Recreation and Leisure Services creating summer fun for residents

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
A counselor reads campers a story at Windsor Recreational and Leisure Services Summer Fun Camp.
A counselor reads campers a story at Windsor Recreational and Leisure Services Summer Fun Camp.

Windsor Recreation and Leisure Services has already kicked off the summer, opening the pools and starting camp sessions; movie nights and bus trips are coming up next. The recreation department has planned to keep residents active this summer with programs for all ages, according to Assistant Recreation Director Rich Henderson.

“We strive on providing education in all of our programs,” said Henderson. “For example, our Summer Fun Playground Camp, they get reading workbooks in the programs, and that is one of the components they do each day for a half hour to 45 minutes with counselors.”

Henderson also mentioned sports camps where the youth not only learn to play the sport, but they practice their math skills by keeping score. The department offers individual sports day camps such as soccer, baseball and basketball throughout the summer, as well as a multi-sport camp called Skyhawks Mini-Hawk for ages 4 through 7 and Tini-Hawk for ages 3 and 4. Day and evening lessons are also available for lacrosse, karate, cricket and tennis. 

In addition to sports camps, Recreation and Leisure Services also hosts Summer Fun Camp, which is a combination of nature camps for five different age groups ranging from children entering pre-K through eighth grade. Each week the camp has a theme appropriate to the age group. For example, week four, on July 15-19, pre-K campers will learn about farm animals, while having a chance to help feed them. Kindergarten through first grade will enjoy traveling back in time learning about native American life, while second- and third-graders will learn about wilderness survival. The fourth- and fifth-grade campers will participate in camping activities and sixth- through eighth-grade campers will paddle down the Connecticut River and camp out at different sites for three nights. The recreation department also offers before and after Summer Fun Camp programs for parents who need to drop off their children early or pick them up later.

“We ask that participants register Thursday prior to each week,” said Henderson, “so that staff can have an accurate roster for the programs for the upcoming week, but we do take registrations up to the start of the program and sometimes during.”

Aside from summer camps the recreation and leisure services will also be offering bus trips for families beginning July 13. There will be two different bus trips offered that day, which are to Martha's Vineyard and Carlo's Bakery, also known as "Cake Boss"/New York City. The trip to the Vineyard is $95 and includes bus and ferry costs as well as leisure time to shop and dine. The "Cake Boss"/New York City trip will stop at the bakery in Hoboken, N.J., and then in the city for five hours. On the bus ride there will be episodes provided of the reality series and raffles for "Cake Boss" merchandise.

“We look forward to seeing everybody out at our summer offerings, whether it's participating in our programs or visting our great parks,” said Henderson.


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