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is like a pot at the end of the rainbow when you’re a certain age. It’s something you enter with a sense of wonder and feeling of freedom. You come out on the other side a little different, newer, wiser, hopefully better. In this edition of the Idaho Mountain Express, there is a long list of incredible camps and programs describing the myriad of possibilities to create a template for summer. What isn’t discussed much in these pages is that empty place and unfilled space that a summer day can supply. It’s a place where a child wanders, often supervised by only his peers. It’s a place where learning is imprinted and a lifetime of memories can be made. All you need is the trust of your parents, a little creativity and your friends. My best modern-day observation of that kind of freedom is the local skate park. There, kids of all ages push each other and test their boundaries each day. Traffic busily rolls past but the focus of the kids is completely on the ramps, turns, jumps and each other. You find out who you are. For me, it was baseball. Never can I forget a summer fully spent on the sandlot. We were there, virtually every day except weekends, from morning to dinner, kicking up dirt on the dusty baseball diamond. No grown-ups in sight. Cellphones yet to be invented. No pressing matters. Television in its infancy. Mail delivered only by mail carriers, not by computers. Drive-in movies the hot ticket. Needing to work still a couple of years off. We brought banged up bats and a series of baseballs bat-
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tered into yarn. Gloves filled with clouds of dirt. Occasionally, a glimpse of three or four girls of our age walking by, shoulder to shoulder, glancing our way and giggling as one. We couldn’t have cared less. We were 11-year-old boys. It was the summer of 1961, when teammates Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris made their memorable summer-long assault on Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a season. There were four of us every day, exceptions made for only sickness or family responsibilities. First order of business was securing the field itself, as if anyone else really wanted sole possession of the dirt infield and bumpy grass outfield, as we did. Gloves wrapped on our bicycle handlebars, where bats were carried somewhat precariously, we pedaled onto the field. We left our homes at different times, but seemed to arrive at the same time. We dismounted at the backstop. One of us spat on home plate for possession. We set up shop. In the year of Mantle and Maris, we had one objective—hitting home runs over a fence in left field that emptied onto a fairly heavily traveled street. Beyond the street, further back, was the schoolhouse itself—ultimately unreachable for everyone including Big Al, our ultimate home run stud. Big Al turned out to be our only home run threat. We all tried. One time I hit the fence on a bounce. But nobody really thought it had a chance. Sam, our natural athlete, drilled the fence on the fly several times and once or twice homered with a favorable breeze. Dusty, our expert at dirty work, discarded his ambitions early See SUMMER, Page S23
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Treks, trips are treats at YMCA camps Sun Valley Center for the Arts
July 7-11, 2014
SUMMER ART CAMP The Art of Recycling with Danica Robrahn & Jennifer Marquez
July 7-11, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm For students entering 3rd-6th grades The Center, Hailey $350 /$400 nonmembers Registration deadline: Monday, June 23 Scholarships available - please ask!
This week long, full-day art camp gives rising 3rd through 6th graders the opportunity to develop their artistic skills and engage with their peers and community while making original artwork. Using a variety of 2D and 3D processes, campers will spend the week exploring the concept of recycling, with field trips to see art in the community and meet local artists who use recycling in their work. The Center’s teaching artist Danica Robrahn and visiting art teacher Jen Marquez are excited to share their love of art with campers this summer!
Themed weeks keep kids busy By JEFF CORDES Express Staff Writer
Wood River YMCA program director Emilie Wark and her staff are gearing up for a busy summer of themed weeks and outdoor adventures to keep kids ages 5-11 busy in the 2014 Y Summer Day Camp. In her third year as program director, Wark recognizes that the summer camp that runs from June 9-Aug. 29 is serving a purpose in the community. Wark said, “Our camp is really creative. Our staff is always coming up with new games and little treks and adventures to keep the kids busy. “The YMCA values of respect, honesty, responsibility and caring are the focuses of our camp. We teach these through community service learning, socialization, group projects and camp fun.” The kids can attend the camp each day from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most kids are picked up by their parents around 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. each day. Swimming occurs three times per week and is a big part of the camp. The first week of camp is called “Summer Start Up” from June 9-13. Final week of the 12week program is Aug. 25-29. Special features are Thursday field trips and “Friday Night Live” slide shows that incorporate music with photographs of the kids doing their activities
Be a lifeguard at the Hailey pool By EXPRESS STAFF
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FREE at the Sun Valley Center 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival August 8-10, daily 11am-2pm Atkinson Park, Ketchum
Kids can get their hands dirty trying some of the techniques used by the artists in the Arts & Crafts Festival. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s all for kids!
Sun Valley Center for the Arts 208.726.9491 • sunvalleycenter.org
during camp week. Among field trip highlights: Animal Safari June 16-20; Pirate Paradise July 14-18; Epic Olympics July 28-Aug. 1; Atlantis from Aug. 4-8; Outdoor Adventures Aug. 11-15 (swimming at Camp Perkins); and Green Planet Week Aug. 18-22. Early-bird rates paid by May 15 are $180 per week for Y members and $290 non-members. Day rates are $55 members, $80 non-members. Holiday Hooplah theme week from June 30-July 3 is one day shorter than the usual five-day camps, so rates are $160 members, $235 non-members. Besides the Summer Day Camp at the Y, Wark said, “We are offering climbing camps again, and this year we are also offering swim lessons.” She added, “Kids build selfconfidence, take on new challenges and have fun learning the ropes. They receive specialized instruction to help the kids build upon what they learn.” Beginning June 23 and continuing through Aug. 29, the climbing is divided into ages 5-8 (Rock Star No. 1) from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and ages 9-11 (Rock Star No. 2) from 1-3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. For more details and registration forms, visit woodriverymca. org/programs/youth-family/ camp or call Wark directly at 9286718. She can also be reached at email@example.com.
Learning to be a lifeguard is a great way to spend summer if you’re a teenager with a desire to make a difference and make some money. First, you’ll have to take a comprehensive training course to lifeguard at Hailey’s Blaine County Recreation District Aquatic Center. Those interested in becoming a lifeguard at Hailey’s county pool must attend and complete a five-day Lifeguard Training Course to be held May 15-17 and May 23-24 at the Fox Acres Rd. facility across from the Community Campus. Cost is $125 per person. Scholarships are available. Register at the BCRD office in Hailey’s Community Campus building by Friday, May 9. Lifeguards must be at least 15 years of age, be physically fit and be committed to providing a safe aquatic environment. They should be able to swim four lengths of the pool (100 yards). Previous experience as a lifeguard is helpful, but not neces-
sary to take the course. The Aquatic Center is an Ellis and Associates lifeguarding facility, which means that candidates are trained by Ellis protocol. “Ellis is the recognized leader in aquatic safety,” said BCRD Fitness and Aquatics Director Cameron King. “We do not accept ‘Red Cross,’ ‘YMCA,’ or any other guard training certification.” People who complete the course will be certified in CPR, first aid and AED use. They will be trained in using supplemental oxygen and the latest in lifeguard techniques. The course is designed as a stand-alone lifeguard course for those who want the knowledge, but it is also used as mandatory lifeguard “tryouts” for those interested in working as a lifeguard this summer at the BCRD pool. “We train and then we hire,” said King. For more info, contact King at 578-5456 or e-mail cking@bcrd. org. Or sign up in person at the BCRD. Get more details on BCRD swim programs on page 15 of this special section.
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Join ‘Park Rats’ at Atkinson Park A feast of supervised fun Ketchum Director of Parks & Recreation Jen Smith said it best about what she calls the longestrunning and most affordable Youth Recreation Program in the Wood River Valley. “The great outdoors—we can’t seem to get enough of it around here. Summer means longer days and warmer weather, rivers to wade and peaks to climb…We look forward to spending another summer with you!” she wrote to introduce the Ketchum’s “Fun Department” summer program. Safe to say, the valley’s lengthy list of summer youth recreation options starts with the Summer Youth Program at Ketchum’s Atkinson Park—now 37 years young-at-heart and planning for more. “Park Rats” have belonged at Ketchum’s Atkinson Park during the summer for over two generations. The city’s Recreation Supervisor John Kearney grew up as a “Park Rat” and knows that a summer filled with supervised activities at Atkinson Park makes for happy children. The 10-week Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department program starting Monday, June 9 and continuing weekdays through Thursday, Aug. 14 is packed with enough variety to satisfy any child willing to try something new and meet new friends. Once you’re spent a summer in the Atkinson Park Summer Youth Recreation program, you’re officially a “Park Rat.” The park is a safe summer haven for fun, where there’s something happening all the time—except for July 4, when everybody celebrates Independence Day. Children are separated into three age groups for their sessions—grades 3-4 (ages 8-9), grades 5-6 (ages 10-11) and grades 7-9 (ages 12-14). There are two sessions, the first from June 9-July 10, the second July 14-Aug. 14. You must be entering the third grade to sign up for the park program. Sessions are split into Mondays and Wednesdays, and Tuesdays and Thursdays. The kids are occupied each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baseball at the park, skateboarding at Guy Coles Skate Park, flag football, juggling, golf for grades 3-6 or 7-9, tumbling, kickball, birding and “Park Rat Frenzy” are just some of the myriad of activities. Start a day with yoga, tennis, gardening, skateboarding, ball sports, volleyball or Swim Club at Zenergy. Add things like mountain biking, soccer, performing arts and lawn games like bocce ball and frisbee golf. If you need to be inside, you can play cards or board games. Test your creativity with arts and crafts, and the performing arts. Take a chance with “Challenge Me,” a class designed to help kids try new things—like examining snakes up close.
Who knows what passion you’ll discover? An exciting newer addition to the city’s public park system is the Ketchum Bike Park across the street from the park. Created in partnership with the Blaine County School District, the bike park offers agility skill building in a safe environment. Besides Kearney, those on hand to guide the kids and run the programs are Youth Recreation Coordinator Bobby Noyes and Recreation Center Supervisor Maggie Burbridge, plus a youth staff consisting of college and high school athletes, and past Park Rats summer alumni. Online registration starts April 25 at ketchumidaho.org and by visiting Parks & Recreation on the city’s home page. It’s vital to sign up early because many activities have limited space.
Once you’re spent a
summer at Atkinson Park, you’re officially a “Park Rat.” To help ensure your child’s space in any activity, it’s best to hand-deliver your form to the Atkinson Park office, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone number is 726-7820. Friday Adventures, pioneered by the Ketchum summer youth program, are a popular feature of the summer program. They send first-come, first-served entrants ages 8 and older on trips and outof-town activities. Here is a tentative 2014 summer schedule: O June 13—Frisbee golf extravaganza up and down Baldy; O June 20—Hayspur Fish Hatchery and Silver Creek swimming holes; O June 27—Easley Hot Springs “Mount Park Rat” extravaganza; O Also on June 28—11th annual Junior Chuck Gates Invitational golf tournament at Bigwood Golf Course; O July 11—Singles tennis tournament at the park; O July 18—Caving near Shoshone; O July 25—River rafting down the Salmon River day stretch; O Aug. 1—Baker Lake hike; O Aug. 8—Dierkes Lake swimming trip to Twin Falls; O Aug. 15—Singles tennis tournament; O Aug. 27-29—End of summer camp-out open to kids enrolled in the Summer Youth Program. Special recreational opportunities include the United Kingdom Recreational Soccer Camp from Aug. 18-22 (www.uksocca. com); Crazy Dress Day Wednesday, June 25; and “Park Rat Games” on July 10 and Aug. 13. The Park Rat Idol Talent Show and Bake Sale will be yummy and fun to watch on Thursday, Aug. 7.
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SUMMER PROGRAMS – 2014 Youth Clay Camps
Taught by: Keith Moses, Mitsuru Renton & Cara Frost Children, ages 7 – 12 will explore the art and craft of Music. They will create musical instruments, busts of music icons and other unique items. Each session finishes with a grand concert of sorts! All classes 9:30 – Noon, Advance registration required. Tuition, $135
June 16-20 .....................................................................................9:30 - Noon July 7 – 11 .....................................................................................9:30 - Noon July 14-18 ......................................................................................9:30 - Noon July 21 – 25...................................................................................9:30 - Noon July 28 – August 1 ......................................................................9:30 - Noon August 5 – 8 .................................................................................9:30 - Noon August 11 – 15 ........................................................................... 9:30 – Noon
Teenage Throwing Camp Taught by: Susan Ward and Lauren Street.
