Summer camps cater to kids

DOWNEY - The city of Downey is hosting a variety of day camps and specialty camps for kids this summer.Day camps cost $120 per week, per child, and includes a daily snack, weekly excursion and camp supplies. Day camps operate in one-week sessions, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with structured programs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children must bring a sack lunch to all camps. Day camps the city is offering this summer include: Adventures in Sports Camp, June 27 - Aug. 26, 10-13 years old, Independence Park Performing Arts Camp, June 27 - Aug. 19, 8-14 years old, Rio San Gabriel Park. Fee is $130 per week, per child, and includes a performance of "High School Musical." Wilderness Camp, June 27 - Aug. 26, 6-10 years old, Wilderness Park Specialty camps cost $115 per week, per child, and run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children must be between the ages of 7-13. All specialty camps are held at Furman Park. Junk Yard Wars Camp, July 11-15: People hundreds of years ago used everyday items to create everything from sling shots to flowerpots. Working as individuals and in teams, campers will compete against each other to build things including a box car, sling shot, games or devices to catch things. Star Wars Camp, July 18-22: Learn to use the force and how to operate a Light Saber. Campers will create a Jedi costume, be issued a practice saber and taught the positive aspects of being a Jedi. Basic stage combat will be taught for safe saber sparring, and yoga will help campers "get in tune with the force." There will also be crafts, games and competitions. You've Got a Minute Camp, July 25-29: Based on the popular TV game show, children will complete the challenge to prove if they've got what it takes to win it in a minute. Games will be played solo and as a team; games require strength, smarts and, sometimes, "just plain guts." Every day is a new set of challenges. Prizes will be awarded. To register for any of the camps, go to the Community Services counter at City Hall or the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center. For more information, call (562) 904-7238 or (562) 904-7225.

********** Published: June 16, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 9