BRISTOL – The first day of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club’s 10-week summer camp started Wednesday, with campers in grades first to eighth enjoying a variety of educational and healthy activities.
Jon Rulkowski, assistant director at the camp, said that 185 kids had signed up so far this year, which he said is close to capacity. Campers are divided into three age groups, “guppies” – grades first and second, “minnows” – grades third to fifth, and “sharks” – grades six to eighth.
“Each week of camp will have a different theme, such as ‘wild about water’ or ‘craft and create’ and there will be field-trips that coincide with that theme,” said Rulkowski.
Some examples of field trips offered include a visit to Mystic Aquarium on July 9, the Connecticut Science Museum July 16 in Hartford and Launch Trampoline Park in Hartford Aug. 6.
Rulkowski said that there will also be 11 different activities for campers to enjoy each day:
n“National Day Of…” where kids learn about “holidays” such as “National Pet Day” or “National Donut Day” and do activities associated with that subject.
nSTEM, where kids go to the technology center to work on computers.
n“Imagine That!” an engineering-focused program.
n“Triple Play,” where kids go to the gym and learn about physical activity, good sportsmanship and nutrition.
n“Farm to Table,” where kids are able to work in a garden and pick vegetables for healthy dishes.
n“Sky is the Limit,” where kids learn about space and aeronautics.
n“Games in Game Room” where kids can play tournament-style games for healthy competition.
n“Music & Fitness” where kids can learn about different ways to work out including dancing and yoga, set to music.
n“Improv,” where kids can use their creativity and act out skits.
n“Outdoor Adventure,” where kids can go on nature walks and go to Rockwell Park to fish.
n“Amazing Animal Adventures,” where kids can learn about a different species of animal every day and do a science project on them. Kids will also be able to interact with live animals from Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center.
Rulkowski encouraged parents to sign-up their kids.
“We provide a great service to the community,” he said. “It’s a place for kids to be safe and have fun in a positive environment.”
Sarah Lucian, development and marketing director at the club at 255 West St., thanked the community for supporting the Boys & Girls Club year-round.
“Your support allows us to be able to provide these opportunities for kids and families,” she said.
Lucian said that there is still availability for the other weeks of camp, though there is a waiting list for the ninth week. For more information about the programs offered each week of camp, or to sign-up, visit bbgc.org/summercamp.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.