Teenagers, middle school and older, will learn the basics of pottery throwing while making mugs, ice cream bowls and all things round. The Intermediate potters will design their own projects and try an oval bowl or teapot. all classes 1:30-4pm, Glaze days 9:30am. Advance registration required: Tuition $150
Beginning Throwing, June 16 – 20 ........................................................................................................... 1:30 to 4pm Glaze day: June 27 ................................................................................................................................................9:30 am Beginning Throwing, July 14 – 18 ............................................................................................................. 1:30 to 4pm Glaze day: July 25..................................................................................................................................................9:30 am Intermediate Throwing (for those that have had Beginning clay) July 28 – August 1 .........................1:30 to 4pm Glaze day: August 8 ............................................................................................................................................... 9:30am Beginning Throwing, August 4 – 8 ........................................................................................................... 1:30 to 4pm Glaze day: August 15 ............................................................................................................................................. 9:30am
Family Clay Afternoons Families enjoy creating together.Fun for ALL ages.
Popcorn Bowls: A long time favorite with our families. Tuesday, July 15, 1:30 - 3:00pm Bird Houses: Simple tubes with bird friendly roosts and individual decorations. Tuesday, August 5, 1:30 - 3:00pm Advance registration required. Tuition: $40 for one child and one adult. Additional children or adults, $10 each.
Call for more details: 208 726-4484 • 471 10th Street #B-6, Ketchum ID 83340
www.bouldermtnclay.com • firstname.lastname@example.org A 501(c)3 non-profit organization – partial scholarships available
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Summer in Sun Valley . . . a kid’s delight!
4-H camps, projects heat up in summer Learn healthy living in outdoor setting By JEFF CORDES Express Staff Writer
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June 16-20: Movin’ and a Groovin Let’s get the summer off to the right start by movin and a groovin.
June 23-27: SMAS Olympics After watching the Olympics... It got us excited to have our own.
June 30-July 3rd: American Adventures week (4 days $130) Campers can expect to get gymnastics in while also swimming, playing at the park, American stories, and all around fun to be had.
July 7-11: Outdoor Idaho During outdoor Idaho week we will be exploring our home.
July 14-18: Wet and Wacky Week Expect to come to camp and get wet.
July 21- 25: Around the World in 5 Days This week we are going to travel the world... Without leaving Idaho.
July 28-August 1 SMAS has Talent SMAS wants to see some talents! Work on different gymnastic, dance and cheer skills throughout the week.
Aug 4-8: Peace Out
If you’re looking for summer camps in the mountains or productive projects to fill Idaho’s long summer days, it’s hard to resist 4-H programs. 4-H is the largest non-formal youth educational organization in the U.S., reaching over 6.5 million youth every year. Its summer programs adhere to the organization’s motto of “making the best better,” by using your head, heart and hands for overall health. There’s plenty of support locally—Blaine County 4-H leaders volunteered 2,500 hours to their club or community in 2012. Blaine County teen leaders added 1,100 hours. 4-H summer camps help young people grow in four areas—positive identity and values, social skills, physical and thinking skills, and spirituality. And you don’t have to be a 4-H member to participate. Many young 4-H members will be hard at work on projects this summer for the Blaine County Fair Aug. 4-9 in Carey. Projects run the gamut from archery, citizenship, cooking and scrapbooking, to quilting, baking, horse and leadership. Here’s a sampling of the 4-H summer for 2014. Call 788-5585 weekdays for more details.
Wildlife Day Camp is June 7 Start the summer by attending the 4-H Wildlife Day Camp on Saturday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hayspur Fish Hatchery off U.S. 20 near Picabo south of Bellevue. This year’s topic is: “Science with Outdoor Sports and Fishing.” Explore everyday life through the eyes of a scientist and by fishing. Make a t-shirt, enjoy a fish fry, and make it a memorable day of fun. Idaho’s oldest hatchery, Hayspur was built in 1907 and started its brood stock in 1910—stocking other hatcheries beginning in 1920. Morning classes and afternoon stations include talks on Hayspur history, a tour of the hatchery, fish identification and habitat and fishing tackle. It’s a day filled with fun workshops featuring sportsmen. Wildlife Day Camp is geared toward youth 8-13, but children ages 5-7 accompanied by an adult and also youth up to age 18 may attend.
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Blaine County youth put in many hours with their animals in 4-H projects. You don’t have to be a 4-H member. Parents and families are encouraged to join in and must pre-register. The adult fee of $12 is reduced by half for adults willing to be group leaders (that is, not teaching classes). Pick up registration forms at the Blaine County Extension Office. Cost is $15 per camper by the early deadline of May 20, or $24 through the deadline of May 27. The fee covers lunch and snacks, all supplies, day insurance and the t-shirt.
Horse Camp The Rough & Rowdy 4-H Horse Camp goes from Thursday through Saturday, June 1214. It’s an outdoor experience for ages 8-18 at Blaine County Fairgrounds in Carey. Cost is $60. You don’t need to have a horse to participate. Young people camp under the stars and ride all day with clinics, trail rides, workshops, leather crafts, cowboy poetry, shooting sports and campfires. You can bring a horse, but you don’t need to. Pick up application forms at the Blaine County extension office in Hailey, 788-5585. Space is limited to the first 48 campers. Meals, snacks, supplies and classes are included.
4-H summer camps Be sure to check two 4-H outdoor camps offered for kids ages 8-13 (grades 3-8) at the Central Idaho 4-H camp 18 miles north of Ketchum. O June Early Summer Camp for ages 8-13 from Monday through Thursday, June 16-19 has a theme “Up for the Challenge.” It features hiking, campfires,
a scavenger hunt, fishing, talent show and karaoke, and fun workshops at the Central Idaho 4-H camp. O Early July Science Camp for ages 8-13 is Monday through Thursday, June 30-July 3 with the theme “Discovery + Imagination= Fun.” On the agenda are swimming, science, hiking, cooking, relay games, dancing and making new friends at Central Idaho 4-H camp. Cost for each camp depends on whether you register early (by May 16), regular (by May 31) or late (by June 13). Non 4-H members pay $120, $130 or $150 depending on when they sign up. The costs for 4-H members are $110, $120 and $140, the higher fee for late registration.
Idaho Teen Conference in June Travel to northern Idaho where you’ll learn life and leadership skills during the 2014 Teen Conference June 9-13 on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow. Theme is “Superheroes: Find Your Power.” Invited are youth who have finished grades 8-12. College-age young adults may attend as college volunteers, and adults as chaperones. Participants stay in university dorms, eat at the cafeteria and, according to the brochure, “survive without sleep for much of the week.” The program includes educational, recreational and social events. Cost is $275 for youth delegates and $200 for adult chaperones who register and pay before the May 16 regular registration deadline. Visit www.4h.uidaho.edu for details. Or call 208-885-7700.
After a summer of fun, we are peaceing out. This week will be sure to include lots of tie dye.
Camp Daily Schedule: 9-10 open gym and games 10-11 gymnastics class 11-12 art project or outside park time (theme time) 12-1 lunch and park time 1-2:30 hike time/pool time/ YMCA 2:30-3 story time/open gym back at SMAS WE HAVE LOTS OF FUN FIELD TRIPS PLANNED TOO!! SCHEDULE OF CLASSES WWW.SPIRITNMOTION.COM • SMASCHEER@HOTMAIL.COM
208-720-4306 • Mon-Sat 10-7 • 3950 Woodside Blvd. (across from Power Engineers)
Resources Camp is scenic spot for kids By EXPRESS STAFF Young people ages 12-14 learn about nature and enjoy summer fun at the 55th annual Natural Resources Camp in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area north of Ketchum. Expert instructors challenge the kids and keep them occupied
in a scenic setting. There are five nights of camping, outdoor activities and scientific explorations. This year’s hands-on camp is June 23-28 at the 7,100-foot-elevation Central Idaho 4-H Camp 18 miles north of Ketchum. The program dates all the way back to 1959. Reveille is at 6:30 a.m. each day and breakfast at 7 a.m. Lights out is at 10:30 p.m.
Sponsored by University of Idaho Extension and the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts, the camp focuses on natural resources from wildlife and rangeland to forests, water and soil. Boys and girls sleep in rustic, unheated bunkhouses and take field trips to learn about See CAMP, next page
Kids can climb in the Sawtooths By EXPRESS STAFF Based in Stanley, Sawtooth Mountain Guides has been running climbing camps and activities for kids of all ages for 27 summers since 1985. The camps take advantage of the Sawtooths’ world-class mountaineering and backpacking opportunities, letting kids learn how to make the most of the great outdoors. Sawtooth Alpine Kids Camp runs from July 21-25 for ages 8-15 and provides a comprehensive introduction to climbing while teaching kids basic wilderness skills. The camp starts and finishes at Redfish Lake. Camp directors use a base camp located three miles up Redfish Canyon called Canyon Camp, which is stocked with tents, sleeping bags and kitchen gear. Because of the base camp setup, kids only need to carry a medium-
size backpack with personal gear and enough room for a one-night backpacking trip to Saddleback Lakes on the fourth night. The camp features spectacular views of Mount Heyburn. Activities include rock climbing, hiking, fishing, swimming, mountaineering, map and compass work and “camp craft.” The guides all have extensive experience working with kids and the outdoors, and some of them even double as schoolteachers during the year. Leading the staff is Erik Leidecker, who is the father of two daughters and a certified mountain guide. The camps have a guide/camper ratio of 1-to-3 on days when the campers will be climbing and gaining technical experience. The camp lasts five days and is $625 per camper. For details, contact 208-774-3324, e-mail email@example.com or visit sawtoothguides.com.
CAMP Outdoor fun at the Resources Camp Continued from previous page Idaho’s natural resources. They enjoy fireside sing-a-longs during nightly campfires. Popular recreational activities include archery, target shooting, hiking, fishing, cabin competition games, a pie-eating contest and the toilet paper Statue of Liberty contest. Knowledgeable instructors help campers develop new understandings of Idaho’s resources through experiments and outdoor projects. Campers discuss and debate natural resources issues while learning responsibilities as citizens. One learning activity is a Wood River Valley land use simulation game where students assume the roles of special interest groups that outline different ways of developing and conserving the area. What a camper learns about water, soils, wildlife, forestry and range at the NRC week helps them understand the reasons for a particular group’s position— and shows them how citizens can
play an effective role in land use discussions if they are properly informed. Camp registration fee, which includes bed and board, is $235 per person by May 20. Fees increase $20 for registrations made after May 20. Transportation to and from the camp is the parents’ responsibility. Agencies cooperating in the camp operation include USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Get information by calling Megan Satterwhite, the fourthyear NRC camp coordinator and mother of three who lives on a ranch south of Twin Falls. Fifthyear camp director/soils instructor is Amber Moore. Call University of Idaho Extension, at 208-736-3634 or online at extension.uidaho.edu/nrc. You can also meet the staff members on the site. Be sure to see where you’re going, too. On the site you can find coordinates that, when plugged into Google Earth, will zero in on the camp and its surroundings.
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KIDS’ CAMPS Young Explorers’ Camp (ages 2-3) Based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy, this camp allows two- and three-year-olds to explore the world around them through fun and exciting daily themed activities. June 16-July 31 Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $160/week Reading & Writing Connection Camps (ages 7-11) The program will include literature, improving V«Ài iÃ]« VÃ]>`yÕiVÞÌ}Ûii>V student an opportunity to enhance his or her skills through reading and writing. Session I: Fabulous Fantasy June 16-26 Session II: Mysteries Galore July 7-17 Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to noon | $180/week Kids’ Technology Camps (ages 10-13) Ƃ`Û>ViVÀÌV>Ì }ÃÃ]«ÀÌiyÕ`Ìiligence and teach problem solving techniques. We will build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots to solve engineering problems and learn what computers and computing is all about while taking on real programming challenges. Session I: Robotics July 7-10 Session II: Computers July 14-17 Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.- noon | $375/one-week session, $725/two-week session Chess/Lego Camps (ages 4-10) Play chess in the morning and compete in Lego design challenges in the afternoon! Kids may register for half or full days. June 23-26 & July 21-24 Chess Session: Mon.-Thur. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | $325 Lego Session: Mon.-Thur. 1:00-4:00 p.m. | $325 Full-day: Mon.-Thur. 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. | $550
First in Math (Grades 1-8) Online math course develops and supports appropriate, grade level math skills and problem solving for students in grades 1 through 8. The times for this course coordinate with the “Mandarin for Kids” course.August 11-15 Grades 7-8: 9:00-10:00 a.m. | Grades 4-6: 10:1511:15 a.m. | Grades 1-3: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | $115 Mandarin for Kids (Grades 1-6) Students will learn how to cook Chinese dumplings, sing Chinese songs, and play Chinese games while learning how to count and learn basic Mandarin vocabulary and expressions. August 11-15 Mon.-Fri. Grades 1-3: 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Grades 4-6: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | $125 5B Basketball Camp (Grades 5-8) This small, intense camp focuses on basketball skills, player development, teamwork, fun competition and interactive drills that build the fundamentals. July 7-10 Mon.-Thur. 1:00-4:30 p.m. | $155
For more information, visit www.communityschool.org or contact Mike Wade Summer Programs Director email@example.com 208.622.3960, ext. 109.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Sturtevants and Sun Valley Mountain Guides
YOUTH MOUNTAIN At Zenergy, campers stay cool and active BIKE CAMPS Youth activities and tennis AGES 7-12 • 9am-2pm JUNE 16-20, JULY 7-11, AUGUST 4-8
Level 1: Skills Group (Ages 7-9)
Learn the FUNdamentals! Kids will learn skills and gain conﬁdence as they go through our mountain bike skills progression.
