|JCPRD 2006 Summer Camps - Part I|
Editor’s Note: because of the number of summer camps being offered this year, we’ve listed this summary of 2006 summer camps in two parts. Camp listings continue in Part II, which includes art-related camps as well as New Horizons Camp for Special Education Students.
Registrations are now being taken for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 2006 summer day camps for children. Nearly 30 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 choice of programs!
Here's a brief overview of the JCPRD's camp offerings for 2006:
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 5 through Aug. 7. The cost for one week of five 7-hour sessions is $95 for Johnson County residents or $105 for nonresidents.
SUMMER ESCAPADES 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 5 through Aug. 7. 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. 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 30 through July 31. 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 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 20 and July 18. 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 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 rappelling, mastering knots, canoeing, animal tracking, camp cooking, and stargazing. This camp will be offered Tuesday through Friday begining June 13 and July 25. The cost for three 6-hour sessions and one 7-hour session is $117 for Johnson County residents or $129 for nonresidents.
Four specialized camps with nature-related themes are also being offered this year. One 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 June 27. 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 11. The per-person cost for any of the three above programs, which are offered Tuesday through Friday and all involve four 7-hour sessions, is $117 for Johnson County residents or $129 for nonresidents. 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 from Wednesdaythrough Friday beginning July 5. The per-person cost for three 7-hour sessions is $89 for Johnson County residents or $98 for nonresidents. New for 2006 is Climbing CAMP for ages 13-15. The focus will be on experiencing new additions to the TimberRidge Adventure Center including the climbing wall, climbing tower, and traverse wall. Participants will also learn to tie knots, and belay and will take time for swimming and canoeing. The per-person cost for this Wednesday through Friday camp involving three 7-hour sessions is $80 for Johnson County residents or $88 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 Monday through Thursday beginning June 5, 12, and 19. 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 Monday through Thursday beginning June 5, 26 and July 17. New this year, both camps will offer a July 24 session exclusively for the hearing impaired. The per-child cost for either half-day camp is $50 for Johnson County residents or $55 for nonresidents.
A new camp offering for 2006 will let kids ages 7-11 delve into specialized computer applications. KC Computer Camp offers opportunities for participants to explore topics such as animation, digital photography, movie making, multimedia, video game design, and web design. Programs take place Monday through Friday at Blue Valley Middle School and begin June 5, 12 and 19. Some programs are slightly less, but the majority of these programs involve four four-hour classes and cost $175 for Johnson County residents or $193 for nonresidents.
Also being offered are two Monday through Friday Mad Science camps for youth ages 7-12. Both involve five 6-hour sessions exploring a variety of fun subjects. BIRDS AND BEASTS, CRAZY CHEMISTRY, JUNIOR ENGINEERS, MACHINE MANIA & SHUTTERBUGS will take place beginning July 31. EARTH AWARENESS, MAD MESSAGES, NATURE, SCIENCE OF SPORTS and SPACE DAY will take place beginning Aug. 7. For either of these programs, the per-person cost is $225 for Johnson County residents or $248 for nonresidents.