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Summer camp: Events offer activity, knowledge, fun

Cristina Arias and Nykia Hanner play a card game at the Fort Rucker Youth Center during a previous summer camp. (File photo)

Cristina Arias and Nykia Hanner play a card game at the Fort Rucker Youth Center during a previous summer camp. (File photo)

Published: May 20, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 20, 2016) -- Parents searching for ways to keep their children active throughout the summer need only look to Fort Rucker’s School Age Center summer camps.

The center will host a variety of summer camps Mondays-Fridays from 5:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning May 31.

“It is a great way for them to meet new friends,” Christine Kessel, school age center supervisory program specialist, said. “They can stay active, and the parents can be assured that they will be safe and have a wonderful time.”

The camps are open to children in grades 1-5 who are enrolled in child, youth and school services. Children will pick the camp they would like to attend the Friday prior to the camp. Each camp is two weeks in length and a new camp may be selected every two weeks through July 15.

Camps include the following:

Chefs in Training — Children take field trips to bakeries and learn basic knowledge of cooking and baking.

Science and Robotics — Children learn what it takes to design, build, program and operate machines. Field trips will reinforce the science and robotics activities.

Trash 2 Treasure — Students will learn the importance of recycling and how they can change every day materials into new objects.

Outdoor Camp — Children experience hiking, explore nature and engage in fitness activities.

Field Trips — Children visit Camp Butter and Eggs, and go swimming and bowling.

Legos — This camp stresses creative thinking and problem solving. Children will create stop-motion animation and complete Lego projects.

Camp fees are paid weekly. Fees are based on salary category and include all activities, field trips and food.

Camps begin each weekday at 5:30 a.m., but parents will have some flexibility with morning drop-offs.

“They can be dropped off at any time, but we prefer the children to be here by 8:30 a.m., so they are ready for their camp,” Kessel said.

Parents who have not enrolled their children into CYSS may still do so to take advantage of the summer camps, which Kessel said provide an excellent source of activity for the summer.

“A child’s health is very important, and staying active and creatively thinking will help keep them healthy,” she said. “Children will stay active, meet new friends and explore new ideas.”

For more information, call 255-9108 or 255-9638.

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