Registration Open for Geauga Park Day Camps

 Adventure Camp, Space Camp to run weekly early June through early August

Think warm summer days; spending a day at a pond fishing or scooping up turtles, tadpoles and frogs; riding bikes with a bunch of friends; or (how cool is this?!) building rockets.

When it comes to making memories, those made during summer camp seem preserved, hanging in time forever – chock-full of outdoor adventures every day.

As they get older, kids grow to understand why memories hang on: all the new experiences, making friends and the counselors who try to make sure your time is well spent. The way discovery makes you feel.

But at the time, summer camp just feels magical.

Registration is now open for Geauga Park District’s new weeklong day camps: Adventure Camp and Space Camp.

Age groups of 10 to 12 and 13 to 15 will trade themes each week from early June through early August, excluding the week of July 4. A registration fee of $150 will cover the cost of all activities, travel, and equipment.

“Days at camp will strive to give kids skills and experiences that could spark lifelong pursuits of exploring and enjoying the natural world,”

“Days at camp will strive to give kids skills and experiences that could spark lifelong pursuits of exploring and enjoying the natural world,” Executive Director Tom Curtin said. “Appropriately, this is also the mission of The Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure, which is supporting these summer camps in the parks.”

The Park District chose those two age groups because they are “too old” for babysitters but too young for jobs, according to organizers.

Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp will feature days in the parks dedicated to fishing, canoeing, bicycling, hiking and pond and insect studying, among other activities. The outdoor treasure-hunting game called geocaching will also be included, guiding campers in the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to seek out containers hidden in the parks.

Naturalist Dottie Mathiott took cues from Geauga County Job and Family Services (JFS) in planning the variety of day to day activities, all of which will begin at Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Munson Township.

“Most kids they deal with have had very limited exposure to outdoor recreational activities, so Sara Shininger, community support and volunteer coordinator for Geauga County JFS, felt a varied agenda would be preferred over specialty camps,” Mathiott said.

Space Camp

Meanwhile, over at Observatory Park in Montville Township, Space Camp will be dedicated to telescopes, astronomy, rockets and other astro-fun activities. Participants will get a handle on desert island navigation, experiment with model rocketry, hunt for meteorites and learn to set up their own planetariums.

“One day will also include a field trip to either The Cleveland Museum of Natural History or Great Lakes Science Center for an in-depth exploration of planetary science,” Naturalist Chris Mentrek said.

There are so many adventures to be had this summer, and so close to home. Camp calendars and waiver forms are already available online. For more information or to register, contact Denise Wolfe at 440-279-0894.

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