Thursday, April 28, 2011

Schools out for summer!

What are your kids going to do with all of their free time? Send them to the Darke County Parks for one of our Summer Camps. Each camp is 5 days full of fun and creative ways to discover nature! Hikes, crafts and activities will enhance your child’s appreciation and understanding of the natural world and historic past all around them! This year, we are offering 7 different camps for ages 6-15.
For those children who are 6-7 years old and have completed kindergarten, there are 2 camps this year. Knee Deep in Nature will explore nature’s playground. We will venture into every habitat within the Parks and while your child may get muddy and wet, they are guaranteed to have a good time! This camp will be held Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22. Registration is due by July 5. Frontier Explorations will be held Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5. During this camp, your child will visit the Log House, Council House, Native American and Longhunter camps and learn several trades of the time. Registration is due by July 18. Both camps will be from 9:30am-12:00pm and the cost is $65 each. If your child attends both camps, you will receive a discount!
8-9 year olds can travel back to the 18th century and spend the week in the Log House living as a pioneer child. During this Log House Living camp, we will spend time playing games, making crafts and maybe even doing a few chores! Log House Living will be held Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15. Registration is due June 27. Your 8-9 year old can also participate in Creeks, Ponds and Beyond, held Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29. During this camp, we will head out to various water sources of the Parks to cool off on these hot July days. Your child will dig through the mud and slime and see what creatures call this wet-world ‘home’. Registration is due July 11. Both camps will be held from 9:30am-12:00pm and the cost is $70 each. If your child attends both camps, you will receive a discount!
Paddling, Hiking and Camping is back! This is an annual favorite for 10-12 year olds, which will be held Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17, from 1-4pm. The adventure will begin with paddling in both canoes and kayaks, followed by a float down Greenville Creek. We will wrap up the week with a lakeside overnight camp. Registration is due by June 1. For 10-12 year olds who would like to try out their survival skills, we have a Woodland Survivor camp, Monday, June 27 to Friday July 1 from 9:30am-12:30pm. Your child will learn basic survival skills and put them to the test during an overnight camp in the wilderness of an offsite location. Registration is due June 13. The cost of 10-12 year old camps is $75 and you will receive a discount if your child attends both camps!
Extreme Adventures camp is for those teenagers (13-15 years old) who say they are bored this summer. During this camp, we will go zip-lining, kayaking down the river, and even go paint-balling in Dayton. We will wrap up camp by travelling to a State Park, pitching some tents and making dinner over a fire. Your teen will not be bored at this extreme camp which will be held from 10am to 4pm, June 20-June 24. The fee for this camp is $95 and registration is due by June 6.
Darke County Parks Summer Camps are filling up fast! Stop by the Nature Center to pick up your registration form and sign your child/children up today! Remember, you are not registered for camp until we have received both your registration forms and payment. All money and forms are due 2 weeks prior to the start of camp. Space is limited, so call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 for more information. Hope to see you at camp!

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