Southcentral Kentucky is rife with summer camp opportunities for children of all ages.
While most local programs are day camps, Camp Joy at 300 Main Cross St. in Brownsville provides youngsters with a sleepaway camp experience.
Camp director John Evans said the camp offers activities like swimming, 9-hole disc golf, soccer and hiking.
“We just have church camp-style,” he said. “It’s fun activities and high energy.”
Through it all, the Bible’s teachings remain the camp’s central focus, Evans said.
“Our vision here is just to see kids come to Christ. It’s what we’re called to do,” he said.
Camp Joy will host a range of sleepaway summer camp events in coming months.
First Kiddie Camp on June 7-8, which is intended for children from kindergarten to third grade, is the first such offering of the season.
The full schedule of camp events, which includes a week for high school students from June 23-27 and a middle school week from June 30 to July 4, is available at campjoybaptist.com. Parents can register their children on the same website.
Each weeklong camp costs $165 per camper.
In the Russellville area, children interested in the dramatic arts will have the opportunity to pursue that passion at two Russellville Arts Council Camps.
Council President Larry Vaught said the first day camp is for second- through fifth-graders and is scheduled for June 3-7 at the deGraffenried Auditorium at Russellville High School.
The children involved with the camp, which runs every day from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., will rehearse a musical version of “101 Dalmatians,” with a final performance at 7 p.m. June 7.
A separate camp dedicated to putting on a performance of “Oklahoma!” is available for students from sixth grade to graduating high school seniors, Vaught said.
“It gives them a chance to put on their boots and cowboy hats and have a rip-roaring good time,” he said.
The camp for older students meets at the deGraffenried Auditorium from June 24-29 and will perform the musical at 7 p.m. June 28 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 29, Vaught said.
Parents can register their children for the camps by bringing them to the auditions, which will be 6 p.m. May 14 and May 16 at the high school for both camps.
Vaught said each camp costs $25 per child.
Three camps in Franklin that are coordinated through Simpson County Schools’ Community Education will focus on teaching children endeavors like programming, cooking and gardening.
Robin Hollingsworth, the district’s community education director, said the district’s Aquabots camp will teach children how to program aquatic Lego robots.
Hollingsworth said the camp’s projects will teach children to program robots as well as work through the scientific method.
“It’s teaching them to have patience and persevere,” she said. “This is a fun camp that, though the kids don’t realize it, they’re learning how to overcome problems.”
The camp is open to fifth- through eighth-graders and costs $50 per child, Hollingsworth said.
The Aquabots camp meets each day from June 10-13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Edge Academy on Franklin-Simpson High School’s campus, she said.
The district will host a cooking and art camp from July 9-11 and a cooking and gardening projects camp from July 30 through Aug. 1 at the high school, Hollingsworth said.
Both camps are for second- through fourth-graders, cost $50 per child and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, she said.
Glasgow Parks & Recreation will host its Summer Day Camp through much of June and July.
Parks Director Eddie Furlong said the department will host the five-day camp beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion Park.
The camp offerings in June are for children 5 to 7 years old and the ones in July are for 8- to 10-year-olds, he said.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided, Furlong said.
“We partnered with (Glasgow Independent Schools) and they provide breakfast and lunch for us throughout,” he said.
During the camp, the children will swim at the city pool and take field trips to Dairy Queen for ice cream, Ralphie’s Fun Center and the Marquee Cinemas movie theater, Furlong said.
The camp will include appearances from members of the Glasgow Fire Department and the Barren River Animal Welfare Association, Furlong said.
Registration costs $48, though discounts are available for parents with multiple children, he said.
Parents must register their children in person at the parks office at 309 S. Liberty St. in Glasgow, he said.
The Butler County Cooperative Extension Service will host two camps, each dedicated to teaching children about arts and crafts, from photography to sewing to woodworking.
Lloyd Saylor, the Butler County extension agent for 4-H, said the camps are intended for children 6 and up and meet at the extension office on 102 Parkway Lane in Morgantown.
“They’re going to both be very similar, with kids doing projects and activities, but they’re going to be different projects and activities,” he said of the two camps.
The first camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 28-30, though parents can drop their children off as early as 8 a.m., Saylor said.
At this camp, the projects will involve making birdhouses, woodburning, acrylic painting, sewing a pair of pants and grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.
The second camp, which is for the same age group and meets June 25-27, will feature leatherworking, cooking spaghetti, sauce and biscuits and a group project that involves building a picnic table that folds into a bench, he said.
Both camps will also teach the basics of photography, Saylor said, adding that the lessons cover concepts like composition and lighting and are accessible to children with cellphones, tablets and small digital cameras.
“We want to teach basic skills to the kids,” he said.
The cost for each camp is $35 per child or $20 to send a child to a single day of one of the camps, Saylor said.
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