On one blue-sky weekday morning, children were engrossed in play at James Olley Community Park. They shook a rainbow-colored tarp as other children ran underneath. Another group of kids played on a state-of-the-art playground. A group of older kids threw foam balls at each other in a game of dodgeball. The sounds of laughter and childs’ play filled the park.
The last days of the Village of Walden’s Summer Camp were in full swing. The half- and full-day program runs every July and August for boys and girls age five to 15.
The camp includes traditional summer camp activities, such as swimming, games, nature trail activities, field trips and more.
“It gives kids something fun to do all summer,” Village of Walden Recreation Coordinator Michael Bliss said.
Bliss said the program occupies children’s time during the summer in constructive ways. It also provides working parents with a break.
“The program has been booming for years. Parents love it. The community loves it,” Bliss said.
Bliss said the program has about 300 children this summer. Enrollment is down slightly from previous years, although Bliss said this seems to be a county-wide trend. The camp also employed about 50 counselors, including high school students, college students and teachers on summer break.
Camp ends Aug. 15 and culminates with a free family picnic on Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at James Olley Park. The free event includes food and is open to everyone.
To register for next year, visit villageofwalden.org. Enrollment is always open and there is no cap on attendance.