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PUBLISHED: 11:23 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Pitching a plan for kids during the summer
You're barely a day into summer before you start hearing the same old refrain..."Mom, I'm bored."

Luckily, there are a large number of activities designed specifically to keep out-of-school kids active during the warmer months.

These range from athletic events, such as basketball and soccer camps, to outdoor wilderness hikes and nature walks.

Future celebrities can take part in Perseverance Theatre's STAR experience, while those who played a little too hard during the school year can make up those low grades and earn credit while attending class.

No matter what your child's interest, there is sure to be some form of club or camp that will keep them entertained for the next couple of months. Following is just a sampling of what children can do in and around Juneau.

The Alaska Club Camps

The Alaska Club will be holding 10 one-week 'multi-sport' camps for kids ages 6-12 beginning June 5. Each camp will feature a wide variety of sports activities, with a special 'featured' sport each week. The camps last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and parents can take advantage of pre- and post-camp care as well. The cost for one week is $175 for members, $195 for non-members. For more information, visit www.thealaskaclub.com or call (907) 789-2181.

Boys and Girls Club

There is so much going on at the Boys and Girls Club during the summer that is probably easiest just to list it by day. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday though Friday, kids can take advantage of a number of different events ranging from athletics to arts and crafts.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Kids can partake in a wide range of outdoor activities, including field trips to town and the beach, as well as Friday 'Life on the Move' hikes. The computer lab is also open these three days, with a 'Skill Tech' class, demonstrating how to use specific software programs, scheduled on one of these days.

Boy Scout Camp

Boys of all ages can enjoy the great outdoors at Boy Scout Camp, held from June 12-23, or at Cub Scout Resident Camp, held June 26-28. Archery, hiking, fishing, shooting, kayaking and rock climbing are all on the agenda at the camp out in Eagle River, and the Cub Scout Camp also includes a Seven Seas theme for boys who like playing pirate. The Boy Scout Camp costs $250, and the Cub Scout Camp costs $125. Boys don't need to be members of the Scouts to attend. For more information, call 789-8440.

Community Schools

Whether your child likes athletic activities, or needs to catch up on some studying this summer, Community Schools has a program to help.

Fitness Concepts is a basic conditioning class that allows students to earn up to half a physical education credit hiking and bicycling around the community. Held June 22-July 21 from 8 a.m.-noon, the class costs $150. Students in grades nine through 12 can catch up on their schoolwork through the Credit Recovery Program, held from June 19-July 8, or July 17-Aug. 8. Classes include algebra, geometry, programmed learning, English, history and biology. Each class costs $275.

Sports Camps

Juneau Parks and Recreation in conjunction with a sports camp contractor provide this program. The week-long campus for boys and girls focus on skill development, understanding game fundamentals, fun and sportsmanship and are available in soccer and baseball. For more information, call 586-5226. The University of Alaska Southeast offers a volleyball skills clinic, volleyball camp and outdoor recreation camp. For more information, call 796-6544 or send and e-mail to jnpjp@uas.alaska.edu.

Eagle River United Methodist Camp

A year-round community camp and retreat center, 48-acre Eagle River offers a lot of summer camp fun.

This includes their 2006 Discovery Camp for children entering the third to eighth grade. A high activity camp with a strong spiritual emphasis, it will be held from July 30-August 4. It costs $125 per child, with a 25 percent discount on additional children from the same immediate family.

The Councilor-in-Training Program is for youth entering tenth through twelfth grades and is held July 29-Aug. 4. Councilors will learn and practice skills with youth, developing their leadership style while participating in Discovery Camp. Cost $125. To apply, call Sandi Coon 780-4910.

Intergenerational (Family) Camp, Aug. 18-20, is an all-ages, intergenerational weekend of fellowship, learning, group discussions, recreation & worship.

There will be hands-on activities, arts & crafts, and time to hike, explore, relax and have fun. Cost is $50 for adults; $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional children. For more information, call Barb and Charlie Mitchell at 789-3552.

Echo Ranch Bible Camp

There is a lot to do at Echo Ranch Bible Camp, and they offer different types of camps for all kinds of interests. Their Summer Camps are designed with age-specific themes. Children ages 7-15 can enjoy these, which take place from June through August.

Sports buffs can spend their summers playing at basketball and soccer camps for participants 9-15. Two sessions are offered for each sport, with children playing among similar age groups.

