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Thrive Funsational Summer Guide



Thrive Funsational Summer Guide

May 2012


Millions of kids go to summer camps each year. It is an American summer tradition that has been around for generations. Sending your child to summer camps is so much more than just getting your kids involved and out of the house! It helps them build character and molds them into a strong individual ready to take on the world. Here are some reasons why you should consider sending your child to a summer camp: Positive Role Models Camp counselors have an immense impact on your child, because they are listened to as an established peer, not a parent laying down rules. They have a vested interest in the program and are looking to give new generations the same experience that had such a profound effect on them. New Friends Attending a summer camp will expose your child to children from different schools, communities and cultures. Being able to cultivate new friendships and to work as a cohesive unit is essential to every day life, now and in adulthood. New Experiences By sending them to a summer camp, you are giving them the opportunity to embark on an exciting journey filled with new adventures and friendships. It is the experience that creates the life-long memories, which make summer camps special.

Embrace Creativity Camps get children to utilize their imagination and interact with one another to develop creative solutions for challenges, talent shows, contests and crafts. Your children will develop creative thinking skills giving them the ability to look at situations from a variety of different viewpoints. Foster Independence Camps encourage children to take risks and help foster independence and responsibility. They will be able to try things out of their comfort zone, become more adaptable to change and learn the importance of organization and time management. Being away from home can be scary, but being around friends and peers their own age will make the experience a smooth one.

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Jamm Camp June 18–28 Swicegood Music, 308 E. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles Play in a live band setting with professional coaching. Two-week Jamm Camp begins June 18. There will be two age-group combos offered: beginners and intermediate/ advanced. Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6–8 p.m. registration is $25. Cost is $300. Call Swicegood Music Company at (337) 477-2704.

Café Au Clay Various Dates 3113 Ryan Street, Lake Charles June: 5–7, 12–14, 19–21; July: 10–12, 17–19, 24–26, 31–August 2. Camp will be from 1–4 p.m. Bring snacks and drinks. Cost is $50/day or $120 for 3 days. Call (337) 564-5338. Calcasieu Parish Arts Camp June 5–28 Lake Charles Boston Academy, 1509 Enterprise Blvd. Three classes offered daily from 7:45–noon. Open to students completing grades Kindergarten–8th. Tuition is $235 before May 11th; $250 after May 15th with installments accepted. Campers have the opportunity to choose a variety of class options. Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Calcasieu Parish School System. Registration forms and additional information are available online at or by calling at 439-ARTS.

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Wild Things July 9–11 Children ages 5–8 years old participate in creative drama exercises, games, movement and music in this workshop just for youngsters. Classes are from 10–11:15 a.m.; $65. Acting for the Camera July 9–11 This workshop covers auditioning for commercials, reading commercial scripts, exploring different commercial techniques, and beginning improvisational skills. Information and samples are shared on resumes, headshots, and finding the best agent or manager. This class is forages 8-18 years old from noon–1:30 p.m.; $85. Shakespeare Workshop July 23–27 This workshop teaches the language, ideas, and adventures of Shakespeare. Students will perform excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays while experiencing the technical aspects of lighting, set design, and creating costumes. The workshop concludes with a free public performance starring all of the students. Ages 5-8 years old attend from 10–11:15 a.m. and ages 9-18 years old attend from 10 a.m.–noon; $85. MSU 2011 High School Summer Band Camps June 17–21 McNeese State University Campus Instructional sessions are held throughout the day, with various social activities each night. Students may stay on campus in the apartment-style residence halls or commute each day. All three areas present a camp-finale performance for family and friends on the final day of camp. Residents: $320 (covers instruction, housing, and all meals). Commuter: $220 (covers instruction, daily lunch, and dinner). Registration deadline is June 1. Go to or contact Jay N. Jacobs, director at (337) 475-5004, The Leadership & Drum Major Camp Ideal for aspiring drum majors and section leaders.

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Children’s Theatre Summer Starz Series The Children’s Theatre, 809 Kirby Street, Ste. 313, Lake Charles Contact the Children’s Theatre at (337) 433-7323, or register online at All workshops include a t-shirt.

The Colorguard & Drumline Camps Addresses all levels of ability.


The All-Star Summer Band Camps These are part of a series of yearly honors events for high school band students. These events also include the McNeese All-Star Marching Band (September) and the All-Star Honor Band (April).

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Lake Charles Young Band Nation Summer Camp June 11–15 809 Kirby Street, Lake Charles Central School Arts & Humanities Center. Call (225) 769-6225.


