While it may still be cold and snowy out, it's never too early to start thinking about summer camps.
Starting on June 24, camp will open at the Indian Valley Family YMCA in Ellington. The YMCA Web site is showing several different options to keep kids of all ages busy this summer.
The traditional camp – for children in kindergarten through grade eight – will feature swimming, games, arts and crafts, and science and nature. The children will be broken into three groups by age.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and there are eight sessions throughout the summer.
Also being offered are preschool specialty camps for children ages three through five. Each day, the children will experience games, arts and crafts, stories, and nature and exploration. Each week, the campers will experience a new theme.
These programs run from 9 a.m. until noon each weekday, and there are also eight different sessions of the program.
Two new camps are being held this year.
One is that Jam Band Specialty Camp for kids ages 12 through 18. During this camp, the children will learn the ins and outs of being part of a rock band. Bring your instrument! Swimming and other camp activities will also take place during this week. This camp is not designed for beginner musicians. That camp will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the final session of the summer.
Another new camp is the soccer camp for children ages eight through 14. Children will perfect their skills, make friends, and have fun at the camp. This week-long camp will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the final session of the summer.
Also being offered this summer are the Yankee Trails programs.
The traditional camp – for ages six through 13 – will include swimming, arts and crafts, archery, boating, outdoor cooking, sports and games, nature activities, music, and drama. Children will be separated into three groups according to age. There are eight one-week sessions for this program.
In addition, there will be Leaders in Training camps for those aged 14 and 15. This program is for young people who are interested in having fun, playing with children, and learning how to be a leader, and possibly a counselor.
For more details, fees, and deadlines, check out the YMCA’s Web site.