And for those who love horses, an Old West-style Horse Camp will put kids close to their four-footed friends. For those who love the outdoors, Wilderness Camps are offered for kids 13-15 years old. Sourdough Camp features rustic camping and an overnight backpacking trip, while the Berners Bay Sea Kayaking Trip gives kids a chance to spend three days enjoying the waters of Southeast. For more information, call 789-3777 or visit www.echoranch.org.

Girl Scout Camp

Camps are scheduled for June 9-10 in Wrangell, Aug. 15-19 in Juneau and dates to be announced in Sitka. For more information, call the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council at 586-1710 or (800) 478-8247.

Perseverance Theatre

The Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) is a five-week program designed for kids ages 10-17. Students participate in performance-based classes, which culminate in a public performance.

The 2006 STAR program is scheduled for July 17-August 20 at the Auke Lake Campus of UAS. For more information, call David Charles Goyette at 364-2421, ext. 223. You can also visit www.perseverancetheatre.org/education/star.html.

SAGA

SAGA's summer adventure camps are a chance for kids ages 10-16 to participate in fun, healthy outdoor recreational activities. This year's offerings include Junior Adventure Camp (fourth- and fifth-graders) a four-day event that includes a polar bear dip, hiking, tie dyeing and tackling the Team Challenge Course. Held on June 25-29 and July 30-Aug. 3, it costs $155. The Teen Adventure Camp (ages 11-13) is a six-day outdoor excursion that includes building community on the Team Challenge Course, belaying on the catwalk, cooking outside, and learning outdoor education skills. Held June 11-16, July 16-21 and Aug. 13-18, it costs $195. Kids ages 13-15 can enjoy the Teen Kayak Camp, which is a 6-day trip that includes paddling through the islands of Lynn Canal. A ferry trip to Skagway and a hike on the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail are included. The trip takes place July 9-14 and costs $195. For more information, call 789-7035 or visit www.servealaska.org.

Treadwell Arena

Though Treadwell Arena has been closed during the month of May, it will be up and running for the rest of the summer. Youth ages 7-11 can participate in any of the four, half-day (8 a.m.-noon), weeklong summer camps which include:

• Treadwell Olympics (July 10-14): Enjoy silly relays, races and games, and show off your wacky athletic spirit!

• Sports Mania (July 17-21): A week full of games and activities that focus on having a ball! All ability levels welcome.

• Survivor Week (July 24-28): Outwit, outlast, out play, and never get voted off!

• Xpedition Outdoors (July 31-Aug. 4): Spend a week venturing outside, cooking, fishing, hiking and discovering the world around us.

Cost is $73 per person.For more information, call 586-0410 or go online to www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink.

Zach Gordon Youth Center

Zach Gordon Youth Center's summer classes are amazingly popular. The Youth Center stays open during the summer, and kids can enjoy hanging out, playing pool, basketball and video games, weightlifting, ping pong and even working on the computer. Summer hours for the Center are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Saturday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. They are closed Sunday. For more information, call 586-2635.

28th Annual Fine Arts Camp

The camp is held by Juneau Dance Unlimited on Mondays through Fridays from June 5-30 at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. This year's new guest artists are from Circus Minimus of New York City. Kevin O'Keefe and Erin Maile O'Keefe will present CircusYoga, juggling, clowning, trapeze and balance work, which marrys playful physical challenges with depth of focus. Other guest artists include Meredith Holch, video artist and puppeteer from Vermont, and Roger Dillahunty, dancer extraordinaire from San Francisco. Many local talented artists will also be teaching a variety of classes.

For more information, go online to www.Juneaudance.com.

Alaska Youth Choir Music Camp

Contact Laraine Derr at 789-3634 or Missouri Smyth at 780-5225. The camp is held June 6-30 and is open to all Juneau boys and girls ages 8-18. Cost is $250 for the week.

Dance Camp

Janice D. Holsst presents the 19th annual Summer Dance Academy from June 5-30 at St. Ann's Hall at 5th and Gold Streets in Downtown Juneau. The dance academy is for ages 7-17 and is held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $440. The Small Fry Creative Workshop is for ages 4-7 and is held from 8 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $265. For more information or registration, call Janice Holst at 586-1462 or send an e-mail to holst@gci.net.


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