Archive for August, 2016

Before and After School Camp at Chinn Offers Fun and Unique Activities for Kids

The Before and After School Camp at the Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center will offer kindergartners through eighth graders all kinds of things to do when they’re not in school once the school year begins.

Campers will have access to amenities like the pool, outdoor play and the gymnasium at Chinn. There will also be library visits and a nature trail for hikes and learning.

Activities at the camp will include homework time, drama classes, arts and crafts, special events and community projects in a safe place for children to be before and after school, said Rob Belcourt, a recreation specialist for children’s programs with the Department of Parks and Recreation. “We take a lot of pride in making sure that our program is unique from other competitors in the area. Part of that is swimming, and getting them involved in structured homework time in the afternoon so the kids can have that time to get it done before they have to go home at the end of the day.”

The schools served by the program at Chinn include Antietam, Old Bridge, Lake Ridge, Porter and Westridge elementary schools and Beville, Lake Ridge and Woodbridge middle schools and Porter Traditional School, Belcourt said. Daily transportation to and from participating schools will be provided.

Full day options will be available on teacher work days and inclement weather days. The ratio at the camp is one staff member for every 10 campers.

Registration forms and costs are available on the Parks & Recreation website.