Still time for summer camps

If the children are climbing the walls now that school is out, it isn’t too late to find something to keep them busy. Summer camp options abound in the area and many of them are still taking registrations.

“We do still have some openings because we are a flexible camp,” said Kathy Bartlett, director of Betsey’s Learning Tree. “People can choose to attend certain days or any of our theme weeks.”

The camp is open to children ages 5 to 12 and some of the activities include a trip to the Marietta College television station, the annual July 4th walking parade downtown, a talent show and a visit to the planetarium.

There is also a possibility to get children into Ely Chapman’s Sensational Summer Camp, but executive director Alice Chapman said to contact the organization to find out for sure.

“We sometimes have spaces open up so people can still register but they should call us to get put on the list,” she said. Children participate in social and learning activities and daily exercise, including swimming. There is also financial assistance available.

If traditional summer camp is not what you are looking for, Washington State Community College is offering two specialized camps in an effort to get children interested in various fields.

Manufacturing Camp will be held July 21 through 25 for children ages 12 to 14 at a cost of $50.

“The objective of this new camp is to get participants into the local factories to see what opportunities there are,” said Brenda Kornmiller, Dean of Business, Engineering, Industrial Technologies and Workforce Development. “There are really a lot of good paying jobs and I think it will be an eye-opening experience to tour these facilities and see what goes on.”

The Criminal Justice Youth Academy will be held for the fourth year June 23 through 26 and there are very limited spaces left out of the 25 available, but John Burdette, Director of the Center for Public Safety Training, said he would like to get the word out to youth who might be interested in learning about all fields of Criminal Justice.

“We send these brochures out to high school guidance counselors in the region and the thrust of this is for people who think they might have an interest in the huge field of criminal justice to both have fun and get a taste (of what it is),” he said.

Burdette said participants will be able to see demonstrations from the Ohio Highway Patrol, the Washington County Sheriff’s department’s Special Response Team and take a trip to London, Ohio to visit the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

“It’s all free and is funded through Ohio College Tech Prep,” he said.

The camp is open for students entering grades 9 through 12 and all new applicants are taken every year. Organizers hope to take the program even further in the future.

“My hope is that eventually this grows into a residential camp over a couple days where students can learn many different aspects of criminal justice,” Burdette said.

Marietta College is offering several sports camps, including baseball, women’s and men’s basketball, football youth skills, soccer, softball and volleyball.

“These camps are available to everyone and they are all held on the Marietta College campus throughout the summer,” according to Jeff Schaly, Assistant Athletic Director.

“Some of them are for people who are already involved in a sport but some of the others, like the basketball and soccer day camps are open to anyone.”