More than just a day camp |

More than just a day camp

What started as a way to keep kids busy in the summer has blossomed into a popular summer camp with waiting lists.

Offered every week in the summer, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District’s summer camps are designed to “keep kids active and let them have fun,” said TDRPD’s Dan O’Gorman.

“We want to introduce them to a variety of sports they may not normally have offered to them,” he said.

That not only includes typical sports like basketball, baseball and football, but also archery, climbing, kayaking and golf.

The camp started nine years ago and now includes nine variety camps and a handful of specialty camps including Wolverine football camp, girls’ softball camp and separate boys’/girls’ basketball camps.

O’Gorman said participants are called upon to give input on which sports were more fun to help hone the next year’s schedule.

The camps are open to boys and girls 9-13, and O’Gorman said a recent influx of girls to the camps only serves to underscore the variety of sports offered every week.

He said a girls’-only sports camp at the end of July has been full for a while and even has a waiting list of 10 girls.

The camps are typically limited to 14 participants each day (campers can sign up for an entire week or individual days), mainly due to transportation. Campers meet at the Truckee River Regional Park and are taken by van to other venues.

Camps cost $55 per week and run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We try to send them home tired,” said O’Gorman.

A volleyball camp is on tap July 6-9, followed by basketball camps July 12-16.

“The main thing is having fun,” he said. “This is an introduction to see if kids can find a sport the really like and want to take to the next level.”

For information or registration, call 582-7720.

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