Summer day camps still have openings

School is almost out for summer and children of all ages will soon be looking for fun activities to consume their long care-free days.

Clermont County Park District has taken this into consideration and is hosting its first-ever summer day camp series right here at Sycamore and Chilo parks.

“We’re kind of excited,” said Keith Robinson about the new camps. “We’re hoping to get kids interested in nature, away from the TV, away from the computer and doing something outside.”

Robinson said the camps will have a nature-based theme. Children will be able to go hiking, walk through creeks, look for crawdads and salamanders, all while learning about local wildlife.

The first camp will be June 13 to 17 at Sycamore Park and costs $65. The second camp will be June 27 to 30 at Chilo Park and costs $55, it is shorter because of fourth of July weekend. Both camps will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

“We send the information home with them,” said Robinson. “But basically pack a lunch, bring hiking boots, a camera if they have one, be prepared to get wet and everything else we will provide.”

Robinson said the camp at Sycamore Park is almost full, and the camp at Chilo Park has a limited number of spots left as well. Both camps are limited to 12 participants, who must be in grades two through six.

Robinson and the other Clermont County Park District naturalist, Laura Hoople, will lead the camps. They both lead other naturalist programs at the parks, which include activities such as river hikes, story time, butterfly walks and more.

“We hope kids come out and have a good time,” Robinson said. “and learn more about what we have to offer.”

For more information visit the park district’s website