Campus Rec Summer Programs Serving Hundreds of Children

Campus Rec Summer Programs Serving Hundreds of Children

By Johnny CruzUniversity Communications
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Participants in "A" Camp and Teen Camp enjoy a wide array of aquatic activities.
Participants in "A" Camp and Teen Camp enjoy a wide array of aquatic activities.

The University of Arizona department of campus recreation is currently in the midst of hosting hundreds of children for its summer programming.

Campus Recreation's popular "A" Camp, Teen Camp and Kids Summer Swim provide children of UA employees and kids throughout the Tucson community the opportunity to enjoy swimming and athletics, art and other educational activities. 

"One of the cool things is that many of these kids are here year after year," said Jody Liller, Campus Recreation coordinator for marketing and public relations.

While many children have participated in camps for several years, "there is always an influx of new kids," Liller said.

"A" Camp, launched about 15 years ago, serves children ages 5-12. They participate in arts and crafts, swimming and fitness and educational activities.

Teen camp is for kids ages 12-14, who participate in recreational activities designed to develop skills in leadership, teamwork, fitness and respect.

Both camps are certified child care programs and last one week. Sessions began on June 1 and run through August 7.

Combined, "A" Camp and Teen Camp welcome 75 campers each day – five times a week for 10 weeks – to the UA campus.

"Because this is such a well-known program we get a lot of the children of University employees," Liller said. In addition, children of Campus Recreation members and families throughout the Tucson community take advantage of these programs.

Part of the appeal of each camp, Liller believes, is the diversity of activities children enjoy during their weeklong camp.

In addition to the traditional arts and crafts, campers enjoy activities such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, talent shows, lifeguard training and presentations by local fire and police departments.

Campus Recreation also offers its annual Kids Summer Swim Program for children ages 3-17. Courses are taught by University students who are certified as Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. It offers a convenient location for parents who work on campus, or live nearby.

Classes are held four days a week (usually Monday-Thursday) with Fridays being held open for weather-related makeup days. Courses are offered for infants and toddlers, preschoolers and at seven other levels of proficiency. Participants are required to attend pre-screenings.

The final session for Kids Summer Swim begins on July 20. Registration takes place on July 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

All sessions for "A" Camp and Teen Camp are now full.

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