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Metro Parks Summer Camps to begin Monday, June 8

Thursday June 4, 2009

Special thanks go to the Play It Safe In The Sun campaign, brought to you by the Kentucky Cancer Program and The Stan W. Browning Melanoma Cancer Foundation, which is sponsoring a key health initiative during this year's summer camps.

Metro Parks summer camps begin Monday, June 8, at community centers across Louisville, and spots still remain for this fun, affordable alternative to staying at home.

Camps begin Monday and continue through July 31. The camps are geared towards children ages 6-12, except Baxter Community Center, which is hosting a camp for teens ages 13 to 15. Spots are available at each one of the Metro Parks summer camps with the exception of the Sun Valley Community Center, which is sold out.

Camps are affordably priced, with regular fees ranging between $45 -$90 per week for the 8-week period. Parents who are unsure if they can afford the fees are encouraged to apply for a reduced rate of $35 per week, available at most locations for those who demonstrate a financial need. Parents are encouraged to contact their favored community center for information on how to obtain the reduced rate. A non-refundable $20 registration fee, to cover processing and t-shirt expenses, is due at the time of registration.

This year, Metro Parks is emphasizing two themes – environmental education, as part of the City of Parks initiative, and healthy lifestyles, as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. Additionally, all children participating in summer camps will receive information on skin cancer prevention, through the Play it Safe in the Sun campaign, and several sites will include an art component. For more information on Summer Camps, contact the community center of your choice, or visit here.