Nancy Melton’s “Watercolor Magic” June 25–29 McNeese State University Watercolor techniques, drawing and painting subjects with instructor, Nancy Melton. For kids 3rd grade and up, from 1–2:15 p.m. The cost is $45 before June 11 and $49 after plus supply fees. To enroll, contact May Gray at (337) 475-5130 or Second Saturdays Sulphur Arts Camp June 8–August 11 Henning Cultural Center, 923 Ruth St., Sulphur Each 2nd Saturday in Sulphur, the Henning Cultural Center will host interactive activities for children ages 5–12 from 9 a.m.– noon. This will include painting, photography, ceramics, crafts, and other surprises! There is no cost, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact Thom Trahan at (337) 527-0357. Crafty Tuesdays June 5–August 14 Children’s Museum, Lake Charles Kids will do activities involving different types of arts and crafts each week; some activities include pottery, paintings, drawings and much more. These will be offered at 11 am, noon and 1 p.m. Call (337) 433-9420.


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Foreman-Reynard Community Center Summer Camp June 4–July 31 Foreman-Reynard Community Center, Lake Charles Registration is open for the Foreman-Reynard Community Center Summer Camp, which starts June 4. Campers pay a one-time registration fee of $25. Camp is Monday – Friday from 7:30a.m.–5 p.m.; Tuition is $65/week. Call (337) 436- 2500.

Club Tabby – Making Memories June 11–August 3 Club Tabby, Prien Lake Mall, Lake Charles Every camp day is themed and filled with fun, prizes, games, crafts and snacks. Camp times are from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., tuition is $100/week. Mini-Camps are also available, these are 3 days/ week, 10 a.m.–2:30p.m.; $60. Registration is underway and limited spaces are available. Call (337) 478-3600. WinShape C3 Camp July 23–27 Trinity Baptist Church, Lake Charles Children will enjoy activities centered around science, athletics, dance, food prep, secret ops, crafts, music and drama. The camp is for children who have completed grades 1–6 in May 2012. Camp is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $184 registration fee. Register online only at

City of Lake Charles Department of Recreation and Parks Summer Day Camp Drew Park & University Community Center Offered daily from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. for children ages 6–12 only. $100 per child, per two-week session. Locations include Drew Park and University Community Center. Session1: June 4–15; Session 2: June 18–29; Session 3: July 2–13 Session 4: July 15–27 *No camp on July 4 (Holiday) Activities include movies, bowling, swimming, skating and fun. Camp participants will receive free breakfast and lunch daily, go on field trips, play exciting games, and much more. A minimum of 50 children must attend to have a camp on each site. Registration prior to the session is required. Contact Helen Lewis Dunn at (337) 491-1280 or visit to register.

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St. Luke Simpson’s Summer Day Camp June 4– August 7 St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church The summer day camp is June 4-August 7 from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The cost of weekly tuition is $110, and will include field trips, special themed days and Christian Education opportunities. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call Lauren at (337) 474-1500.







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2012 CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP At Day Camp, your son has an opportunity to make crafts, work towards Cub Scout ranks, play games, try archery, shoot BB guns, listen to guest speakers and attend other special events. Cypress Knee June 11-15 First Baptist Church, Sulphur • Jamie Manuel (337) 526-7545 or Thunderbird June 4-8 DeRidder Fair Grounds • Ilene Dickens (337) 802-5831 or Thunderbird June 11-15 Vernon Parish Fair Grounds, Leesville • Audrey McCain (337) 397-5861 or Pioneer May 28-31 James Ward Elementary • Christa Simon (816) 830-6597 or Pioneer June 11-15 Tuten Park, Lake Charles • Melissa Bertrand (337) 764-2046 or Webelos Resident Day Camp June 24-27 Camp Edgewood Boys finishing 3rd and 4th grades are encouraged to attend this camp for opportunities to earn Webelos Activity Badges. Some Webelos scouts leave camp with seven of the 20 Webelos Badges completed. Cost is $75 per Webelo. Call Shawn at the Boy Scouts office (337) 436-3376.

