Plenty for youth to do with Truro summer camps

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By Amanda Smees

They say once you have a child, time flies. And that couldn’t be more true. 

My daughter will start school in the fall of 2015 and before I know it, I’ll need to find some fun activities to keep her occupied during the summer break, while I spend those beautiful summer days at my desk at work.

So with summer right around the corner, I thought I’d find out more information about the Town of Truro’s summer day camps.

There are three kinds of camps offered: preschool camps for children aged three to five, the explorer camps for children five to 12 (further broken down into groups of five to eight-year-olds and nine to 12-year-olds) and the speciality camps (ages vary depending on the activity).

 

Preschool camp

The preschool camp begins on July 2 and runs until Aug. 29. Parents have the option of signing kids up on a week by week basis ($45 per week) or for the entire summer. Well-trained day camp leaders guide the kids in imaginative and interesting activities, such as games, crafts, songs and special themes, while enhancing learning and socialization skills.

Drop off and pick up is at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. Drop off is between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. and pick up is between 11:45 a.m. and noon.

 

Explorer camp

The explorer camp begins on July 7 until Aug. 29 as well. Again, the option of signing kids up for one week ($110-$120 per week) or the whole summer is available. Activities range from group activities, games and crafts, to exploring all the fun and adventure Victoria Park has to offer, including the pool. Campers will also be able to participate in bus trips to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, Dollar Lake Park and Melmerby Beach.

Drop off and pick up is also at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. Drop off is between 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. and pick up is between 4:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Another option available with this camp is the Red Cross Swim @ Camp program. This is a swimming and water safety training program designed specifically for camps, for all different levels of ability. The cost is an additional $35 per week.

 

Speciality Camps

Three types of speciality camps (one week each) are offered including:

Bikes and Boards – all about mountain biking and skate boarding. The Parks, Recreation and Culture Department can provide equipment or you can bring your own. The cost is $120 and open to children nine to 12.

Nature Nuts – explore nature and participate in a variety of nature themed activities. The cost is $96 and open to children five to eight.

H2O Blast – traditional camp activities and a minimum of four hours daily at Victoria Pool as well. Cost is $120 and open to children ages five to 12.

 

Parents should ensure that they pack a large, healthy lunch and snacks and plenty of beverages for their children. Since most of their time will be spent outdoors, make sure they are dressed appropriately and have lots of sunscreen with them. Of course a bathing suit and a change of clothing are good ideas too.

Wondering how to register? You can register in person at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre, by fax or by email. You can find the registration form on the Town website at www.truro.ca, under the Parks & Recreation Department section.

* Amanda Smees is the communications manager with the Town of Truro.

 

Organizations: Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Recreation and Culture Department, Parks Recreation Department

Geographic location: Truro, Victoria Park, Shubenacadie Wildlife Park Lake Park Melmerby Beach

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