Spring break camps set

Published 7:48 pm Thursday, March 1, 2012

Students in a spring break camp last year participate in reading time. Three different spring break camps are planned for this year.

Temperatures are getting warmer, and that can mean only one thing — spring break is on the horizon.

Panicked parents are in luck — there still are spots available in all three spring break camps being held by Suffolk Parks and Recreation April 9-13.

“We feel that it’s important for us to provide opportunities during the times that kids are out of school,” said Lakita Frazier, director of Suffolk Parks and Recreation. “This will keep them in a positive, safe environment.”
Frazier said the camps can help children make new friends, develop new skills and discover new interests, all while staying safe during their spring break.

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“For those children and families that are not going out of town for spring break, we still wanted them to have opportunities for some fun things,” Frazier said.

She said the department is trying some different types of camps this year to attract children with various interests, including a basketball camp and an outdoors-centered camp.

In addition, a third camp is scheduled that will focus on standard camp fare such as field trips, arts and crafts, games and more.

“We are just hoping parents take advantage of these camps,” she said.

Basketball camp

The basketball camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and will be the perfect opportunity for any young basketball player working to improve his skills. Participants will play in tournaments, work on developing proper skills techniques, attend bullying, career development and sportsmanship workshops and more.

The camp will take place at East Suffolk Recreation Center. Campers must provide their own lunch Monday through Thursday. A snack will be provided daily, and lunch will be provided on Friday. Each participant receives a camp bundle that includes a backpack, T-shirt, pair of Nike Elite socks and a certificate.

The fee is $60 per participant, and a birth certificate is required at time of registration.

LAND camp

For children who enjoy the great outdoors, the LAND (Learning About Nature through Discovery) camp is the camp for them. It will be held at Lone Star Lakes Lodge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Children will discover the wonders of nature as they investigate the different areas of the park.

The cost is $45 per child ages 7 to 10. Registration will be at Oakland Recreation Center, 5505 Godwin Blvd., from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proof of child’s age and two emergency contacts will be required. For more information, call 514-7246.

“Mash-up” camp

Students who enjoy a variety of activities will love this camp. It will be held at Mack Benn Jr. and Creekside recreation centers from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The camp is open to ages 5 to 12. The cost is $45 per child, plus field trip fees. Registration is open at Creekside, Northern Shores and Oakland recreation centers as well as the Suffolk Parks and Recreation Administrative Office from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proof of child’s age and two emergency contacts will be required. For more information, call 514-7245 or 514-7248.