With summer break in full swing, local children can pursue their various interests in summer camp.

New to the local camp scene this year is Hoover Ridge Summer Camp. Madison Parks and Recreation Coordinator Lindsay Von Herbulis said the idea for the camp came from her own experience working at one.

“I thought we need to have one here,” she said.

The new camp offers a variety of activities for local children who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade. The camp is comprised of eight weeks, each featuring a different theme. Many of the themes also include special field trips and each involves sports activities, games, water play, crafts and service projects.

There’s also an inclusion program for children with special needs. They will participate in the same activities, but have an inclusion coach to assist with behavioral needs and inclusion/modification in activities and games. Participants requiring a nurse will need to provide one.

The camp themes are: June 10-14, Out of this World, featuring a trip to the JMU Planetarium; June 17-21, Hometown Olympics with trips to Putt Putt and Pen Park; June 24-28, Red, White and Blue, with a trip to the Onesty Aquatic Center; July 8-12, Hometown Heroes with trips to the Kemper Mansion, Yoder’s and Lego Camp; July 15-19, The Greatest Show, with a trip to the Madison County Fair; July 22-26, Madison Geographic with trips to Rockwater Park and White Oak Falls; July 29 – Aug. 2, Safari in the Ridge, with trips to the Virginia Wildlife Center, Ridgeview Park and Archery; and Aug. 5-9, Spirit Week with trips to Lake Pelham Adventures and Rockwater Park.

Parents can sign children up for as many weeks as they’d like. The cost is $125 per participant with a $25 sibling discount. Camp is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but parents can opt to add on before and after care, 7-8 a.m. and 4-5 p.m., for an additional $25.

Spaces in the camps are limited and filling up quickly. Call the parks and recreation office at (540) 308-1247 to register.

Also at Hoover Ridge this summer are several independent camps. Camp AJ was held this week offering character development, soccer and flag football. Instructional lacrosse will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 17 – July 26, 6-7 p.m. for ages 7-10. The cost is $65. West City Soccer Camp will be held June 17-21, 9-11 a.m. for ages 8-14. The cost is $75 with a $10 sibling discount. Over in the high school gymnasium, volleyball camp will be held July 29 – Aug. 2, 9-11 a.m. The cost is $50. To sign-up for any of these, visit www.hooverridge.com or call the parks and recreation office at (540) 308-1247.

Meanwhile, the Madison 4-H Extension Office will offer a series of summer workshops for local youth.

For ages 9-18, up first is Wacky Science, June 11-12, 9 a.m. to noon, with children creating their own science experiments. The cost is $15. Create a barn quilt June 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop is $25. Make sweet treats July 1-2 or July 8-9, 9 a.m. to noon, with the Sweet Treats Workshop. The workshop is $20 for either two-day session. Flower arranging will take place July 12, 10-11 a.m. The cost is $5. Spa day will be held July 23, 9 a.m. to noon, with a cost of $15. Then it’s on to outdoor living skills Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hoover Ridge’s Camp Crockett. The cost is $20. The workshops will conclude with woodworking Aug. 6-7, 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $25.

Younger children, ages 5-8, will enjoy Cloverbud Summer Camp, June 25-26, 9 a.m. to noon. Visit Outer Space and get some crafts ready for the Madison County Fair. The cost is $15.

To sign up for any of the extension’s summer workshops, call 948-6881 or stop by the extension office at 2 South Main Street, Madison.

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