Downs Park to offer three day camps in the summer


April 23, 1999|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALL TOO SOON the last bells of this school year will ring, and parents will have to find some way to keep the kids busy over the summer.

The county Department of Recreation and Parks comes to the rescue with summer camp programs.

Downs Park will be the headquarters for three day camps, one for youngsters entering grades 1 through 6; one for teens, and one for sports-minded youngsters 8 to 13.

Activities for the first- through sixth-graders include music, nature programs, arts and crafts, field trips, cookouts, theme days, day trips and more.

Four sessions will be held, and costs vary, depending on the length of the session and the activities.

Teen-camp activities are scheduled at the camp two days a week and at amusement parks and other sites three days a week.

The field trips will be to places such as Six Flags in Prince George's County, Kings Dominion outside Richmond, the MCI Center in Washington and Chesapeake Beach Water Park in Calvert County.

Sleep-overs in the park also are planned.

Teen camp also will be four sessions with varying prices.

Family discounts and discounts for attending all sessions are available for both camps. Field trips cost extra.

Both camps will operate 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except July 5. Bus transportation will be provided from sites in Pasadena.

The multisport camp will have instruction in soccer, baseball, softball, basketball and flag football and include trips to Chesapeake High School's playing fields.

Camp is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Six sessions are planned from June 14 through Aug. 20.

The cost is $125 a child.

Information on Downs Park camps: 410-222-7313.

The department has a program guide, including a registration form, which is available at public library branches and from many local merchants and grocery stores, or check out the recreation and parks Web site at

North county camp

The Department of Recreation and Parks also is sponsoring a camp for north county children with disabilities at Lake Waterford Park.

Six one-week sessions will be held from June 28 through Aug. 6. Participants 4 through 20 will be grouped by age.

Children with emotional disabilities will be grouped separately.

Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Activities include adapted sports, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, group games, special events, field trips, theme days, crabbing, swimming and much more.

A nurse will be on site during camp hours.

Transportation is provided from select locations.

Registration is limited to children with disabilities who can benefit from the highly structured program. Limited two-week scholarships are available.

Parents should contact Ann Harris for proper placement for your child and to receive registration forms.

Information: 410-222-7300.

Spring craft fair

Shop for beautiful indoor and outdoor decorations and crafts at the annual Downs Park Spring Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

More than 90 tables will be filled with the creations of local artisans and craft workers. The Friends of Downs Park will sell baked goods, and other food concessions will be open.

Entry to the park is free tomorrow. There is no rain date.

Information: 410-222-6230.

Church events

The Ladies Aid Society of Jenkins Memorial Church will sponsor a flea market and bake sale from 6 a.m to 3 p.m. tomorrow across from the Pasadena Roller Skating Center, 2318 Mountain Road.

Proceeds will be used to help purchase items for the church's planned kitchen remodeling.

The church also is sponsoring its sixth golf tournament May 17 at Rocky Point Golf Course in Baltimore County.

Play begins with a shotgun start at 7: 30 a.m.

The entry fee is $70 and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, snacks and drinks on the course, and a dinner of pit beef, turkey and ham afterward.

Gifts and prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Forms and fees are due by Sunday.

Information: 410-761-9385.

Luncheon, fashion show

Tickets are available for the annual gourmet luncheon and spring fashion show sponsored by the Chesapeake Women's Club at 11: 30 a.m. Wednesday at Kurtz's Beach, 2070 Kurtz Ave.

Fashions modeled by club members are from the Dress Barn.

Information: 410-437-3153.

School auction

Gibson Island Country School is sponsoring an auction to raise money for its building fund from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 8 at the Gibson Island Club.

The event, called Around the World in 80 Days, will feature wine, dinner, a silent auction, an auction and entertainment by vocalist Charmaine Hamman.

Tickets are $75, and limited seating is available.

The school also is seeking one-of-a-kind contributions for the auction.

Information: 410-255-9832.

Pub Date: 4/23/99

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