Each summer, parents scramble to find summer programs or camps for their kids. Giving kids some structure in the summer is always a plus for both the kids and the parents. According to the American Camp Association there are about 12,000 summer camps throughout the country with 5,000 of them day camps. Summer camps are known to build self-confidence and self-esteem while improving social skills and the ability to make friends.
Here in Shelby Township, the Parks and Recreation Department offers residents and nonresidents the opportunity to participate in their Summer Recreation Day Camp from June 20 through July 28.
Registration for the program just started and parks director Joe Youngblood suggests you call and register right away. "It's on a first-come basis and we fill up fast," said Youngblood.
The day camp program has increased in popularity over the years and is the perfect solution to keep kids occupied and active over the summer. The six-week program begins June 20 and runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through July 28. Day camp will be held at four schools this year including, Switzer Elementary, Morgan Elementary, Duncan Elementary and West Utica Elementary.
Children in first through sixth grade will experience summer days filled with games, team-building activities, sports, arts and crafts. Instead of taking "field trips," the parks department has opted to include on-site activities during which they bring in some extra fun like a magic show, rented bouncers, pizza or an ice-cream truck.
Each site will have a senior leader, an assistant leader and a playground aide. Ratios are very low–about one adult to 10 kids. Lunch is not included, so students must bring in a sack lunch and a drink. Activities will be held in the school gymnasium, outside on the school grounds or in the classrooms, depending on the weather.
Those interested can call, visit the parks department or go online to their website. Registration forms are included in the recent Shelby Township News Worth Knowing publication and can be mailed in with payment. Those high school students interested in working as a playground aide should also contact the parks department.