Summer camps: Keep the children active and engaged |

Summer camps: Keep the children active and engaged

Thursday through Monday, July through Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Parents can enjoy a guilt-free round of golf, day of mountain biking, or shopping in the Village at Northstar with Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort’s summer program for children ages 4 – 12. The Kid’s Adventure Program offers a fun, interactive learning experience through nature hikes, games and activities.andamp;#8226; Chipmunks (ages 4-6), hiking adventure and discovery along the West Martis Creek Loop or Sunset Loop Trail.andamp;#8226; Bears (ages 7-12), hiking adventure and discovery along the West Martis Creek Loop, Sunset Loop Trail, Crossover to Zephyr or Sawmill Trail.Cost $69 for the entire day, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. includes lunch and snacks. Lunch will be served at the mid-mountain Chilly Peppers at 12:30 p.m. with kid-friendly fare. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Parents can register their child by phone at (800) GO-NORTH or in person on the morning of between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. at Tickets and Season Pass Office.

Two week-long sessions, July 19-23 and July 26-30, ages 4-14, camps operated by Gateway Mountain Center. Gateway Mountain Center programs balance field science instruction, hiking, and reflection. We emphasize active learning that is cooperative, fun, and provocative. Destinations are chosen by our staff to illustrate themes and concepts and to provide a meaningful outdoor experience. Group safety; trail conditions, group cooperation and fitness levels are taken into account in determining a day’s activities. Days on the trail will include natural history learning activities and games, team building exercises, and journaling and reflection time. The core activities are rounded out with nature games, art, sensitizing and reflection activities, and journaling.Explore Nature, ages 4-6, $410 per child, week-long session.Adventures in Nature, ages 7-10, $435 per child, week-long session.Mountain Adventures, ages 11-14, $465 per child, two different themes for the different weeks. Visit

A tried and true summer tradition is Camp Skylandia. A summer day camp offered by the Tahoe City Public Utility District, Department of Parks and Recreation. Tahoe City has offered Camp Skylandia for more than 25 years, a day camp that runs eight weeks during the summer. Located in Skylandia Park, in Lake Forest just east of Tahoe City, right on the lake with a forest and a beautiful meadow for the playground. Everyday offers arts and crafts, sports and games in a wonderful outdoor environment. Start off the day with a campfire circle, where all the campers and counselors sing and play games and do very silly skits to get to know each other. Then break off into groups according to ages which range from 3 years to 14 years of age. Bambi Buckaroos: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the ages are 3.5-5, this program includes mini-hikes, cooking, nature awareness, crafts, beach play, singing and fun.Kinder Kamp: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., entering or continuing kindergarten. Camp includes: Recreational activities including hiking, swimming, nature exploration, crafts, beach play, singing, games and field trips.Camp Skylandia: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., grades 1-5. Large group games, arts and crafts, weekly field trips, beach time and creative weekly special events. Counselor in Training Program, CIT: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., grades 6-9. Designed for those campers who are interested in becoming Junior Counselors. They will help with the other counselors in assisting with games and arts and crafts. The CIT’s also plan the special event on Friday. Most of our counselors are returning campers and would love to share their fun experiences of fond childhood memories of Tahoe with other children. Please call Rideout Community Center for more information (530) 583-3440 ext. 14 or visit Forms are available at under the Parks and Recreation tab’s register page.

Wondering what there is for tweens and young teens this summer? Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District’s Camp Radical offers action packed outdoor adventures geared for kids entering grades 6-10 in the fall. Each week has a theme with related activities. Camp Rad is a travel camp, which means we go different places daily. Activities include everything from white water rafting to rock climbing, kayaking to skateboarding, waterparks to the Lake Tahoe Environmental Center, and overnights. Our highlighted overnight trips this year are: Whitewater rafting and camping on the American River and goldpanning where gold was discovered in California, 6 Flags in Vallejo with a tour of the jelly belly factory and a stop in Old Sac on the way home, Giants game in SF with a visit to China Town and Fisherman’s Wharf and Kayak Intensive week with our overnight boat-in only camp for fishing, swimming, exploring and paddling. Camp Rad is the place to be for fun and adventure outdoors in the Tahoe Sierra this summer! Trained and certified staff brings their expertise in the outdoors, outdoor education, recreation and safety to create memorable experiences for our kids. Flexible sign ups allow you to sign up for a week, several days a week or whatever fits your schedule. Scholarship money for this program is raised through TDRPD’s annual andamp;#8220;Don’t Laugh with your Mouth Fullandamp;#8221; Comedy night. Basic descriptions of all summer camp programs are online at in the current spring summer brochure. Be sure to pick up camp registration packets available May 10. Camp Rad pre-registration opens May 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road. Open registration begins May 17. The Truckee andamp;#8211; Donner Recreation and Park District is offering a day camp adventure for kids entering first through fifth grades. This camp is called Camp Trudaca. Camp Trudaca takes place at the Regional Park and begins June 21 and goes until Aug. 20. Camp days and hours are Monday through Friday 7:15-6 p.m. Registration for Camp Trudaca is Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Community Recreation Center. Call 582-7720 for more info or visit at

