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Prescott school district, YMCA offer load of summer activities for youth

PRESCOTT – Children in Prescott will have no shortage of things to do this summer, thanks to the Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) and the Prescott YMCA.

PUSD summer programs

• Kids and Company Summer Camp: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 1, at Miller Valley Elementary School. This day camp for kindergartners through fifth-graders runs all summer, and has weekly themes including "Ultimate Beach Party" and "Hurray for Hollywood." Cost: $18 per day if picked up by 3 p.m., $22 if picked up after 3 p.m.

• Prescott Frontier Rotary Summer School: 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 16 to July 10 at Miller Valley school. This program for kindergartners through fifth-graders offers remediation and enrichment and costs $160 for the four-week course.

• Creative Literacy I and II, each a two-week course at Miller Valley, offer fun and learning about gardens and things that grow and also about the Western culture (Arizona history and Hispanic culture, field trips, etc.), respectively. Each session costs $50.

Session I: June 16-26. Session II: June 30-July 10. Grades K-2 meet from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and 3-5 from 10:15 to noon.

• Kids, Etc.: 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 16 to July 10. Each of the two periods offers a class daily in the arts and sciences. Classes meet at Miller Valley and cost $75 per four-week session.

• Teen College: 1 p.m. and 2:55 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 16 to July 10, at Granite Mountain Middle School. During afternoon classes, middle school students can engage their brains in arts, crafts, computers, sport clinics, science and more. The cost: $100 per four-week class.

• Free Summer Meals: All Prescott children 18 and younger are invited for a free nutritious breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday at Miller Valley Elementary School in the cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch is from noon to 1:30 p.m. The service, a partnership of PUSD and Prescott College, is available all summer.

YMCA summer programs

The Prescott YMCA also offers what Marketing Director Autumn Klinikowski calls "energetic experiential camps," which encourage the development of children's core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

For its state-licensed camps, the YMCA offers scholarships (visit the YMCA Courtesy Counter for an application) and is DES approved.

All YMCA camps are designed to make children feel comfortable while they learn and participate in new outdoor and indoor activities.

• The Y Camp, a day camp for children entering first through fifth grades, includes crafts, camp games, sports, climbing wall, gymnastics, trampoline, floor hockey, camp songs, skits, movies, swimming, a weekly field trip and a special treat. Location: Badger Park at Ruth and Whipple Street.

• Adventure Camp, a set of one-week day camps for children entering fifth through eighth grades, offers a variety of outdoor-based activities, including Quest Camp (hiking, rock climbing and kayaking); River Rats (creeks and lakes); Rock n' Road (a three-day, two-night camping trip through the Flagstaff area forests); Earth Camp (July 7-11 only) rock climbing and creek hiking, geology, local plands and wildlife, desert and riparian ecology) and climbing intensive camp (rock climbing – strength, technique and balance).

The prices for these week-long camps: $100 for YMCA members, $115 for community members. The camps run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and extended care is avail-able.

Adventure Camp also includes Bubblemakers (ages 8 to 10) and Discover SCUBA (10 and older), which run from noon to 2 p.m. on June 28 and July 26.

• Sports: The John E. Moore Memorial Skatepark is open for kids 8 and older (pads and wrist guards recommended). Park hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Volleyball pick-up games for people 12 and older: Friday, 7-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The YMCA also offers volleyball, basketball and tennis camp.

• For children interested in aquatics, the YMCA offers the Porpoise Club for students entering sixth through ninth grades. The cost: $25 per week-long session.

Springboard diving, a diving class for anyone 5 or older, takes place on Saturday mornings. Aquatic Camp, for children entering grades three through eight, includes synchronized swimming, snorkeling, diving, water polo and kayaking and costs $40 for YMCA members and $50 for community members.

• YMCA summer camps in Chino Valley are available at Del Rio School, and in Prescott Valley at Ace Retail Support on East Valley Road, for children going into first through fifth grades, as well as a camp for 2- to 6-year-olds who do not wear diapers, at the YMCA pre-school at 750 Whipple St.

In general, YMCA day camps cost $14 per full day, $9 for half-day or $70 for the week for club members and $16 for full day, $11 for half-day or $80 for the week for community members.

A deposit of that much is required the Thursday prior to the beginning of the camp week, to hold a spot for the camper.

Camp hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with camp activities running (generally) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on PUSD summer programs, call PUSD at 445-5400. For more information on YMCA summer programs, call the YMCA at 445-7221.