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Registration still open for spots in Camp Adventure program

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Parents still have a couple of weeks to register children for Camp Adventure, a new summer program for Reynoldsburg children that includes ventures into academics, athletics and art.

The summer day camp, a collaboration of Kiddie Academy, Reynoldsburg City Schools and the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department, is designed for children up to age 12. Sessions will run June 10 through Aug. 16 at Hannah Ashton Middle School.

The registration deadline is May 24, but some registrations may be accepted until May 31, said Carol Haynes, from Kiddie Academy.

Parents must register children for a minimum of four weeks.

"We want to register as many children as possible by May 24," she said. "We are also allowing half the activity fee to be paid by June 1 and the other half by July 8 to help families stretch out that payment."

The fees are $140 per week for first child and $120 per week for each additional child. A $30 non-refundable registration fee is due May 24.

Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday.

Haynes said Kiddie Academy also offers financial assistance to students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches or Title 20, and also offers assistance that is not necessarily based on income.

She said the camp will have weekly themes, beginning with "Go Green."

"We are tying that first week with our kickoff of our work in the community gardens at Civic Park," she said. "The week will also include a trip to Franklin Park Conservatory."

About 30 to 70 campers will be involved in an Edible Schoolyard project using plots at the Civic Park Community Gardens. Children will grow produce that they will later contribute to culinary programs at Kiddie Academy and the Reynoldsburg Food Pantry, or sell at the farmers market, said Ruby White, STEM coordinator at Kiddie Academy.

Haynes said other themes include "art gallery" week and "science of the human body," which ties human anatomy to the arts.

She said Camp Adventure is new to Reynoldsburg, but Kiddie Academy has offered similar camps in other communities since 1981.

"I think the camp is a great choice for parents because it ties in with academics, arts and athletics," she said. "Students not only have the chance to engage with each other, but to learn world languages, explore cultures through art and be exposed to STEM classes and also some personal finance pieces.

"Because we are working with Reynoldsburg schools, we think the camp is a good way to close that summer gap in academics," she said.

More information is available from Kiddie Academy at 614-866-1422 or the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department at 614-322-6806.

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