The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 31, 1998
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SUNDAY ^HE SALINA JOURNAL life ENGAGEMENTS / B2 CROSSWORD / B5 MONEY/ B6 SUMMER Programs offered by local and area organizations help make children happy campers the camps what when cost activities info. & deadlines DWf YMCA • camp swat YMCA and YWCA summer day camp for children pre-kindergarten through completed sixth grade. June 1 - August 14. 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. $65 a week. Sliding fee and financial aid available. State of Kansas licensed child care provider. Field trips every Thursday. Arts and crafts, baseball, soccer, games, scavenger hunts and outside programs. Deadline: Children must be YMCA or YWCA members and may register for the entire summer or on , a weekly basis. Payments are due each Friday before week of attendance. YMCA, 825-2151. BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA • camp hansen Three-week resident camp in Kirwin Begins June 7. for Boy Scouts ages 11-18. $110 a week. Swimming, archery, fishing, canoeing, nature study and craft- making. Participants register through their , Scout packs and troops.Deadllne: Friday before each week of camp. Boy Scouts of America, 827-4461. GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA • camp aldrlch Four-week resident camp located 12 miles northeast of Great Bend. For Girl Scouts ages 5-17. Four differently themed weekly sessions. Begins July 6. One-day camp July 16 for kindergarten-age children. Cost dependent on individual sessions. Horseback riding, team sports, cooking, swimming and crafts. Deadline: Registration is taken until the session is full. Girl Scouts of America, 827-3679. irtici SALINE COUNTY 4-H CLUBS • 4-h day camp For children ages 4-8 at Salina's July 14 and 15. Oakdale Park. 8 a.m. to noon. $5 for both days. Interactive games based oh a 4-H related theme. Deadline: July 1. Kansas State University Research and Extension office, 826-6645: KANSAS WESLYAN UNIVERSITY • language camp Resident camp for children ages 914. Intensive exposure to foreign languages. June 21 - 27. $290. Campers are exposed to foreign: languages through games, songs, skits, movies, meals and classroom experience, six to eight hours a day. Deadline: June 19. Kansas ,' Wesleyan University, 827-5541. SALINA PARKS & RECREATION • fun In the sun day camp* Eight-week day camp for children ages 5-10 at various Salina elementary schools. Junes-July 31. 8 a.m. - noon. $10 for each Weekly session. Indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, music, drama, field trips and special presentations. • ultimate sports camp* For children who have completed grades three through six, teaches team and individual sports. At Bill Burke Sports Complex, East Crawford, Salina. Boys grades three & four- June 8- 12 or July 6 -10. Boy grades five and six: June 22 - 26 or July 20 - 24. Girls grades three and four: June 15-19 or July 13-17. Girls grades five and six: June 29 - July 3 or July 27-31. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. $55 - $60. Individual and team sports instruction. ..•Deadline: Enrollment forms for all summer activities offered by the Parks and Recreation Department and other sponsoring agencies will be distributed beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Bicentennial Center Arena. Enrollment will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis..Enrollments also, will be accepted starting June 4 at the Parks and Recreation office. Salina Parks and Recreation office, 826-7434. YOUTH SPECIAL RECREATION CAMP • back to the future* Eight-week camp for children enrolled in special population classes in the Salina School District, ages 3 -21. Carver Center, 315 N. Second, Salina. June 8 - July 30. $25 a month, f Ages 3-6: 9-11 am., Monday and *'/'•• •••' Wednesday. . / Ages 7-21: 9 -11:30 a.m. and 1:30 / p.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesdays and / Thursdays. \ Bowling, swimming, crafts, gymnastics and golf. RICHAE MORROW / The Salina Journal Area CAMPS offer KIDS summer FUN Camps available to replace boredom with arts, crafts, trips, sports, games, learning By GARY DEMUTH The Salina Journal M ost people look forward to getting away during the summer, but not Jeff Platt. Platt, an eighth-grade teacher at Salina South Middle School, spends his summer taking charge of 170- odd children, ranging in age from 12-year- olds to pre-kindergartners, and he couldn't be happier. "It's a vacation from school," Platt said. "I look forward to this every year." Platt has spent the past 18 years as director of Camp SWAT, a full-time licensed day care summer camp sponsored by the Salina Family YMCA and the YWCA of Salina. SWAT, which stands for Summer Winner's Activities Team, begins tomorrow and continues through August 14. During