Thurston County children can spend this summer staying safe and having fun with two day camp programs offered by Thurston County Recreation Services starting June 25 at Pioneer Elementary in Olympia.
The Hand In Hand Summer Camp program is for disabled and non-disabled kids ages 6 to 13, where children with disabilities participate in all activities with their peers, including special field trips each week that include places like Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the Thurston County Fair, roller skating and miniature golf. New this year is a day camp program for disabled teens ages 14 to 21 that includes the special field trips with other campers, as well as their own teen group activities.
"This is the only summer day camp program in the area that serves kids with special needs, and the only one that's fully integrated, so the kids get to be kids and just enjoy all of the great summertime activities," said Recreation Supervisor Margaret Huff. "We have a number of campers that come back year after year, and I think that goes to show how much fun these kids have with us each summer."
Hand In Hand Summer Camp and Teen Camp will run Monday through Friday, June 25 through August 24, with no camp programs on Wednesday, July 4. Parents can register their kids for the entire nine-week program, or sign up for week-long blocks for either the full five days or for a 3-day flex week. The cost is $145 per week or $125 for each 3-day flex week, plus a one-time $30 registration fee. All field trip fees and a Camp T-shirt are included.
For more information on the day camp programs and for registration, contact the Thurston County Recreation Services office located at 5033 Harrison Ave. in Olympia, call (360) 786-5595 or visit our website at www.thurston-parks.org.
Thurston County Recreational Services: Hand In Hand Summer Camp and Teen Camp
Camp Dates and Major Field Trips
- June 25-29: Field Trip: Rollerdrome, Centralia
- July 2-6: (no July 4) Parkland Putters, Lakewood
- July 9-13: Pt. Defiance Zoo, Tacoma
- July 16-20: Lakefair
- July 23-27: Tenino Quarry Pool
- July 30-Aug. 3: Thurston County Fair
- Aug. 6-10: Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Game
- Aug. 13-17: Wild Waves, Federal Way
- Aug. 20-24: Ocean Shores