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Summer Kids 2014

Summer Kids 2014

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 Your Guide to Summer Camps and Family Fun
An advertising supplement to the Sunday News | March 9, 2014
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Summer Camps
Ephrata recCenter
130 South Academy Dr.Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 738-1167 
Hempfield recCenter
950 Church StreetLandisville, PA 17538
(717) 898-3102 
Lititz recCenter
301 West Maple StreetLititz, PA 17543
(717) 626-5096 
Camps & Playground Programs for All Ages!Sports & Specialty Camps, Theme Camps, Swimming & More!
 For more information, visit 
Register Today! Space is limited!
Conveniently located near the intersection of Rt. 30, 222 and Oregon Pike
Sing, Act, Dance,
 Lancaster’s Premier Performing Arts Studio offers
Summer Camps
 for performers of all ages and experience levels.
With a little help from the camp  professionals at the American Camp Association, here’s some sound advice that helps parents sort through the choices and benefits that camp delivers. As spring approaches, parents and children can look forward to planning for the future — a future that includes the opportunities for exploration and discovery that arrives with summer camp.
How to Decide When Your Child is Ready for Camp
Children are ready for new experiences at different stages. Parents know their children best and these questions can help gauge whether this is the summer your child will start camp.
 What is your child’s age?
Children under age seven may not adjust easily to being away from home. Consider the day camp experience to prepare them for future overnight camp.
How did your child become interested in camp?
Does your child talk about camp on a sustained basis? How much persuasion is necessary?
Has your child had positive overnight experiences away from home?
Visiting relatives or friends? Were these separations easy or difficult?
 What does your child expect to do at camp?
Learning about the camp experience ahead of time allows you to create  positive expectations.
 Are you able to share consistent and positive messages about camp?
Your confidence in a positive experience will be contagious.
 A Camp for Every Child The Perfect Fit
Camp can last for just a few days or stretch to all summer long. It’s well worth the trouble to investigate the variety of choices offered by camps before your child packs a backpack. These questions help you consider the options.
Near or Far?
Where do you want your child to go to camp? Locally or far away? While each camp experience has something unique to offer your child, this is an opportunity for families to assess what they value for their campers.
Originally printed in CAMP Magazine, reprinted with permission of the American Camp Association.
Finding right camp
ou are considering a summer camp, but how to choose? There’s a camp that is ideally suited for every child, providing a summer of growth and fun whether your child attends a day or overnight camp, a specialized or traditional camp.
Questions? We have the answers!
Send your questions  to our panel of child care professionals
 Ask an Expert at LancMoms.com
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Summer may seem like its miles away, but it’s not too early to begin making plans for summer fun for the kids. Exploring the offerings at local rec centers is a great place to start.Lititz recCenter will again offer a large variety of preschool and youth summer camps for kids ages 3 to 12 years old. Program director Amy Howett said that there will be weekly sports camps, activity camps, preschool themed camps, art camps and specialty camps.“Last year we offered two new specialty camps that turned out to be very popular—the American Girl camp and a Just for Boys camp. Since they really went over well, we’ll offer them again this  year,” she said.The American Girl camp focuses on a different historical American Girl doll each day as well as the modern day American Girls. Crafts, games and swimming are included in the activities, and the  week ends with a tea party.The Just for Boys camp includes all “boy” activities such as Nerf Zone, Flag Football, dodgeball and making boats to float at the Lititz Springs Park. The  week includes a day at Camp Shand in Cornwall  with hiking, canoeing and archery.The preschool camp for 3-5 year olds has summer themes such as Ocean Week, Camping Fun Week and Summer Science & Nature. Art camps will be offered for children ages 6-8 and 9-12. Creativity and talent will be explored through working with a variety of art mediums and exploring new techniques in a fun and stimulating environment. Howett indicated that all Camps and programs are open to everyone, not just members or Lititz residents. lititzrec.com.Ephrata recCenter offers 11-weeks of summer fun for kids ages 6 to 11. Jean Wentz, marketing/membership coordinator, said that Summer Kidz Kamp features swimming, crafts, field trips, special events, games and much more with professional staff in a structured setting. It’s held Monday through Friday from mid-June through mid-August, and parents may opt for daily or weekly registration.Ephrata recCenter also hosts a summer recreation program that’s sponsored by Ephrata and Akron boroughs and Clay Township and is free to residents of those municipalities. Wentz said that Ephrata Township does partly fund the program, so its residents can participate at half of the non-resident rate. Programs include swimming lessons, week-long nature programs, sports clinics, and specialty camps such as craft and art camps. ephratarec.com. The Hempfield Rec Center (HARC) offers a wide variety of summer programs for kids and the family. Offerings include dance lessons, Tae Kwon Do, basketball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball sports camps and HARC’s day camp, playground, and pre-school playground programs. Aquatics and SCUBA lessons are also offered, as well as special events such as a family movie night in July. Laura Dalton, director of communications, said HARC offers tennis clinics and camps. In July HARC will again be part of the nationwide United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) program; locations include Hempfield Rec Center, Mountville Park, Amos Herr Park, and East Petersburg Park. Dalton said that NJTL shares a commitment to positive youth development, the importance of education, and tennis as a lifetime sport. hempfieldrec.com.
~ Rochelle Shenk,
Local rec centers offer variety of summer camps and activities

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