Local summer camps, activities offer new opportunities

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 21, 2013

 West Bloomfield resident Emmanuel Ita splashes around in 2011 during Family Fun Day at the Family Aquatic Center’s swimming pool in West Bloomfield.

West Bloomfield resident Emmanuel Ita splashes around in 2011 during Family Fun Day at the Family Aquatic Center’s swimming pool in West Bloomfield.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Summer is less than a month away, and plenty of popular and new summer activities are slated for this year in the greater West Bloomfield area, Parks and Recreation coordinator Nancy Keener said.

“We offer something for pretty much every age group for every week,” Keener said.

Summer camp programs begin mid-June, and children who have a hankering for soccer can get their fill at Drake Sports Park Soccer Fields to experience soccer from a British and a Brazilian perspective.

Two soccer coaches, from Brazil and Britain, will train campers between staggered times from June through August, Keener said.

“It is a perfect time and way (for those) who have either not taken soccer to be introduced to it or to enhance their skills,” she said.

Although summer begins June 21, parents can get a leg up and register their children now for summer camps.

Keener said some of the most popular camps are tennis camps and Safety Town camp for 4- to 7-year-olds.

“Safety Town has historically always been a big seller,” she said. “This year, some of our newer ones are going to have a good play.”

The newer camps include a babysitter’s boot camp. When the first week of school lets out, interested participants could become Red Cross certified.

“I am thinking that one will probably be very popular,” Keener said.

Public Information Coordinator Susan Reeves-Bowen said the campers could have their pick of various activities.

“One of the more unique ones is a skateboard camp over at Drake Park,” she said. “The two sessions coming up are always well-attended.”

She added that Camp Marshbank is a “fun kind of camp” where kids meet and do “good old-fashioned camp stuff.”

“(Campers) go on a field trip every day and go all different places in the area,” she said. “That is on three different times throughout the summer. Those are probably some of the more popular camps that we run.”

Keener said the camps will have something for everyone.

“If you have a week off, we have something for your child to do.”

To learn more about camp dates, times and fees, visit www.westbloomfieldparks.org or call (248) 451-1900.

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