Glastonbury Parks and Rec summer camps are fun for all ages

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Apr. 5, 2013

The Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department is in full-swing registration mode for its popular summer camps. For the younger children (ages 3-5), the Kiddie Camp offers songs, crafts, nature outings and games at J.B. Williams Park. Sessions begin June 24 and run through Aug. 1. Five-year-olds may also choose the Mini-Camp, which emphasizes socialization skills while also employing crafts, games, stories and special events. Four sessions run from June 25 to July 26.

Youth and Sports Programs include the Summer Playground Program for first-graders and older. The program includes field trips and swimming and runs from June 25 to Aug. 2. Future hoops stars between the ages of 9 and 16 may want to try the All Pro Sports Basketball Clinic with former UConn captain and current NBA Charlotte Bobcats player Jeff Adrien during the week of July 8-12. Others may be more inclined to try the Music and Arts Camp, which includes the areas of dance, drama, instrumental and vocal music, and is run by certified teachers between June 26 and July 18.

For teens, there is the Awesome Adventures Teen Camp, with three sessions between June 25 and Aug. 1. It features trips to theme parks, adventure programs, swimming and special events, including Lake Compounce, Nomad's Adventure, and Ocean Beach Park.
There is also a Leader-In-Training Program for teens, designed for those wishing to gain experience in leadership training, emergency procedures, job interviewing skills, and other skills necessary to work for a summer camp.

Tennis programs are also offered, in four different skill levels, as well as for adults. Swim lessons are available for children and adults, as well.

Recreation Supervisor Anna Park said some of the camps will take place at the new Glastonbury/East Hartford Elementary Magnet School. Some of the other town's elementary schools are also undergoing renovations so some of the camp locations will not be the same as in previous years.

There are also programs available for adults, including a series on gardening, developed by Glastonbury resident and author Jackie Callahan Parente. There will be workshop on canning vegetables on April 23, and one on how to get rid of unwanted bugs on May 7 (presented by Carol Quish).

A gardening class for beginners will be held May 28 at the Community Garden, and a workshop on organic gardening on June 4. There is also a gardener's forum where tricks and tips can be shared and learned in a round-table discussion, on July 16. A canning and freezing class will be held Aug. 6.

Financial assistance for the programs is available for qualifying families.

For more information and registrations, visit the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department's page at or call 860-652-7679.

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