2012 GIRL SCOUT DAY/OVERNIGHT CAMPS Day Camps Session 1–Nature Camp June 4-8 PPG Nature Lab, Sulphur • $50 camper/$25 aide Session2–Time Travel June 18-22 Pinewood Program Center, Sterlington • $40 camper Session 3–I Will Survive! June 18-20 Ville Platte Civic Center, Ville Platte • $50 camper/$30 aide Session 4–Party of the Century June 25-29 Camp Bon Temps, Breaux Bridge Camper • $50/aide $25 Session 5–Back to the Basics July 2-6 Camp Bon Temps, Breaux Bridge, LA • $60 camper/$25 aide Session 6–Hello Acadiana July 11-13 Camp Bon Temps, Breaux Bridge, LA • $40 camper/$30 aide Session 7–Fun in the Sun August 6-9 Rayne Civic Center, Rayne, LA • $50 camper/$35 aide Overnight Camps Session 1–AMAZE Journey Camp for Cadettes • June 1–3 Camp Bon Temps, Breaux Bridge, LA • $60 camper/$40 aide Session 2–Girl Scouts Go Global June 3-8 Indian Creek Camp, Chatham, LA • $100 camper/ $60 aide Session 3–AMAZE Journey Camp for Cadettes June 22-24 Camp Wawbansee, Simsboro, LA • $60 camper/$40 aide Session 4–Cal Camp 2012 June 21-24 Camp Bon Temps, Breaux Bridge, LA • $55 camper/ $35 aide Session 5–Girl Scouts Go Global June 24-29 Indian Creek Camp, Chatham, LA • $100 camper/ $60 aide Visit or call (800) 960-2093.

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Calcasieu Parish Public Library Summer Reading Program June–July Registration for the reading programs will begin on May 29 at 11 host library locations. The annual SRP Kick-off Celebration will be June 8 from 4–7 p.m. at Prien Lake Park Harbor’s Edge Pavilion. This celebration will feature a magic show by Geebo the Clown, cookie decorating, dress-up booth, temporary tattoos, face painting, bookmark creations, balloon art and more. Young adults in grades 6–12 are encouraged to participate in “Own the Night,” the teen summer library program. Teens are invited to come to the library and read for prizes as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer. All programs are free of charge and will run concurrently, so get your whole family involved! Those completing their reading by July 13 will receive a yard sign declaring “A Library Champion Lives Here!”Call (337) 721-7116 or visit

Sylvan Learning Center Summer Camps 29 W. College St., Lake Charles All camps offered are a fun approach to learning, taught by certified teachers in small groups for individualized attention, and are flexible to fit your summer schedule. Spaces are limited. Call (337) 474-9998.  Read Ahead! (Early Reading Camp), Fraction Action! (Fraction Fun), Write On! (Writing Styles/Techniques), Solve This! (Word Problems), Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division Fun Facts.

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McNeese Summer Reading Clinic June 4–28 McNeese State University, Farrarr Hall Rm. 323 From 9–11:30 a.m., Monday–Thursday, students entering grades 1–6 will receive one-on-one tutoring for 60 minutes a day and participate in reading enriched activities with a master teacher. The fee is $175, which includes a deposit of $50 with the completed application. Call (337) 475-5471. McNeese Kids College/McNeese Teens Various Dates McNeese State University Call (337) 475-5616 or visit for information on dates, pricing or registration for any of the events listed below. Mathemagical Adventures June 11 Session 1: For children in grades 1–2, the adventure will take place from 9 a.m.–11 a.m. Cost is $25/$29 after June 4. Session 2: For children in grades 3–5, the adventure will take place from 1–4 p.m. $29/$35 after June 4. Fun with Spanish June 18–22 This camp is offered to children in 1st–7th grade. The camp will be Monday–Friday from 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m. The cost is $39/$45 after June 4. Ahoy, Matey! June 11-15 Cook-Up a Pirate’s Delights. For children in grades 3rd–6th. Camp will be from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., tuition is $99/$109 after June 4. Call (337) 475-5130 or visit Additional courses include creative writing, acting, mythology, and literature. Academic course offerings include math clinics, reading clinics, science and forensics. Music courses offered include piano, guitar, violin, cello and music appreciation. Art courses include origami, watercolor, photography, pottery and more. Hip Hop, video game design, study skills clinics and computer courses as well as comic book artistry and cartooning will also be available. Mathnasium Summer Camps and Classes Various Sessions 2744 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles • (337) 478-0550  Summer Workouts These flexible programs are designed to give students an extra boost heading into the new school year. Two, 60-minute sessions per week are planned for these workouts. Students can come in between 10a.m.–noon or 4–7p.m., Monday– Thursday. The summer schedule will run June 4– August 9. F irst Steps Program This new program is designed to give students going into Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade the foundations for a lifetime of math success. Ten, 50-minute sessions over two weeks are planned for these enrichment classes. Classes are limited to five students, so register soon to reserve your child’s place. Class dates will be June 18–29. Cost is $200.

