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Summer Camp Registration Underway

Tuesday April 10, 2007

Metro Parks Day Camps Offer Immersion in Sports, Nature Education, Arts, Museum Studies

This summer, children and teenagers can take part in day camps offered by Metro Parks in 19 different locations throughout Louisville.  The options include eight weeks of day camps at 15 community centers and outreach sites, along with week-long camps offering nature education at Jefferson Memorial Forest, hands-on activities emphasizing the historic Locust Grove home, and lessons for beginning tennis players at the Louisville Tennis Center.  A new six-week camp for teenagers will be offered at Baxter Community Center this year.

"This summer, while school's out for many Louisville students, the Metro Parks day camps will reach a wider variety of kids than ever before," said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.  "With programs designed for children as young as 5, and teens up to age 15, parents and guardians can be assured that safe, fun and affordable activities are available for their children."

To register for a Metro Parks summer camp, please contact the camp location of your choice. Summer camp information is also available by calling 502/456-8186 or visiting our summer camp web site.

Community Center & Outreach Day Camps
The Recreation Division of Metro Parks offers children the opportunity to spend eight weeks of summer vacation in structured day camps that provide safe, fun and educational enrichment opportunities. The camps – offered June 4 to July 27 at 15 locations throughout Louisville – allow children ages 6 to 12 to experience sports, arts and the great outdoors in a wholesome environment. Another day camp from June 4 to July 13 at Baxter Community Center offers similar opportunities designed for teens ages 13 to 15.  Additionally, kids ages 13 and 14 – who are too old for most camp programs but too young for summer camp employment – can attend some camps as junior camp counselors.

To support the City of Parks initiative that is expanding and improving Louisville’s park system, these summer camps will focus on building participants’ appreciation for nature, parks and green space, while encouraging them to become good stewards of our environment.  Arts and craft projects will focus on park landscapes and other nature themes.  Support for these efforts will come from Brightside, Otter Creek Park and the Metro Parks Special Event Crew.

Registration is now underway at most of these camp locations on first-come, first-served basis; at Douglass and Sun Valley Community Centers, registration begins on April 16.  A non-refundable $15 registration fee, to cover processing and T-shirt expenses, is due at the time of registration.  Camp fees range from $35 to $80 weekly, depending on the activities offered at each site.  Camps will not be in session on July 4.  Most camps begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.  Early drop-off, between 7 and 8:30 a.m., is available for an extra $4 per day at some locations.  Partial scholarships are available at most locations for those who can demonstrate financial need.  Residents from outside Louisville Metro can attend these camps for an additional $10 per child each week.

Specialty Day Camps
The nation's largest municipal urban forest – the 6,191-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest – is once again offering its popular week-long nature education camps for children ages 7 to 12.  This year, new camp programs are available for children ages 5 to 6, and teens ages 13 to 15.  The teen camp focuses on safe outdoor adventures, including an overnight camping trip to Mammoth Cave National Park.  Different camps take place each week between June 4 and July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m; the camp for ages 5 to 6 runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Weekly fees range from $75 to $175.

The Louisville Tennis Center in Joe Creason Park is offering week-long camps for beginning players ages 6 to 14.  The camps will be offered on four different weeks between July 13 and August 3, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Pete McGrath, head pro at the Louisville Tennis Center, will lead the camps.  The fee is $120 per week.

Locust Grove, a 55-acre historic property owned by the city and operated by Historic Locust Grove, Inc, offers week-long half-day camps on three weeks in June and July.  A woodworking camp is available for children ages 7 to 10 or 11 to 13, and a pioneer camp – offering storytelling and hands-on craft activities – is offered for children ages 7-10.  A Junior Docent Camp, for ages 11 to 14, offers participants the chance to learn how museums conduct programs and preserve collections.  Weekly fees are $75 for the woodworking camp, and $80 for the other camps.

CAMP SCHEDULES AND FEES

JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FOREST
11311 Mitchell Hill Road, 40118
502/368-5404
www.memorialforest.com (registration forms are available online)

Forest Adventures (ages 7-12)
June 4-8 or July 9-13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Campers will explore the trails deep in the forest, climb our alpine tower, and learn rappelling skills. They will also learn skills such as fire and shelter building and using a map and compass.  Fee: $105

Creature Trekking (ages 7-12)
June 11-15 or July 16-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Campers will explore a variety of habitats and learn about the creatures that call these places home. They will will learn what to look for when tracking animals, and what animals can tell us about ourselves and how we affect the world around us.  Fee: $105

Aquatic Habitats (ages 7-12)
June 18-22 or July 23-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Campers will explore a lake while canoeing, visit a stream, use nets to collect specimens, and use a videoscope to view the many tiny creatures they collect. Also, campers will be engaged in crafts, journaling and science experiments.    Fee: $105

