Camps create educational experiences and encourage imagination
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Fri., Jul. 5, 2013
Participating in making crafts - such as creating personalized mailboxes and umbrellas - was a favorite activity for Kids Korner/Morning Munchkin campers Maggie and Lincoln. The camp is one of many offered by the Suffield Parks and Recreation Department this summer.
Many of the department’s programs are educational, but also allow children 3 years old through eighth grade to explore their imagination by making crafts while they learn.
“This is an opportunity for children, over the summer, when they are not in school, to still have the socialization with their friends and meet new friends,” said Suffield Parks and Recreation Director Wendy LaMontagne.
As campers recently finished their first session at the Kids Korner/Morning Munchkins Camp, they learned about the birth of the United State, American heroes, and all-stars nationwide to celebrate Independence Day. The day before July 4, counselors organized a parade and skit for the children to perform for their parents and other relatives. Campers also told family and peers who their heroes were, which included parents, families, the Hulk, their cat named Oreo, Superman, the Cat in the Hat, and fellow peers, to name a few.
The theme of the second session, from July 8 though July 19, is Animal-Palooza, and there will be activities, games and crafts teaching campers about different animals. The last session, from July 22 through Aug. 2, will transform children into Little Scientists, showing them how things work by creating experiments. At the end of each session, campers demonstrate everything they've learned for their families.
For information on Suffield Parks and Recreation Department’s new theater program, sports camps and Sunrise Day Camp and Tween Adventure, visit www.suffieldtownhall.com and click on the Parks and Recreation tab on the left.