Build Memories and Life Skills at LBI Summer Camp

Apr 26, 2017
Courtesy of: St. Francis Parish and Community Center

Summer camp rolls around once a year, but its influence can last a lifetime. From arts and crafts, cooking, daily swimming and weekly field trips, kids build lifelong memories and skills at the St. Francis Vacation Club.

“(It) gives children an opportunity to meet children who do not live in their community,” said Lori Dudek, communications, special events and volunteer coordinator for the St. Francis Community Center in Brant Beach. The program has hosted children from as far away as France as well as across the country. “Summer camp provides kids the opportunity to experience something new.”

Registration and orientation is at the center at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6. Vacation Club runs from June 19 through Aug. 31 for kids ages 5 to 13.

The club, which began as an outdoor summer camp for kids more than 30 years ago, offers a safe atmosphere for school-aged kids in need of supervised care. Its activities are aimed at encouraging physical, social, emotional and cognitive development for its campers.

Each week offers a different theme. Kids can enjoy trips to places such as Johnson Corner Farm in Medford or activities such as Chef it Up, an on-premise cooking party that teaches campers how to make homemade applesauce, vegetable soup and chocolate fudge.

“It’s not only a popular program with vacationers but for working families that need care in the summer,” Dudek said. “Vacation Club is a full-day program and it is offered for the entire summer, which is extremely important to working families.”

For registration, 5- and 6-year-old children must have proof of their grade level (parents are asked to bring their most recent report card). All campers must provide updated immunization records. There is an annual $40 registration fee. Refunds are not available.

Vacation Club is offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended care is also available. For more information, visit the St. Francis website at  —G.G.S.


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