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Ponoka Kids Summer Camp registration opens next week

Registration opens next week for the Ponoka Youth Centre/ Boys and Girls Clubs of Wolf Creek’s Kids Summer Camp.

Parents can register starting May 17. The link to the new online registration will be posted that day.

The camp is very similar to last year, with themed weeks for a summer camp-feel, and if possible, there may be some field trips as well, depending on restrictions.

“We’re trying to do field trips that comply with COVID,” said Beth Reitz, PYC/Boys and Girls Clubs of Wolf Creek executive director.

If possible, they will go swimming and visit the golf course and the gymnastic club.

In lieu of actual fields trips, if those aren’t able to go ahead, they will bring the field trips to the centre, with visitors or virtual means.

During the themed weeks, there will be a petting zoo, and drama activities.

“We’re just trying to make it more camp-like … to make it as social as possible,” said Reitz.

This year, the summer camp will be reverted back to 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. days.

Last summer, the hours had changed to a 9 a.m. to allow for more time for cleaning, but now Reitz says they’ve had a year to get used to the sanitization routine and they’ve hired additional cleaning staff in the evenings.

Themed weeks include science week “Full Steam Ahead,” “Curious Creatures,” which includes a virtual visit to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, and “Imaginarium” story book week.

During one of the weeks, Red Cross babysitting certification will be offered.

They are aiming to keep the cost at $32 per day ($160 per week), although that may change. The price is able to be lower due to lack of field trips.

Summer camp begins July 5 and goes until Aug. 27 and is open to children aged five to 12. The children will be split into two age groups: five to eight and nine to 12.

For more information, call 403-783-3112 or email admin@ponokayouthcentre.com.