Camps Close to Home
By David Volz / April & May 2012
Summer is almost here. And that means summer camp, a time for children to explore new interests and develop new skills.
The city of Parkland offers a summer camp program for elementary school age children at Park Trails Elementary School. The city also offers a travel camp for teenagers that meets at Westglades Middle School. The camps are open to Parkland residents and non-residents and run from June 18 to August 10.
At the children's camp, there are two day trips each week and theme days three days a week. Campers will visit bowling centers, area parks, water parks, video arcades and museums. During on-site days, the camp includes crafts, sports, science activities, dress-up days, dance parties and other fun activities. This camp is for children in grades kindergarten through six. Camp hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and extended hours are available. The counselor to camper ratio is five to one, according to GerriAnn Dougherty, parks and recreation program manager.
"The counselors who work in the summer camp have a lot invested in the program because they were all campers in Parkland," said Dougherty. "That is one of the things that makes the camp so special."
Parkland's Teen Camp features a wide range of travel opportunities. Young people visit bowling centers, movies, laser tag sites, Miami Seaquarium, amusement parks, water parks, tubing facilities and video arcades. Campers will go to a Marlins game and Islands of Adventure in Orlando. Teen camp is for students going into grades seven through nine. The counselor to camp ratio is eight to one. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Counselor to camper ratio is eight to one.
"We take air-conditioned motor coach buses to all our activities," said Dougherty. "It is a laid-back atmosphere and everyone is friendly. The trips we take are based on surveys we receive from parents and campers the previous summer. We go to the places the teenagers want to go."
Coral Springs offers a wide range of summer camps for young people. Kamp Kool offers a program for elementary school students and teenagers. The elementary school program meets at Parkside Elementary School, Coral Glades High School, the Coral Springs' gymnasium and Cypress Park. The program features a wide range of athletics, indoor games, arts and crafts and field trips.
Kamp Kool for teenagers meets at the Coral Springs Gymnasium and Ramblewood Middle School. There are indoor and outdoor athletics and arts and crafts. There is a seven-week program that runs from June 18 to August 3, a four-week program that runs from June 18 to July 13, and a three-week program that runs from July 16 to August 3.
There are also specialty camps in Coral Springs. The city is in partnership with other athletic and educational organizations to offer very specialized summer camp experiences. Programs are offered at various schools and recreation centers throughout Coral Springs. The fitness camp features swimming, field trips and special events. It takes place at Coral Glades High School.
A camp for children with an interest in the arts takes place at Forest Glen Middle School. Children can study Spanish, learn in the fine arts studio, and develop writing and performance skills. They can make crafts from recyclable items. Middle school students can participate in a leadership program. There are also theme days.
The Triple Threat basketball camp is for those who want to develop their basketball skills. It offers intense drills, games and team activities at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. The Bucky Dent Baseball camp offers intense training in baseball at Cypress Park. It features rookie ball, which provides basic instruction in throwing, catching and hitting. Training Camp offers a more in-depth program in hitting and defensive tactics. Advanced training offers experienced players the chance to develop strength, speed and conditioning. Players receive a written evaluation on their abilities.
The Kids' Wealth Camp at Sawgrass Springs Middle School offers programs during which young people learn about robotic engineering and build their own robot. The Speed Technology camp offers an education on the science of speed. Young people can learn about global economics and business development. Kids can learn how to solve crimes at the Forensics Exploration Camp.
Children can learn basic acting skills at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Children age six to thirteen will be able to perform in productions of Hercules, Aladdin and Cinderella. The Teen Summer Theatre Project is geared for teenagers age 14 and up. They receive advanced theater training and perform in a Broadway-style production of Legally Blonde.
For more information on Coral Springs' summer camp programs, go online at CoralSprings.org/summerfun or call 954-345-2200. For more information about Parkland camps, call 954-757-4129.
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