Forest Quest Teen Camp (ages 13-15)
June 25-29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
New in 2007, this camp offers safe, outdoor adventures, including climbing, canoeing and caving.  Includes an overnight camping trip to Mammoth Cave National Park on Thursday, June 28.  Fee: $175

Forest Explorers (ages 5-6)
June 25-29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Campers will search for animal tracks, discover the fascinating world of insects, find life in a small scoop of pond water, and hike the trails, to make discoveries about the variety of habitats and the animals in the Forest.  Fee: $75

LOCUST GROVE
561 Blankenbaker Lane, 40207
502/897-9845
www.locustgrove.org

Woodworking Camp
June 11-15
Ages 11-13: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Ages 7-10: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Campers will learn the basics of woodworking, including types of wood, and historic and modern woodworking tools.  They will complete a project to take home. Fee: $75

Pioneer Camp (ages 7-10)
July 9-13, 9 a.m.-noon
Campers can experience early pioneer life by participating in crafts such as weaving, writing with quills, and candle-making. They will also enjoy storytelling, historic games, and nature walks. Fee: $80

Junior Docent Camp (ages 11-14)
June 18-22, 9 a.m.-noon
Campers will learn how museums work, along with how they present history to the public and care for their collections of artifacts. Activities include creating a meal in our 19th century kitchen, trying early surveying techniques, and bringing characters to life through costumes and first-person interpretation. Fee: $80

LOUISVILLE TENNIS CENTER
3783 Illinois Avenue, 40213 (in Joe Creason Park)
502/456-8140
www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/outdoors/tennis.htm

Beginning Tennis (ages 6-14)
June 18-22, July 2-6, July 16-20 or July 30-August 3, 1-4 p.m.
Learn the basics of tennis from Louisville Tennis Center Head Pro Pete McGrath.  Fee: $120

COMMUNITY CENTER & OUTREACH CAMPS
All camps are for ages 6-12 and are offered weekly from June 4 to July 27, unless noted

Allgeier Community Center
4101 Cadillac Ct, 40213
502/456-3261
Manager: Skip Leach, skip.leach@louisvilleky.gov
$70 per week

Baxter Community Center - Teen Camp for ages 13-15; June 4 to July 13
1125 Cedar Ct, 40203
502/574-2670
Manager: John Banks, john.banks@louisvilleky.gov
$50 per week

Beechmont Community Center
205 West Wellington Ave, 40214
502/361-5484
Manager: Terry Wooden, terry.wooden@louisvilleky.gov
$55 per week

California Community Center
1600 West St. Catherine St, 40210
502/574-2658
Manager: John Banks, john.banks@louisvilleky.gov
$35 per week

Douglass Community Center
2305 Douglass Blvd, 40205
502/456-8120
Manager: BJ Levis, bj.levis@louisvilleky.gov
$80 per week

Dumeyer Community Center
1644 Squires Dr, 40215
502/366-9206
Manager: John Banks, john.banks@louisvilleky.gov
$35 per week

Meyzeek Middle School
828 South Jackson St, 40203
502/584-8613
Manager: Terry Wooden, terry.wooden@louisvilleky.gov
$50 per week

Newburg Community Center
4810 Exeter Ave, 40218
502/456-8122
Manager: Skip Leach, skip.leach@louisvilleky.gov
$40 per week

Parkhill Community Center
1703 South 13th St
502/637-3044
Manager: John Banks, john.banks@louisvilleky.gov
$35 per week

Portland Community Center
640 North 27th St, 40212
502/776-0913
Manager: John Banks, john.banks@louisvilleky.gov
$35 per week

Shawnee Community Center
607 South 37th St, 40211
502/775-5268
Manager: Skip Leach, skip.leach@louisvilleky.gov
$35 per week

Shelby Park Community Center
600 East Oak St, 40203
502/574-1780
Manager: John Banks, john.banks@louisvilleky.gov
$35 per week

South Louisville Community Center
2911 Taylor Blvd, 40208
502/574-3206
Manager: Terry Wooden, terry.wooden@louisvilleky.gov
$55 per week

Southwick Community Center
3621 Southern Ave., 40211
502/775-6598
Manager: Skip Leach, skip.leach@louisvilleky.gov
$50 per week

Sun Valley Community Center
6505 Bethany Ln, 40272
502/937-8802
Manager: Terry Wooden, terry.wooden@louisvilleky.gov
$60 per week

Sylvania Community Center
6650 Sylvania Rd, 40258
502/935-2619
Manager: Terry Wooden, terry.wooden@louisvilleky.gov
$60 per week