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Registrations Now Being Taken for JCPRD's 2009 Summer Day Camps - Part I
POSTED: 02/24/2009
 
Registrations are now being taken for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 2009 summer day camps for children. Nearly 40 different camp programs are being offered this year at sites throughout Johnson County, but first a word of warning - camp registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and many camps fill quickly. Please register early to assure your best choice of programs!

Here's a brief overview of the JCPRD's camp offerings for 2009:

Crossroads Camp is designed for youth ages 11-13 who are strongly interested in learning the basic skills of outdoor recreational activities. Planned activities will include an introduction to and instruction in the fundamentals of recreational life skills, swimming, local field trips, and shelter activities. Camp sessions begin weekly from June 1 through Aug. 3. The cost for one week of five 7-hour sessions is $100 for Johnson County residents or $110 for nonresidents.

Summer Escapades Camp for ages 6-10, offers exciting weekly activities. Qualified counseling staff gear camp programs to special interests of the school-age child. Each week will include crafts, group and individual activities, plus two scheduled field trips, and three days of swimming. Camp sessions begin weekly from June 1 through Aug. 3. The cost for five 7-hour sessions is $90 for Johnson County residents or $99 for nonresidents.

Now in its third year, L.E.A.D. Camp, which stands for leadership, education, and development, is for ages 11-14 and stresses opportunities to develop leadership skills, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. It also includes community service projects and career exploration to give participants an idea of educational choices and career opportunities. Camp sessions begin weekly from June 1 through July 27. The cost for five 7-hour sessions is $100 for Johnson County residents or $110 for nonresidents.

Outdoor Discovery Camp for ages 6-12, offers kids a fun week of discovering the outdoors with park naturalists and rangers. Ten different weekly themes provide a variety of nature study fun. Activities include hikes, environmental games, nature crafts, storytelling sessions, field trips, swimming, archery, fishing, and boating. Camp sessions begin weekly from May 26 through July 27. The cost for five 7-hour sessions is $105 for Johnson County residents or $115 for nonresidents.

Aimed at ages 8 to 12 is Junior Naturalist Camp. This program allows young naturalists to discover the diversity of life in local prairies, forests, and streams. Under the leadership of a naturalist, they will depart from Ernie Miller Park and explore natural areas of JCPRD parks. Activities will include hiking, canoeing, stream hikes, and constructing temporary interpretive exhibits for the nature center. This camp will be offered twice beginning June 16 and July 21. The cost for four 7-hour sessions is $121 for Johnson County residents or $135 for nonresidents.

Amazing Adventures Camp is for ages 11 to 13. This program will give participants a chance to explore wild areas, find forgotten trails, and learn secrets of survival. Many of the activities will take place at the Timber Ridge Adventure Center and will include rock climbing, belaying and repelling, mastering knots, canoeing, animal tracking, camp cooking, and stargazing. This camp will be offered Tuesday through Friday beginning May 26 and Monday through Thursday beginning July 13 and 20. The cost for four 6-hour sessions is $119 for Johnson County residents or $131 for nonresidents.

Eight specialized camps with nature-related themes are also being offered this year. Five off these involve four 7-hour sessions offered Monday through Thursday at a cost of $121 for Johnson County residents or $133 for nonresidents. One of these is The Fine Art of Nature Camp for ages 8-12. Participants will look to the natural world for inspiration while exploring their own creativity through artistic endeavors including music, creative writing, and drawing under a park naturalist's leadership. This program will be offered once beginning June 9. Wonderful Week of Water Camp will allow campers ages 8-12 to explore various water resources with activities ranging from canoe races, to swimming, creek hikes, pond seining, water balloon fights, and much more. This camp is offered once beginning July 7. In Blast From the Past Camp participants ages 8-12 will step back into history by reliving it. Campers will reenact using period clothing, play historical games, and learn skills from the past while exploring a different period each day: Colonial, Exploration, Westward Expansion, and the Civil War. This camp will be offered once beginning July 14. Girl Power Adventure Camp for ages 12-14 allows participants to improve their leadership skills as they work through a series of physical and mental challenges. This camp will be offered once beginning June 23. New for 2009 is Off the Beaten Path Camp, which is aimed at ages 10-13. Participants will spend time hiking and exploring area parks and learning about gear, safety, and survival skills. This camp will be offered once beginning June 23.

Another camp offering is Climbing and Rappelling Camp, which is also for ages 12-15. Participants will learn about equipment, how to rappel, and backup belay skills. This camp is offered twice beginning June 15 and July 6. The cost for four 7-hour sessions offered Monday through Thursday is $125 for Johnson County residents or $137 for nonresidents. A separate Climbing Camp is also for ages 12-15 and focuses on letting participants experience the newest additions to the TimberRidge Adventure Center including the climbing wall, climbing tower, and traverse wall. Participants will also learn to tie knots, belay, and will take time for swimming and canoeing. This program runs Tuesday through Thursday beginning June 30. The per-person cost for three 7-hour sessions is $90 for Johnson County residents or $100 for nonresidents.

Also Returning for 2009 is Fishing and Canoeing Camp for ages 11-15. Participants will learn about bait and fish identification, meet new friends, and try to put their new knowledge to use at various county park lakes. Participants will also be introduced to canoeing with instruction by an ACA Quickstart certified instructor. This program is offered Tuesday through Friday beginning June 8. The per-person cost for four 6-hour sessions is $99 for Johnson County residents or $105 for nonresidents.

Also offered at the Ernie Miller Nature Center are two half-day summer camps for younger children. Summer Tots allows children ages 4 and 5 to explore the park's forest and fields. This camp has sessions beginning June 1, 15, 22 and July 20. Summer Vacation allows children 6 to 8 to hike the park and explore different habitats. This camp has sessions beginning June 8, 29 (two different times), and July 20. Both half-day camps consist of four 3-hour sessions and are offered Monday through Thursday at the per-child cost of $53 for Johnson County residents or $58 for nonresidents for either camp.

For more specific information on JCPRD summer camps, including schedules, costs and locations, please consult the District's website at www.jcprd.com or the District's Spring ACTIVITIES catalog, available now at all Johnson County Library locations. Keep in mind that camp fees are nonrefundable and most camps do not accept registrations by phone. For more information, call (913) 831-3359.

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