Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Snag a Coveted Spot for Summer Camp Mania Before It’s Too Late!

Summer Camp Mania is right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss your chance to snag a coveted remaining spot!

 

The early bird gets the worm, but we still have a few spots remaining for Summer Camp Mania Weeks Five, Six, and Seven! If you are looking for a world-class day camp experience for your kiddos, look no further than Southlake’s premier summer camp!

 

Summer Camp Mania provides a safe and fun environment where kids are number one! Our outstanding combination of structured and free play, guest instructors, educational field trips, and award-winning Champions Club facility makes us the best summer camp!

 

Our dedicated Programs staff is committed to helping our campers create life-long memories. From relaxed movie days, adventurous inflatables and bounce houses, and exhilarating pool days at our Aquatics Center, to field trips, there’s something for everyone at Camp Mania! This summer, our campers will be going to Legoland/Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, the Crayola Experience, and Hawaiian Falls, to name a few.

 

Each week delivers campers various recreational opportunities that never get redundant. Whether you sign up for one week or more, you’re guaranteed to have an individualized experience.

 

Don’t miss your chance to snag one of our few remaining spots! Take a sneak peek at our incredible schedule and enroll your kiddo today!

Are you ready for Summer? Registration Opens April 1

Are you ready for summer? The warm weather is just a precursor of what is to come, and it’s the perfect time to make summer plans for your kiddos.

Summer is one of our favorite seasons in the Community Services Department due to the large variety of community programming opportunities we offer. Nothing makes us happier than providing world-class experiences for you and your family! Are you ready to start scheduling your summer social calendar? Claim your spot early.

Here’s a sneak-peak at some of the fun programs we have in store:

  • Adult Outdoor Education
  • Adventures of Science Club
  • Basketball Skills Academy
  • Basketball Tech Camp
  • Club Metro
  • Community Hikes
  • Dodgeball Camp
  • Flag Football Camp
  • Forest Preschool Fridays
  • DJ School 101
  • Mindful Ballet
  • Outer Space Art Camp
  • Science Club
  • Summer Basketball League
  • Summer Camp Mania
  • Summer Cross Timbers Nature Camp
  • And so much more!

Summer registration opens for Southlake residents on April 1 and on April 15 for non-residents. You can preview all summer offerings here.

Getting Wild at Nature Camp

We are right in the heat of summer, and things are getting wild at our annual Cross Timbers Summer Nature Camp.

Summer camps are an industry staple in Parks and Recreation. Here in Southlake, we are fortunate to offer our young residents various fun and entertaining summer camp options each year. Something that makes our community unique is our proximity to the Cross Timbers and Prairies ecosystem.

Our Cross Timbers Summer Nature Camp is a community favorite and a vital part of Our Park and Recreation Story. This summer, campers get to explore their wild side with fun activities to practice outdoor skills, hike, create arts and crafts, and learn about our local ecosystem.

Here are a few highlights of what Nature Camp has been up to this summer:

  • Campers do a 2-mile hike to Lake Grapevine every week. At the lake, they get to play on the swing and near the water before hiking back. On average, each camper hikes around eight miles per week!
  • Guest presenters are a special treat for Nature Camp. This summer, the kids have learned from the Tarrant Regional Water District, The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Creature Teacher, archery, and Mad Science!
  • Each week presents a different theme. Last week, the campers learned about sustainability and made some awesome recycled robots.
  • Campers always make great use of the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve! Each week, kids spend hours searching for grasshoppers and other critters. They always talk about the history of the land—which includes the Jones Family and the Tucker Family.
  • Every Friday, there is a Field Day Party!

With so many out-of-this-world activities, it’s no wonder Nature Camp is such a crowd favorite! But the summer is not over yet.

Here’s a sneak-peak into what campers can look forward to in the weeks to come:

  • This week, campers are learning about flowers and will be planting around the Nature Center. They will also dye and plant seeds that they can take home.
  • There will be more animal presentations coming! In addition, the Southlake DPS will present a Wilderness First Aid class to campers!
  • The final week will be the “Animal Olympics.” Campers will learn about the extraordinary feats animals can achieve—including the critters found right here in Southlake.

It wouldn’t be a Southlake summer without our summer camps and the incredible staff that make them happen. Part of our Park and Recreation Story is working hard to create life-long memories for our kiddos, and Cross Timbers Nature Camp is the perfect place to get wild!

Home-Grown Staff: From Volunteer to Camp Director

Summer Camp Mania is a Southlake staple and one of our most beloved recreation programs. Today, we celebrate one of the special Community Services Staff Members that make it all happen: Meet Emma Blight!

 

Emma is currently going into her junior year of college at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Public and Non-Profit Administration. She is kind-hearted, selfless, and brings a smile to everyone around her. Emma’s story is just one example of our staff’s commitment to creating life-long memories for our residents.

 

Emma has been a crucial part of the Parks and Recreation team for six years. She initially made her mark as a Summer Camp Mania volunteer for two years in a row. During her first year, she was even honored with the Junior Volunteer of the Year award. Having enjoyed her volunteer experience so much, Emma took her commitment to the department to the next level by becoming a Camp Counselor. During her time with Camp Mania, Emma developed positive relationships, environments, and games for kids of various ages.

 

When the opportunity to become this year’s Camp Director became open, Emma knew she had to jump on it! Camp is only a few weeks in, but she has already exceeded expectations for the role! When your child comes home thrilled from a fun-filled day at Camp, make sure to thank Emma for her passion and dedication to Camp Mania.

 

Emma’s career within the Community Services Department is just one example of the career growth that’s possible when you have the right attitude. From volunteer to counselor to Camp Director, we are very excited to see what comes next for Emma’s future with our department.

