Huskie Pup Camp opens summer enrollment

Huskie Pup CampNIU’s Huskie Pup Camp, administered by the Department of Campus Recreation, is accepting enrollment applications for its summer 2013 camps.

The camps run weekly, Monday through Thursday, from June 10 through Aug. 8.

Children of students, faculty, staff and community members can register for each of the nine summer sessions intended especially for youth ages 6 through 12 for just $125 for each four-day session.

The camp is open to the general public for $150 per week.

“NIU Campus Recreation is offering an educational program for children over the summer, and we try to offer that environment at a low cost for NIU faculty, staff and also community members,” says camp coordinator Rhonda Hampton, assistant director of competitive sports and youth programs.

Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, which is in sync with NIU’s summer operational hours. Activities help campers become more independent and self-assured while developing mind and body in a fun and safe learning environment.

Huskie Pup Camp“I drop them off, and I know where they’re at,” says David Lochbaum, who had two children in the program last summer. “It’s kind of nice during the summer. I can run down and have lunch with them or go over to the pool and watch them participate in the activities they’re doing.”

Activities including art, crafts, sports, team-building, outdoor activities, swimming and more broaden children’s experiences and enhance lifelong wellness. Special field trips are also planned throughout the summer to provide additional local attraction experiences.

“The experiences have been great,” Lochbaum says.“They love the activities, the field trips, swimming just about every other day, and dodgeball is always fun.”

“The maximum number of youths that can participate is 60. We divide them up into age groups 6 to 8 and 9 to 12,” Hampton says. “It’s a great time. Bring your kid. They’ll have fun over the summer and learn outside the classroom.”

The Department of Campus Recreation offers camp sign up online and at the Student Recreation Center Member Services Desk for NIU affiliates and community members and online payment options for the program. However, supplemental information such as the camper registration, emergency contact information, check-out procedure, liability waiver and medical authorization forms must be completed and turned into the front desk at Student Recreation Center before camp begins.

Huskie Pup CampPayment must be received at least one week prior to the start of each week’s camp.

The complete schedule:

  • Week One (June 10 to 13) Safety First-Huskie Pups
  • Week Two (June 17 to 20) Pup Fitness Fun
  • Week Three (June 24 to 27) All Star Week
  • Week Four (July 1 to 3) Outstanding Outdoors (camp will not be held on the Fourth of July)
  • Week Five (July 8 to 11) Time Travelers
  • Week Six (July 15 to 18) Its all About the Animals
  • Week Seven (July 22 to 25) Fun in the Sun
  • Week Eight (July 29 to Aug. 1) Investigating Science & Technology
  • Week Nine (Aug. 5 to 8) A Round of Applause

The weekly schedule is subject to change based on field trip availability.

For more information, call (815) 753-1370 or email rmorse@niu.edu.

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