Level 2: Adventure Group (Ages 9-12)
Kids will focus on strengthening technical skills and become selfreliant on the trail.
OUR COACHES ARE • Trained in MTB instruction • Certified in first aid • Friendly and fun Cost: $325/week Daily Drop-Ins: $75/day Subject to availability Junior Bike Rentals (includes helmet)
$15/day or $60/week
Registration deadline is the Friday before the following week’s camp. Daily Drop-ins register by 5pm the day before.
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By EXPRESS STAFF Ranked as one of the nation’s top health and fitness clubs, Zenergy at Thunder Spring in Ketchum has a long list of offerings for staying active—and they’re not all for adults. Kids at Zenergy’s summer camp enjoy a myriad of activities, including swimming, tennis, yoga, Zumba, squash, golf and fishing. The camp is open to children ages 4-8. It runs from June 9 to Aug. 15, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Kids attend the camp on individual days or a week at a time. Heather Miller, a certified elementary and special education teacher, as well as an avid triathlete, directs the activities. The camp starts at the Community School in Sun Valley, where kids work on arts and crafts and can play on the school’s playground and grass lawn. At about 10:15 a.m., counselors will take kids to Zenergy for pool time, snacks and the primary activity of the day. Pre-registration is required. Early bird rates expire May 7. Advanced youth tennis players ages 8-17 will want to investigate the Peak Performance Tennis Camp at Zenergy, with coach George Maurtua. Weekly sessions are scheduled for July 7-11, July 14-18, Aug. 4-8, Aug. 11-15 and Aug. 18-22. For pricing and registration information on these activities, call 725-0595 or visit www. zenergyts.com.
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Zenergy is a great place for kids to learn about tennis.
‘Spirit n’ Motion’ kids have a summer blast
SEE OUR AD FOR FLY FISHING CAMPS ON PAGE 13!
New camp director is Devan Annan
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Music n Me Your 2014 Summer Camp Central Ages 18 mo. & Up
INSTRUMENT MAKING, MUSIC & MOVEMENT:
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New camp director Devan Annan, a 2009 Wood River High School graduate and aspiring teacher, is looking forward to having a blast with boys and girls ages 6-14 attending this summer’s Spirit n’ Motion Athletic School in south Hailey. Annan grew up in Hailey and has experience working as a Summer Kids’ Camp volunteer/counselor. She will graduate from the University of Montana in May with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught swim and ski lessons in college, and coached hockey. SMAS owner/operator Amanda Norton said, “SMAS has been working super hard creating an awesome summer program, and we have an awesome camp director. “In addition to our Competitive Gymnastics, All-Star Cheer, Recreation Gymnastics and Zumba classes this summer, we are offering week-long themed summer camps.” Camps are for boys and girls ages 6-14. They operate from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Cost is $150 for the week. You can register for one of the eightweek sessions, or all eight. Be sure to register now, since space is limited. The classes/camps are conducted at the
4,800-square-foot SMAS facility located at 3950 Woodside Blvd. across from Power Engineers in Hailey. Daily schedule features open gym and games from 9-10 a.m., gymnastics from 10-11 a.m., art projects or outside park time from 11 a.m.-noon, lunch, hike time and pool time from 1-2:30 p.m. and story time/open gym back at SMAS from 2:30-3 p.m. For details call 720-4306, email email@example.com or visit spiritnmotion.com. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays. Planned field trips are: O June 23-27: Movin’ and a Groovin’ with tumbling, gymnastics and plenty of ways to keep moving. O June 23-27: SMAS Olympics Week with competitions and crafts. O June 30-July 3: American Adventures Week leading up to the Independence Day holiday. O July 7-11: Outdoor Idaho Adventure camp and explorations. O July 14-18: Wet and Wacky Week with all kinds of water games. O July 21-25: Around the World in 5 Days with a travel theme and getting to know other cultures. O July 28-Aug. 1: Talent Show week capped off by a performance. O Aug. 4-8: “Peace Out,” offering time travel through different decades.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Express yourself, say yes to VBS Vacation Bible School in the valley By TONY EVANS
gus 726-5349, ext. 21. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Express Staff Writer
Vacation Bible schools in the valley bring together religious expression, creative activity and outdoor recreation for fun and memorable weeks. St. Thomas Episcopal Church/ Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Sun Valley and Hailey’s Calvary Bible Church and Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum have faithbased camp options. Besides these offerings, the Camp Perkins Lutheran Outdoor Ministries visits Hailey each summer for a Vacation Bible School at Valley of Peace Lutheran Church. This year’s dates are Aug. 3-8.
Hailey’s Calvary Bible Church invites kids to “SonWest Roundup” Vacation Bible School in June. Kids ages four years through sixth grade are welcome. Camp runs daily, June 23-27, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Parents are invited Thursday, June 26 at 6 p.m. for an evening barbecue and kids’ program. Suggested donation is $15 per child or $40 for a family of three or more. To reserve your child’s space at VBS, register on-line calvarybiblewr.org/vbs by June 10.
“Weird Animals” at Ketchum church
Big Wood’s “Workshop of Wonder”
Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church/St. Thomas Episcopal Church are co-hosting Vacation Bible School at Our Lady of the Snows. The two churches conduct a program for kids from pre-school through the fifth grade. This year’s theme is “Weird Animals.” Exciting and interactive Bible stories, team-building games, awesome music will be used to show how Jesus showed his unconditional love for others and how his love is one-of-a-kind. Bible school runs from 9 a.m. to noon, from Monday through Friday, July 7-11. Cost is $75 per child. Register with Helen Mor-
Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood offers a “Workshop of Wonder” for kids to imagine and build with God, using Bible stories, outdoor games and science experiments. Kids in grades 4-6 have fun at Redfish Lake on one of the days. The fun begins every morning at 8:45 and goes until noon, from Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1. Cost is $15 per child or $35 per family. Afternoon care is available for an additional fee. Transportation will be provided on a first-come-first- serve basis. To register, contact Carrie Kotara at 622-0548 or email her at email@example.com.
Young golfers take swings at Bigwood Playing lessons and more Bigwood Golf Course professional Creighton Arial is offering six sessions of Bigwood’s Junior Golf Camp in 2014. The fourth annual camp designed for ages 9-and-up features specialized attention—four kids maximum per camp. Offered are nine-hole playing lessons with etiquette instruction. The kids do drills in sand traps, on putting greens and on the practice range. Sessions are Mondays through Thursdays June 9-12, June 16-19, July 7-10, July 21-24, Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 11-14. Times are 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $375 per person per week. Call the Bigwood Pro Shop at 726-4024 to sign up, or call Arial directly at 721-1196. S U M M E R F U N AT
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Vacation Bible School July 28-August 1 8:45 AM-Noon • 4 yrs-6th grade $15/child, $35/family max Afternoon care available - additional fee Transportation from/to Hailey provided on a first come/first served basis
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St. Thomas camps loaded with fun More than the bare necessities By JENNIFER LIEBRUM Express Staff Writer
St. Thomas Church is the site of more drama than just Easter’s Passion Play each year with two camps offering kids a chance to tap into their showbiz side. Children ages of 4-13 are invited to attend Company B Performing Arts Day Camp from June 9 through June 21. There is a half day camp for ages 4-7 and full day for 8-13. Both groups will be learning all the parts and pieces going in to the production of Disney’s “Jungle Book Kids,” a musical about a young boy’s adventures with many jungle animals on his way to a “man village.” Days are spent in age-appropriate rotations of acting, singing, and dancing, all working towards a three day run of “Jungle Book Kids.” Campers help embellish their costumes for the show. The performances of Jungle Book will be June 19-21 at 2 p.m. in the Community School Theater for families, friends and the entire community. The youngest campers will attend from 9 a.m. until noon. After noon, kids can enjoy an action packed daycare until 3 p.m. Big-
ger kids will attend from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. St. Thomas Playhouse is also presenting the seventh annual Summer Performing Arts Conservatory Camp (SPACC) for youth ages 10-18 from June 23-28. This destination, immersion camp is located in the Sawtooth Mountains at Camp Perkins, nestled among soaring pines and on its own private lake. Campers immerse themselves in various genres of the performing arts attending workshops in theater/acting; singing techniques/music theory; all types of dance; film; Rock Band; and stage movement. There are no auditions or prerequisites for participants; firsttimers are welcome. The six days culminate in a Share/Showcase where campers present their talents and skills to parents, families and friends. To register for SPACC or for more information, call Sara at 726-5349 x16. Scholarships are available on a first-come, firstserved basis for youth needing tuition assistance. Inquire about Early-Bird, Sibling and “Bring A Friend” Discounts. Check their website stthomasplayhouse.org.
At this camp, kids wield pens and paper Be an author at Idaho Writing Camps By EXPRESS STAFF
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Each summer, Idaho Writing Camps offer children and teens the opportunity to explore and engage in creative writing adventures— and to become published authors. The programs are sponsored by The Cabin, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and celebrate a love of reading, writing and discourse. Camps introduce aspiring writers to professional writers who work closely with the small groups. Budding storytellers use the natural world, cultural and historic sites, local environs and unique opportunities to start on a journey of imagination, while honing writing mechanics, cultivating voice and developing individual style. Camp culminates in a public reading of student work, giving young writers a chance to share their stories with friends and family. Their work is published in a bound anthology, sure to become a keepsake. In the Wood River Valley, there are three choices for summer camps to cultivate creativity. All are held in Hailey at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, at 314 Second Ave. S. Children entering third and fourth grades in the fall are invited to the Word Play class that meets from Monday through Friday, July 28 to Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Writers will engage in play to stimulate the five senses and encourage new paths to crafting imaginative poems and stories. For inspiration, students can write next to a river, explore nature or venture through town. Rising fifth- and sixth-graders can participate in the Cabin Writers program, which teaches students how art, music and nature inform the imagination. Emphasis is on writing prose and poems that are singular and original. Art, history and the Big Wood River will factor into the students’ work. Cabin Writers Camp meets in either morning (9 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4 p.m.) sessions, from July 28 through Aug. 1. For writers in grades 7-9, Urban Ink is the theme of camp. Teens explore what makes Hailey unique, from coffee shops, to public art to the city’s vibe. There will be an emphasis on character development, stemming from interaction and rooted in observation. Urban Ink meets July 28 through Aug. 1, from 1-4 p.m. The one-week camps are $165 for non-members and $130 for members. For a full list of camps, to register, or learn about scholarships, log onto The Cabin’s website at thecabinidaho.org.
Nurture Music ‘n’ Me with camps Call it Wood River idol By JENNIFER LIEBRUM Express Staff Writer
If your kid’s rendition of songs from the hot musical “Frozen” could use a little fine tuning before you sit through it for the umpteenth time, Music ‘n’ Me is the place. Throughout summer, voice coaches are offering a variety of topical camps to suit all levels of ability and interest. There is nothing more fun than a toddler learning to groove. “Music, Mommy & Me: Music and Movement,” for ages 18 months to 3 years will prove that point. Ages 3-5 can learn about, make and perform their own instruments. For the bigger littles, those 4-6, The Wide Mouth Frog Musical, a
movement, instruments and set creation class is offered. Or, The Fairy Tale Plays, A Musical for 4-6 year olds with a more princess-y bend. If you know a single 7-11 year old that can’t sing a song from “Frozen,” remedy that asap with a chance to create a winter wonderland, act and sing scenes from the film. Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp, Music Jamzz for ages 6-11 gets to perform live at the Wicked Spud in Hailey. And, if you’re seeking another form of communication, there is beginning American sign language for kids 6-7 with an adult, and 8 and up. Credit/debit cards, payment plans, upon approval. For a schedule call 720-3918 or email email@example.com.
Learn music with some of the best Summer Symphony classes By EXPRESS STAFF Young people at all ability levels can enhance their musical skills by working with professional musicians through the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Summer Music Workshops. Workshops will be held Aug. 4-8. String courses include Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Philharmonia for intermediate to upper intermediate students and Sun Valley Youth Orchestra for advance level musicians Other courses offered are the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Program for intermediate to advanced level players, a Piano Program for beginning to advanced students, Concert Choir for beginning to intermediate voice students and Chamber Singers for upper intermediate to advanced students.
