Registrations now being taken for JCPRD's 2013 Spring Break Camps

The annual temporary reprieve from school known as spring break is something kids look forward to all year. Among the many fun programs the Johnson County Park & Recreation District is planning for this year's break are nine camps for ages three to 14 which cover topics from art to science, and from nature, to sports.

This year's spring break is from March 18 to 22. Camp offerings for this week range from programs which last all day each week day for the entire week to shorter programs which meet for as little as 90 minutes on four or more of these days.

Registrations for spring break camps began following publication of JCPRD's January to April Activities Catalog in late November and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. One of the most popular spring break camps, Spring Break Discovery Camp for ages six to ten, has already filled, but a waiting list is being taken. Space in many other great camps is still available. Here's a brief overview of the JCPRD's 2013 spring break camp offerings:

Preschool Spring Break Camp at the Roeland Park Community Center for ages three to five consists of five three-hour sessions running Monday through Friday in which participants will learn about spring while participating in creative arts, games, songs, and more. The cost for this camp is $55 for Johnson County residents or $60 for nonresidents.

In All About Art Spring Break Camp, participating artists ages eight to 12 will complete art projects in various mediums, take part in field trips, and display their works for family and friends at the end of the week. Also located at the Roeland Park Community Center, this camp offers supervision from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost for five eight-hour sessions is $145 for Johnson County residents or $160 for nonresidents.

In addition to the previously-mentioned Spring Break Discovery Camp for ages six to 10, Outdoor Adventures Spring Break Camp for ages 11 to 13 also meets daily during the week at Ernie Miller Park. Both programs allow campers to explore and learn about the outdoors. When space is available, the cost for Spring Break Discovery Camp is $111 per person for Johnson County Residents or $121 per person for nonresidents, while the cost for Outdoor Adventures Spring Break Camp is $132 per person for Johnson County Residents or $145 per person for nonresidents.

Another science-related offering is Mad Science NASA Spring Break Camp for ages six to 12. This camp meets three hours per day Monday through Friday at the Roeland Park Community Center and aims to send participants on a quest for exploration as they learn about stars, planets, comets, and more. The cost is $144 per person for Johnson County residents or $158 per person for nonresidents.

Spring Break Basketball Camp is offered for grades kindergarten through eight at both Mid-America West Sports Complex’s Okun Fieldhouse and at New Century Fieldhouse near Gardner. This program involves four 90-minute sessions, is offered Monday through Thursday at two different times at each location, and will cover fundamentals, offense, and defense. The cost is $55 per person for Johnson County residents or $65 for nonresidents.

Spring Break Volleyball Camp is for players in grades three through eight, involves four three-hour sessions offered Monday through Thursday, and is also being offered at both New Century Fieldhouse and Okun Fieldhouse. The cost is $75 per person for Johnson County residents or $80 for nonresidents.

Also at Mid-America West Sports Complex is a Spring Break Softball Camp for ages eight to 14. This program also runs Monday through Thursday and involves four three-hour sessions which will cover everything from hitting, to base running, to outfield and infield play. The cost is $75 per person for Johnson County residents or $80 for nonresidents.

Spring Break Baseball Camp is for ages seven to 14. This program involves Monday through Wednesday sessions which are offered in both morning and afternoon options. Camp runs two hours per day and takes place at 68’s Inside Sports Inside Training Facility in Overland Park. Professional instructors will cover pitching, hitting, fielding, base running, and catching. The cost is $99 per person for Johnson County residents or $109 for nonresidents.

Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park. Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Mid-America West Sports Complex and its Okun Fieldhouse is located at 20200 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, while the New Century Fieldhouse is located at 551 New Century Parkway just off Interstate 35 near Gardner. 68’s Inside Sports Inside Training Facility is located at 11301 W. 88th Street in Overland Park.

All JCPRD spring break camp programs fully comply with Kansas Department of Health & Environment requirements. Camp directors possess extensive experience with children and in their specialized areas of expertise.

For more specific information on JCPRD spring break camps, consult the District's website at www.jcprd.com or the District's current Activities catalog, available now at all Johnson County Library locations. For more information, call (913) 831-3359.

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