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Summer camps offer Lodi kids fun, education and adventure

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Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009 10:00 pm

Do you get tired of your children saying, "I'm bored," during summer vacation? How about sending them to summer camp? A variety of camps, including day or over-night, offer learning experiences as well as fun activities and a chance for children to make friends. Here is a sprinkling of summer camps that are available.

Day camps

Micke Grove Zoo offers summer Zoofari Camps Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The camps are open to all children ages 4 to 11 and are divided by age level into groups up to 12. The camps include songs, games, crafts, activities, animal encounters, a trip to the zoo and a mid-morning snack.

Bug Buddies for children ages 4 to 6 runs from June 15 to 19 and July 13 to 17. Little ones will have arts and crafts activities and learning will be focused on caring for the little creatures.

Rainforest Rocks for children ages 4 to 6 runs from June 22 to 26 and July 20 to 24. Children will learn about the treasures and secrets of the rainforests. There will be crafts, animal demonstrations, games, activities and music.

Amphibian Detectives for children ages 4 to 6 runs from July 6 to 10 and July 27 to 31. Children will learn why amphibian populations are important around the globe. They will also learn how to protect these animals through live animal interactions.

Cool Conservationists for children ages 7 to 8 runs from June 15 to July 31 with no camp on July 4. Children will learn how to care for the environment through green recyclable art, energy conservation and awareness of endangered species.

Junior Zoo Keeper Program is for children ages 9 to 11 and will run June 15 to July 31, with no camp on July 4. Children will find out what it takes to be a zookeeper by learning about animal behavior and health, preparing animal diets and enrichment and working with exhibit maintenance.

The cost for these camps is $75 per session for family members of the Micke Grove Zoologicial Society and $85 for non-members. For more information, call 331-2010 or e-mail info@mgzoo.com.

Galt Parks and Recreation is offering Kids in the Park day camps for children ages 5 to 12 from June 29 to July 31. The camps run from 9 a.m. to noon each day and include snack time, recreational activities and arts and crafts set to different themes each week. Cost is $50. For more information, call 366-7180.

The tennis club at Twin Arbor Athletic Club will have day camps during the summer from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to paint, do crafts and play games from 7:30 a.m. to noon and then to swim every hour on the hour from noon to 5 p.m. For dates, cost and more information about activities, call 334-2993 after the second week of May.

San Joaquin Outdoor Education is offering San Joaquin Outdoor School, formerly known as science camp, for children in fifth and sixth grades. The camp, which has served students for over 50 years, focuses on environmental education. Students will go to either Camp Jones Gulch or Redwood Glen for five days and four nights to learn about the redwood forest, marsh and beach ecosystems. Activities and lessons include forest hikes to beach day, music social to coastal crash course and performing arts campfire to night hike. For more information, visit outdooreducation.sjcoe.org.

Lodi Parks and Recreation and Hutchins Street Square will be offering day camps Monday through Friday during the eight-week summer break. Children will alternate every two weeks between Lodi Lake and the site at Hutchins Street Square. While at the lake, children will have the opportunity to swim, have relay races and other outdoor activities. Arts and craft activities such as ceramics and painting will be offered at Hutchins Street Square. Field trips, which are optional, are held on Fridays. Some of them will include Raging Waters, Great America and Sun Splash. The camps are held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the field trips are held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If needed, there is an early bird drop-off at 7 a.m. Cost is $130 a week for Lodi residents and $140 for non-residents. Payment may be made all at once or weekly. For more information, call 333-6742 or 333-5511.

Overnight camps

The American Camping Association offers all-girl overnight camps as well as camps for both boys and girls and for at-risk boys and girls within a 55-mile radius.

Deer Crossing Camp Inc. in Mokelumne Hill offers one, two or four-week sessions for both boys and girls from ages 9 to 18 during the months of June through August. Some of the activities include aquatics, backpacking, camping skills, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, drama and music. Cost is about $800 per week. For more information, call 293-2328.

Camp Menzies in Arnold is for girls who are ages 7 to 17. Partial week or one week sessions are available from June through August. Emphasis is placed on self-esteem, team building and values. Some of the activities include aquatic, backpacking, camping skills, canoeing, leadership development, archery, arts and crafts, dance, drawing and music. Fees are $201 to $350, $351 to $500 or $501 to $650. Financial aid is also available. For more information, call (916) 638-4475.

Quest Camp in Alamo is for boys and girls from ages 6 to 18 who have behavioral problems, emotional problems, those at-risk and with Attention Deficit Disorder. Sessions are three, four, five, six, seven or week weeks from June through August. The camp helps children improve self-esteem and behavior and social skills. Some of the activities include arts and crafts, baseball, leadership development, team field sports and recreational swimming. Fees are $351 to $500 per week. For more information, call (925) 743-1370.

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