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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Recreation Summer Camps Scheduled to Open July 6; Register This Saturday

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Recreation & Parks
June 23, 2020

Recreation & Parks will offer all-day camps at eight city recreation centers and half-day camps at six city parks starting Monday, July 6. Registration for these camps will be held Saturday, June 27. For kids staying home, the department will also be offering a virtual camp starting July 13.

All-day camps at recreation centers will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will cost $50 per week plus a $10 deposit. Participation will be limited to 24 campers per center and campers will be divided into groups of no more than 9 campers and one staff member to maintain proper social distancing. 

All-day camps will be offered at Sedge Garden, Old Town, Polo, W.R. Anderson, Little Creek, Hanes Hosiery, W.C. Sims, and the Minnie Lee Davis Harris (formerly 14th Street) recreation centers. The centers themselves will not be open to the general public.

Registration for all-day camps will be taken at the participating recreation centers Saturday, June 27, at 8 a.m.

Half-day camps at parks will be held from 8 a.m. to noon one day a week on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays and will be free. Participation is limited to no more than 20 campers per park. Half-day camps will be held at Winston Lake, Kimberley, Blum, Jamison, Miller and Washington parks.

Registration for the half-day camps at Winston Lake, Kimberley and Blum parks will be held June 27 at 8 a.m. at the Carl Russell Community Center. Registration for the half-day camps at Jamison, Miller and Washington parks will be held June 27 at 8 a.m. at Miller Park Community Center.

Registration forms for all camps, along with more details, are posted at CityofWS.org/Rec.

Parents registering children for camp should:

  • Have only one person per family in the registration line.
  • Maintain social distancing in line.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Have registration forms completed prior to arrival.
  • Have accurate payment amount (if applicable).

To better ensure the safety of participants and staff, these additional measures will be taken at each camp location:

  • Campers will have their temperatures checked every morning when they arrive. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to attend.
  • Programming will focus on activities that are more individual or actively separated where potential of contact is reduced and sharing of resources is limited, such as trail walks, scavenger hunts, crafts and book clubs.
  • Staff will provide virtual speakers instead of on-site speakers for learning and instruction.
  • Staff will use outdoor open space as weather permits.
  • One staff member will be assigned to cleaning throughout the day.

The department’s Virtual Camp will be available for four weeks starting July 13 and will provide children the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities at home that will be educational and entertaining. Participants will pick up a box of camp activities on Monday mornings at the Minnie Lee Harris Davis Community Center. Cost is $25 per week. Preregistration and internet access through a computer, tablet or mobile device is required. Registration for each week must be completed by the prior Wednesday at the Minnie Lee Harris Davis Community Center. 

Due to the underlying health conditions for participants in the department’s Therapeutic Recreation programs, Camp Discovery will not be held this summer.

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