Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Area Summer Camps for Kids

Like so many moms right now, I am planning the events for the summer. When I was a kid, I had a lot of fun at summer camps, and I definitely want to work in a camp experience for my kids! Last week I started my hunt for quality camps that kids could enjoy and decided to publish them here for everyone else, too.

White River Youth Camp (Forsyth, MO)
I had the privilege of attending WRYC as a child, and I still remember the songs I learned while there. Even today, it ranks as my very favorite camp experience, proving that cost does not always equal fun. This camp has several sessions, divided by age. As I was talking to the director (he and his wife have been directors of WRYC for over 20 years!) my jaw dropped to the ground when he said all campers (even the high schoolers) attend for FREE. Seriously? This will be a must-attend for my kids. It's located off East Hwy 76 as you head from Branson to Forsyth. For more information, call (417) 546-5920.

2012 dates for Kiddie CampJune 1-2, 2012 Kiddie Camp is a 1-night camp that starts at 6:00 PM Friday, June 1st and ends at 3:00 PM Saturday, June 2nd. Arrive 30 minutes early for registration. It includes dinner Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, crafts, children's worship, playtime, and tons more. For ages 2 years old (potty trained) to children going into 1st grade. Parents must stay overnight with their child. Your child will remember the quality time you spend with them at this camp for the rest of their lives. Great family fun that is FREE!!

2012 dates for Overnight Camps for the Big Kids:June 4-8, 2012 Sr. Camp (9th - 12th grades)
June 11-15, 2012 Jr. High (7th & 8th grades)
June 18-22, 2012 Intermediate camp (5th & 6th grades)
June 25-28, 2012 Junior Camp (3rd & 4th grades)

Just bring your overnight bags and a registration form with you or fill one out at the door. No charge.

Camp Lookout (Hollister, MO)
Camp Lookout is a 1-week camp designed for children age 8-12 from Stone and Taney Counties. Another bonus is that this camp is FREE -- even the meals! Very popular in this area, and has an excellent reputation. They go hiking, sing to the geriatrics at the nursing home, and visit Silver Dollar City. Camp always fills up quickly so turning in registration early (read: NOW) is recommended. Call (417) 690-3454 for more information.

Here are some comments I got on Facebook within minutes when I put a shout out for info on Camp Lookout:

"Haygn went until she out grew it, and Austin goes there now... its AWESOME!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!"

"camp look out is free for the week! kelsey had a lot of friends that went to Kanakuk and would tell her that it was the best camp. kelsey told me, 'I don't know how it could be any better, Mom, because Camp Look-out is AWESOME!'"

2012 dates for Camp Lookout are: 
8-10 yr. olds
June 4-8
June 11-15
June 18-22
June 25-29

11-12 yr. olds
July 9-13
July 16-20
July 23-27
July 30-Aug 3

8-12 yr. olds
August 6-10

Kanakuk Kamps (Branson/Lampe, MO)
The is the premium camp experience -- hands down nationwide -- for children ages 7-18. Children come from all corners of the nation to Kanakuk Kamp to be blown away. Since there are so many different camp locations, dates, and they vary from 7 days to 28 days, I couldn't list them all here. Thankfully, they have a fantastic website you can visit to see what Kanakuk is all about.

Mighty Mini Camp - May 18-20, 2012 (Branson, MO)
Mighty Mini Camp is a weekend-long camp for kids grades 1st - 6th.  They will spend (2) nights, so be sure to bring a sleeping bag!  This will be held at fbc Branson beginning at 6:30 pm on on Friday evening, May 18 - May 20.  Kids can be picked up in the Children's Area Blast Zone after 10:55 am worship service on Sunday.  Early bird registration is $20 ($15 for each additional child in the family) and after May 6th registration cost is $30.  Register online here.

VBS at First Presbyterian - June 18-22
VBS is a fun, exciting day camp for kids pre-school - 6th grade.   Half-days in the morning at First Presbyterian in BransonRegister online or call (417) 334-3468.  This VBS always blows the kids away.  They love it, and we listen to the CD long after the camp is over.  I highly recommend it.  Event is free. There is crafts, music, and memory verses.

SummerBash VBS 2012 at fbc Branson - June 18-22
June 18-22 5:00 - 8:30 PM will be the SummerBash VBS 2012 at fbc Branson. This is for age 4 - 6th grade (completed).  Pre-registration is available.  Event is free.  Complimentary dinner served from 5:00 - 5:45 pm.  Call (417) 334-7437 for a registration form and they will be happy to mail you one!

P.E.E.P.S. Retreat - May 19, 2012 (Branson, MO)
This is a one-day retreat for children ages 4, 5, and Kindergarten.  They will have fun with games, music, fun, food, and stories.  Drop off is at 8:45 am, and pick up at 12:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided.  This will be hosted at fbc Branson in the Life Center.  Early bird registration is $10.  Registration after May 6th is $15.  Registration forms available at the fbc Branson office.

Branson Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp
The Branson Rec Plex provides a day camp for kids from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you have a tight schedule, you can drop off/pick up as much as 2 hours before/after camp. You can sign up for one week or even the whole summer! There are fantastic activities and programs such as games, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, movies, field trips, and much more. The cost is $85.00 per week. Campers do need to bring a sack lunch each day.

2012 Dates for Rec Plex Summer Camp
Week 1 *May 29-June 1
Week 2 June 4-8
Week 3 June 11-15
Week 4 June 18-22
Week 5 June 25-June 29
Week 6 July 2-6
Week 7 July 9-13
Week 8 July 16-20
Week 9 July 23-27
Week 10 July 30-Aug 3

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