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JCPRD 2005 Summer Camps Part I
POSTED: 02/17/2005
 
Editor's Note: because of the number of summer camps being offered this year, we've listed this summary of 2005 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. More than 25 camp programs 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 2005:

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 and instruction in the fundamentals of recreational life skills, swimming, local field trips, and shelter activities. Camp sessions begin weekly from June 6 through Aug. 8. The cost for five 7-hour sessions is $95 for Johnson County residents or $105 for nonresidents.

SUMMER ASCAPADES CAMP 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 6 through Aug. 8. 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 May 31 through Aug. 1. The cost for five 7-hour sessions is $99 for Johnson County residents or $109 for nonresidents.

Aimed at ages 8 to 12 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, and constructing temporary interpretive exhibits for the nature center. This camp will be offered twice beginning June 21 and July 19. The cost for four 7-hour sessions is $117 for Johnson County residents or $129 for nonresidents.

AMAZING ADVENTURES CAMP is for ages 11 to 14. 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 Kill Creek Park's Timber Ridge Adventure Center and will include rock climbing, belaying and rappelling, mastering knots, canoeing, animal tracking, camp cooking, and stargazing. This camp will be offered twice: one beginning June 14, and another beginning July 26. The cost for three 6-hour sessions and one 7-hour session is $117 for Johnson County residents or $129 for nonresidents.

New for 2005 is a program called 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 poetry, music, creative writing and drawing under a park naturalist's leadership. This program will be offered twice beginning June 26 and July 1. Also new is WONDERFUL WEEK OF WATER CAMP, which 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 will be offered once beginning July 12. In BLAST FROM THE PAST CAMP participants ages 8-12 will step back into history by reliving it. 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 19. GIRL POWER ADVENTURE CAMP for ages 12-16 and will allow participants to improve their leadership skills as they work through a series of physical and mental challenges. This camp will be offered once beginning July 5. The per-person cost for any of these four programs, which all involve four 7-hour sessions, is $117 for Johnson County residents or $129 for nonresidents.

Also being offered for the first time are two Mad Science camps for youth ages 7-12. NATURE, BIRDS AND BEASTS, AND NATURE AWARENESS will take place beginning July 25 and will consist of five 3-hour sessions involving hands-on science enrichment sessions exploring the animal kingdom and life cycles. The cost is $125 for Johnson County residents or $138 for nonresidents. JUNIOR ENGINEERS, BIRDS AND BEASTS, MACHINE MANIA, SHUTTERBUGS & CRAZT CHEMISTRY will take place beginning Aug. 1 and will involve five 6½-hour sessions. Participants will learn about the structural engineering of structures such as geodesic domes and bridges, explore the worlds of birds and insects, discover how useful simple machines can be, learn how a camera and our eyes work, and mix and brew chemicals. The per-person cost is $225 for Johnson County residents or $248 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 6, 20, and 27, and July 5 and 11. 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 13 and July 5. The per-child cost for either half-day camp is $50 for Johnson County residents or $55 for nonresidents.

CAMP LISTINGS CONTINUE IN PART II, WHICH INCLUDES ARTS-RELATED CAMPS, AS WELL AS NEW HORIZONS CAMP FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS.

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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