Archive for Wednesday, May 14, 2003

BCRC to offer summer day camps for youth

May 14, 2003

Children don't have to spend the summer months inside in front of the TV watching movies or playing video games.

Instead they can spend the summer playing games, making arts and crafts, solving puzzles and going to the swimming pool as part of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission's summer day camps.

For the second year, the BCRC is sponsoring Summer of Discovery day camps -- 10 weeks of activities, games and field trips for children.

"It's a lot of things working parents wouldn't be able to do with their kids," Jamie Peterson, recreation specialist, said.

Children from kindergarten age to those who have completed the fifth grade are eligible to enroll for the camps.

There are 10 week-long camps, each with a different theme including around the world, the winner's circle, mystery party tour, animania and wet 'n wild.

Peterson said camp participants will be able to participate in a number of games, arts and crafts and science activities, music and drama projects related to that week's topic. The children will also get to participate in the summer reading program at the library and swimming at the pool.

Each Friday, the children will take a field trip centered on that week's theme. Some of the field trips will be to Worlds of Fun, Science City, Kaleidoscope, the Kansas City Zoo and Lake Shawnee.

"I know all the kids that went last year had a good time," she said.

The first camp begins May 27. Each camp starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Baldwin Elementary School gym and goes until 3:30 p.m. Peterson said there is the option to have children stay until 5:30 p.m. as well.

She said the camp, which is in the process of being licensed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will be led by two qualified instructors.

The cost to attend camp is $85 a week, or $110 if the children stay until 5:30 p.m. Scholarship money will be available to help some participants pay camp fees.

"They can sign up for one week, they can sign up for five weeks, or they can sign up for 10 weeks," she said. "It can be treated as enrichment or if they want to go all summer, they can."

There are no registration deadlines for the camps and can continued to be enrolled in throughout the summer. Call the BCRC at 594-3670 to enroll.

Peterson said she encouraged parents to enroll their children in the camps.

"They get to be outside and playing like kids are supposed to," she said. "I've had several parents say at least their kids won't be in front of the TV all summer."

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