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Beyond “Kumbaya”

The go-to mental image for summer camps is a group of kids and counselors toasting marshmallows around a campfire in the woods. The rustic, woodsy tradition depicted in “Meatballs” and “Salute Your Shorts” is still a part of many summer camps.

But summer camp is no longer just about lakes and lanyards. If your kids are more about art than Color Wars, there’s a place for them. From science to snowboarding to magic, there’s a camp for almost any kid with an itch to explore a favorite topic.

The American Camp Association — think “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” for camps — compiled this list of unusual programs where campers can learn about the deepest seas, the stars and everything in between. Many of these are so popular that they have wait lists long before the season begins.

By Colleen KanePosted 8 June 2012

Camp Kamaji