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Summer camps keep kids busy while school is out

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Warm weather is here and summer will soon be approaching. In anticipation of warm fun, many local organizations are now accepting registrations for summer camps.

Looking for something for your kids to do when school gets out? Check out the list below to see what opportunities are available.

Research indicates students experience the “Summer Slide” in the months when school is not in session.

“This means that students lose approximately 28 percent of the knowledge they have gained during the school year while they are out during the summer months,” explains Kathy Smith, Communities in Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County After School director. “By engaging in a program which encourages learning through activities, the students are more likely to retain and build upon knowledge acquired in the school year.”

County summer camp

Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and CIS of Brunswick County are teaming up to keep kids busy for 10 weeks this summer.

The sessions, which are from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday begin in June and conclude in August. Enrollment will begin on April 7 at CIS elementary school locations. Space is limited.

The camp is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Cost is $100 per week per camper or a $60 daily fee may be paid for each participant. There is also a $15 registration fee.

The camp is at four Brunswick County locations including Belville Elementary, Union Elementary, Supply Elementary and Southport Elementary.

Activities will include arts, crafts, music, games and sports activities. Participants will also get to go on field trips to places such as Jungle Rapids, Ripley’s Aquarium, IMAX Theatre, Alligator Adventures, Wilmington Ice House, Fort Fisher Aquarium and other locations.

Program information will be available at 5 p.m. on the following dates: March 30 at Belville, March 31 at Southport, April 2 at Union and April 6 at Supply.

For more information, call CIS at 371-3182 or visit www.cisbrunswick.org.

4-H camp

Brunswick County youth ages 8-14 will have a chance to go to camp at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center Aug. 3-7.

As part of the Brunswick County 4-H program, county extension agents will travel with local students for a week packed with activities.

Starting on a Sunday afternoon, attendees will go to a cookout, followed by a week of hands-on, fun opportunities such as canoeing, wall climbing, horseback riding, crafts, swimming and archery.

Youth ages 12-14 are eligible to participate in the Outdoor Adventure or Trekker programs. Adventurers camp outdoors for two nights on the campgrounds. They will learn the importance of trust and communication through team building and high ropes course activities. Adventurers will also develop and expand canoeing skills and learn global positioning skills during Geocaching adventures.

Trekkers spend the first half of the week learning canoeing and rock climbing skills. During the last half of the week, Trekkers will travel offsite to canoe down the Mayo River, rock climb at Pilot Mountain State Park, and camp at Pilot Mountain State Park.

The camp cost is $320, or $340 for the Trekker program which includes a T-shirt and $15 camp store credit. A non-refundable deposit of $50 by May 15 will reserve a spot for camp.

For more information, call Blair Green, 4-H Agent at 253-2610 or e-mail blair_wooten@ncsu.edu.

Boiling Spring Lakes

There will be a summer camp at Boiling Spring Lakes for children ages 5-11 June 22-Aug. 14.

Five-year-olds who enroll must have completed kindergarten.

Registration is from 8:30-11 a.m. April 4. For more information, contact the Boiling Spring Lakes Park and Recreation Department at 845-3693 or e-mail lshoaf@cityofbsl.org.

N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Young people between the ages of 5-14 can learn more about the ocean and beach life by attending the summer camp at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Registration is under way.

A number of camp activities go on at the same time including projects for Aquanauts (ages 5-7), Marine Detectives (ages 7-9), Ocean Explorers (ages 10-12) and Coastal Crusaders (ages 13-14).

As part of the camp, students will learn how senses help animals survive, how animals are born, how they reproduce and how they return resources to the plant. Campers will also learn basic observation skills and gain an appreciation of nature while learning what’s required to provide proper animal care. Campers will also get the opportunity to learn more the environment.

Aquarium Society members can enroll Aquanauts, Marine Detectives and Ocean Explorers at $180 per child, per week. The cost for non-members is $200 per camper. The cost for Coastal Crusaders is $225 per week for members and $250 for non-members.

The aquarium is in Kure Beach. For more information, call 458-7468 or visit www.ncaquariums.com/fortfisher/programs/summer-camp.

Fort Caswell

Registration for Camp Seabreeze and Coastal Explorers will be April 3 at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

Camp Seabreeze is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Coastal Explorers is for children in fifth through eighth grade.

Camp activities will take place from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 14.

Activities will include swimming, sports, games, crafts, story time, guest speakers, beach and dune exploration, surf safari, kayaking, surf fishing and other fun things.

The cost is $75 per week per child or $18 per day. Pre-registration is required. There is a $25 registration fee.

For more information, call 278-9501 or visit www.fortcaswell.com.