Thursday April 3, 2008
Registration begins April 7 for Metro Parks summer camps at 16 community centers and outreach sites across Louisville. The camps will feature safe, fun and educational programming that allow children to experience sports, arts and nature in a wholesome environment. Camps begin on June 2 and continue through July 25, but will not meet on Friday, July 4.
“Children throughout Louisville for years have benefited greatly from the cultural, educational and physical opportunities at our summer camps,” said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz. “They’re a wonderful chance to learn a new skill, the value of teamwork, or just to make a few new friends.”
The camps are geared towards children ages 6-12, with the lone exception being Baxter Community Center, which is hosting a camp for teens ages 13-15. Additionally, registration for the camp at the Douglass Community Center will not occur until April 14, and a camp at Meyzeek Middle School will only last for 7 weeks.
Camps are affordably priced, with none exceeding $90 for the 8-week period and most being in the $35-$40 range. Parents who are unsure if they can afford the fees are encouraged to apply for partial scholarships, which are available at most locations for those who demonstrate a financial need. A non-refundable $15 registration fee, to cover processing and t-shirt expenses, is due at the time of registration. More than 900 Louisville children attended Metro Parks summer camps last year.
New this year is an Environmental Education Initiative that will take place at 10 community center camps. The theme for the program is “Exploring Biodiversity,” a partnership between the Jefferson Memorial Forest, the Metro Parks Special Events Team and Otter Creek Park. The program is designed to teach children about the environment and protection of natural resources. Also, 8 community center camps will offer the Youth Health Initiative, which will teach kids about fitness and nutrition, with ways for the whole family to become active. Interested families should visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/recreation/summercamps.htm to see which camps contain these initiatives.
Another component of the community center camps this season will be the Cincinnati Reds Rookie Success League, which will teach children the basics of baseball and instruct them about the types of life skills necessary to be a major league success. Uniforms and snacks will be provided, and teams will meet at Wyandotte Park twice a week for practices and games. The Rookie Success League is the result of a generous donation by the Reds that also helped renovate ballfields at the park. Additionally, The First Tee of Louisville will offer an introductory golf and life skills component at the camps. Both programs come as part of the camps at no additional cost.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer our summer camps once again,” Heitz said. “It’s going to be a fun summer for Metro Parks, and hopefully for children across the city.”
These summer camps are also available at locations in the Metro Parks system:
· Registration has already begun for the June Woodworking Camp and July Pioneer Camp at Locust Grove. Call 502/897-9845 for more information.
· The Louisville Tennis Center is offering beginner camps for ages 5-14 during June and July. Please call 502/456-8140 for more information.
· The Jefferson Memorial Forest will offer a plethora of nature camps geared toward ages 5-15. Please contact 502/368-5404, ext 0 for more information.
· Many Metro Parks golf courses are offering summer programs as well. Please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/golf/ or call 502/456-8134.