The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


May 23, 2013

Many activities available to youth this summer

Thursday, May 23, 2013 — From Locust Parks and Recreation to Music on Main, parents and children have lots of options when choosing a summer camp to attend.

Locust Parks and Recreation and the city of Locust will host Kid’s Summer Activities 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25. Daily activities will focus on a different topic, including farm animals, music and language, stars and space, and storytelling, and each activity will be hosted by an expert in that topic, including Discovery Place and Uwharrie Storytellers.

All activities will be at the Locust Town Center’s Government Center, with the exception of the July 11 activity, which will occur at Locust Elementary School Gym.

Kid’s Summer Activities are for rising first- to fifth-graders, and the registration fee is $10 per child per activity. Children will also be able to check out a book each day from the Stanly County Public Library.

“Our partnership with the Locust Branch of the Stanly County Public Library reinforces the educational aspect by allowing children to take home material on what they have learned that day,” said Emily Jones, city of Locust event coordinator.

“Our hope is that children will have fun, learn something new and continue their personal educational advancements by continuing to use the library as a resource throughout the summer and throughout their lives.”

Locust Parks and Recreation will also host a British Soccer Camp with Challenger Sports. The British Soccer Camp will be June 17-21 at Jeff Shelton Memorial Park, 200 Lions Club Dr,, Locust. The camp is open to children ages 3-18 and each child will be personally coached by a Challengers British coaching staff member. All coaching staff members will be flown here just for the event.

Besides working on foot skill development, practices and plays, children will also be taught integrity, leadership and sportsmanship. The price of the British Soccer Camp ranges from $90 to $189, depending on the child’s age. For more information and/or to register, visit www.challenger sports. com.

Albemarle Parks and Recreation will offer a Young Explorers camp for youth ages 6-8 and a Challenge camp for youth ages 9-15 this summer. The Young Explorers summer camp will be offered 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 5-8 at Rock Creek Park in Albemarle.

The cost for city of Albemarle residents is $30 and for non-residents the cost is $45. Registration is currently taking place at the Rock Creek Park office, until the session is full.

The Challenge summer camp will offer both short and extended sessions for girls and boys.

The boys extended session is from June 17-21, with a camping trip to the N.C. coast.

The girls short session is from June 24-28, and it includes a camping trip to Crowder’s Mountain.

The boys short session will be July 8-12, including a camping trip to New River Trail.

The girls extended session is from July 15-19, with a camping trip to the N.C. Mountains.

“The Young Explorers program prepares youngsters for the Challenge program by offering experiences that build self-confidence and awareness of the outdoor world,” Albemarle Parks and Recreation Director Toby Thorpe said.

“Low ropes, team building, obstacles, hiking, canoeing, swimming and fishing will help youngsters focus on self-discovery, strength and fitness, balance and working together.

“Outdoor Adventure programming has been a staple of the Albemarle Parks and Recreation agenda since 1967.”

The Stanly County Family YMCA will offer a Summer Day Camp from June 10 to Aug. 23 at both the YMCA Pavilion and Locust School from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Summer Day Camp is for rising kindergarteners to sixth graders. The Summer Day Camp will include fun-filled games, crafts, swimming, literacy retention, community service, field trips and guest speakers.

The cost for full-time is $120 for YMCA members at the Pavilion and all participants at Locust or $150 for participants at Pavilion. The cost for part-time is $72 for YMCA members at the Pavilion and all participants at Locust or $90 for participants at Pavilion. Registration ended May 11, but campers may still register with an additional $15 late fee.

“This summer we are partnering with Stanly County Schools to implement literacy retention, so that kids will enter the school year ready to continue learning instead of reviewing,”  Stanly County Family YMCA Family Services Director Kelley Bigger said.

“We do not turn families away due to the inability to pay. We have an Open Doors Scholarship Program that we use to offer families scholarships that allow kids to attend camp. We don’t want to exclude anyone.”

The YMCA will also offer a Soccer Camp and Volleyball Camp for rising third- to eighth-graders. The Soccer Camp will be June 17-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The YMCA is working with Pfeiffer University to help campers improve their techniques in both sports, through exercises and games.

Soccer Camp costs $60 for YMCA members and $80 for other program participants. Volleyball Camp costs $50 for YMCA members and $70 for other participants. Registration ended May 11, but campers may still register with a $15 late fee.

“With coaches and players from Pfeiffer University, we will be able to offer a program with service-minded and professional leadership. Open Door Scholarships are available,” Bigger said.

Music on Main will host a Performing Arts Camp, Rock Band Camp and Drum and Percussion Camp this summer. The Performing Arts Camp will be June 17-21, with a performance on June 22. The camp will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $175 for the entire week. The cost also includes a camp T-shirt. During the week, participants will learn about theater, acting and singing.

The Rock Band Camp will occur June 24-28, during which a real rock band will be formed with guitars, bass, drums, keyboard, percussion and singers. A performance will be conducted June 28. Participants must have some experience on their instrument. The camp will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and costs $99 for the entire week.

The Drum and Percussion Camp will be July 8-12 to teach participants about all different types of drums and percussion instruments. The camp will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and costs $99 for the entire week.

To register visit musiconmain.musicteach

Kendall Atkins is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.


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