Summer is almost with us.  Kids are looking forward to their holiday’s and parents are wondering how to occupy their little darlings during the long break.  The easiest answer, of course, is to give them an iPad and lock them in their room as you get on with your daily life.

But if you’re thinking something a little more constructive, a little more creative, perhaps even a little more educational, it’s time for you to take a look at some of the summer camps available in your living area.  Camps are a good option to keep your children active and learning over the summertime.  Summer camps offer a structured opportunity for children to grow.  Kids go from home to school to extracurriculars, with each environment contributing to their development.  Summer camp, then, is another unique venue for growth, allowing kids to become independent and self-confident, while socializing and making new friends, and even learning new skills.

So, where do you start?  The good news is, with today’s overabundance of camps, there’s literally a type of camp for every child.  On the flip side, with so many options, choosing can make you feel a lot like Goldilocks on the hunt for a camp that’s just right.  To give you some good suggestions, let’s explore our picks of 9 amazing summer camps in Ho Chi Minh city that your kids will love. 

1. BIS HCMC Summer Camp 2020

The British International School HCMC, one of the most popular international schools in Sai Gon, offers a super-sized Summer Holiday Camp with a wide range of activities for students to enjoy over the summer holidays.  The camp will be held for five weeks starting on Monday 29th June and ending on Friday 31st July, taught by the school’s very own teaching and TA teams.  BIS also cooperates with other external providers such as Rising Star Football Academy to offer sports, swimming, judo, and other active activities.  Additionally, Summer Camp Holiday at BIS includes arts and crafts, cooking, STEAM-focused on LEGO and robotics, and wellbeing lessons.

2. ISHCMC Summer Camp 2020

Being one of the oldest, most expensive and fanciest international schools in Ho Chi Minh City,
International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) has been well-known for their five-star services.  The school has great facilities, high-quality teachers and staff, and years of experience in teaching International Baccalaureate.  

This summer, ISHCMC offers a five-week (25 days) Summer Camp, divided into weekly themes.  Each theme stands alone as a unique project-based learning experience.  Students will interact with the weekly theme through a fun mix of sports, team-building, activities, cooking classes, weekly projects, and life-skills.

3. ISSP Summer Camp 2020

This summer, the International School Saigon Pearl, together with Camp Asia – the leading holiday camp provider in Singapore, offers Fun for global innovators – ISSP Camp Asia 2020 for all children from 18 months to 11 years of age. Fun for global innovators is a 4-week camp that provides a fun mix of STEAM, sports, team-building activities, outdoor games, art classes, and weekly projects.   Through literacy, hands-on projects, and daily activities, your child will look through the lens of scientists, explorers, engineers, and philosophers as they navigate concepts such as Flight, Culture, and Mindfulness.

  • Available ages: students from 18 months – 11 years old
  • Length of course: 4 weeks
  • Location: 92 Nguyen Huu Canh street, ward 22, Binh Thanh District, HCMC
  • Pricing: 6,500,000 – 7,000,000 VND/ week 
  • Contact: campasiaissp@cognita.com

4. AIS Summer Camp 2020

Summer Camp at Australia International School this year features English Language Program with collaborative learning.  AIS Summer Camp is a five-week program with a strong focus on English language development, structured to address speaking, listening, reading, and writing across a variety of text types including academic language, and expressing ideas.  ICT, sports, arts & crafts, music, and cooking are also included as part of the program.  The activities also help children develop skills such as communication, expressing ideas while having fun doing mini projects to consolidate their learning.

5. VAS Summer Camp 2020

VAS Summer Camp provides domestic and overseas exploratory trips to take campers outside of the city.  Abroad trips are also a great chance for students to discover new cultures, history, and people from other countries.  This is also a great opportunity for high school students to do college tours and orient their future study and career plan, as they take students to visit prestigious universities in Australia and America.  The plan may have to change due to the unexpected pandemic.  However, students are still able to join team Building camp for 3 days and 2 nights in Lagi, Binh Thuan, Da Nang, Hoi An, and other domestic destinations. Aside from intensive English curriculums, VAS Summer Camp offers Drama, Sports, Arts, and STEAM activities. They also partner with local institutions such as Happy Land, Kizcity and Idecaf to provide field trips for children – where they can explore Vietnamese culture, miniature career city, and enjoy the art of theatre at IDECAF Stage.

