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Laurene Weste: Camp Clarita offers summer fun for kids

Live from City Hall

Posted: May 14, 2010 11:05 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Local schools will soon be out for summer break, leaving many Santa Clarita parents wondering how to keep their kids entertained. The city offers a variety of options designed to keep local youth busy during the lazy summer days, including a variety of day camp options available through Camp Clarita.

Summer camps help improve children's social skills, as well as emotional and physical health. Camps also provide the opportunity for participants to interact with other kids of the same age with similar interests, prompting them to make lifelong friends while growing as individuals.

Camp Clarita provides recreational fun and creative learning outlets through a multitude of activities, games, crafts, field trips and sports opportunities. Five Camp Clarita options are available to local kids from 3 years old to ninth grade, including Wee Folks Camp, Little Folks Camp, Voyager Camp, Ranger Camp and Explorer Camp.

Wee Folks Camp is open to kids 3 to 4 years old and features activities geared toward littler campers, including play time, arts, crafts and more. The camp is held at Canyon Country Park and Newhall Park, and is available in two sessions to suit residents' schedules.

Little Folks Camp offers a creative environment conducive to the development of kids 4 to 5 years old. The camp features crafts, games, storytelling, music, dance, swimming, special events and more based on the theme "Summer Fun, Here We Come!" Little Folks Camp is offered at Canyon Country Park and Valencia Glen Park in two sessions as well.

Ranger Camp is a more theme-focused, traditional eight-week day camp for kids in first through third grade. The camp features weekly programs and activities including arts, crafts, games, swimming, plus a weekly field trip to locations throughout Southern California. Ranger Camp is offered at North Oaks Park, Santa Clarita Park and Valencia Meadows Park.

Explorer Camp is another eight-week, all-day camp and is open to fourth- to sixth-graders. The fun camp includes sports, swimming and crafts in addition to weekly field trips to "more exotic" locations in Southern California. The class is offered at North Oaks Park, Santa Clarita Park and Valencia Meadows Park.

Community kids in sixth to ninth grade can sign up for Voyager Camp, a fun day camp featuring daily trips to local hot spots, plus overnight camping trips to breathtaking locations throughout Southern California. Offered at North Oaks Park, Santa Clarita Park, and Valencia Meadows Park, Voyager Camp is an excellent way to help kids experience the great outdoors with plenty of supervision.
Registration for these and more Camp Clarita opportunities is currently open and available in three convenient ways: online at www.campclarita.com, in person at the city's Sports Complex Activities Center and via mail.

All Camp Clarita staff members are first aid/CPR certified, and each camp location offers at least one full time director and assistant director in addition to numerous counselors specifically selected for their enthusiasm and ability to prove themselves as appropriate role models. Also, the city offers inclusion services as part of the camp program for special needs kids, including one-on-one aides offered for kids who require it.

For more information on Camp Clarita, including prices, daily activity schedules, payment options and much more, visit campclarita.com or call the Camp Clarita office at (661) 284-1465.

Laurene Weste is the Mayor of the city of Santa Clarita and can be reached at: lweste@santa-clarita.com. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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