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Fun ways to keep learning during the summer. During the summer children can fall behind academically. They get so excited about enjoying their break from school, that they often forget everything they’ve learned come August. You can encourage your child to continue and practice their education during the summer by combining fun activities with learning. Consider using these ideas to transform their summer vacation into a learning paradise: •T  ake your children to a hands-on museum or historical landmark. This process helps stimulate their thinking, promotes learning of new concepts and recall of those previously learned. Try to make it into a game by developing some sort of “I Spy” game or treasure hunt before hand to take on the adventure. It will help them to pay closer attention. •C  onduct simple science experiments with your children. You can even use the scientific method throughout the process. These experiments will teach them to follow directions, make observations and ask questions, while providing hours of hand-on fun learning. •C  reate a summer-long reading competition within your family. Establish prizes that will be awarded at the duration of the summer and create a progress chart. Take your children to the library or a book

exchange store once a week to get books. To avoid being deceived, have the child write up a paragraph summarizing the book. This friendly competition will help improve their reading skills, writing skills and expand their vocabulary. •E  ncourage service learning. This can include taking the family to volunteer at a local soup kitchen or participating in yard work and household chores. Helping others will teach them respect, timemanagement and the importance of teamwork. •S  end your children to an overnight or day camp. All of these camps have an emphasis on learning while having fun. They are also a great way for your child to gain independence and make new friends.

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Having a sleepover is a big event for your child. Although slumber parties are fun for kids, the very words “slumber party” themselves strike fear into any parent’s heart. Having a solid plan in place can make this up-all-night party for kids a dreamland for parents. Here are some tips. • The kids should be at least eight years old since kids younger than eight require more supervision. • Have an even number of children with no more than six children total. An even number helps to keep anyone from feeling left out. • Keeping the kids entertained is a top priority. Try to have a general plan established that can include movies, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, board games, baking, etc. • Munching seems to be the favorite past time at a slumber party. For a quick and fairly cheap dinner, you may want to consider ordering pizza. For late night snacks, consider crackers, chips and dip, vegetable trays and ice cream.



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Classes for ages 3 (by Sept. 1st) and up A 3 Week Summer Classical Ballet Intensive will be conducted by Jeffrey Lyons of the San Francisco Ballet School. Workshops in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, salsa, pilates and adult ballet will also be offered in addition to a 6 week piano and a 6 week guitar workshop.

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Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church VBS July 23–27 Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, Sulphur Call (337) 527-5261.

First Baptist VBS June 11–15 First Baptist Church, Lake Charles VBS will be held from 9 a.m.–noon. For children who have completed kindergarten–5th Grade. Call (337) 433-1443. First Baptist VBS June 25–29 First Baptist Church, Sulphur VBS will be held from 8 a.m.–noon. Open to children who have completed Kindergarten–5th Grade. Call (337) 527-5231. Henning Memorial United Methodist Church VBS June 11–15 Henning Memorial United Methodist Church, Sulphur VBS sessions will be held from 9 a.m.–noon. Open to children that have completed kindergarten–5th grade. Call (337) 527-5483. Maplewood First Baptist VBS June 18–22 Maplewood First Baptist Church, Sulphur VBS will be held for children who have completed Kindergarten5th grade. Call (337) 625-5899.

St. Margaret Catholic Church VBS June 11–15 St. Margaret Catholic Church, Lake Charles VBS will be held from 9 a.m.–noon for ages 3– fifth grade. 3-year olds must be potty trained. Cost is $25. Call (337) 439-4585. St. Theresa Catholic Church VBS June 11–15 St. Theresa Catholic Church, Carlyss VBS will be held from 8:30–11:30 a.m. for children in Pre-K–5th Grade. Cost $20 and includes a camp T-shirt. Call (337) 583-4800. Sale Street Baptist Church VBS June 11–15 Sale Street Baptist Church, Lake Charles VBS will be held from 8:30 a.m.–noon. Open to children who have completed Kindergarten–5th Grade. Call (337) 477-3463. Trinity Baptist Church VBS June 4–8 Trinity Baptist Church, Lake Charles VBS is for children who will start kindergarten in fall of 2012 through those completing fifth grade in May of 2012. Sessions are from 9 a.m.–noon. Call (337) 480-1555 or visit United Methodist Church VBS June 11–15 United Methodist Church, downtown Lake Charles VBS will be held from 9 a.m.–noon for children in Pre-K–5th grade. Call (337) 436-6656.

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Camp 3D July 16–20 Dynamic Dimensions, Sulphur Dynamic Dimensions in Sulphur will host a summer camp for kids. It will be from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and is open to children ages 7–11. The cost is $75 for members of Dynamic Dimensions, $99 for non-members. Deadline for registration is July 9 and limited space is available. Activities include games, crafts, nutrition activities including hands-on preparation of lunch and snacks, fitness education and pool time. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Call (337) 527-5459. Amazing Thursdays June 7–August 9 Children’s Museum, Lake Charles Kids will meet Thursdays for activities like Zumba, Science, clowns, readings, karate and much more! Call (337) 433-9420.