 

“Working for the City of Southlake helped me find a job that I truly care about, as well as exemplified what it truly means to be a part of a team!”—Emma Blight, Camp Director.

 

We are happy to have Emma be a part of our team!

Summer Camp Registrations Open April 1

If you had a blast at one of our Spring Break camps, then mark your calendars because summer camp registration opens on April 1 at 8:00 am!

They are back and more popular than ever! Claim your spot for Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp for a summer filled with world-class experiences and forming lifelong memories.

Camp Mania

Summer Camp Mania is bringing entertainment to campers this summer with plenty of fun surprises for the kiddos! Instead of field trips, guest artists and contractors will visit the camp to guarantee exciting and educational experiences every day. Learn about becoming a DJ, jump up and down in a wild bounce house, and express your personality with an airbrush tattoo from a guest artist. Camp favorite activities such as visiting Bicentennial Park, swimming in the Aquatics Center, and playing games with counselors will be back as well!

Cross Timbers Nature Camp

Cross Timbers Nature Camp will also open for registration for all nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts! Campers will have the opportunity to explore the trails, learn about the species that inhabit them, and become good stewards of our Cross Timbers Ecosystem.

Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp are each offered for nine weeks during the summer. Campers can register for one week or all nine; however, they must enroll and pay for each week they want to attend. Specialty camps will also be offered this summer for those interested in athletics, science, or STEAM. Learn all about our various camp offerings on our website.

If you know you want to register for camp, but aren’t sure which one is right for you, then make sure to attend our Camp Fair at Champions Club on April 17! Explore each summer camp’s booth where you can learn more about the activities planned for each one.

Registration for summer camps opens on April 1 for City of Southlake residents and April 15 for nonresidents. Visit our website for more information such as COVID-19 Precautions and parent packets.

We’ll see you at camp!

Southlake STEAM Summer Camps

The City of Southlake Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of youth summer camps that focus on the concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and math. These hands-on, project-based camps are geared to intrigue and fire up the curiosity of kids ages 5-14.

Everything Chocolate (Ages 6-12): In this class, you will become skilled in making and decoration chocolates. You will create and decorate filled chocolates, dipped chocolates and dropped chocolates. You will create edible art pieces, including peanut butter cups, coconut haystacks, peanut drops, chocolate sculptures, flavored chocolates, bon bons, petit fours and much, much more.

Fashion Diva (Ages 6-12): Are you a fashion diva?  Then this is the class for you!  Projects include glitzy flower hair clips, bottle cap necklaces, bead-embellished scarves, tie-dye bandanna and a jewelry box

Adventures in Art Camp (Ages 6-13): In this four day workshop, young artists learn to create eight masterpieces using five different painting mediums; oil pastels, watercolor, heavy acrylic, light acrylic and charcoal. All while learning fine art principles and color theory. Subjects include land and seascapes, still life’s, florals and animals. All supplies furnished. Wear an old t-shirt and bring paper towels and a snack.

Jedi Engineering Using LEGO (Ages 5-7): The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO® X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

JediMaster Engineering with LEGO (Ages 8-12): The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics and eccentric motion. Build LEGO XWings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

Minecraft Engineering with LEGO (Ages 5-7): Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether and a moving Minecraft! Create your favorite Minecraft objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Whether you are new to Minecraft and LEGO or a seasoned veteran, you’ll be hooked on the endless creative possibilities.

Minecraft Master Engineering with LEGO (Ages 8-12): Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO®! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecraft! This project-based camp, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of our core engineering-themed programs based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO.

Video Game Design (Ages 8-14): Love video games? Learn how to make your very own and play it on your own PC! From designing levels and creating characters to programming movements and control, learn the entire process of making your very own custom game!

Minecraft Architects (Ages 8-14): Spark creative thinking, develop spatial visualization skills and improve math proficiency. Work with a group to create building structures to meet specific guidelines. Defeat the challenges of limited resources, time limits and environmental features. Discover drawing blueprints and then transform the sketch in Minecraft.

Video Game Producer (Ages 6-9): Video Game Producer is an introductory course that lets you design your very own game and then make a video discussing it. Students will learn how to code a premade game while learning level design. Afterward, students make a short video on why others should play their game. Students will take their games with them and can share their video through 8Bit’s YouTube Channel.

Minecraft Redstone Wiring (Ages 8-14): Learn how to create unique creations inside the Minecraft world. Discover how to use Redstone to wire your creation and bring it to life. Students will learn how to make Automated Train Stations, Elevators and more!

Lego Animation (Ages 8-14): In Lego Animation, you create your very own Stop and Go Animation. Build the sets, create the voice overs and edit stills to bring the movie to life. Afterward, view and share your video through 8Bit’s YouTube Channel.

Movie Magic (Ages 8-14): Lights, Camera, Action! Gain valuable tips, pro tricks and interpersonal skills while you make your own short film. Learn a variety of script writing, filming, acting, and directing techniques. Afterward, view and share your video through 8Bit’s YouTube Channel.

Chess Wizards Camp (Ages 5-8): Join us this summer for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games and cool prizes. You’ll improve your chess skills, meet new friends and work out your most powerful muscle – your brain! Our camps include fun team chess play games, recess time, snacks, tournaments and puzzles. Each camper receives a t-shirt, a trophy and puzzle folder.  Unleash your brain power and spend part of your vacation with Chess Wizards!

If you are interested in signing your child up for any of these programs, you can register online or at the Parks and Recreation office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210.

For more information please contact (817) 748-8019 or visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com.