Camps for everyone

Published 11:20 pm Monday, May 27, 2013

Now that Memorial Day is over, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with the kids (and yourself!) over the summer.

Fortunately, the city of Suffolk is sponsoring a variety of summer camps for all ages and various interests this summer.



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The 2013 Hoops-4-Life Summer Basketball Camp will be held at King’s Fork Recreation Center, 350 Kings Fork Road. It will teach basketball skills as well as the value of discipline, goal setting and teamwork. Campers will hear from guest speakers, watch video sessions and participate in workshops.

The camp will run for three weeks — June 24-28, July 1-5 and July 8-12. There is a fee of $25 per week with a one-time registration fee of $25. Participants can be registered for all three weeks.

Registration is open now and runs through June 21. All participants must provide proof of age and complete a registration and waiver form. Participants can register at the Suffolk Parks and Recreation administration building, 134 S. Sixth St. Call 514-7270 for more information.


For adults who are interested in basketball, Parks and Recreation will host men’s and women’s three-on-three summer basketball leagues on Wednesday nights from July 10 to Aug. 28 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Men’s games will be held at Mack Benn Jr. Recreation Center, and the women’s games will be held at Booker T. Washington Recreation Center. There is a fee of $60 per team of six players. Registration runs through June 28.

Register at the Parks and Recreation administration building or call 514-7270.


If golf is more your thing, then there’s a camp for you, too. The Hook a Kid on Golf program will be held at Sleepy Hole Golf Course July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is open through July 12 to children ages 7 to 15. Fees are $150 for the Tee Beginner Level and $125 for the Green Advanced Level. All participants must provide proof of age and complete a registration and waiver form. Register at the Parks and Recreation administration building or call 514-7270.


To get the all-around camp experience, sign up for the Outdoor Adventure Kamp. Canoeing, archery, fishing and more will be explored with the kids.

OAK sessions for children ages 6 to 9 are June 24-28, July 1-5 and July 8-12. Sessions for children ages 10 to 14 are July 22-26, July 29 to Aug. 2, and Aug. 5-9.

The camp is located at Lone Star Lakes and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, and participants may be dropped off as early as 8 a.m.

Participants may sign up for one, two or all three weeks. Each session is $60 per week for residents and $70 per week for non-residents, in addition to a one-time $20 registration fee.

Registration is going on now at the Sleepy Hole Park office, 4616 Sleepy Hole Road. At registration, bring proof of age, proof of residency, two emergency contacts and a check or money order for the fees. Call 923-2385 for more information.


For kids ages 7 to 10 interested in public safety, the Fire and Life Safety Camp is a good choice.

The camp is a half-day local camp that runs Monday through Friday and features a variety of fun, challenging, entertaining and educational activities. The mission of the camp is to teach children safety lessons about things around their homes and schools they encounter every day. Short lectures and lessons are followed by opportunities to participate in exercises designed to reinforce the topics. Topics include firefighting, bicycle safety, water safety, search and rescue practices, first aid and much more.

The fee for each weekly session is $65 per child, which includes a camp T-shirt, various school supplies, and lunch each day except for Friday. Participants can arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 1 p.m. The sessions run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. until noon on Friday. Transportation to and from the camp is not provided.

The sessions and locations are as follows:

  • Session 1, July 8-12, Station 5, 3901 Bridge Road
  • Session 2, Aug. 5-9, Station 6, 300 Kings Fork Road
  • Session 3, Aug. 19-23, Station 6, 300 Kings Fork Road

The registration deadline is June 14 for all three camps. You may mail or drop off the application and fee to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Fire Camp, 300 Kings Fork Road, Suffolk, VA 23434. Checks will need to be made out to the Jeff T. Messinger Memorial Fund.

For more information, call Pam King at 514-4542 or Jeanie Brinkley at 514-4551. Application forms can be downloaded at