  • Available ages: students from 6 – 16 years old
  • Length of course: 6 weeks
  • Location: 7 campuses of VAS
  • Pricing: contact for inquiries
  • Contact: summercamps.vas.edu.vn
  • Website: https://www.vas.edu.vn/summercamps/

6. Explorer Squad by Everest Education

Everest Education has been a trusted camp partner and provider for over 9 years.  We’ve worked with great international and bilingual schools such as SSIS, ISHCMC, AIS, TAS, and VAS.  This year, Everest Education is looking to recruit young members for Explorers Squad who will undertake an exciting, memorable, and fun journey together.  Explorers Squad is a STEAM – SPORTS – ENGLISH camp which provides amazing opportunities for your kids to learn and play in curious ways through many stimulating lessons: hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, drama, sport, and math activities in a 100% all-English environment.  Activities include exciting projects, sports field trips, among other fun activities.  Each week lessons will be designed under a theme of exploration, such as Architecture, Environment, Transportation, and Community Safety.  The camp provides an excellent place for kids to develop, interact, and socialize with other friends, together create solutions for the current issues and grow as responsible citizens.

  • Available ages: students from 7 – 15 years old
  • Length of course: 6 weeks
  • Location: Everest Education’s learning center in District 2,7, 10 and Tan Binh
  • Pricing: 6,000,000 VND/ week
  • Contact: (+84) 85 832 3232
  • Website: https://e2.com.vn/programs/summer-camp-2020/

7. Teky Technology Summer Camp

If your child is tech-savvy or interested in learning about computers, Teky Technology Summer Camp would be a good option for her.  Teky Technology Summer Camp is designed for students from 6 to 15 to unleash their creativity with the hottest courses in coding, computer sciences, astronomy, and robotics.  Teky Summer Camp also partners with many well-known international media and technology organizations such as Minecraft, Lego Education, Arduino, Python, WordPress…

  • Available ages: students from 6 – 15 years old
  • Length of course: 10 days
  • Location: available in district 2, 7, Binh Thanh, Cong Hoa, Cao Thang, Phu Nhuan, Binh Tan, and Go Vap
  • Pricing: 10,000,000 VND/ 10 days
  • Contact: tekycare.ch@teky.vn
  • Website: https://teky.edu.vn/trai-he-cong-nghe/

8. Summer of Super Heroes by Apollo

Apart from summer camps provided by international schools, which might be more suitable for their own students, there are many interesting camps hosted by other after-school and English learning centers in Ho Chi Minh city. This year, Apollo – one of the most well-known learning centers in Sai Gon, organize their camp under the theme of “Superhero”.  Joining this camp, your child will have the chance to become a hero to “save the world”. Summer of Super-Heroes is a combination of English enrichment, outdoor activities, creative projects, and soft skills development that enables your kids to discover their inner superpower and sharpens the skills they need for 21st-century survival.

9. Emasi

EMASI, stands for English – Mathematics – Art – Science – Information Technology, is a group of international bilingual schools with American standard facilities that deliver the Vietnamese national curriculum adopting modern teaching methods from developed countries.  The EMASI Summer School Program has been structured around four key aspects: English Literacy, Skills Development, the Arts, Health Education & Sport. The camp is divided into weekly themes, which provides an opportunity for your child to apply their learning from a broad range of curricular subjects. The extensive facilities at the school provide the opportunity for students to enjoy a wide range of activities including swimming, football, art, craft, STEAM, and ICT (Information and Communication Technology).. 

To find a “just right” summer camp for your child, regardless of how old she is,  it’s important to include her in the decision to go to camp.  So what we suggest is let’s go through brochures and websites together, and encourage your kids to ask questions and find out what appeals to them.  If you can, ask to bring your child to join a demo class, go to an open house or camp fair.  And again, no matter what you choose, make sure to find a camp that can balance out the academic and non-academic activities, provide campers chances to discover new interests, and stay intellectually engaged.

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