Outdoor fun abounds

Summer camp registration gearing up across communities

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 11:03 p.m. CDT

In St. Charles, campers meet at Pottawatomie Community Center, convenient to indoor facilities, Swanson Pool, and an array of park offerings.

Some of the popular field trips older campers takes each year are to Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville, Vertical Endeavors in Warrenville and Magic Waters Waterpark in Rockford. Younger campers in St. Charles will go on walking field trips once a week to a destination in town.

This year, St. Charles offers working parents a new option in its three-day a week camp program. Flexibility is key, as parents can choose which three days of the week they need, uniquely meeting the demands of a parent working part-time, or simply seeking a shorter camp experience for their children.

"The three day camp option was added this year to accommodate parents that work part-time, so they can utilize the district’s camp program for summer care needs," said Krista Mulready, recreation supervisor for the St. Charles Park District. "Parents have expressed interest in part-time options for a few years and the three day option hopes to accommodate the public in that way."

Looking for something different? Alternate a week of traditional summer day camp for an experience in dance, music, science and more.

Encore Summer Music Camp is offered in Batavia, and promises an affordable, fun summer music camp designed for local students entering sixth through ninth grades and who already involved in band, orchestra or choir. The four day program, held July 26-29, includes large group rehearsals, sectionals, technique/theory class, fun activities, and a performance at the Batavia Riverwalk.

Science more your speed? Check out nearby FermiLab, which offers a variety of week-long educational camps throughout the season, and offers campers a chance to try their hand at interactive science experiments, build computer skills, study physics and more.

You need not be a scout to embrace the week-long camp experiences offered through the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. Offered on site at scout campgrounds across the Fox Valley area, these camps, both day-based and sleep-away, provide girls the opportunities to learn such skills as swimming, horseback riding, outdoor cooking, photography, hiking and even survival skills in a friendly all-girl environment. Visit www.gsni.org for details.

And if your kids think they are too old for camp, consider a counselor-in-training program through the park districts. These sessions allow teens to shadow existing counselors, learn what is expected, and prepare for a first summer job.

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