Elective courses for 2014 include private lessons, chamber music experience, improvisation, composition, conducting workshop, piano for non-piano players, viola for violin players and careers in music brown-bag lunch discussions. An advanced level premier program is offered Aug. 2-9. Space is limited in these programs and an audition recording is required. Application forms and recording instructions are available at www.svsummersymphony.org/education/ applications. Boarding for advanced program students is available at the Community School Residential Hall in Warm Springs. Costs vary. A fee schedule and additional information is available at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony website or at the SVSS Music Education Office at (208) 578-5464.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Summer DayCamp @ THE COMMUNITY CAMPUS
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BCRD Day Camp offers a full camp experience geared toward your child’s age. Our quality staff make sure each day is packed with healthy, active fun.
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Our program develops lifelong skills through action-based adventures and emphasizes fun, safety, and respect for the outdoors and each other.
• Make new friends • Mountain bike • White water raft • Rock climb • Horseback ride • Paddleboard on Petit Lake • Swim at local hot springs • Explore Senate and Gladiator Meadows and Streams • Develop map-reading skills • Play capture the flag • do Campfire Skits • make S’mores Week Long Full Day Camp ~ $425 • Week Long Half Day Camp ~ $300
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Develop skills in Hailey By EXPRESS STAFF Youth soccer is something that happens all year long for many Wood River Valley families, so summer soccer camps fit the bill. “Always training,” is a motto of one of the best, which is called One.Soccer School. The company has camps for all ages around the country, from California to Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Utah. One.Soccer School returns to Hailey’s Wood River Middle School fields for half- and full-day camps during the week of July 21-25. Returning to the valley for the ninth year, the local camps are based on age levels—ages 10-18, another for juniors ages 6-9 and, new this year, the “Jett” camp for ages 3-5. Field Level Premier and Goalkeeper Premier camps for ages 10-18 teach the “Fail Your Way to Success Philosophy,” where mistakes are signposts on the way to success. Young players get up to 40 hours of training to lay the foundation for taking their games to the next level. Goalkeeper Premier breaks down each aspect of the vital spot. Exercise drills are used to improve flexibility and coordination in a soccer specific way. Youngsters are also trained in speed, agility and quickness. Teaching sessions include passing and receiving, dribbling, turning and tactics. The intensive five-day camps for boys and girls ages 10-18 are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8-12 Friday on the north Hailey soccer pitch. Cost is $319 for 40 hours of training (rising to $349 if paid after June 1). Parents are encouraged to
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Girls and boys cultivate a love of soccer getting involved with local programs and summer camps. come out Friday morning, bring their cameras and watch the foot volley and 5v5 tournaments that wrap up the camp before the closing ceremony. Occurring at the same site and during the same times as the fullday position camp is Goalkeeper Camp. It’s a five-day camp that helps developing goalkeepers with technical and tactical aspects of the position—dealing with crosses and breakaways, distribution and shot stopping. Age range is 10-18. Cost is the same, $319 by June 1, $349 after. Also offered is the Junior Camp for coed players ages 6-9. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Tuition is $209 if paid by June 1 and $219 after. Junior Camp tries for a fun environment while teaching the core technical skills needed
to play soccer. Four skills challenges bring together the physical and technical aspects. Friday morning tournaments are played, and the young kids receive a certificate of completion. All players receive a uniform and game-quality ball. For registration visit onesoccerschools. com. Group discounts are available. Two other local soccer camps are: O United Kingdom Recreational Soccer Camp from Aug. 18-22 at Ketchum’s Atkinson Park (uksocca.com); O Another One. Soccer School positional camp for ages 10-18, this one a half-day camp that is run through the Community School summer program July 28-Aug. 1 at Sagewillow Farms in Sun Valley.
Learn football basics at camp, YMCA leagues New pigskin program Football is a passion for both coach Kevin Stilling and one of his former players, Alex Padilla. They are bringing new energy to youth football in the Wood River Valley. Sixth-year Wood River High School football coach Stilling is excited about his youth football camp coming up at the end of the school year in early June. The coach believes that learning football fundamentals and doing strength training become year-round commitments as players get older. And it all starts in the lower grades. The 2014 Wood River Youth Football Camp for kids entering grades 1-6 in the fall (current K-5 graders) has been scheduled for Monday through Thursday, June 2-5, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Hailey
high school fields. No previous football experience is needed. Cost is $40 per person, with checks payable to Wood River Football. Each camper receives a t-shirt and excellent coaching. Contact Stilling at kstilling@ blaineschools.org, or call him at 720-2842. Sign-ups will be available at camp. Padilla, a 2011 Wood River High School graduate who was an All-League player for Stilling’s Wolverines as a senior, is the new Youth Football Director for the Wood River Community YMCA. The Ketchum-based Y has taken over management of the valley’s 15-year-old Optimist youth football program. The Fall 2014 YMCA Optimist Football and Cheer program
has registration online through Aug. 3 at woodriverymca.org/ youth sports. Cost is $135 for a Y member and $150 if you aren’t a Y member. Offered are the following programs: Cheer for ages 4-12, flag football ages 7-8, and tackle football divided by “Freshmen” (age 9), “Sophomore” (10) and Junior (11). The seasons run from Aug. 4-Oct. 18 with practices generally Mondays through Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. at Wood River Middle School. Stilling said, “I am excited about the YMCA’s involvement with youth football in the valley.” Contact Padilla at 727-9622 for more details, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get a jump on hoops with summer ball At Wood River High By JEFF CORDES Express Staff Writer
Attending basketball summer camps is a tradition in the Wood River Valley, dating back 40 years when local coaches Fred Trenkle and Phil Homer used to run their Wood River summer cage camps in Hailey. Youngsters now attend two such camps in the south valley. The first is the second-year Wolverine Coed Cage Camp run by Wood River High School boys’ basketball head coach Andy Miles and WRHS girls’ hoops coach Matt Newhouse. The other camp is operated by Carson Sofro. He was raised in the Wood River Valley, played basketball at the Community School, and is now basketball camp director for a nationwide camp business. In addition, coach Miles will have a professional shooting coach coming to the Hailey high school gym Friday, May 30 from 4-7:30 p.m. for grades 7-12, and Saturday, May 31 from 8:30 a.m.noon for kids in grades 4-6. By attending the three-and-ahalf hour camp directed by Jay Wolf and Ryan Wolf, the youngsters will be taught the right way to shoot, the best way to practice, the proper way to make free throws, and the importance of a quick release. Cost is $59 per person. Each camper receives the Star Shooter Program, a $40 value that is free of charge. Bring your own basketball, proper shoes and a t-shirt. Registration is filling up fast. Miles said, “There are only 50 spots available per session and they are filling up quickly. Parents can email me to get a registration form that must be completed and signed.” His email is email@example.com.
Wolverine Coed Cage Camp Boys and girls enrolled in grades 6-8 can attend the Newhouse-Miles summer camp, which will be held Monday through Saturday, June 9-14 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The six-day fundamentals camp concludes with awards and an All-Star game from 9 a.m.-12
noon Saturday, June 15. Most instruction and coaching is the responsibility of current Wood River girls’ and boys’ hoops players and staff. It occurs in the lower and upper gyms at Wood River High, with some game action likely at the Community Campus gym. Two, 45-minute fundamental stations will be conducted daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each camper is placed on a team for the week. Every day, each camper will play at least three 30-minute games divided into two 14-minute halves with a two-minute halftime period. Cost is $125 per person for this year’s camp. Fees include a camp t-shirt and a basketball. Lunch is not provided. Make checks out to Wood River Girls. Send registration forms to Wolverine Cage Camp, Wood River High School, 1250 Fox Acres Rd., Hailey 83333. You can email Newhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 578-5020 ext. 2252. Or call coach Chris Koch at 720-6608.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
NEW! THEME WEEK PROGRAM: MONDAY–FRIDAY • Ages 6–12 • June 9th–Labor Day • Full day week long program • Experience, navigate, explore and discover all that Sun Valley has to offer by hiking, biking, ﬁshing and orienteering. • Campers will build skills, conﬁdence and knowledge about the various themes as well as the environment. RECREATION PROGRAM: MONDAY–SUNDAY • Ages 6–12 • June 9th–Labor Day • Full day programs • This camp allows campers to explore Sun Valley through a wide range of activities including hiking, biking, ﬁshing, tennis, swimming, golf, arts and crafts, horseback riding, yoga and more.
FOR DETAILS AND ENROLLMENT PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE WWW.SUNVALLEY.COM OR CALL THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT (208) 622-2135. ADVANCED RESERVATIONS STRONGLY SUGGESTED
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• Ages 3 months to 5 years. • June 9th–Labor Day • Full day and half day programs available • We are as big as our imagination so let's build solar systems and space stations, robots and boats. Opportunities to learn about unbelievable animals and their natural habitats, express yourself with art, have fun with ﬁtness, learn to skate, play tennis and golf, ride the gondola and have a picnic on Baldy or just go on a hay ride.
Hot Shot Basketball Camp Camp director Sofro, a former hoops star at the Community School of Sun Valley and the University of Redlands in California, has announced the eighth summer of his Hot Shot Basketball Camp (www.hsbcamps.com). “Elevate Your Game” is the camp slogan. Boys and girls are welcome. The Hailey full-day camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-12 is Monday through Wednesday, July-28-30 at the high school in Hailey. Times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $175. Participants are separated into groups based on age and ability. Running in the same July 2830 timeframe and at the same location is the morning clinic for grades K-3, from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $99. Fundamental drills and contests are emphasized for the little kids. Registrations are accepted online on a first-come, first-served basis. Included in the fee for each camp is a free camp t-shirt, basketball and giveaways from camp sponsors. Those in the full-day camp receive a detailed evaluation.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
BUG ZOO 2014
RESORT’S CAMPS OPEN TO PUBLIC, GUESTS Golf, skating and more By EXPRESS STAFF
Don’t miss this year’s all new exhibit featuring amazing creatures from
The Kingdom of Animalia including reptiles, arachnids & insects!
PREVIEW COCKTAIL PARTY: Friday, April 25 from 5-7 pm (FREE for SBG members & kids; $15 for adults)
FESTIVAL: Sunday, April 27 from 1-4 pm (FREE FOR ALL! Donations appreciated!)
Bug Zoo is open to the public April 28-May 10 1 am – 4 pm weekdays and 10 am-4 pm weekends Visit www.sbgarden.org for more information.
DRIVING SCHOOL N E X T C L A S S S TA R T S
MONDAY, JUNE 9
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF IDAHO • INSTRUCTOR: BILL LENNON
3-WEEK CLASSROOM COURSES A R E A L S O AVA I L A B L E S TA R T I N G
JULY 7 & AUGUST 4
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Although Sun Valley Resort was built as a winter destination, it has evolved into the ultimate summer playground in the mountains, especially for kids. The resort offers two types of programs to keep kids of all ages active under the summer sun. All summer programs are open to the general public and resort guests. The PlaySchool facility near the Sun Valley Post Office is a headquarters of fun for children ages 5-and-under. Besides a playground, kids have access to supervised activities like ice skating, golf on the Sawtooth Putting Course, swimming, paddle boating, bowling, crafts and gondola rides. On Fridays, kids can hop on a wagon ride and enjoy a picnic at Trail Creek Cabin. PlaySchool programs run from two-hour, half-day to full-day lengths. Costs range from $78 for four hours to $105 for all-day programs with lunch. Call 622-2288 for details.
For the older set Kids 6-and-older can join the Young Summer Day Camp, a weekly program of activities in Sun Valley Village. All-day sessions include lunch and activities such as ice skating lessons, golf on the Sawtooth Putting Course, tennis, swimming, paddle boating, bowling, crafts, field games and gondola rides on Bald Mountain. Four-hour camps also are available. A horse-drawn wagon ride to Trail Creek Cabin for a picnic lunch is available on Fridays for an additional $16. Horseback riding is offered for kids at least 9 years old. Costs range from $78 for four hours to $105 for a full-day camp. Call 622-2288 or 6222133 for details and reservations.
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Kids need to know the right way to putt, and Sawtooth Putting Course is a good place for practice.
