stelling Rd., Cupertino and 10181 Finch Ave., Cupertino. (408) 569-7911. www.fusionafterschool.com.

Imagination Unlimited Science Camp
A camp for preschool and elementary age children that stimulates young minds with hands-on activities linked to the fundamentals of science. Classes tap into the natural interests of children, letting them build, experiment, explore and play in order to learn. Students in elementary grades explore reverse engineering and build contraptions, learn to solder and work with a variety of tools while preschool students perform chemistry experiments in tea cups and explore physics concepts through play. Ages 4-12. June 18-Aug 13, 9 am-12 pm and 1 pm- 4 pm. Springer Elementary School, 1120 Rose Ave., Mountain View and 801 Hibiscus Lane, San Jose. (408) 482-7316. www.imagination4kids.com.

India Community Center’s Camps
Helping kids grow, learn, and develop, both as individuals and as members of the community. Several camps offered including All About India, Chess, Table Tennis, Bollywood Dance, Seva, Vedic Math, Hindi, Tales of India, Bollyhop, Public Speaking, Folk Dances of India, Science, and Gandhi Camp (an overnight Camp). The camps feature a safe and secure environment as well as intergenerational interaction with seniors and teenage counselors, helping kids make new friends and build character. Also available are vegetarian lunches, extended care and after camp enrichment classes. Ages 5-15. June 11-Aug 24, 9 am- 3 pm. ICC Milpitas, 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas. ICC Table Tennis Center, 1453 N. Milpitas Blvd in Milpitas. ICC Palo Alto, 800 Barron Avenue, Palo Alto. ICC Sunnyvale, 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. Olema, 9799 State Route 1, Olema, CA. (408) 934-1130, Ext. 225. camps@indiacc.org. www.indiacc.org.

Prajña Samskritam Camp for Youth
Prajña shibiram is a six-day intensive residential youth Samskritam camp. Over the course of six days, participants will practice speaking Samskritam, while gaining an appreciation for the language, ancient Gurukulam tradition, and Indian culture. Activities will include yoga, interactive classes, outdoor games, lectures and presentations, and cultural programs, all through the medium of Samskritam. Ages 12-17. June 17-23. Sunnyvale. (978) 268-8406. prajnaa@samskritabharatiusa.org.

Youth Empowerment Seminar—YES!
This seminar provides teens with a comprehensive toolbox to manage their emotions and stress. The program broadens youth’s vision of the world, provides practical knowledge and skills needed to realize their highest potential and successfully navigate through adolescence. Ages 14-17. June15-18, 6 pm-10 pm (weekdays), 10 am-3 pm (weekends), South San Jose Art of Living Center, 495 Blossom Hill, San Jose, (408) 223-9689; June 22-25, 6.30 pm-10.30 pm (weekdays), 10 am-3 pm (weekends), Art of Living Santa Clara Center, 2368 Walsh Ave, Santa Clara, (408) 338-9834. www.artofliving.org/courses.

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