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Marsha McLean: Register for a fun-filled summer at Camp Clarita

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Posted: May 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

As the school year comes to an end and the days of summer draw near, many Santa Clarita families might be looking for affordable ways to keep their youth entertained.

One of the affordable summer activities thousands of youth enjoy each year is the city's Camp Clarita Program. This day-camp experience provides recreational fun and creative learning opportunities for local children ages 3 to 15 years old.

The Camp Clarita Summer Program helps to improve children's social skills as well as their emotional and physical health.

Camps also provide the opportunity for participants to interact with other children of the same age with similar interests, prompting them to make lifelong friends while growing as individuals.

Offered Monday through Friday from June 18 through Aug. 10, the city's Camp Clarita provides a diverse range of camp options with a variety of activities, including games, crafts, field trips and sports opportunities.

Five Camp Clarita options at a variety of locations throughout the city are available to local children, including Wee Folks Camp, Little Folks Camp, Ranger Camp, Explorer Camp and Voyager Camp.

Wee Folks Camp is open to children 3 to 4 years of age and features activities geared for younger campers with play time, arts, crafts, music 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 children 4 to 5 years of age. The camp features crafts, games, storytelling, music, dance, water play, special events and more.

Little Folks Camp is offered at Canyon Country Park and Valencia Glen Park.

Ranger Camp is a theme-focused, 8-week day camp for children ages 5 to 8 years old. 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 an 8-week day camp that is available for children 9 to 12 years of age. This camp includes sports, swimming and crafts in addition to weekly field trips to "more exotic" locations in Southern California.

The camp is offered at North Oaks Park, Santa Clarita Park and Valencia Meadows Park.

Preteens and teens 11 to 15 years of age can register for Voyager Camp, a fun day camp featuring trips to local hot spots throughout Southern California.

Offered at Santa Clarita Park and Valencia Meadows Park, Voyager Camp is a great way for young people to make friends while gaining responsibility.

The city of Santa Clarita also offers inclusion services as part of the camp program for children with special needs, including a lower camper-to-staff ratio for children that require it.

Registration for these Camp Clarita opportunities is currently open and available in three convenient ways: mail, online at CampClarita.com, or in person at the city's Aquatics Center, located at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway.

The deadline to enroll is 5 p.m. on June 13 the program begins, and enrollment will be based on space availability.

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.

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.

Marsha McLean Santa Clarita City Councilmember and can be reached at: mmclean@santa-clarita.com.

 

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