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JCPRD Summer Day Camp Offerings - Part I
POSTED: 02/12/2007
 
Editor’s Note: because of the number of summer camps being offered this year, we’ve listed this summary of 2007 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 2007 summer day camps for children. Nearly 35 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 2007:


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 4 through Aug. 6. 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 6-10, 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 4 through Aug. 6. 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 29 through July 30. The cost for five 7-hour sessions is $101 for Johnson County residents or $111 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 19 and July 10. 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 repelling, mastering knots, canoeing, animal tracking, camp cooking, and stargazing. This camp will be offered Tuesday through Friday beginning June 19 and July 17 and 24. The cost for three 6-hour sessions and one 7-hour session is $117 for Johnson County residents or $129 for nonresidents.


Seven specialized camps with nature-related themes are also being offered this year. One 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 12. 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 will be offered once beginning July 10. 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 June 5. 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 Tuesday through Thursday beginning June 26. The per-person cost for three 7-hour sessions is $89 for Johnson County residents or $98 for nonresidents. CLIMBING CAMP is for ages 12-15 and focuses on letting participants experience 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. One session begins June 13 and runs Wednesday through Friday, while another begins June 26 and runs Tuesday through Thursday. The per-person cost for this three 7-hour sessions is $80 for Johnson County residents or $88 for nonresidents. For those who would like to explore the climbing tower from the top down, REPELLING CAMP is a new offering this year for ages 13-15. Participants will learn about equipment, how to repel, and backup belay skills. This program is offered Thursday and Friday beginning July 5. The per-person cost for two 6-hour sessions is $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents. Also new for 2007 is FISHING 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. This program is offered Monday and Tuesday beginning July 2. The per-person cost for two 4-hour sessions is $30 for Johnson County residents or $33 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 consists of four 3-hour sessions and is offered Monday through Thursday beginning June 4 and 18, and July 16 and 23. 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 11, 25 and July 16. The per-child cost for either half-day camp is $50 for Johnson County residents or $55 for nonresidents.

Ages 7-11 can delve into specialized computer applications through YOUTH TECH INC. COMPUTER CAMP which offers opportunities for participants to explore topics such as animation, digital imaging, movie making, multimedia, video game design, and web design. Programs take place Monday through Thursday at Blue Valley Middle School and begin June 4, 11 and 18, and July 9, 16, and 25. Cost varies by topic, but the majority of these programs involve four four-hour sessions ranging from $150 to $210 for Johnson County residents or $165 to $231 for nonresidents. A gaming Institute involves four eight-hour session and costs $400 for Johnson County residents or $440 for nonresidents.

Listings Continued in Part II.

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