Moorestown Department of Parks and Rec Column: Summer Camps

The Department of Parks & Recreation has a series of one and two week camps that complement the Summer Parks Programs, Summer Theater and Teen Theater Camps. All Recreation camps and clinics are open to Moorestown residents and are the perfect answer to that summer boredom. The camps offer a range from sports to arts to personal enrichment. There truly is something for everyone.

New this year, the Summer Art Camp will be an art-intensive week incorporating a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, 3-D sculptural art and a group mural. Children will create a variety of projects designed to promote their natural curiosity and creativity. Led by Artist-In-Residence Sophia Geiger, boys and girls in grades K-4 will spend the week of Aug. 1 to 5 making personal masterpieces. Children will enjoy experiential learning with seasoned, apprentice art students.

The Recreation Basketball Clinic under new direction by Ted Flick will provide boys and girls in grades one to eight the opportunity to fine-tune and develop their fundamental basketball skills. In addition to skills and drills, players will put these new talents to use during inter-squad games. This evening camp runs on Thursdays from June 30 to July 28.

The Recreation Soccer Camp also returns under the instruction of Coach Rich McConnell. McConnell will provide boys and girls in grades K-3 fundamental skills training, sportsmanship and general knowledge of the sport. The emphasis of this program is to develop solid soccer players in a fun and educational environment. The Recreation Soccer Camp will run from July 11–14.

McConnell also heads up the Recreation Summer Sports Camp. Children who just love sports will enjoy the overview of fundamentals for soccer, baseball, softball, street hockey, tennis, basketball and flag football. McConnell offers sports and player development in this end-of-summer camp. This week-long activity is perfect for seasoned or new athletes. From Aug. 15 to 19 or Aug. 22 to 26 children ages 5 to 12 can develop a new set of skills in a fun and relaxed environment.

The Bread Baking Summer camp is a four day specialty camp that will teach the basics on bread production. Additionally, bakers will learn how to make quick breads and tasty treats. A self-taught baker Diane MacFeeters has mastered yeast breads over 45 years of practice.

Chef Katie Sklarow will be teaching the Cookie and Cake Summer Camp for children in grades five to seven. This camp will focus on sweets such as cookies, cupcakes, cakes, muffins and pies. Sklarow will also be leading Kid Chef! Culinary Cooking Camp. Junior foodies will explore and learn about the intricacies of meal development and sound culinary practices.

In addition to these specialized camps, the Department of Parks & Recreation will run its four to six week day-camps: the Summer Parks Program, the Summer Theater Program, the Teen Theater Program, The Special Needs Summer Camp and Four Is Fun. In addition to the traditional bowling and roller skating trips, the Department is sponsoring a series of nature programs and Junior Ranger programs in conjunction with the Burlington County Parks System. Field trips are for Summer Parks Program attendees only and can be registered for individually, but space is limited.

For more information about the Department of Parks & Recreation Summer Camps and Clinics visit the Department webpage at www.moorestownrec.com.