Sports, crafts, nature walks part of break camps SanTan Sun News

Sports, crafts, nature walks part of break camps

September 7th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Sports, crafts, nature walks part of break camps
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By Colleen Sparks, Managing Editor

Fall break is just around the corner and the City of Chandler is offering several camps to keep children and teens busy, entertained and active while they are not in school.

The city is offering youth, nature and sports camps at different city recreational centers for youths ages 5-13 and also a Leader in Training program for those ages 13 to 17. The camps are Oct. 1-12 and registration is already underway.

Kids at the Youth Camp will play sports and games, work on arts projects, swim, take field trips to swimming pools and laser tag venues and bowl and engage in other activities.

Nature Camp gives youths an opportunity to take hikes, walk around a lake, encounter animals and plants and participate in experiments and nature-themed craft projects.

Sports Camp enables children and teens to play basketball, hockey, soccer, dodgeball, capture-the-flag and other games.

Youths ages 13 to 17 will gain work skills if they are accepted to the Leader In Training program, where they will have a chance to work with staff members instructing the children in the fall break camps.

Interested teens have to fill out applications and go through interviews to be considered for the LIT service.

Susan Richardson, recreation coordinator 1 for the City of Chandler, said it’s important to offer camps with different themes and activities “just to have a variety so the kids can do different things, meet different people.”

Chandler Community Center at 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. will provide the general youth camp at several different times, including in half and full-day sessions for kids ages 5-12.

Tumbleweed Recreation Center at 745 E. Germann Road also is offering the general Youth Camp for kids ages 5 to 12, and Club TRC for kids ages 10-13. Half and full-day sessions are also being provided for the camps at that site.

The Nature Camp will be offered at the Environmental Education Center at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. Kids ages 6-12 can participate in that camp, which will only have full-day sessions from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sports Camp, at Snedigar Recreation Center at 4500 S. Basha Road, offers half and full-day sessions for children ages 5-11.

Youths need to bring a snack for the morning and one for the afternoon and a lunch each day at the camps.

Parents can ask questions and get more information about the camps at informational sessions at the facilities where the camps will take place.

One session will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Snedigar Recreation Center, The Chandler Community Center will also have its parent meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27. Tumbleweed Recreation Center will hold its parent session at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24.

College students, school teachers, as well as high school students with “a great wealth of knowledge of the activities we do” make up the staff guiding youths in the camps, Richardson said. Generally one staff member works with 12 to 15 children at a time.

Registration: chandleraz.gov/registration and type in “fall break” in the search area.

An Pham

Children participate in a City of Chandler program. Youth, nature and sports camps will be offered at different city recreational centers over fall break, Oct. 1-12.

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