CrossFit Kids Summer Camp June 27–August 8 Easy Street, Lake Charles Ages 5–9, noon–1 p.m.; Ages 10–up, 1–2 p.m. Camps include fun workouts, learning exercise skills, nutrition education, healthy cooking, active games, goal setting and other health and fitness activities. Tuition is $200/child. Contact Coach Mary at (337) 660-4997. SPAR Tween Fitness Classes June 5–August 2 SPAR Recreation and Aquatics Center, 933 W Parrish Rd., Sulphur Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30–5 p.m. Program Fee: daily admission $3/In-District, $4/Out of District. Open to Ages 8-14 years. Parents MUST remain within SPAR Recreation & Aquatic Center. Each class will consist of warm-up, cardiovascular exercises, body-weight strength training, cooldown, and stretching. Call (337) 721-3040.

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“Sasol’s Second Saturday

Science Show” Summer fun for kids!

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On the second Saturday of each month, Sasol Volunteers perform chemistry science shows at the Children’s Museum. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts for about 30 minutes. This program, in its fifth year, welcomes all area children and their families to participate in the summer fun.

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MSU Athletic Camps Various weeks McNeese State University Dave Simmons Men’s Basketball Camp Session 1: June 4–7; Session 2: June 18–21 Camp is for ages 7-17, cost is $175. Contact Patrick Haynes (337) 263-1691, or visit Brooks Donald Women’s Basketball Camp Fundamentals: May 29-31, Grades K–8, 9a.m.– noon, $125 Position: June 17, Grades 7–12, 2–6 p.m., $45 Team Camp 1: June 7-9; Team Camp 2: June 21–23 Call (337) 475-5473. McNeese Football Camp July 8–10 Overnight campers $250.00/Day campers $125.00 Registration will be at McNeese Dorm on July 8, noon–3 pm. Contact Lark Hebert (337) 475-5211. 2012 Summer Tennis Camp Various Weeks Lake Charles Racquet Club The main emphasis will be tennis, however, other activities will include swimming and arts & crafts. Each child should bring a swimsuit, towel, hat or visor and tennis racquet. Lunch is included. Camp is open to ages 4-13 from 8 a.m.–noon, Monday–Friday. Session 1: May 28–June 1; Session 2: June 4–8; Session 3: June 25–29; Session 4: July 9-13; Session 5: July 30–August 3; Session 6: August 6-10. Cost for Session 1 and 2 is $260 for members and $290 for non-members. Cost for each additional one-week session is $130 for members and $160 for non-members. Visit or contact Bobby Walker, (337) 433-8811, 2012 Summer Junior Golf Camp Various Dates Mallard Cove Golf Course Offered Monday through Thursday, 8–10 a.m. for children ages 6-14. $50 per child, per session. Each golf camp will be limited to the first 40 paid entrants. Session 1: June 11–14; Session 2: July 16–19; Session 3: August 6–9. If camper does not have equipment, he/she will be supplied with the proper equipment to be able to participate in the clinic activities. Instruction will be lead by the PGA Head Golf Professional. Each camper will receive a golf camp T-shirt. Campers can be registered in the Pro Shop or online at Contact Derek Smith or Jason Horne at (337) 491-1204. Putt-Putt June 4-8 630 Petro Point Dr., Lake Charles This camp has succeeded in teaching area youth skills on rules, score keeping, sportsmanship, and just plain FUN in playing competitive Putt-Putt. Each day children between the ages of 8 and 18 will play at camp from 9 a.m.- noon. Friday afternoon there will be a tournament for trophy prizes! For more information, call (337) 480-1954. 14

