Marshall program returning
HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Recreation Center is bringing back the weekly Healthy Heard Youth Camp this summer.
The camps will run from the weeks of May 27-30 (it will be closed on Memorial day) through the week of Aug. 4-8. Children will be given the opportunity to make new friends, swim, learn new games, and learn about a variety of sports ranging from other countries to science.
"We're not sure how week one is going to go as a lot of kids will still be in school," said Michele Muth, assistant director of Marketing and Membership. "This year we have 11 weeks of camp. Some weeks, like week one sneak peak to summer, we have all the kids together. Other weeks like week two, we have the kids split up into two groups: the Little Marcos aged 5-10 and the Future Herd aged 11-15. Week two the kids will be split up. Kids age 5-10 will do Aloha Summer which is our Hawaiian-themed week, while kids ages 11-15 will take part in Body Tune Ups."
Guests are asked to pack a lunch, sunblock, swimwear, and gym bag or backpack. Children should also wear appropriate athletic shoes. A change of clothes at the end of the day may also be recommended. Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until 4 p.m., however there will be before and after-care available starting at 7:30 a.m. and until 5 p.m.
"In the past our camps had been focused more on fitness and a lot of kids were worn out," Muth said. "We tried to take into account the different interests that kids have. Some of it will be playing outside or playing inside on our courts and swimming. Some of it will be other things like we have A Bug's Life week for the younger kids which is science."
The camps are planned well in advance.
"We start planning the youth camps in November," said Alex Boyer, assistant director of Intramurals and Youth Programs. "The camps are supervised by student employees. Most of them are education majors or sports management and exercise science majors. Our facility is strictly student based so this is a learning opportunity for the camp staff as well as the students."
Boyer said the camps provide children a good chance to interact with people they don't know.
"One of the biggest things we want kids to learn is how to interact with multiple kids not just one or two or their best friend," he said. "We want them to work in groups and get involved in some team building. We also want to teach a healthy lifestyle and create an environment where they can take what they learn here and take it back home to incorporate it in their everyday life."
Registration for each week is $110 for Rec Center members and $135 for non-members. Registration will continue on the day of the event but the number of slots is limited. For online registration, visit www.marshallcampusrec.com. Guests can also register at the front desk of the Rec Center or for questions, call 304-696-4101.
The Rec Center will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day.
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