Still time to register for Manchester Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camps

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Apr. 11, 2013

For Manchester residents age 5 to 15, there is still time to register for the upcoming Summer Recreation Day Camp, presented by the Manchester Parks & Recreation Department. Children can choose from a wide variety of activities, all the while being supervised by two to three counselors per group.

"It could be qualitative games, outdoor games, indoor games, a variety of arts and crafts projects, or nature walks,” said Calvin Harris, recreation supervisor for Parks & Rec. Qualitative games can be anything from elbow tag to kickball, whiffle ball to ice breaker games.

For locations with pools on site, like Robertson, campers can go swimming every day. Camps without pools bus children to pool sites two to three times a week. Campers also get to go on one field trip per week. Field trips can include bowling, ice or roller skating, mini golf, laser tag, or the movies. Older children sometimes go to Ocean Beach.

The recreation activities available at the Summer Day Camps advance the goals of the town's new health initiative, “95210.” Launched by the School Readiness Council, "95210" promotes healthy living by encouraging children to follow six guidelines: nine hours of sleep, five servings of fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of physical activity and zero sugary beverages. The Summer Day Camps are the perfect way to achieve guideline four this summer.

“At Recreation, we encourage children to only be in front of the TV for a couple hours, and the rest of the time some sort of recreation,” said Harris. “A regular camp day is 9 to 3. That's six hours right there of constant recreational activity.” Good nutrition is also a focus of the summer camp, and healthy breakfasts and lunches are served through the Board of Education's Food Service.

There are six camps offered to Manchester residents. Week one is July 1 to July 5, week two is July 8 to July 12, week three is July 15 to July 19, week four is July 22 to July 26, week five is July 29 to Aug. 2, and week six is Aug. 5 to Aug. 9.

Parents can chose from six camp sites: Buckley, Highland Park, Illing Middle, Keeney, Martin and Robertson. For teens 11 to 13, the Bennet Leisure Center is available, and for older teens, 11 to 15, the Community Y. Parents can select their first, second and third camp site choice for each week.

The regular 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. camp day is $55 per week. Parents can also include the A.M. Extension, 7:30 to 9 a.m., for $25 more, as well as the P.M. Extension, 3 to 5 p.m., also for $25. “You can go anywhere from $55 to $80 to $105,” said Harris.

Parks & Rec serves 800 to 1,000 children per summer. “The more the merrier,” said Harris. “Ages 5 to 15, we welcome them all.”

The deadline for registration is May 31. To register a child, visit, or mail in an application form and fee to Manchester Parks & Recreation Dept., 41 Center St., P.O. Box 191, Manchester, CT 0645-0191, to the attention of Summer Day Camp Program. For more information, contact Harris at 860-647-3088.

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