|JCPRD Summer Camps - Part I|
Editor's Note: because of the number of summer camps being offered this year, we've listed this summary of 2004 summer camps in two parts. Please be sure to see Part II as well.
Registrations are now being taken for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's summer day camps for children. A variety of camps are being offered this year, 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 choice of programs!
Here's a brief overview of the JCPRD's camp offerings for 2004:
Crossroads camp is designed for youth ages 11-13 who are strongly interested in learning the basic skills of outdoor recreational activities. Participants can choose one lesson or activity per week as part of a program that will also include swimming, field trips, and special projects. Camp sessions begin weekly from June 7 through Aug. 9. The cost for five 7.5-hour sessions is $95 for Johnson County residents or $105 for nonresidents.
SUMMER Escapades for ages 6 - 7 and 8 - 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 7 through Aug. 9. The cost for five 7-hour sessions is $85 for Johnson County residents or $94 for nonresidents.
Outdoor Discovery camp for ages 6-12, offers kids a fun week of discovering the outdoors with park naturalists and rangers. Different weekly camp formats 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 June 1 through Aug. 2. The cost for five 8-hour sessions is $97 for Johnson County residents or $107 for nonresidents.
Aimed at ages 10 to 14 is Junior Naturalist Camp. This program allows young naturalists to explore like Lewis and Clark. Under the leadership of a naturalist, they will explore Kill Creek Park, the TimberRidge Adventure Center, and other parks. Activities will include hiking, canoeing, stream hikes, insect study, wildlife presentations, and much more. This camp will be offered once beginning July 20. The cost for four 7-hour sessions is $115 for Johnson County residents or $127 for nonresidents.
Amazing Adventures Camp is for ages 11 to 14. This program will consist of three 6-hour sessions and one 9-hour session and 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 Kill Creek Park's 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 once beginning June 22. The cost for three 6-hour sessions and one 7-hour session is $115 for Johnson County residents or $127 for nonresidents.
Youth ages 8-12 can step back into history by reliving it through a new program called BLAST FROM THE PAST CAMP. Participants 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 27. Also new for 2004 is Girl Power Adventure Camp for ages 12-16. Participants will improve their leadership skills and work through a series of physical and mental challenges. This camp will be offered once beginning July 6. The per-person cost for either of these new programs, which both involve four 7-hour sessions, is $115 for Johnson County residents or $127 for nonresidents.
Also being offered for the first time are three Mad Science camps for youth ages 6-12. Mad Messages & Space Day will take place beginning July 12. Participants will learn how to talk with numbers and create code crackers, and discover how astronauts live and work in space. Earth Awareness & Nature will take place beginning July 19 and will address topics such as the basics of water pollution and acid rain, the benefits of solar energy, and life cycles and animal habits. Machine Mania & Crazy Chemistry will take place beginning Aug. 2. Participants will find out how wedges, screws, and levers help us with our daily lives and how chemical reactions are everywhere. The per-person cost for any of these camps, which each involve five 3-hour sessions, is $110 for Johnson County residents or $121 for nonresidents.
Also offered are two half-day summer camps for younger children at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. SUMMER TOTS allows children ages 4 and 5 to explore the park's forest and fields. This camp consists of four 3-hour sessions and is offered beginning June 7, June 21, June 28, and July 12. SUMMER VACATION allows children 6 to 8 to hike the park and explore different habitats. This camp consists of four 3-hour sessions and is offered beginning June 14 and July 6. The per-child cost for either half-day camp is $50 for Johnson County residents or $55 for nonresidents.