Busy kids enjoy the pace at Camp Big Wood One group is called Hummingbirds—campers ages 3-and-younger who usually nap in the afternoon. The other group is called the Woodpeckers, older campers who don’t nap and are ready and willing for a full day of great activities. It all happens at Camp Big Wood 2014 held at the Big Wood School. That’s located in Ketchum at the Big Wood Presbyterian Church near the YMCA on Warm Springs Rd. The 11-week program for ages 18 months to six years offers action-packed summer days for the little ones. Each week revolves around a central theme, whether it’s a Flower Power week, cooking, bicycling, arts and crafts, ecology or acting. Kids do gym activities like tumbling and obstacle courses. They hike. They enjoy water play. And they travel. Other themes include “Summer Olympics,” “A Sun Valley Summer” and “Down on the Farm.” There is a “Broadway Stage” week Aug. 11-15. It starts with a “Let’s Get Acquainted to Camp” June 9-13. Camp sessions are Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 22. School is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Wednesdays are “Adventure Days,” for all the Big Wood “birds.” Students listen to various presentations from community members and travel to places like the Sun Valley Resort duck ponds, Sawtooth Botanical Gardens and the SNRA. Monthly and weekly rates are offered covering attendance from two to five days weekly. Half day and full day options are available. There is a daily drop-in rate. For details or registration, call 726-9053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find your own trail on a bike Mountain bike camp for kids Want to have some fun on the trails and improve your mountain biking this summer? Join up with the 12th summer season of the Sun Valley Road & Dirt summer mountain bike camp for kids. All ability levels are welcome in a program sponsored by local mountain bike pacesetter Billy Olson and his Hailey-based Powerhouse Fit Studio, along with Sun Valley Road & Dirt. Coaches are Olson and bike enthusiast Joel Zellers. The age range is 7-12, with experienced six-yearolds also welcome to come out and “rip!” Kids arrive at the Croy Creek Recreation Area and trail head west of Hailey in two camp sessions. They are Monday through Friday, June 9-13, and July 21-25. Times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Included in the fee of $275 per week (or $500 for two weeks) are individualized instruction, a water bottle, t-shirt and a rider photograph. Scholarships are available. “The goal is to expose kids to the exciting and challenging sport of mountain biking,’ said coach Joel Zellers. “We want all participants to leave the camp with enough confidence to ride single track trails with the friends and parents. We also strive to teach kids bike handling, pump track and trial course riding, bike safety, trail riding, and maintenance skills. All this is accomplish through a fun filled atmosphere where students end the day with a smile on their face,” Zellers said. Contact Zellers at email@example.com or at the Powerhouse website: powerhouseidaho.com.
Hoops, spikers, lacrosse at Cutthroat camps By JEFF CORDES Express Staff Writer
Besides its comprehensive academic programs in the summer, the Community School of Sun Valley is offering a full slate of summer sports and outdoor programs in 2014. They include basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, wilderness first aid, kayaking, rock climbing and water rescue camps to improve knowledge and physical and mental agility—and to have fun. O 5B Boys’ Basketball Camps: Community School assistant boys’ basketball coach and former Cutthroat All-Conference hoops player Connor Wade is leading two camps focusing on player and basketball skills development this summer. The waiting list starts at 15 participants. The Upper School camp designed for boys, only, in grades 9-12 is set for Monday through Thursday, June 9-12 from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Cutthroat gym for $160. Middle school boys and girls in grades 5-8 are invited to their own camp this year, set for Monday through Thursday July 7-10 in the Fish Tank gym, from 1-4:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $155. O 5B Lacrosse Camp: Former University of Denver Division 1 lacrosse player Tim Price is once again leading a fundamentals camp for boys in grades 5-12 set
for July 7-10, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school’s Sagewillow Farms facility. It is limited to the first 20 registrants, cost $195. Players provide their own equipment: stick, gloves, helmet, mouthpiece, elbow and shoulder pads, and cleats. They also bring a sack lunch each day. O Youth soccer: One.Soccer School for boys and girls ages 9-18 is returning to the Sagewillow Farms pitch in Elkhorn Monday through Thursday, July 28-31, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $195. O Middle School Volleyball Camp: Girls entering grades 6-8, whether they are beginners or experienced players, are invited to skills instruction directed by Community School Middle School coaches Cara Frost and Sarah Higgins. Dates are Monday through Thursday, June 30July 3 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $160. The waiting list begins at 15. O Outdoor camps: Also offered are Wilderness First Aid (WFA) for ages 15-and-up Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15 ($220); Swift Water Rescue for Level 4 certification June 28-29 ($180); Rock Climbing for ages 12-18 at City of Rocks National Reserve July 29Aug. 1 ($550); and Learn to Kayak for ages 12-18 July 28-31 ($550). Visit communityschool.org.
Dance like everyone’s watching Sun Valley Ballet Summer Camp preps kids By JENNIFER LIEBRUM Express Staff Writer
Get on your best feet this summer with The Sun Valley Ballet School. The school, based in Ketchum, includes ballet instruction, craft and a snack. It’s a fun-filled session from July 28 to Aug. 8, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Kids ages 4-6 attend from 9:30
a.m. to noon and ages 7-10 from 12:30 p.m. There is also a master intensive class which is a one week session with two 1.5 hour classes of technical instruction in jazz. Ballet and point. This runs from Aug. 11-15 or Aug. 18-22. And is for ages 11-18. For more information visit www.sunvalleyballet.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 806-1145.
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The Mountain School Camps 2014 July 7th through August 15th 2014 Get ready for 6 weeks of summer camps at the little school in the cottonwoods! Let your child experience summertime on our beautiful campus, our gardens, farm & woodland areas! Offering a variety of programs for 4 year olds and up, with age appropriate activities, each includes elements of art, the farm and garden along with its specific focus – anything from circus arts to flower arts, wood-crafting to gardening, woodland games to primitive wilderness skills. Spend time with our bunnies, goats and miniature horses, and enjoy age appropriate water ways and nature trails. All camps taught by our qualified teaching staff and are sure to be a highlight of your child’s summer!
Camps for 4-6 Year olds (3-day camps): Tue. – Thurs. 9am-3pm $160
Primitive Wilderness Camps: Ages 7-9 • Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm July 14th-17th & July 21st-25th Cost: $230 Ages 10-13 • Mon-Fri 9am-3pm Aug 4th-8th Cost: $315 Ages 14-16• Mon-Fri 9am-3pm Aug 11th-15th Cost: $315
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Camps for 6-9 Year olds (4-day camps): Mon. – Thurs. 9am-3pm $230 July 7-10 ..................Wildlands & Watering Cans July 14-17 ................Wildlands & Watering Cans July 21-24................Art, Farm & Wood Crafting July 28-31................Art, Farm & Wilderness Aug. 4-7...................Art, Farm & Wood Crafting Aug. 11-14 ...............Art, Farm & Wilderness
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE CENTER’S
Natural world comes alive with MAT Daily adventures in store By EXPRESS STAFF
DAY CAMPS AT BCRD For Rising 2nd - 6th Graders June 16 - 19 Lift Off: The Science Of Flight Discover the mysteries of ﬂight. July 7 - 10 Secrets of Underwater Life Prepare to get wet & explore our river ecosystems. August 11 - 14 Night Stalkers, Day Risers Explore nocturnal & diurnal animal behavior.
OVERNIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP CAMPS For Rising 7th - 9th Graders July 28 - August 1 Mountain Survival Adventure outside to build backcountry & naturalist survival skills. August 4 - 8 Sense of Place: Discovering Our Alpine Ecosystem Sharpen outdoor skills while exploring how we impact our beautiful mountain landscape.
Day Camp Cost:
Overnight Camp Cost:
$175/week (M-Th camp) $225/week (M-Th camp + Friday Field Trip)
Registration information online: www.ercsv.org or call the ERC at 208.726.4333 471 Washington Avenue N, Ketchum • facebook.com/ERCSunValley
• Ask about ERC Member Discounts • Scholarships Available! • 8:1 Adult to Child Ratio •All Instructors CPR & First Aid Certiﬁed
Mountain Adventure Tours, after more than 14 years of operation, continues to perfect its unique brand of “envirotainment.” MAT is once again offering a wide range of summer programs for kids ages 4 to 16. Daily adventures and multi-night road trips provide an exciting environment to explore the natural world, the Wood River Valley community and the people living within it. MAT helps children learn responsibility, independence and decision-making skills. Kids are given the responsibility and freedom to discover who they are and where their talents lie. This year, MAT offers 29 programs. They cover treasure hunting, swimming, fort-building, biking, climbing, spelunking and horseback riding. Many camps include at least one overnight, but younger adventurers attending the organization’s “mini camps” get plenty of adventure during the daylight hours. The camps are located at a 13-acre BaseCamp property on the eastern side of Trail Creek Summit. It sits along the Big Lost River within sight of Idaho’s tallest peak, Mt. Borah. Mini-MAT camps are designed for younger campers. They offer art projects, short hikes, tours of local businesses and fun water play. Mini-campers hunt treasure, pretend to be superheroes or spies or splash around in rivers and lakes. Mini camps run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Older campers can explore caves in Southern Idaho, learn to build shelters from natural materials—and stay overnight in them—learn to video edit, mountain bike, climb mountains, ride horses, raft and paddleboard or even become counselors in training. For program descriptions, schedules, prices and applications, visit mountainadventuretours.org or call 309-1005. Scholarships are available.
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First Mother’s Day Photo Show May 9th & 10th. 11–5pm. Free.
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Free Show and receive your child’s photo for Mother’s Day. Questions? Call Gary Lipton 248.561.5120 4th St. Ketchum 411 N. Leadville Ave (next to Coffee Grinder)
BCRD Day Camp ready for 20th summer Kindercamp is new this year Now in its 20th year, the Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) Youth Summer Day Camp is offering a variety of recreation-based activities for youth ages 6 to 12 years old. The well supervised program is open to children entering grades 1-7. And new this year is Kindercamp for those kids just going into kindergarten. Organizers like BCRD Youth Coordinator Ashton Wilson want kids to “unplug and play.” Based out of the Community Campus in Hailey, the 12-week program runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. each day, from June 9-Aug. 29. It serves hundreds of children each summer. Activities at BCRD Day Camp include swimming, archery, biking, outdoor adventures, gardening and so much more. Arts and crafts are part of the camp experience. Campers are placed in age-appropriate camper groups. They are Explorer Camp for youth going into grades 1-2, Discovery Camp for youth in grades 3-4 and Challenger Camp for grades 5-7. Challenger Camp will incorporate leadership training that is great for kids looking for more responsibility and duties. The 10-week Kindercamp begins Monday, June 23 and continues to Aug. 29. This camp has its own age- appropriate activities
and dedicated space. It should be a great mix of learning, activity, fun and recreation for the young ones. Also new this year is the addition of the ERC EcoCamp happening three weeks out of the summer. The BCRD is looking forward to partnering with the ERC to offer kids another opportunity to learn about the their natural world. BCRD Drama Camp will take place again this summer for youth 7 years and older. Participants will take part in putting on a theater production that culminates with a public performance at the end of the fourweek program. On most Fridays, campers have the option to enroll in field trips to area destinations like Galena Lodge, Redfish Lake and Craters of the Moon. Register online at bcrd.org or by visiting the BCRD offices at the Community Campus in Hailey. Space is limited, so register early. Financial assistance is available. Payment options available for Explorer, Discovery and Challenger are for the full summer, by the month, by the week, or by the day. Contact the BCRD for prices, schedules and details at 578-2273 or by visiting the Web site at bcrd.org.
Camp is great for kids looking for more responsibility and duties.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
2014 BCRD Aquatic Center swimming programs Blaine County Recreation District’s Aquatic Center in Hailey offers a variety of swimming lessons, aquatic exercise and fun in the water, playground and sand volleyball courts. Visit bcrd.org for more details or contact BCRD anytime 578-2273 or 788-2144 (Aquatic Center) starting Tuesday, May 27.
SEASON PASSES AVAILABLE ONLINE THIS YEAR Season passes go on sale online Thursday, May 1 at bcrd.org. Purchase between May 1 and June 1 and save up to $29. Passes may also be purchased at the BCRD office at the Community Campus May 1-June 1 or at the Aquatic Center starting May 27.
REGISTRATION FOR LESSONS, SWIM TEAM AND AQUAROBICS O Begins Thursday, May 1. There is online registration for Swim Team and Aquarobics only. Register in person for Swim Lessons at the BCRD office at the Community Campus in Hailey from May 1-27 or at the Aquatic Center beginning May 27 so that children can be placed in the appropriate level. O Season passes—Purchase between May 1 and June 2 and save up to $29. Pre-season discount rates (6% sales tax not included) are $154 family, $80 adult 18-and-older, $66 children 17-and-under, and $66 senior 65 and over. The regular season pass rates after June 1 (6% sales tax not included) are $183 family, $94 adult 18-and-older, $78 children 17-and-under, and $78 senior 65 and over. O Monthly passes—Are also available. Check with the pool.
SCHOOL’S OUT PARTY! O
Friday, June 6, free admission for students from 1-5:30 p.m.