Mike Smith’s Women’s Softball Camp Session 1: June 11–14; Session 2: June 18–21 Contact Mike Smith (337) 475-5926. Competitive Challenge Youth Soccer June 11–14; July 23–26 Lake Charles Multi-Sports Complex. 3200 Power Centre Pkwy This camp is provided by the McNeese soccer coaching staff. Open to boys and girls ages 6–12. Individual registration fee is $85, registration with a friend discount fee is $75. Camp will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Campers can register at www. or call Coach Trey Jones at (337) 475-5368 or Competitive Challenge Girls Elite Camp June 29–July 1; July 20–22 McNeese State University Soccer Complex For girls ages 13–18. Register online at Contact Kyra McDonough or Trey Jones Terry Gamble Volleyball Camp July 12–14 Developmental Skills Camp: Elementary, 9 a.m.– noon, $95 General Skills Camp: Jr. High, Grades 6th–8th, 
9 a.m.–noon
$95 General Skills Camp: High School/Jr. College Players
$95 Team Camp: JV August 3, Varsity August 4, team registration is $100. Visit or call Nicole Wilson at (337) 475-5109. McNeese Cowgirl Kicker Kutie Camp July 30– August 3 McNeese State University Paige Harkins-Caldwell and the McNeese Cowgirl Kickers will host their annual Cowgirl Kicker Kutie Camp for ages 5–12. The camp will be held on the McNeese Campus, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. with early drop off available. Registration will be $160. Visit or call (337) 475-5604.

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Upward Cheer Camp July 23-27 Maplewood First Baptist, Sulphur Camp will be held from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Cost is $45. Call (337) 625-5899.

Student Summer Mondays Golf June 4–August 6 Frasch Park Golf Course, Picard Rd., Sulphur This event will take place from dawn to dusk. All students, whether in first grade or college, simply pay a green fee of $5 plus tax to play 18 holes of golf at the Frasch Golf Club. Call (337) 527-2515.

Basketball Camp June 25-28 St. Margaret Catholic Church, Lake Charles Call (337) 439-4585. Jennie Finch Softball Camp July 14-15 McMurry Park, 300 Hazel Street, Sulphur Join Jennie Finch and her Olympic and professional softball teammates for two full days of personal instruction covering all aspects of softball. Open to girls 3rd grade and up. Campers receive lunch both days, camp T-shirt, autographed photo of Jennie, certificate of participation, a photo taken with Jennie and her medals and a ticket for WWAST Celebrity Game Friday and Saturday night. Camp will be held from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Registration is $175 per camper.

Ronnie Walters • (337) 477-1114

Tennis Camp

Mon-Fri • 8:30am-12:30pm Cost:$195 Member/$235 Non-Member Session I – June 11-15 Session II -June 18th-22nd Session III – July 9th-13th Session IV – July 30th – August 3rd

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) July 13-14 McMurry Park, 300 Hazel Street, Sulphur The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers, and veterans. These young extremely athletic men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military/war, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. The ticket price is $10 per game. Go to for tickets. Frasch Park Junior Golf Clinic Various Dates 400 Picard Rd., Sulphur Session 1: June 5–7; Session 2: July 3–5; Session 3: August 7–9 Program application cost is $40; and fully-funded applicants are free. Instructed by George McInnis, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury encourages youth ages 7–17 to participate in the Junior Golf events; however, pre-registration will be required. Each session is held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9–11 a.m. Cost for a Non-Program Child is $75; Pre-registration for the Junior Golf Clinic is available at Registration fees apply. Financial Assistance can be requested on registration application. Call (337) 527-2515.

Ronnie Walters & Bear Suarez

All Star Camp (Golf and Tennis) Mon-Fri • 8:30am-2:30pm Cost:$295 Member/$325 Non-Member Session I –June 25th-29th Session II – July 23rd-27th

Bear Suarez • (337) 478-1758

Golf Camp

Mon-Fri • 8:30am-12:30pm Cost:$195 Member/$235 Non-Member Session I – June 4th-8th Session II – July 9th-13th Session III – July 16th-20th

Camp Highlights: • Early Drop off 8:00am • Fun “Star” incentive program • Camp gift, award, and certifiicate to each participant • Campers grouped by age and ability in small groups • Each group is fully supervised during all activities while on Club premises • Talent Show and Award Ceremony on Friday at the end of Camp May 2012

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Center Circle Pool June 1–August 4 80 Center Circle Drive, Sulphur Regular hours are 9 a.m.–noon/ 2:30 p.m.-5:30p.m. Monday– Thursday; 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday; 1–5 p.m. Sunday. Free Swim is offered from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Monday– Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m.–noon. Family Swim is offered 5:30–6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday. Gate fee is $1.50 per day per person, $1 per day for SPAR members, $1 per day per child with Day Cares and 30 visit punch cards are $37.50. Call (337) 625- 9791.

