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Adventure Camp underway with a new twist this year

June 27, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Boardman Park's Adventure Day Camp is in its 17th year and is running strong. The camp continues teaching children from kindergarten through sixth grade by having fun in the process. This year the program has taken on a new partnership to give campers an even wider spectrum of learning.

"We have partnered with Challenge Island this year," said Karen McCallum, park recreational director. "We have moved from five activity stations to six as Challenge Island shows up two days each week for a theme-based activity."

Challenge Island hosts a STEAM-based activity. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The Challenge Island venue joins the camp's regular line up of stations for art, science, creative arts, sports, and team building.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Checking the score in the oversized Connect Four game at the Boardman Park pavilion are Adventure Camp campers Caitlin Lehnerd and Cassie Austin, both of Boardman. The girls were playing the game during the noon break in activities.

The camp runs through Aug. 16, and until the final week, it still accepts children. They can sign up and pay for one week or all the remaining weeks.

The camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Campers spend the morning and afternoon hours spending a set time at each venue. The day includes a lunch and recess break around noon.

"It's education gone fun outside," McCallum said. "The kids often don't realize they are learning."

As for the recent weather situation, McCallum said Boardman has been soaked by the rains in past weeks and there are a lot of muddy areas.

"We stopped fighting it and accepted that the kids are campers and mud is part of camp life," she said. "So they will be coming home muddy."

For information on Adventure Day Camp, visit The camp operates on a week-by-week basis and children can be signed up for one week or all remaining weeks.



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