Parks and Rec summer camp kicks off June 4

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 08:01
  • Empty swings at Birchwood ABC Elementary School May 26, 2017. The annual Eagle River Parks and Rec summer day camp is scheduled to kick off at the local elementary school June 4.

Featuring everything from outdoor field trips to hiking and biking, the annual Eagle River Parks and Recreation summer day camp is about to shift into full gear.

There are still a few spots left.

Held at Birchwood ABC Elementary School, the popular summer camp program takes place in weeklong sessions, from June 5 – August 11. As of May 26, the camp was almost completely full, with just a few spots remaining in weeks five and nine, according to park staff.

“We do take a wait list,” said Karen Richards, Eagle River Parks and Recreation manager.

The program is open to campers age 5-13. Divided by general age groups, they stay active with twice-a-week swimming at the Chugiak High School pool, geocaching, treasure hunting, a slip ‘n slide and trips to the Eagle River Nature Center, Eklutna Lake and beyond, Richards said. They learn about environmental stewardship and bear and moose awareness, and they assemble a float for the Bear Paw Festival parade. Of course there are plenty of excursions to local parks.

By the end of the summer, approximately 800 local campers will have gone through the park’s day camp.

“Both our counselors and our kids get very tired,” Richards said.

The summer day camp costs $170 per week per camper. For more information, to register or join a waiting list call Eagle River Parks and Recreation at 907-343-1500.

Contact reporter Kirsten Swann at [email protected]

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