SwimSational Swim School, Various Sessions 878 N. Beglis Pkwy., Sulphur & 2002 Johnson St., Jennings For more information on the classes listed below, call (337) 527-0950. CAMP SWIMsational Offers half-day swim camps, 5 days long offered throughout the summer, each week ending with an ice cream eating contest for all campers! Each camp is offered from 9 a.m.–noon Monday–Friday with early drop-off if needed. Camp shirt with registration. NO Pre-Requisites for Beginner Level. Advanced Level should be able to swim 20 to 30 feet independently. Evaluations take only 5-10 minutes and are FREE after school hours now.   Beginner Level for ages 5–12 will be held, Session 1: June

LC Fitness Swim Lessons June 4-July 27 4324 Lake St., Lake Charles Lessons for children ages 3 & up. All classes are taught by a certified instructor with more than 7 years experience. Members $80/5 lessons; Non-Members, $90/5 lessons. Register at LC Fitness. Call (337) 478-8686.

4–8; Session 2: June 18–22; Session 3: June 25–29; Session 4: July 9–13. Advanced Level for ages 7–14 will be held, Session 1: June 11–15 Session2: July 16–20. Private Classes Each class will be one-on-one with an instructor for 30 minutes per day. Perfect for anyone who needs a little extra TLC. Cost is $110/ 4 lessons. Group lessons are offered as well.

SPAR Waterpark 933 W. Parrish Rd., Sulphur SPAR Waterpark is open weekends only May 13–May 20, open daily May 24–August 11, and open August 19– August 20. Operating hours are 10 a.m. Monday–Tuesday and Thursday– Saturday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesdays; and 1–7 p.m. Sundays. Gate fee is $4 in-district residents and $6 for out-of-district residents. Thirty-visit punch cards are available for $100, in-district and $160, out-of-district. Waterpark Parties are held from 6–8 p.m. Wednesdays. Call AunJelle at (337) 721-3052 or visit

Summer Splash Swim Clinics June and July For children 3 years and up, beginners to advanced. Each class will last 30 minutes, Monday through Friday for one week. $90 per student and all students receive certificates upon completion.

SPAR Swim Lessons Session 1: June 4–14; Session 2: June 18–28; Session 3: July 9–19 Registration will be held May 15–16 & 22–23 at 3–6 p.m. & June 1–July 2 during regular CCP Hours. Program Fee: $45 per Session; $40 per additional child. SPAR Swim Lessons are conducted Monday–Thursday for two consecutive weeks. Rainy day makeups are on Fridays. Open to ages 6 months through Adult. Call (337) 625-9791 or (337) 721-3052. 16

True Blue Watersports Swim Lessons 5959 Common Street, Lake Charles Private Lessons: $135/5, 30-minute sessions Group Lessons: Ages 5–12, $99/5, 45-minute sessions True Blue Watersports Scuba Camp 5959 Common Street, Lake Charles Session 1: June 4-9; Session 2: July 9-13 At SCUBA camp, all day from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. kids 8–12 years old learn to SCUBA dive and care for our world’s oceans. Everyday, members SCUBA dive, receive swim lessons, snorkel, have free time in pool, discover marine-based science projects and much more. Tuition for the week is $259, bring a friend tuition is $249. Call Sharron Walker at (337) 540-2518.

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Fun water games to beat the summer heat. Are you looking to beat the sweltering summer heat and have some fun outdoors? Whether you’re playing in a pool, on vacation or entertaining a group of kids, these exciting water games are sure to leave you feeling refreshed. Pass-the-Ball Replay Divide participants up into two teams and form a line. At the shout of “go,” the player at the front of each line passes a ball over their head to the player directly behind them. This player then passes the ball between their legs to the person behind them. This pattern continues until it reaches the last player, who then swims with the ball to the front of the line and repeats the process until the first player returns to their original spot. The first team to return to their original line order wins. Hide the Balloons Place about a dozen inflated balloons in the shallow end of a pool. Players will compete to see who can acquire and hold the most balloons under their bodies in 30 seconds time.

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Bottle Brigade Race Participants will race across the pool while pushing empty plastic bottles with their feet. Piranha Ball Contestants hold hands and form a circle with a bouncy ball floating in the middle, aka the piranha. The goal is to avoid getting bit by the piranha. When the ball bumps a player, they are out. Players can try to pull one another toward the ball or blow the ball in their direction. Going under water to avoid the piranha or push it out of the circle is grounds for disqualification though. Crocodile Crossing All players huddle together, minus one. Each player decides what type of fish they are, and then line up along a wall of the pool. The remaining player is the crocodile and stands in the middle of the pool with their back to the others and begins to call out types of fish. When a player hears their fish called, they must swim to the other side of the pool. The crocodile, without turning around to look, must try to catch them before they reach the safety of the other side. If the person is caught, they become the next crocodile. May 2012

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Sweet Sandals

These cute cookie kicks are sure to make a splash at your next pool party.


