• Summer activities geared toward post youth

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    With warmer temperatures, students are beginning to anticipate the end of the schoolyear and the start of summer vacation.
    As a result, Child and Youth Services is preparing for its annual summer camps for children of all ages to take part in.
    “We want them to have fun,” said Carrie Bradke, CYS training specialist. “Military children have to start over every year to every three years, so summer camp allows children to ease into a new routine smoothly. It also gives them the opportunity to meet new friends before they start on the first day of school.”
    For 2019, there are several summer camp opportunities for children to attend.
    Sports and fitness
    CYS Sports and Fitness has three different sports and fitness camps planned for 3- to 14-year-olds who are registered with CYS.
    The Challenger International Soccer Camp has three different sessions: June 3-7, July 8-12 and July 29 through Aug. 2. Ages 3-4 attend from 9-10 a.m. Monday through Friday for $95; ages 4-5 attend from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for $110; ages 6-8 attend from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for $139; and ages 9-14 attend from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday for $139. Registration deadlines are May 17, June 21 and July 12 respectively. Registrations after those dates will be charged a $10 late fee. The camp is run by contracted international soccer coaches.
    Baseball Camp is July 15-18. Ages 5-8 attend from 9-10 a.m. Monday through Friday; ages 9-10 attend from 10-11 a.m. Monday through Friday; and ages 11-14 attend from 1-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $40 for each age group.
    Basketball Camp is July 22-25. Ages 5-8 attend from 9-10 a.m. Monday through Friday; ages 9-10 attend from 10-11 a.m. Monday through Friday; and ages 11-14 attend from 1-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $40 for each age group.
    The baseball and basketball camps are run by youth sports staff.
    The camps’ purpose is to offer health and fitness services to military and Department of Defense youth.
    “(The youth) learn the basic fundamentals of that sport in a fun way,” said Patrick Shelton, CYS Sports and Fitness director. “They love it.”
    For more information, call 684-7525.
    Osage School-Age Services
    Osage School-Age Services has weekly camps scheduled for kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
    Camp themes include Sail into Summer May 27-31, Sports June 3-7, Fun in the Sun June 10-14, Safari June 17-20, Surf’s Up June 24-28, Nature July 1-5, STEM July 8-12, Splish-Splash July 15-19, Theater July 22-26, Under the Sea July 29 through Aug. 2, and Luau Aug. 5-9. First- through fifth-graders will also take weekly trips to the Fort Leavenworth pool.
    Page 2 of 3 - “Camp themes are voted on and selected by the Osage (Future Leaders) Club — fourth- and fifth-grade students,” Bradke said. “Osage School Age Summer Camps are offered to help reduce the conflict between parental responsibilities and unit mission requirements.”
    Bradke said Osage summer camps are based on five service areas — educational support and career exploration; health, wellness and life skills; the arts; character and leadership development; and sports, fitness and recreation.
    All families enrolled with CYS are eligible for the programs, Bradke said. Camp fees are based on CYS fee policy, which is calculated by overall family income.
    For more information, call 684-3842.
    Harrold Youth Center
    Harrold Youth Center also has weekly summer camps for students in sixth- through 12th-grade.
    “HYC camps involve a lot of out-of-facility programming,” said Michelle Eastburn, HYC middle school team director. “Camps are targeted to youth who want to get out of the house and those whose parents work and prefer they are in an organized activity for the day.
    “Summer programming for tweens and teens provides a safe place for these kids to hand out,” she said. “Attending the summer program is a fantastic way to pursue new interests, improve skills and to make new friends. We feel we are providing peace of mind for parents so they can do their jobs to support the mission while we are providing a fun, enriching environment for their youth.”
    Camp themes include Wild Adventure May 27-31; Anything Goes June 3-7; Real Genius June 10-14; Peanuts and Cracker Jacks June 17-21; Bon Appetit June 24-28; Lost July 2-6; Campers vs. Counselors July 8-12; Beat the Heat July 15-19; Imagine That July 22-26; The Wild July 29 through Aug. 2; and Splish-Splash Aug. 5-9.
    Example activities include day trips to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun in Kansas City, Mo; Kansas City Royals games; the Prairie Education Center in Olathe, Kan.; the Cedar Cove Feline Conservation and Education Center in Louisburg, Kan.; the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.; horseback riding and a zipline. There is also open recreation from 1-6 p.m. every day with extended hours on the weekend.
    Students in eighth- through 12th-grade will also have an opportunity for camping and rafting on the Niangua River in Missouri.
    “Harrold Youth Center has offered summer programming for many years, but we always try to update our activities and themes to make them exciting and fun for our campers,” Eastburn said. “We have a core group of youth who are signed up for the entire summer and our staff works hard to have exciting things to do every day. We want the youth to want to attend every day to make new friends and have fun.”
    Page 3 of 3 - HYC fees are based on total family income ranging from $30 to $150 per week. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and a snack as well as entrance fees to field trip activities and all transportation. Day trips and teen adventure trips have separate fees. Patrons should be registered through CYS Parent Central. For more information, call 684-5118.
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