WOOD RIVER DOLPHINS SWIM TEAM Swimming is the perfect summer sport! Watch your child’s swimming take off with proper form and conditioning while having fun with their friends! O Dates, days—June 2 through Aug. 2, Mondays through Friday, plus 6 swim meets on Saturdays at 9 a.m. at home and various out-oftown locations. The season is capped by the Sagebrush League Championships Saturday, July 26. O What ages can join?: Ages 5-18 (must be able to swim a length of the pool). O Pre-season workouts: June 2-5, 10-and-under from 3:30-4:30 p.m., 11-and-older from 4:30-5:30 p.m. O Regular-season workouts (starting June 9)—7:30-8:30 a.m. for ages 11-and-up, and 8:30-9:30 a.m. for ages 10-and-under. O Fee—$175.30 (includes sales tax) covers all training/coaching, swim meet entries and team cap. Scholarships are available.
SWIM LESSONS Offered are five, two-week sessions. O Days—Mondays through Thursdays. O Sessions—Session 1 June 9-19; Session 2 June 23-July 3; Session 3 from July 7-17; Session 4 from July 21-31; and Session 5 from Aug. 4-14. Classes are 30 minutes long. O Eligibility—Ages 6 months to 12 years. O Times—Classes at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. O Class levels—From “Mommy, Daddy and Me,” (6 months to 3 years) and Guppies (age 3 only) to Aquatot 4-5 and Aquatot 4-7 (nonswimmers); Pre-Beginner 9 and under, and Beginner-Advanced ages 5-12. Children placed based on ages and ability. O Fee—$42 per session, first-come, first-served. Registration starts Thursday May1 at the BCRD at the Community Campus. O Scholarships available thanks to Atkinsons’ Markets. Info at the Aquatic Center. O Private and semi-private lessons: For youth and adults. See rapid improvements in technique with one-on-one instruction from patient and knowledgeable instructors. Schedule a lesson at the Aquatic Center Front Desk.
June 30th thru July 18th 2014
Mountain Bike CAMP
BRINGING TOGETHER ARCHERY, MARTIAL ARTS & ART IN A DISCIPLINED, FUN-FILLED ENVIRONMENT.
CAMP 1 JULY 7 – 10, 1PM – 5PM CAMP 2 AUGUST 4 –7, 9AM – 1PM $275 BEFORE JUNE 1 • $325 AFTER JUNE 1 REGISTRATION & INFORMATION 208.720.6088 • SAWTOOTHMARTIALARTS.COM THE GATEWAY, 613 N. RIVER ST., HAILEY, ID.
Ages: 7-12 & 6 year olds who rip! Dates: June 9-13 July 21-25 Times: 9:00 AM—1:00 PM Lunch Included Location: Croy Creek Recreation Area and Trail Head (3 miles west of Hailey) Cost: $275 or $500 for 2 Weeks The goal of the Sun Valley Road and Dirt Kids Mountain Bike Camp is to expose kids to the exciting and challenging sport of mountain biking. We want all participants to leave the camp with enough confidence to ride single track trails with the friends and parents. We also strive to teach kids bike handling, pump track and trial course riding, bike safety, trail riding, and maintenance skills. All this is accomplished through a fun filled atmosphere where students end the day with a smile on their faces. Contact: Joel Zellers at email@example.com or at the Powerhouse Website: powerhouseidaho.com
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Laugh a lot at theater camp
ride to summer camp!
Little Laugh camps from nexStage By JENNIFER LIEBRUM Express Staff Writer
Use the bus to get your child to summer camp: • Sun Valley / Ketchum Route (Free) • Hailey Town Bus (Free) • Valley Route Bus
Purchase a Youth unlimited summer Valley pass only $90 $75 if you purchase by 5/31 Available at: All Atkinsons’, Main St. Market, Albertsons, Stinker store, Hailey Chamber Ofﬁce, Guffy’s and Splash & Dash
For passes ... contact: Forschedules, schedules, ride information or help finding your ride
mountainrides.org • 788-RIDE
A Science-Themed Kids’ Summer Reading Program Join us each week for science experiments and activities in the Children’s Library. Track your summer reading for a chance to win great prizes including our grand prize—a new bike!
If laughter is the best medicine then these camps are the prescription to health. You can have your fun two ways: hometown or in a cabin in the woods. For kids grades 3-9, there is Camp Little Laugh, Laughing Stock Theatre Company’s sleep-away camp Aug. 3-8. The camp returns to Camp Sawtooth located eight miles north of Ketchum near the SNRA headquarters and features a traditional camp experience within a week of theatrical classwork in mime, improvisation, acting, art, dance and music. Chill time offers recreational games, hiking and evening campfires. In the evenings campers enjoy lip-syncing, performing skits, or having fun dancing. Price is $850. Scholarships and payment plans are available. A grand finale performance is Friday, Aug. 8, at the nexStage Theatre. Summer Stages Day Camp is back at the Com-
The Center: Where art and recycling meet Kids can hone creative skills in Hailey
Open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade.
By EXPRESS STAFF
Fizz! Boom! Read! Kick-Oﬀ Party: Saturday, June 21st, 2:00—4:00 p.m. Sign-up: June 2-21; program runs through August 15
Call the Children’s Library for more information: (208) 726-3493, option 2. 208.726.3493 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 415 Spruce Ave., Ketchum, ID
Summer Camp starts Monday, June 2nd
Space is still available, Enroll Soon! * Camp Schedule 8:30am to 11:30am daily * Extended Care 7:30am to 8:30am and 11:30am to 5:30pm * 12 Fun-Filled Theme Weeks * Ages 3 to 6 Years Old * Certified Early Childhood Staff * Idaho State Licensed
Application & enrollment information call 788-7702. All Kindergarten Age Children are Welcome to join the Fun. Serving the Valley’s Children for 19 Years.
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Is your child serious about art? Does he or she want to learn about how other artists work? Is he or she entering third through sixth grade? If so, then the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ “The Art of Recycling” camp might be the perfect way to spend a week this summer. The camp runs from July 7-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Center in Hailey. It will give students the opportunity to develop their artistic skills and engage with their peers while making original artwork. The camp will explore the concept of recycling and will include field trips to meet local artists who use recycling in their work. Registration deadline is Monday, June 23. Call 7269491 or visit sunvalleycenter. org. The cost for the weeklong camp is $350 for members and $400 for non-members. There are scholarships available. Also, later in the summer, kids can enjoy free arts activities at the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival Aug. 8-10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by trying techniques used by the artists in the festival. The event is staged at Atkinson Park in Ketchum.
munity School campus from June 30 through July 18. This camp provides a venue for young people ages 4-16 to exercise their imaginations and grow in wonderful and unexpected ways. The final free performance is at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. This theater day camp will focus on theater arts on and off-stage with professionals Patsy Wygle and Keith Moore. Classes will include acting, improvisation, art, stage combat, dance and music. Kids will also have the opportunity to design and build sets, costumes and props. Professional theater artists from the Northwest lead all classes. The camp is divided by age groups. Each group decides whether to choose a script or write their own. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 4-7 and 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for ages 8-16. The cost starts at $425 for half days and up. Scholarships and payment plans are available. A $100 deposit is required at sign-up. For details and reservations on either camp, call 726-9124.
Throw the summer away In the most fun way, with clay By JENNIFER LIEBRUM Express Staff Writer
Throw your summer away? No way, unless it’s with clay. Boulder Mountain Clayworks in Ketchum offers youth clay camps for kids 7-12 on the art of music. They will create musical instruments, busts of music icons and more taught by Keith Moses and Mitsuru Renton. Running from 9 a.m. to noon, tuition is $135 and advanced registration is required. The dates are June 16-20; July 7-11; July 14-18; July 2125; July 28-Aug. 1; Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15. Middle school teens and older can learn the basics of pottery throwing while making mugs, ice cream bowls and other round things. Intermediate potters will design their own projects and bigger challenges. Susan Ward and Lauren Street lead these classes with separate dedicated glaze days. Beginners will work from 1:30-4 p.m. June 16-20; July 14-18 and Aug. 4-8. Intermediates will work July 28-Aug. 1, from 1:30-4 p.m. Tuition is $150 and covers one child and one adult. Families can get together and play with clay with popcorn bowls July 15 from 1:30-3 p.m. and bird houses Aug. 5, 1:30- 3p.m. Call 726-4484 and email email@example.com. Or visit bouldermtnclay.com.
Find your style with Footlight Classes for hoofers of all kinds By JENNIFER LIEBRUM Express Staff Writer
Footlight Dance Centre has for 30 years woven a multifaceted fabric into a program synonymous with innovation, discipline, excellence and diversity. Marking 30 years, “Dance Tapestry,” will be offered as workshops and a performance with eight Seattle dance artists offering workshops to grade 5-adults from July 8-13 and culminating in a performance Sunday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater. In addition there will be week-long camps. The first “DANCEcamp” will be held July 14-18 and Aug. 4-8. The five-day camp is for students ages 7-9. Activities of the first session include ballet, hip-hop, tap, creative, dance history, choreography, crafts and dance videos. It runs from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. each day. Older kids can try the “Cecchetti Ballet Camp.” The workshop is built around the Cecchetti Ballet Method and designed for ages 9-18 in June 16-20 or Aug. 11-15 sessions. All classes are held at the Community Campus in Hailey. For details, call Director Hilarie Neely at 578-5462.
Schools still abuzz with things to do Community School, BCSD options By EXPRESS STAFF The unique learning environment offered by the independent Community School in Sun Valley is available to students and non-students alike in summer. From math to Mandarin, Legos to lacrosse, opportunities for fun and learning are there for the choosing. Some courses provide school credit. Others just let kids explore and enjoy their natural surroundings. Outdoor activities include backpacking excursions, rock climbing adventures and kayaking trips. Youngsters can brush up on their sporting skills at camps on basketball, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball. Community School will also provide driver education, a Mad Scientist Chemistry Camp and technology camps The classrooms will be busy too this summer, as elementary and middle schoolers can enrich themselves through creative writing, chess or math and upper school students can hone their study skills to get ready for college. Descriptions and costs for summer activities can be found at the school’s website at communityschool.org. Reach Summer Programs Director Mike Wade at 622-3960, ext. 109.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
2 014 I DA H O S U M M E R C A M P S DAY PROGRAMS: July 14 - 18: McCall, McCall-Donnelly High School All Positions 1/2 Day, ages 10-18 July 21 - 25: Hailey, Wood River Junior High School Field Player Premier, ages 10-18 Goalkeeper Premier, ages 10-18 Bradford “B.J.” Jamieson IV: 4 years with Juniors, ages 6-9 one. Residential 2014 MLS Pro Jett, ages 3-5 Player: LA Galaxy July 28 - August 1: Sun Valley, The Community School All Positions 1/2 Day, ages 10-18
BCSD summer school starts July 14 For some Blaine County School District students, summer means attendance at summer school to brush up on reading and math skills. District Communications Director Heather Crocker said that once students are identified who need assistance, teachers will send home notices and registration information by about the middle of May. This year’s summer school for Bellevue, Hailey, Hemingway and Woodside elementary school students will be held Monday through Friday from July 14-Aug. 8 at Hailey Elementary School. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Both hot breakfast and lunch will be provided. Summer school at Carey School runs from July 14 through Aug. 1. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A sack lunch will be provided. KinderKamp will be held at Hailey Elementary School from 8-11 July 14 through Aug. 8. A hot meal will be provided. The schedule for credit recovery classes at Wood River Middle School will be announced later. At Wood River High students can work on Idaho Digital Learning Academy online courses and senior projects through the summer. Sandy Mauro is summer school principal. Call 578-5000.
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Family learning is new emphasis By TONY EVANS Express Staff Writer
The College of Southern Idaho’s Community Campus location in Hailey usually gets taken over by kids each summer. This summer’s CSI programs will include parents in “Family Learning” camps. Over 40 academic courses are taught onsite each semester at the CSI Blaine facility. In the summer months, CSI in Hailey expands its programs to include children and families. They can experience learning together in small class settings. Here are some popular offerings during the summer: The July 24 “Starlab Summer Sky Gazing Evening” from 9:30-10:30 p.m. allows families to enjoy an interesting presentation by Hemingway Elementary School engineering technology teacher Scott Slonim. He will offer students a chance to touch a real shooting star. This event, with tuition of only $5, concludes with a free pass to the CSI Faulkner Planetarium in Twin Falls. The always popular “Ants and Plants” program will take kids on field trips with noted local naturalist Ann Christensen. In the
process, they will get dirty in the search for fascinating bugs and plants. The four field trips designed for students entering grades 2-6 will explore various natural communities and the creatures that inhabit them. Each child should bring a sack lunch and appropriate outdoor gear each day. “Ants and Plants” field trips take place Monday through Thursday, July 7-10, from noon to 3 p.m. Children will meet at Hemingway Elementary School at 111 Eighth St. West in Ketchum. Tuition is $70. Family learning can also take place in two arts and crafts classes. They are “Let Them Eat Cupcakes!” which is beginning cupcake decorating with expert decorator Gloria Wieand, and “The Ancient Art of Origami” paper folding, a Japanese art, with Mitsuru Brandon. The cupcake class meets Tuesday, June 10 from 6-8 p.m. fee $20 per person, and the paper folding class is Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m.-noon, $13. For more information, visit the CSI office at the Community Campus, call 788-2033 or get current information at www.csi. edu/blaine.
