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It's time for summer camp

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Features Editor
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Summer is the perfect time to be a kid. Now that school’s out, the next couple months are wide open, and therefore the prime time for adventure. There’s still plenty of time to register for tons of local summer-camp programs. Placer Nature Center The Placer Nature Center kicked off its summer program with this week’s Flutterbys camp, during which campers ages 6-12 get to learn about bugs, bugs and more bugs. The center offers six weeks of five-day camps, each with a different theme — following weeks focus on geology, mammals, astronomy and water. All camps run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday and are open to boys and girls ages 6-12. “It’s outdoor, it’s fun and educational, it’s close to home and lots of fun,” said Traci Stevens, Placer Nature Center volunteer coordinator. Each session is $85 per camper, or $75 for Placer Nature Center members. Scholarships are available. The Placer Nature Center is located at 3700 Christian Valley Road in Auburn. Call (530) 878-6053 or see www.placernaturecenter.org for information or to register. Boys & Girls Club of Auburn The Boys & Girls Club of Auburn is putting the final plans in place for seven weeks of structured summer programs. “Everything that we’re doing has a learning focus,” said Jana Iversen, Boys & Girls Club’s director of programs and training. “It’s all fun but there’s a specific outcome we’re working toward.” The first week starts Monday, and each weeklong program runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mullin & McAdams Clubhouse, 679 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Camp costs $60 per week. Themes include “Outdoor Adventures,” “Stars and Stripes,” “Island Tropics,” “Reality TV,” “Explore and Create,” “Compete and Contend” and “Hurray for Hollywood.” Summer Clubhouse hours, during which time all members are welcome, are from 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Teen Center is also open to all members ages 13-18 from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost to become a member is $10. Call (530) 889-2273 or see www.bgc-auburn.org to learn more. Auburn Recreation District The Auburn Recreation District’s Summer Activity Guide is packed with a variety of youth classes, camps and clinics, offering everything from swim lessons to 16th century pirate swordplay. There’s still plenty of time to find something for every youngster in the family, said Manouch Shirvanioun, Auburn Recreation District marketing and customer service manager. “All across the board, all the sessions still have availability through the summer,” he said. Auburn Recreation District also offers Discovery Summer Day Camp, a summer-long program open to kids ages 6-12. Parents who pre-register can pay $28 per full day, which runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., or $20 for one of the half-day sessions, which run 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30-6 p.m. Drop-in fees increase by $2, with $30 for full day and $22 for half day. A registration fee of $25 per family is also required. Camp continues through Aug. 13. Call (530) 885-8461 or see www.auburnrec.com to learn more.