• Oval-shaped cookies (Nabisco Cameos and Pepperidge Farm Milanos) • Frosting • Sour gummy worms • Rope licorice • Gummy candy


1. To make a pair, frost two oval-shaped cookies or use a toothpick to dab frosting on each cookie where the straps will be attached. 2.  For wide straps, snip the rounded ends from a sour gummy worm, cut it in half, and slice each half lengthwise, leaving one end intact. For thin straps, cut rope licorice into four 1-3/4 pieces, cut one end of each piece on an angle, and pinch together the pointed ends to form two pairs. 3. Press the straps, connected ends first, into the frosting. Use more frosting to add gummy candy jewels. Let the cookies set for 20 minutes. Serve them on a dish towel spread on a beach of graham cracker crumbs. Compiled from Family Fun Magazine


Patriotic Crabby Drink Crabwich

With a steady hand and some colorful drinks, you can create a tasty, multilayered concoction. The secret is in selecting liquids with varying amounts of sugar, since those that contain more (such as soda) are denser than those with less (such as diet drinks). And that makes it possible to actually stack one on top of another (for a little while, anyway—then they’ll start to blend). Here’s how to serve up a thirst quencher with two, three, or even more layers.

Hungry kids will dig right into this tasty lunchtime fare, perfect for beach parties, picnics, and more. (Serves 2)

• Ice cubes • Cranberry juice • Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce • Diet 7-Up


Ingredients Instructions

1. Fill a clear glass with ice cubes. Pour the drink with the most sugar (check the nutrition label) into the glass. For our red, white, and blue recipe, start with the cranberry juice. 2. Very slowly add a beverage that contains less sugar—in this case, Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce. Be careful to pour it onto an ice cube—not directly into the other drink—to keep them from mixing. 3. Use the same technique to add a layer of Diet 7-Up. Thrive Funsational Summer Guide


• 1 croissant • Sandwich filling* • 6 baby carrots • 2 toothpicks • 1 black olive • 2 cream cheese balls (1/2-inch) • 1 red bell pepper • 1 radish

1. Slit open the outside edge of a croissant, as shown, and stuff it with sandwich filling.* 2. Tuck six baby carrots into the sides to form legs. 3. Slide two 1/2-inch balls of cream cheese onto toothpicks, top each with a black olive slice, and stick them in place as shown. 4. Snip off the tips of the croissant and slide a red bell pepper claw into each end. 5. Finish the crab by attaching a radish slice smile with a dab of cream cheese. Tips: Chicken or tuna salad, ham and cheese and PB&J also make delicious fillers. May 2012

by Haley Armand

About Sitters

Entrusting someone to care for your children can be challenging. You want to find a qualified babysitter to ensure that your child is left in capable hands. You want someone who is mature and friendly, has common sense and a genuine fondness for children. The best place to start looking is within your community—your church, local schools, your workplace, etc. These people are people you all ready know and trust, and are likely your best bet for finding a reliable and capable sitter. When you have some names, it is important to check with their references, these can be teachers or other families the potential babysitter has sat for before. Keep in mind the applicant’s age and certifications, such as CPR and first aid. You want someone who is mature and capable of acting logically and rationally in the case of an emergency. Once you have selected a sitter, invite them over for a trial run before actually leaving them at home with your children alone. This will give you a chance to see how they interact with your children and for you to give a house tour, thoroughly explain the house rules, give out contact information and to specify your general expectations. These should include any information about allergies, daily routines and disciplinary actions for example. Additionally, this is a great time for you, as the parent, to make sure the children understand that when the babysitter is there they are in charge.

During the afternoon or evening, it is a good idea for you to call home and check in on the babysitter and how things are going. This could help alleviate a potential problem. When you return home, you should debrief the babysitter and ask if there were any specific areas where the sitter may have had trouble. Once the sitter has left, ask your children how their experience with the babysitter went, if anything made them feel uncomfortable and if they would like that specific babysitter to babysit again.

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Birthdays Level 1: $90.00

• Basic decorations – balloons, table covers, paper goods and utensils. • Sheet cake with birthday celebrant’s name. • Treat bag for birthday child. • Visit with the Kid Cow.

$9 per extra child

Level 2: $140.00 All items outlined in Level 1 plus: • Personalized birthday banner. • Goody bag for each child. • Ice Cream cup with their cake.

$14 per extra child

Party Food Includes: Choice of Kid’s Meals with either 2 strips or 6 nuggets, side and drink.

Chick-fil-A of Lake Charles • 3435 Nelson Road • 337-479-8007 • ©2012 CFA Properties, Inc. Chick-fil-A© is a registered trademark of CFA Properties, Inch. Jan. 12-CB•053


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