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Gliding away a Sun Valley day
Cool down with skating programs By ROBIN SIAS For the Express
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2014 Events at the Silver Creek Visitors Center
May 24- Opening Day BBQ 12-2pm Silver Creek Visitors Center
SUMMER NATURAL HISTORY WALKS SATURDAYS 9AM July 12- Kilpatrick Pond restoration canoe float (space limited call to register) August 16- Kilpatrick Pond canoe float (space limited call to register)
SUMMER BUTTERFLY SERIES May 17- Butterfly Count Visitors Center 11am, 1pm June 7- Design your own Butterfly Garden 11am June 14- Butterfly Count Visitors Center 11am, 1pm June 18- Butterfly Garden cocktail party 5-7pm
Bring the Kids
Sun Valley’s iconic outdoor skating rink is the coolest place to be in the summer months. Whether you take to the ice in the peaceful morning hours when the air is cool and light is perfect, escape the afternoon heat by taking a lesson with one of the rink’s top professionals, or glide beneath the stars on a clear summer’s night, no summer in Sun Valley is complete without a lap around the largest year-round outdoor rink in the country. The lure of the ice calls many, but invariably yells to children. It’s irresistible and getting the little ones into skates couldn’t be easier for parents. During the summer months, throughout the day and night, numerous general sessions are available to recreational skaters.
Getting the little ones
into skates couldn’t be easier for parents.
To enjoy a spin, just visit the skate house and select a package that includes ice time, skate rentals, even a helmet. Call 622-2194 for a current schedule. For those interested in improving their swizzles, scratch spins and Salchows, lessons are also readily available. If your budding skater would like to learn some basic skills, group lessons are offered from mid-June to mid-August. This drop-in group format accommodates beginners—teaching figure skating building blocks like stroking, skating forward, skating backward and that all-important skill, stopping. Classes are instructive and fun and prices are affordable. For even more opportunities to improve, semi-private lessons are given for up to four skaters of similar level. Popular clinics are also offered throughout the summer season. The Sun Valley Skating School offers up to 20 classes a day on both the beautiful out-
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Young skaters enjoy getting dressed up for summer shows. door rink and the full-size indoor rink that is equipped with a ballet studio and a jumping harness. Such clinics begin at 8:30 a.m. and run to 5:30 p.m. They include classes on spinning, jumping, stroking, performance, spirals, ice dance and more. Students can pre-register for the whole summer or pay by the week. Walkons are available on first-come, first-served basis. Visit sunvalley.com/icelessons. If you want to look the part, the full-service shop at the skate house sells beautiful one-of-a-
kind skating dresses, athletic wear and skates. Each July, Sun Valley hosts hundreds of competitive skaters for the Summer Championships sponsored by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club. This year’s event is July 24-27. Even if you aren’t a skater, find a spot on the bleachers July 27 to cheer on the popular showcase events—an entertaining (and free!) way for a family to spend a summer Sunday. Skating and Sun Valley share a storied nearly 80-year history. Come out and see why for yourself!
Nourishing bellies and bodies at Woodside Free meals provided to children and teens by The Hunger Coalition
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Keep kids happy and healthy this summer with free breakfast and lunch at Hailey’s Woodside Elementary School. Thanks to The Hunger Coalition and Blaine County School District, the Summer Food Program offers free and nourishing meals to kids 18-and-younger. Beginning Monday, June 16, the Summer Food Program will serve free lunches from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on weekdays throughout the summer until Friday, Aug. 22. All children under 18 are welcome. Accompanying parents may purchase a meal for $3.25. Free hot breakfasts will
be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m. on weekdays July 14-Aug. 8. Volunteers from the Environmental Resource Center will provide “Wild Lunch” activities for kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 17-26.
The Hunger Coalition
reported on its website that 5,400 free meals were provided during the summer of 2013. Woodside Elementary School, at 1111 Woodside Elementary
Lane in southeast Hailey, can be reached on Mountain Rides Transportation Authority bus at with stops on Woodside Boulevard at Berry Creek and Cherry Creek. The Hunger Coalition reported on its website that 5,400 free meals were provided during the summer of 2013. The Coalition further reported that 45 percent of all Blaine County students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Providing free summer meals ensures these children have the opportunity for nutrition during summer vacation. Obtain details at the Hunger Coalition 788-0121 or nspence@ thehungercoalition.org.
Develop love for a mountain lifestyle Brothers run outdoor camp Jordan Niedrich, 22, and Wood River High School senior Michael Niedrich, 17, grew up in the Wood River Valley “living and breathing the mountain life,” said Utah State University student Jordan Niedrich. Now, the brothers want to transform some of that knowledge to local youngsters in their new “Pro-gression Camp” designed for ages 11-14, this summer in three sessions. “We were constantly outside exploring and learning new things. We truly appreciate these experiences and they have shaped us into who we are today,” Jordan wrote on their progressikoncamp.com site. “So we have come together with an idea to help local kids get out and learn how to more fully enjoy the mountains. We are offering elite coaching for
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Libraries promote reading By EXPRESS STAFF Research shows that children can lose as much as an entire grade level of reading over summer months, according to Ketchum Community Librarian Cynthia Dillon. Libraries in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue offer science-based summer reading programs to keep kids from sliding back.
Summer reading in Ketchum The Community Library’s kick-off party for its summer reading program takes place on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. and will feature food, mining for gold, activities and crafts. Each reader who reaches his/ her reading goal will receive a gift card voucher to either Iconoclast or Chapter One Bookstores in Ketchum. In addition, all readers who reach their goals may enter a raffle—the grand prize is a bike. The library will announce the winner at an awards party on Friday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. The Children’s Library also offers drop-in, self-serve, sciencethemed crafts and activities every week of the program. Participants keep a reading log and count minutes spent listening to books on CD, reading magazines, reading online content, or following along with animated Tumblebooks. Check the library’s website and calendar, or call the library at 726-3493, ext. 2, for details.
Summer at Hailey library This year’s Hailey summer reading incentive-based program has a science theme called
“Fizz, Boom, Read,” for the younger kids in grades 1-3, and a theme entitled “Spark a Reaction” for 4-8 graders. Registration is June 16-28. Parents can pick up the summer reading packets. Children who are registered are required to have a current Hailey Public Library card. Parents new to the library will need to bring in proof of their physical address and an identification card. The program runs from Monday, July 7 to Friday, Aug. 15. There is a grand finale in August, but the exact date hasn’t yet been set. Story hours are held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. throughout the summer. Hailey Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 788-2036 or visit haileypubliclibrary.org.
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Reading in Bellevue Kids of any age are welcome to join Bellevue Public Librarian Kristin Gearhart for weekly readings from science-themed books, science experiments, games, crafts and prizes. “Come join us for an amazing summer and get your hands dirty,” said Gearhart. Weekly themes include robots, volcanoes, kitchen science, weather and “grossology” or a study of bodily functions. Bellevue Library will also host a Family Movie Night at the Park and a Summer Reading Party, with raffle prizes. For more information contact 788-4503 or email@example.com
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SNIFFING OUT YOUR VALLEY NEWS
Create and discover at Mountain School Gardening, crafts and tending the animals By TONY EVANS Express Staff Writer
Would your kids like exploring the forest and rivers of the Wood River Valley, making arts and crafts, or taking care of farm animals? For adventure and education combined, consider a six week camp at The Mountain School, a private, Waldorf school located just north of Bellevue. The Mountain School is offering six weeks of summer camp starting on July 7 and continuing until mid-August. Children in all camps are given opportunities to explore the site’s working farm, spend time with its bunnies, goats and miniature horses, walk its nature trails, and work in its organic gardens. The camps, which range in length from three to five days, are tailored for specific age groups for kids ages 4-12. Younger campers, ages 4-6, spend time with Waldorf-trained teachers enjoying games, songs, story-telling and flower crafting. Mornings include farm time—collecting eggs, planting and harvesting vegetables. Afternoons will include outdoor hikes and visits to the Big Wood River. In the school’s Art, Farm & Woodworking camps, children ages 6-8 spend time drawing, painting, eating fresh food from the garden, caring for animals and learning woodworking basics as they build toys. Primitive Wilderness Camps
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Don’t forget the important things to keep cool during the summer! are led by the school’s resident mountain-man, John DeLorenzo, who teaches wilderness and survival skills such as fishing, building shelters, primitive water filtration and animal tracking. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. each day. Parents can get details and register their children online at www.themountainschool.info. For questions, email summerc a mp @ t hemou nt ai nschool.info or call 788-3170.
Bilingual day Kids get outside care teaches at Eco Camps language skills By EXPRESS STAFF
Summer program available in Hailey Kid’s Kampus Bilingual Preschool and Daycare in Hailey is offering 10-week summer camps with activities for young learning. The camps are open for kids age 4-10 and run from June 10 through Aug. 22. Summer Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are three, four and five day camps, depending upon the activity. Activities include swimming, ice cave visits, gymnastics, fishing, tennis lessons, hiking, gondola lift rides, water park fun, various sports activities and visits to parks. Kids’ Kampus strives to create a safe learning environment which promotes developmentally appropriate education and social skills for kids to learn about themselves, others and their surroundings. Owner and head teacher is Alma Rivas of Hailey. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education in English as a Second Language. She has 18 years of teaching experience in elementary and preschool grades, and summer camps. Her focus, and that of her camp, is to teach readiness skills in English and Spanish to children and to instill in them a lifelong desire for learning. Kids Kampus is located at 104 N. 1st Street in Hailey. To register for camps or for more information call (208) 721-2570 or visit kidskampusbilingualpreschool.shutterfly.com.
The Environmental Resource Center in Ketchum offers two series of Eco Camps in the summer of 2014. Day Camp Adventures are for kids in grades 2-6. The Overnight Environmental Outdoor Leadership Camps are designed for older students entering grades 7-9. This year’s Day Camp Adventures are held in partnership with the Blaine County Recreation District. Overnight camps are held next to Prairie Creek, where campers are surrounded by acres of land for science discovery. Days are spent exploring the diversity of nature with professional educators. Evenings are full of summer fun. Meals are incorporated within the curriculum to highlight the importance of local and organic food systems. This summer’s Day Camp Adventures program is: June 16-19—“Lift Off: The Science of Flight.” Kids learn about the mysteries of flight. July 7-10—“Secrets of Underwater Life.” Campers explore riparian ecosystems and learn about underwater creatures. Aug. 11-14—“Night Stalkers, Day Risers.” Why some animals lurk in the dark and others prefer the light. Programs for the Overnight Leadership Camp are: July 28-Aug. 1: “Mountain Survival.” Learn more about outdoor skills, limited to 16 campers, register early. Aug. 4-8—“Sense of Place: Discovering Our Alpine Ecosystem.” Explore our beautiful mountain landscape. Day Camps cost $175 per week or $225 including Friday field trips. The Overnight Environmental Leadership camps cost $450 per week. Contact Hadley at email@example.com to receive information as soon as it is available. Scholarships are offered, and discounts for ERC members. Website is ercsv.org, or call 726-4333.
Join drug-free teens for an IDFY summer
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By EXPRESS STAFF Connect with friends and have fun this summer by joining The Drug Coalitionâ€™s signature program called â€œIDFYâ€? IDFY members enjoy benefits like fitness club admission, trips to activities like Paint Ball and Jump Time, community volunteer opportunities, according to Drug Coalition executive director Michael David. Membership is free of charge and open to students entering grades 7-12. The program also continues during the school year. Donations to The Drug Coalition are appreciated. IDFY members can travel to the four-day teen conference called Idaho Youth Summit in Coeur dâ€™Alene June 10-13. A youth program active in 67 chapters across Idaho, IDFY asks students and parents to sign contracts to become and stay drug-free and alcoholfree. Its mission is one of group support to make healthy choices. Engaged in IDFY (Idaho Drug Free Youth) are about 50 students in the Wood River High School program and 70 at the Wood River Middle School. They are led by paid, full-time adult coordinators with funding support from the St. Lukeâ€™s Wood River Foundation. Email Stephanie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Visit the website blainecountycdc.org.
