Posted On: April 15th
Kids can learn, play and explore during Volusia County’s summer camps, which will be offered at 20 sites.
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Parks, Recreation and Culture
The county’s recreation program is offering eight weeks of supervised activities, sports, crafts and field trips for children ages 5 to 15. The camps will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 10 through Aug. 2. The cost is $65 per week plus a one-time $15 registration fee. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 and June 1 at each site. For more information, please call 386-736-5953.
Marine Science Center
Get ready for an exciting summer of exploration and adventure at the Marine Science Center, which is offering 10 camps for ages 6 through 16. Activities include seine netting, eco walks, exploring the estuary, fishing, and canoing, reptile and live raptor encounters, feeding stingrays, and more. For a complete list of camps and prices, click here.
The Clown-Tastics camps at the Deltona Regional Library and Port Orange Regional Library are sold out.
Lyonia Environmental Center
Children can experience the wonders of Volusia County through guided hikes, field studies and games at Lyonia Environmental Center 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Participants will design a T-shirt, create crafts, and learn how they can help protect the environment. Each week will have a different theme. The cost is $65 per week plus a one-time $15 registration fee. Please call 386-789-7207, ext. 251, to register.
Camps for children ages 6 to 9 include:
Camps for children ages 10 to 13 include:
Volusia County’s 4-H clubs will sponsor an “Out of this world” residential summer camp from June 17 to 21 at 4-H Camp Ocala. Children who are 8 to 13 as of Sept. 1, 2012, are eligible. Youths ages 14 to 18 can apply for counselor positions. Activities include kayaking, swimming, archery, line dancing, fishing, sewing, crafts, outside games and environmental education. The $225 fee is due by June 7. Registration forms will be available in early April at www.volusia.org/4-h. For more information, call 386-822-5778.
Youths between 9 and 15 who are looking for an ocean breeze, sunshine and exercise might find an end to summertime boredom in the Junior Lifeguard Program. Tryouts for the popular program begin May 4.
The program, led by professional lifeguards, offers youths between 9 and 15 a chance to learn about water safety and first-aid techniques during week-long camps in June and July. Junior lifeguards also will participate in daily team relays involving surfboard paddling, swimming, running and beach flags.
According to Beach Services Director Mark Swanson, the camps can help to build self-confidence and prepare interested youths for work as lifeguards.
The Junior Lifeguard Program is not a “learn to swim” program. To qualify, junior lifeguards must be able to swim 100 yards within two minutes and 15 seconds, tread water for five minutes, and swim under water 10 feet.
Candidates must pass a physical skills test, which will be offered at these times:
Returning junior lifeguards do not have to take the physical skills test.
Candidates may register online at www.volusia.org/beach after passing the physical skills test. Tuition is due upon registration. The cost for a one-week camp is $150. Youths may enroll in one additional week for $125.
Camps will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at these locations:
For more information, contact the Volusia County Beach Patrol at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-547-0246.