Ages 6+ (co-ed). My Playground is pleased to announce the extremely popular summer Gymnastics Camps for children ages 6+. See what all the fun is about. Your child will learn new and exciting skills quickly and have an amazing time. Sign up early andamp;#8230; camps fill fast! Children work on body positions, stretches, flexibility, balance, strength, floor (tumbling), climbing rope, bar, vault, beam, rings and trampoline. Curriculum and instruction follow the USA Gymnastics Levels 1 – 4 and USAG Safety Guidelines.Skills include: cartwheel, head stand, hand stand (with walk, forward roll), vault to handstand, press handstand, round off-rebound, straddle hang, forward and backward rolls (floor and beam), dive rolls, back extension roll, straddle jump, tuck jump, seat drop, tree fall, bridge (kick over), back walkover, kick walk, bear walk, scale, pivot turn, re-grips, pull over, cast and back hip circle. Level 3-4 skills include: front walk over, front limber, stride/mill circle, cast sole circle, kip intro, back/front handspring, round off andamp;#8211; back handspring, cartwheels on beam.Camp includes gymnastics, crafts, team-building, nutrition education, lots of fun and more. The week ends with a final demonstration presentation for family and friends on Friday. A swim option will be available most afternoons 1:30-2:30 p.m. with transportation provided to high school pool and talented coaches like Debbie Meyer, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and head of Tahoe-Truckee Swim Team. Details coming soon (specific dates andamp; additional cost TBD)!Dates and Details:Level 1-2 (ages 6+ co-ed): July 12 – 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, gymnastics coaches Todd Tanis, Lindy Miller, Laura Bronstone Level 3-4 (ages 9+ co-ed): July 26 – 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, gymnastics coaches Yasuko Saito, Lindy Miller, Laura BronstoneLevel 1-2 (ages 6+ co-ed): Aug. 9 – 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, gymnastics coaches, Todd Tanis, Lindy Miller, Laura Bronstone Camp tuition $275 for the week, additional swim option cost TBD, My Playground, Pioneer Commerce Center, Truckee. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot as soon as possible. Call 587-7404,

Visit or call 587-KIDS (5437) for information.Weaving and Textile CreationsJuly 5andamp;#8211;9, 1:30-5 p.m., $175, ages 8+, teacher Kim Krengel. Learn loom weaving, knitting and how to make a variety of textile creations! Materials included.Jewelry and MetalworkJuly 19- 23, 1:30-4 p.m., cost: $165, ages 10+, teacher Mary Guerra, professional jeweler. Students will explore basic metal forging including stamping, texturing, and riveting to create mixed media metal pendants using resin, found objects, and semi- precious stones. Students will learn the ancient art form of Kumihimo braiding. During this workshop we will construct earrings, bracelet, and/or necklace using a variety of assembly techniques.Sierra Watershed ScienceSession 1 July12-16; Session II July 26 -30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $175, ages children entering third through sixth grade no exceptions, teacher Jan Ellis, visits to a variety of watersheds. A favorite outdoor exploration camp where students hike local watersheds and learn about the animals, water purity, and botany providing them with interesting science observations skills. Transportation required.Farm CampMonday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon, $100 a session, ages: 4-6, teacher Christy Mond. Camp held at different location, Shaw Farm, Community Garden etc.Hands-on exploration and investigation of farming, growing, composting, natural plants, hikes etc. Your child will be inspired to learn through creative play and discovery. Please bring snack, water bottle and a sun hat. Transportation required.Session I: July 12-15, Plants, Dirt and WormsSession II: July 26-29, Bugs and BeesSession III: Aug. 2- 5, Vegetable GardensSession 1V: Aug. 16-19, Farms and Animals