Sign-ups are being accepted for the fourth annual James Nelson Memorial golf tournament fundraiser presented by the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association (WRBSA). The Nelson Memorial will begin Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at The Valley Club. Check-in takes place at noon. Proceeds will benefit the WRBSA as well as the Zachary and Andrew Nelson College Fund. Format is scramble, teams of four, with prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and for the teams with the best and worst scores. Cost is $150 per golfer or $560 per team, which is the same as last year. The fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, appetizers and no-host bar following play. Non-golfers for $10 can join the group after the golf for appetizers and the no-host bar. Hole sponsors are $150. There will be a raffle and silent auction. Silver Creek Auto is once again sponsoring a holein-one prize for a car. Last year, there was a winner. To register call Buffy Brunker at 720-1998, email mikebuffy@ gmail.com, or call Bonnie Burrell 720-1695 or email email@example.com.
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Haileyâ€™s Nelson Field is the place where many valley youngsters chase their baseball dreams each summer. Staged by the WRBSA for 10 years, the benefit golf gathering for the third year is named for longtime valley baseball supporter James Nelson, who died March 19, 2011 at 42. He was the youngest brother of five boys plus
four sisters in Ray and Marian Nelsonâ€™s Hailey family that founded the Ray Nelson Little League baseball tournament in the early 1970s. The Nelson family has been involved in local youth baseball development at every level.
SUMMER SPORTS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS Rock Climbing: Beyond the Top Rope, July 29-August 1 This is a unique opportunity to spend four days learning the skills to go â€œbeyond top-ropingâ€? to multi-pitch and lead climbing at City of Rocks National Reserve. Ages 1218. $550 (includes food, transportation and gear) 5B Basketball Camps, June 9-12, July 7-10 These small, intense camps focus on skills, player development, teamwork, competition and interactive drills that build fundamentals from shooting and ball handling to how to play defense the right way; all while having fun! June 9-12 Boys, Grades 9-12, 1 to 4:30 p.m. $160 â€˘ July 7-10 Girls and Boys, Grades 5-8, 1 to 4:30 p.m. $155 Wilderness First Aid (WFA), June 14-15 Community School, in partnership with the Wilderness Medical Institute, is offering this HCUVRCEGFCPFJCPFUQP9(#EGTVKĆ‚ECVKQPEQWTUGYJKEJEQXGTUKPFGRVJYKNFGTPGUU medicine topics. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Age 15 and up $220 5YKHV9CVGT4GUEWG.GXGN+8%GTVKĆ‚ECVKQP,WPG Offered in partnership with White Otter Outdoor Adventures, this two-day course offers classroom instruction, hands-on practice, and rescue scenarios to provide the necessary skills and information to navigate and lead river trips. Participants who complete the class will receive the American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue, Level 4 cert. Age 16 and up $180 5B Lacrosse Camp, July 7-10 Whether you are new to the game or building on years of experience, this camp will provide the individualized instruction for you to play â€œthe fastest game on two feetâ€? and have fun too. Boys Grades 5-12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $195 5B Middle School Volleyball Camp, June 30-July 3 This fun camp for beginners or experienced players focuses on player development, teamwork and fundamental skills including passing setting, hitting, serving, blocking, and defense. Girls Grades 6-8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $160
one.Soccer School, July 28-31 This premier soccer camp develops speed, agility, quickness, dribbling and more. Learn HTQOVJGRTQU6JKUECORKUQRGTCVGFQPQWT5CIGYKNNQY%CORWUUQEEGTĆ‚GNFUGirls & Boys, ages 9-18, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $195 Learn to Kayak, July 28-31 Spend four days learning to whitewater kayak safely and competently on Idahoâ€™s Salmon River in partnership with White Otter Outdoor Adventures. Ages 12-18 $550 (includes food, transportation, and gear)
We also offer many other camps, classes, and adventures for ages 2-18, including: Elementary School: Young Explorersâ€™ Camp â€˘ Mandarin for Kids Reading and Writing Connection Camps â€˘ Chess/LEGO Camps â€˘ First in Math â€˘ Mad Scientist Chemistry Camp â€˘ Technology Camps Middle School: First in Math â€˘ Technology Camps â€˘ Mad Scientist Chemistry Camp â€˘ Creative Writing Study Skills for Middle School & Transition to High School High School: SAT/ACT Preparation â€˘ Driverâ€™s Education Plus a full slate of for-credit courses
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Church camps make lots of memories Camp Sawtooth, Camp Perkins By EXPRESS STAFF Children create summer memories and have plenty of fun in the process at the Camp Perkins and Camp Sawtooth church camps in the mountains and on the lakes north of Ketchum. Christian fellowship is emphasized, but campers need not be Lutheran or Presbyterian to attend. Here are details:
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DAN & LANI MULICK • 726-1865 Teen Leadership Camp Treat your teenager to a leadership camp at the Diamond D Ranch outside Stanley, Idaho. The scenery and activities provide balance for the deep mind-heart work accomplished. At this camp, youth clarify strengths, leadership skills & goals to uncover individual passion to motivate them along the trail to excellence the rest of their life. They leave with a personalized success plan, positive peer connections, greater self-respect and raised emotional maturity. Included: Leadership Seminars, lodging, meals, ANY ranch activity (guided horseback riding, guided fly fish-ing, guided hiking, pool, hot tub, volley ball, team games, positive pranks & gold panning). Dates: June 21 2014 - Check out on June 24 • $965/Teen
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In operation since 1932 is the 82-year-old Camp Sawtooth, a 12-acre site operated under a specialuse permit issued to the Kendall and Boise Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church. The camp is 10 miles north of Ketchum via a gravel road behind Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters. Camp directors are Steve and Senita Watkins of Nampa. Campers enjoy many activities while living and learning in a Christian environment. They enjoy outdoor games, crafts, hiking, swimming, picnics, trips and campfires. Cost of each weeklong camp ranges from $180 to $330, depending on activities and length of camp. Registering early saves a little money, $20 if paying before June 1. The check-in for each week is Sunday from 4-5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Lodge time each evening is filled with games, skits, singing, shared talents and laughter. Evening chapel occurs around a campfire. Checkout is Friday at noon. Remember to attend the camp of the grade you are entering in the fall of 2014. This year’s camps are: June 22-27 for grades 5-6 with swimming and a Redfish Lake trip; June 29-July 2 for grades 3-4 with swimming; July 6-11 for grades 7-8 with ice skating in Sun Valley and a Redfish trip; July 13-18 for incoming students in grades 9-10, with putting green golf at Sun Valley and ice cream; July 20-25 for grades 11-12 with Salmon River whitewater rafting and swimming at Redfish. Visit campsawtooth.org or call 208-899-2073 by
May 15. E-mail is directorscampsawtooth@yahoo. com. Camp phone from May 15 through summer is 726-1155.
Camp Perkins Lutheran-run, the camp is located on Perkins Lake downriver from Alturas Lake, 42 miles north of Ketchum. Kids make new friends, overcome any fears of sleepovers and have positive experiences that become stepping-stones to growth. The camp observes its 59th anniversary in 2014. Weekly sessions begin Sunday afternoons. Campers are dropped off and checked in before meeting their counselors and cabin mates, in cabin groups of eight. Each day of camp is divided into: (1) cabin group time and relationship building, (2) optional outdoor activities like canoeing, rock climbing, hikes and arts and crafts, and (3) all-camp get-togethers like campfires, evening games and talent shows. Friday’s closing service and noontime meal wraps up the week. Camp Perkins offers traditional and specialized camps. Tailor your camp experience to your special interests. Creative writing, songwriting, sailing, fly fishing, horse rides and rafting are special activities. There are eight camp sessions, starting June 22 and continuing through Aug. 8. The youth camp sessions themselves are preceded by a June 15-20 Leaders in Training (grades 10-12) camp preparing the older ones for their counseling. Sessions for children entering grades 3-6 are July 13-18 and Aug. 3-8. Kids in grades 4-7 attend camp from July 20-25. Those in grades 4-8 do camp June 29-July 3 (a shorter week of camp at a lesser cost). Others are June 22-27 and July 6-11 for grades 5-8; and July 27-Aug. 1 for both grades 6-8 and 9-12. Basic cost for each of the eight Youth Camps is $305 if paid between April 16 and May 31, or $315 after. Call the camp office at 788-0897 or visit campperkins.org. Registration is ongoing, and online.
Galena camp offers action-based learning Mountain adventures for ages 6-11 By EXPRESS STAFF While the Galena trails area is a well-known adult playground in the winter, during the summer it’s the kids’ turn to play. The Galena Lodge Youth Adventure Camp is designed for children ages 7-11. Not only can kids horseback ride and learn to whitewater raft on the Salmon River, campers also visit the Easley Hot Springs, learn wilderness first aid skills, rock climb, mountain bike, paddleboard and learn how to tread lightly on the forest. The full-day camps run weekly from June 23-27 and July 7-Aug. 22. Camps run Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and overnight from 9 a.m. on Thursday to 4 p.m. on Friday. Cost is $425 per person (tax not included), with a maximum of 24 campers. And the yummy meals are cooked in the Galena Lodge kitchen. Besides full-day camps, Galena Lodge offers two weeks of half-day camps for ages 6-8. They are from June 16-20 and June 30 to July 4. Known as the Kids
Camp, the program aims to prepare kids for the Adventure Camp while exploring Galena’s yurts, making ice cream and swimming at Easley Hot Springs. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It costs $300. Headquartered at Galena Lodge, 23 miles north of Ketchum, the action-based camps emphasize fun, safety and respect for the outdoors. Round-trip transportation is provided daily from Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum. All parents need to do is drop their kids off, generally by 9 a.m., with pickup at 4 p.m. Lunch and snacks are provided in the cost. Half-day camps run from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Call 726-4010 for an information packet or visit www.galenalodge. com to download the camp brochure. Continuing in 2014 is the Galena Lodge Youth Scholarship Fund, in its eighth year. Generous donors have in the past enabled kids to attend camp on full and partial scholarships. Potential donors are asked to sponsor a child with a $425 gift, with 100 percent of contributions going into the scholarship fund through the Blaine County Recreation District. The scholarships are limited to full-time Blaine County residents.
Do some fishing with the pros Camps for young anglers Ketchum’s Lost River Outfitters (726-1706) has some fishing fun planned for kids ages 7-12. Its Kids Summer Fishing Camps are set for June 9-Aug. 3, Mondays through Fridays in two sessions, four hours a day. The instruction in casting, entomology, streamside etiquette and safety will give kids a head start on a lifelong sport. Cost is $175, equipment included and reservations are required. There will be special camps for a minimum of three children, plus groups for more experienced anglers. Email email@example.com.
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A summer spent on the sandlot erybody onto the field and tried different scenarios to get all involved. It became evident that a contest would have to settle things, so we proposed a home run hitting contest. Except for Big Al, we were a little scraggly looking. They had better sight linesâ€”fresh and forboding. But everybody agreed, and the game was on. Fortunately, Big Al was in his stretch-drive splendorâ€”sending drive after drive screeching over the left field fence. The balls soared over passing cars. They whistled through the trees. Behind the fence, Big Alâ€™s homers sent the girls scrambling and screeching to some sort of safety. His blasts were authoritative. They sounded long. It was no contest. They left. We stayed. And we stayed that way until school started in September. It was a glorious, rarely challenged reign that only served to improve our amazing skills and teamwork. Truthfully, we did get on each otherâ€™s nerves, you can imagine, for two-and-a-half months together. Yet had we assembled a record worthy of respect. No broken windows or broken promises at home. No brushes with the law. Plenty of deli sandwiches wolfed down in the cool of the corner storeâ€™s shade. We were regularsâ€”dirty, smelly, grimy and devilishly good at what we did. Sam and I did have a bit of a scrap that centered on the ongoing Mantle and Maris homer race. One morning, walking to school like we always did, we strode away in a clump of four boys toward the mysteries of our new school and our new seventh grade. A city block ahead of us was a clump of four girls. We hardly noticed, discussing Mantle and Maris. Sam wanted Maris. I wanted Mantle, like most everybody at the time. We came to blowsâ€”sort of a harmless wrestling matchâ€” just before arriving at school. Maris eventually won the contest with 61, Mantle finishing with 54. Of course Maris was never intentionally walked, not once all season, in his spot as No. 3 hitter in front of No. 4 Mantle. But he won fair and square. Sam was right, as he usually was. Later, as an adult, I actually met Maris and found him down-to-earth, gracious and humble, a man who had come to terms with facing enormous odds. The greatest summer of our life had come to an end. But the four of us had a final swan song, in high school, in the final football game of our high school lives, our ranks swelled by many others who werenâ€™t with us on that summer sandlot field six years before. Classic underachievers, we entered the game three touchdown underdogs. But they hadnâ€™t seen Samâ€™s arm at quarterback, the same arm which had the kind of uncanny accuracy built on the foundations of our long summer days and relays. He threw us to victory. But it had started years before, unwatched by anyone except the other three members of our select group. Thatâ€™s where the commitment to each other came from. That drive and focus was what we needed when the going really got tough. And that made all the difference in becoming better versions of ourselves.
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