Our 8-week summer day camp series begins on Monday, June 4, and goes through Friday, July 27, 2018. Age range for this program is 7 years (or entering 2nd grade) through 12 years (or entering 6th grade). All camps meet at the Recreation Center, 920 Boulder Drive, with a maximum of 50 children accepted each week. Our staff/child ratio is 1:10. Each week is theme-based, and include a movie at the theatre on Monday afternoons, swimming (outdoors when weather permits) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, an area field trip on Wednesday afternoons, and roller skating on Friday afternoons. Fees include all activities, field trips, and a morning and afternoon snack. Each day, send your child with a sack lunch, water bottle, light jacket, sun screen, chapstick, and a hat to protect them from the sun. If your child is attending on swim days, don’t forget to send their swim suit, towel, and goggles!
Early Bird Registration for Summer Camps will be held on Thursday, April 19, 5:30 – 8:30p.m. Registrations are taken on a first come-first serve basis. To register, parents/guardians complete a Summer Camp enrollment form and photo consent form. Payment for each program week secures a space for that week. For each week, you will have three registration options: mornings (8am-12:30pm), afternoons (12:30-5p), or full-days (8am-5pm). Based on a sliding fee scale, mornings are $35, $50, or $65/wk. Afternoons are $35, $50, or $65/wk. Full-days are $75, $100, or $125/wk. Summer Camp will not be in session on Wednesday, July 4; the fee for this week has been pro-rated to reflect a 3-day week. You may register for every week, or choose individual weeks, but registrations are for full weeks; there is not an option to register for individual days. To be considered for the sliding fee scale, you must provide proof of income and a statement of household size at the time you submit the enrollment form. You will be billed the full fee until this information is provided.
1800’s Time Travel
Date: June 4-8
Hold onto your seats as we travel almost 200 years into the past! This week revolves around the 18th century with a focus on the settlement of Laramie. Campers will learn about the Westward Movement by building covered wagons and cabins, panning for gold, and making soap, butter, and rag dolls. Outdoor games will include settlers and storms, grab the gold, and ol’ fashioned potato sack races. As time travel continues, campers will learn how the railroad took over the West through teambuilding activities and construction of their own end-of-the-tracks town. A field trip to Laramie’s Ivinson Mansion will include a tour of an historic school house.
Date: June 11-15
Jump and turn and feel the burn! Learn all about what makes a healthy body during this week focused on overall wellness. A variety of activities include a sugar shock experiment, walking on eggshells, marble painting, and glitter germs. Yummy nutritional snacks like frozen yogurt fruit bars and watermelon pizza will give us energy for outdoor games like silly bananas, an UNO workout, and yoga in the park. Throughout the week, campers will participate in a pedometer challenge for a chance to see how much they move in a day. A field trip to the Wyoming School of Gymnastics for an afternoon of fearless fitness fun is included.
“When in Italy…”
Date: June 18-22
Buongiorno, pack your bags because this week we are traveling to Italy! Get ready to learn about a country famous for its art, scenery, and food! Campers will learn about the cities of Pisa, Rome, Venice, and Florence. Learn to sculpt like Michelangelo, and create your own galaxies as if you were looking through Galileo’s telescope. Compete in challenges like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a tinfoil boat float, build your own catapult, and craft carnival masks and Roman mosaics. Outdoor games include calcio (soccer) and Romans vs. Barbarians (dodgeball). In order to give students a firsthand experience of galaxies and such, this week’s field trip will take us to the UW Planetarium.
A Week on the Wild Side
Date: June 25-29
Become one with nature through this week of outdoor appreciation! From discovering ways to care for our environment to learning survival skills to hiking, canoeing, and fishing, we will soak up all the fun that Laramie summers have to offer! Games like Bear-Salmon-Mosquito and Stuck-in-the-Mud will get us outside, learning about the outdoors. Projects like Kite Caboodle and Beaded Branches will find us using elements of nature to bring out our creative side! Ants on a Log and campfire s’mores are just a couple of the yummy snacks we’ll enjoy. Our field trip will be to the Vedauwoo Recreation Area.
Stars & Stripes Forever
Date: July 2-3, 5-6
“It’s one, two, three strikes you’re out…” Nothing beats a week packed full of all things American to kick off the celebration of the 4th of July. This 4-day week will be packed with traditions as American as baseball and apple pie… including flag football, a bean bag toss, 3-legged races, and scavenger hunts! Add to that… shaving cream fireworks, pull-string pocket pinatas, firework salt paintings, and an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course! No off-site field trip this week, but we’ll be wrapping up the week with an outdoor BBQ, as well as making tie-die shirts and patriotic jewelry that will have you stylin’ just in time for Independence Day!
Secret Agent Spy Camp
Date: July 9-13
Join us as we learn techniques that all spies know, like making and decoding secret messages, fingerprinting, writing with invisible ink, and making secret-agent slime. We’ll conduct bath bomb and invisible ink science experiments, play Spies and Bad Guys and Spy on the Wall fitness games, craft Disguise Ourselves and I Spy bottle art activities, and take part in tactical training obstacle courses. The week will end with a top-secret mission, combining all the skills we’ve learned. With a field trip to the Laramie Police Department, we’ll learn how real detectives work!
Our Part in Art
Date: July 16-20
Exploring cultures beyond our own, through art! From Polynesia to Mexico, all the way to ancient Egypt, Africa, and China, we will discover the ways in which cultures create their artistic masterpieces! Hojalata (tin) art, Mexican pinatas, Maori Koru designs, Egyptian collars, African masks, Chinese fans… get ready for an immersion in art! We’ll be adding our own flare to these culturally-inspired crafts, as well as trying foods and playing games from these parts of the world. Our week will be made compete with a trip to the UW Art Museum.
The Earth & Me
Date: July 23-27
Campers will learn about the five spheres that make up our planet…anthrosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and geosphere. STEM activities, arts & crafts, and outdoor games include cleaning up a mock oil spill, filtering water with soil, creating a tissue paper earth, and playing Pick up the Particles. Campers will compost their leftover snacks and lunches, while learning how to help the ecosystem. The field trip for this week will be to LaPrele Park, where campers will find aquatic macroinvertebrates by wading through the stream with the Laramie Rivers Conservation District crew!