the 11-week camp children participate in arts and crafts, team and individual sports, treasure and scavenger hunts, field trips and what Platt calls "character-development programs." "Our purpose is to increase growth in kids and provide good role models through our counselors," Platt said. "Parents feel better that their kids come here rather than stay at home and end up latch key kids." Camp SWAT is one of many recreational camps being offered for children this summer in the Salina area. All camps, whether sponsored by the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, 4-H Clubs or the Salina Parks and Recreation Department, have one goal in common: to replace summertime boredom with directed, purposeful activity. Eighteen years ago, Platt noticed that children were being left at the YMCA during the summer with no supervised programs and activities to alleviate their boredom. Thus, Camp SWAT was born. The program started with about 60 kids a week at a $5 cost, but as word of the program spread among working parents, enrollment steadily increased. The camp is now licensed to care for as many as 200 children, and average attendance per week is about 170. Cost of the camp has increased to $65 per week for each child, but Platt said financial aid and adjusted fees are available to those in need. Platt said that parents trust that their children will be well taken care of because of the upstanding reputation of the YMCA and YWCA. "What I stress to my counselors is that we are a full-time day care, but we are centered by the YMCA and YWCA," Platt said. "That puts a little more pressure on us to be at our best." Through directed activities, Camp-goers develop a good bonding friendship with their peers, as well as the supervising counselors, most of whom are teachers and college students. Platt said counselors share their skills and personal interests in sessions called "SWAT Sharing Time." Another highlight is a once-a-week field trip to such places as the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, the Sedgwick County Zoo and Barnacle Bill's Fantasea water park in Wichita and the Sunset Zoological Park in Manhattan. "We try to expose kids to places they couldn't afford or couldn't get to because their parents are working," Platt said. "Some parents base their kid's attendance on the field trip we offer that week." Platt said he believes that the camp is fulfilling a great need for children and their parents in the lazy, hazy days of summer. "Parents depend on us to look after their kids until they go back to school in the fall, and we want kids to go home each night with a smile on their faces," Platt said. "If they go home anxious to tell their parents the activities of the day, then we know we've done our job." Other camps available in area Camp SWAT lasts the entire summer, but other camps that last two to three weeks also are available in the Salina area. Some day camps have half-day sessions during a one- or two-month period, and other camps last anywhere from a week to one day. Registration for most of the camps is the week before the session starts. Registration for the Salina Parks and Recreation programs begins Wednesday. • BOY SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUTS — The Boy Scouts of America has a three- week resident camp beginning June 7 for boys ages 11 through 18 at Camp Hansen in Kirwin. The Scouts primarily work on merit badge activities during their stay, participating in aquatics, archery, nature studies, camping, crafts, and "all the other things Boy Scouts do," said Dave Allen, Salina director of Boy Scout camps. Likewise, area Girl Scouts of America meet at Camp Aldrich near Great BeniJ for four weeks beginning July 6 and learn horsemanship, swimming, team sports, cuisine and arts and crafts. ,,' ( • 4-H CLUB — The Saline County 4-H Club sponsors a camp June 12 through 15 at Rock Springs, south of Junction City. The registration deadline for this camp has passed. About 450 campers from seven counties are expected to participate, including , about 100 campers from Saline County, according to Saline County 4-H Extensjqn. Agent Pam Van Horn. A 4-H Day Camp July 14 and 15 is dor, signed for children 4 to 8 years old and will be conducted from 8 a.m. to noon in, i Salina's Oakdale Park. Van Horn said, this camp leads children through intera^ tive games and activities based on,.a theme. Themes for previous camps haye included pirates and safaris. • SALINA PARKS AND RECRJS r , ATION—The Salina Parks and Recreation, Department is co-sponsoring a whole summer full of classes, camps and activities in, cooperation with area businesses and orgar nizations. ,, ,, i • i [ ^- | See CAMPS, Page-BS SUGGESTIONS? CALL KAREN L. GILL, LIFE EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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