Locals get 20 percent discount. Got Music andamp; More, a Truckee-based noprofit, will offer four separate music camps this summer through the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. Called andamp;#8220;Summer Jams Camps andamp;#8212; Hot Music Learning for Youth,andamp;#8221; each camp will have its own focus, theme and activities, and will be taught by professional musicians and teachers at the Community Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Need-based partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to use towards the $245 fee. A minimum of 12 and maximum of 20 students will be enrolled. A limited number of instruments are available; please bring your own instrument or borrow one if possible. Bring your lunch each day, too. Learning materials will be provided. For more information visit You may also contact the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District at 582-7720 or Colleen Jackson at or (530) 308-5053. Are you an intermediate to advanced level music student, looking for an opportunity to use your experience in a helpful way? Please consider participating in any of the music camps below as a andamp;#8220;Musical Mentor.andamp;#8221; You can assist the instructors, gain valuable experience and make a musical difference in someone’s life. Also, instruments in good condition are needed for aspiring music students. If you have a guitar, keyboard or drums you would like to donate, please contact Colleen Jackson at or 308-5053. You may also check out Got Music’s website at 12-16: andamp;#8220;Give Yourself A Handandamp;#8221; (ages 11 and up) Learn music basics and enjoy applying that knowledge on each of four instruments: piano, guitar, drums and voice.July 26-30: andamp;#8220;Gettin’ It Together andamp;#8220; (ages 7 and up) Ensemble playing in various flavors of fun. Includes personalized coaching on piano, guitar, drums and/or voice, and interactive musical performances. Aug. 9-13: andamp;#8220;Making Your Musical Masterpiecesandamp;#8221; (age parameters open, contact Colleen for more info) Creating songs that effectively communicate your message and discovering ways to andamp;#8220;frameandamp;#8221; them with a musical arrangement. Includes creative lyric-writing activities and in-depth analysis of popular songs.

The Incline Village General Improvement District parks and recreation department will begin its Xtreme Teen program from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The teen program offers adventure trips to exciting outdoor areas for six Tuesdays this summer leaving from the Incline Recreation Center. Other adventures include Yuba River Pools, kayaking at South Lake and Angora Lake, Geocaching at Northstar and river rafting. The program is for ages 11 to 16 and the cost for each adventure is $49 or $39 with an IVGID pass. To register go online to, call (775) 832-1310 or stop at the Recreation Counter.

Summer has never been so much fun for ages 6 andamp;#8211; 15 years old. T Pots Pottery is offering art-intensive summer camps with fun and creative art projects that relate to the specific weekly theme using different art forms and mediums. The emphasis will be in ceramics; wheel throwing and handbuilding kids will also be doing other art forms including encaustics, fused glass, mosaics and more! Camp meets Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – noon. Snacks will be served each day. Friday will end the camp with pizza for campers at 11 a.m. and an art show featuring camperandamp;#8217;s projects which parents, family and friends are invited to attend from 11:30 a.m.-noon.andamp;#8226; July 26 andamp;#8211; 30, Me and My Roomandamp;#8226; Aug. 2 – 6, Peace, Love andamp; Potteryandamp;#8226; Aug. 9 andamp;#8211; 13, Keeping Tahoe Green andamp;#8226; Aug. 16 andamp;#8211; 20, Me and My RoomPeace, Love andamp; Pottery: We will be doing some really andamp;#8220;groovyandamp;#8221;, fun clay and art projects related to the 60s and 70s such as peace signs, tie die, graffiti, flower power and more!Keeping Tahoe Green: This week is all about nature; animals, trees, water and recycling. Many of the projects will include andamp;#8220;found objectsandamp;#8221; and embellishing with recycled items.Me and My Room: Extreme Makeover: Room Edition. This week weandamp;#8217;ll concentrate on projects for our bedrooms; desk items, wall plaque, night light and much more.Ten percent discount for all registrations when multiple students sign up together. Call 559-9773.

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