School’s out —now what?

Summer camps, clinics sure to keep kids busy
By: Compiled Loryll Nicolaisen
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Kids have a lot of free time on their hands for the next couple months. Now that school’s out for summer, many parents are likely scrambling to figure out how to occupy their kids’ open schedules. Between camps, clubs and clinics, there are quite a few programs in the upcoming weeks sure to keep boys and girls busy and happy. Auburn Recreation District “We’ve got oodles of stuff,” Sheryl Petersen, recreation services manager, said of the Auburn Recreation District’s summer youth programs. Robalos, ARD’s community recreational swim team, is still taking sign-ups. The team’s competitive season was scheduled to begin June 13, but that doesn’t mean young swimmers can’t still sign up. Cost is $155 for a two-month program. Swim lessons, in both individual and group form, are available throughout the summer. Group sessions for everyone 3 and older run Monday-Thursday and are $48 per session for residents. Parent-and-tot lessons, for children 1-3, are available during the same time slots. Many time frames and dates are available throughout the summer. Private lessons are available June 15 through Aug. 29 and are $98 for residents. Outside of the pool, ARD offers a multitude of youth programs, everything from Wee Chefs cooking classes to LEGO programs, and sports camps for everything from karate to gymnastics. For the older crowd, ARD also has Teen Night Out parties planned throughout the summer, including a pool party and music 7-10 p.m. July 11 at the Sierra Pool, a sport festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at Recreation Park and Movie in the Park 8:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Recreation Park. To view ARD’s complete summer lineup, and to sign the kids up, see Learn more by calling (530) 885-8461 or by stopping by the Auburn Recreation District, 123 Recreation Drive. Creative Endeavors Creative Endeavors, a children’s arts and crafts studio located at 802 Lincoln Way, has a summer calendar packed with camps for children ages 3-6 and 6-12 on up. Pre-school camps are $65 per three-day session, and school-age camps are $100 per four-day session. Not into that much commitment? Creative Endeavors also offers Friday Art Clubs, starting June 19 and continuing through July 24. The club, open to everyone 4 and older, is held from 2-3:30 p.m. Fridays and focuses on a different theme each week. Pre-registration is required at $15 per class. Sign up for all six weeks and save $10. Call (530) 886-8986 or see www.auburncreative for more information. Placer Arts Placer Arts is also jumping on the summer camp train, offering a handful of programs at the Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way. Camps for children age 9-16 include “Crazy Clay Figures and Pop Art Portraits” 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6-10 ($255) and “Feathered Friends Frenzy” 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 5 and 7. Camps for kids ages 10-16, all held 9 a.m. to noon, include “Mediterranean Week” July 13-17, “Southwest Week” July 20-24 and “Modern Art Week” Aug. 10-14. These camps, which cost $425, focus on literature and writing as well as art. RSVP by e-mail at or by calling (916) 208-6803. Placer Nature Center Children ages 6-12 are encouraged to explore their inner scientists during Footsteps to Summer Fun Day Camp at Placer Nature Center. In four sessions, the nature center will be full of small “nature detectives” participating in puppet shows, face painting, games, crafts and nature investigations. Activities are led by local teen volunteers who love to share nature with children, under the guidance of the Center’s staff and trained adult volunteers and docents. Each of the four weeklong camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Camp fees are $75 per week for members of Placer Nature Center and $85 per week for the general public. The first session, “Geology Rocks,” is full, but still open are “Howlers,” held June 22-26; “Water Wizards,” held July 6-10; and “Wings,” held July 13-17. Learn more by calling (530) 878-6053 or by visiting www.placer Placer Nature Center is located at 3700 Christian Valley Road. Youth Rocketry program 4-H shoots for the moon with a series of rocket camps this summer. First up is “4-H Rocket Camp,” open to youth 9 and older. Come learn the basics of rocketry during a week of fun and adventure. You will learn the exciting world of model rocketry and rocket science, how to build and launch your very own model rocket, choosing the right rocket to fit your needs, design your rocket, and the basics of launch site safety. The first session will be held 9-11:30 a.m. June 15-19, and the second session will be held 9-11:30 a.m. July 27-31. Both sessions will be held at E.V. Cain Middle School, 150 Palm Ave., and cost $25. Take it higher with the Team America Rocketry Challenge Day Camp, which will be held July 27-Aug. 7. This camp is open to students in grades 7-12. Are you interested in participating in next year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge — a national contest to compete for $60,000 in scholarship money? Receive instruction on every aspect of how to build the mid-power rockets needed to compete, learn how to choose the best engine, receive training on the Rocksim computer program to design your model rocket and run flight simulations, and compete in a mini Rocketry Challenge. The 10-day camp will be held 12:30-3:30 p.m. July 27-31, and 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 3-7. This camp will also be held at E.V. Cain, and costs $50. For more information or registration forms, visit or call (530) 889-7386. Scholarships are available.