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June 19, 2013

District hosts summer programs

By April Lehmbeck
C & G Staff Writer

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From Left, Katie Puppos, Addison Erickson, Alayna Anderson and Lucy Kidder take a break for Wally’s Frozen Custard during the first day of Camp O’ Fun this week.

GROSSE POINTES — A trio of young boys take turns diving into the slip and slide as they wait for a game of water kickball, and a nearby group of girls chat while enjoying a cool afternoon treat during a program that is a summertime hit.

Children in Grosse Pointe Schools’ Camp O’ Fun pack their summer days with enjoyable activities and social interaction.

Camp O’ Fun is one of the many popular summer programs the district offers to the community.

“We are busy this summer — field trips to places like the Henry Ford Museum and Comerica Park, and weekly theme-based events and parties such as a safari party, a pirates and princesses party, a superhero party and more,” Camp Supervisor Andrea Sanders said in an email. “This is all in addition to our great daily activity sessions, which range from cheer and dance to ultimate Frisbee, cooking, art and more.

“We also will welcome a few guests to camp this summer, including Wally’s Frozen Custard, a Kid’s Zumba instructor, offered each week, and a couple of days of moon walk bounce houses,” she said.

Wally’s Frozen Custard came out in their fire truck on the kick-off day, drawing a long line of campers looking to cool off on the hot summer afternoon.

The Camp O’ Fun program started this week and runs through Aug. 23 with hours from 7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. weekdays, which is perfect for working parents.

Parents can still sign up their children for the program, located at Ferry Elementary in Grosse Pointe Woods.

“Our camp attendance ranges from 50-100 campers a week,” Sanders said. “We have split the camp by age — Camp O’ Fun Playhouse is geared for campers entering kindergarten to third grade and Camp O’ Fun Clubhouse is for our incoming fourth to middle school students.

“We are trying to separate that older group out a little more this summer, with a few options just for our middle schoolers,” she said. “This includes a babysitting certification course through the American Red Cross, which will be offered in two sessions, July 9 and July 16.”

A group of children on the first day, some of whom are regulars in the day camp program, said they enjoy the activities during Camp O’ Fun.

“We walk to the pool sometimes, and we play water kickball,” camper Lucy Kidder said.

“Yeah, it’s really fun,” camp participant Katie Puppos added.

A number of college students work with the program each summer, most of them studying education in college.

Dan Sanger is starting his third summer working at Camp O’ Fun.

“It’s a great summer job to come back to,” Sanger said. “I’ve been working with kids ever since I was in high school. I enjoy working with kids, so it’s a natural fit.”

Camp O’ Fun isn’t the only summer activity the district is hosting. Grosse Pointe Schools offers a summer learning program, choir program, sports camps, Camp Invention and Safety Town.

For more information on Camp O’ Fun or the other programs offered through the district, visit the district’s website at gpschools.schoolwires.net//Domain/1 and click summer programs on the left side of the page.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer April Lehmbeck at alehmbeck@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1043.