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Anchor Mom: Summer Camps

SPRING BREAK CAMPI’ve started to get the annual emails from all the camps around town, reminding me that it’s time to sign up! I don’t know about you, but this is no easy feat in my world. It requires emails and phone calls and more emails and maybe a few follow up texts to see which of my boys’ friends are going to which camps and when. By the time it’s all said and done, I end up with a headache and a calendar that looks like more like I’ve solved some mysterious mathematical equation than a summer full of fun activities.

With that said, we’re always looking for new, fun things to do in the summer. My youngest is 9 and is the type who would much rather just stay home with his mom and hang out, but there are a couple of camps he just won’t pass up. They revolve around football and basketball, his favorite sports.  We’ve done the Jordan Kent camps for a couple of years now, and my boys LOVED them. They offer several different ones during the summer, and you can pick which sport you want to focus on. They also have a baseball one at PK Park, which was very cool last year when we did it. I felt like Jordan’s helpers were very good about not only teaching them new skills in their chosen sport–football, basketball, soccer–they also talked about nutrition and other healthy habits. My boys came home addicted to Dave’s Killer Bread and peanut butter.
Over the years, it feels like we’ve done every camp out there, but I know in reality, we’ve only scratched the surface. These days, there’s camps for everything. Acting, dancing, climbing, Lego building, arts & crafts–about any interest your child can think of. When the boys were young, we did the sports-o-rama camps at the University of Oregon. I remember them filling up fast, and it was easy to see why. The kids got to do a little of everything from swimming to tennis. I just double checked to see if they still offer those camps, and they do. Plus, they offer Lego Sculpture, Icky Sticky Science and Ballet Camp, just to name a few! FUN!!!
We also signed up for the Northwest Christian Basketball camp, from the time the boys were 5 or 6 years old, and we go back every chance we get.  It’s very well run and they seemed to learn a lot. They team up with the YMCA for several different sports camps.

We’ve never done Camp Harlow, except swim lessons, but I’ve heard it’s a memory-making machine for the kids, especially as they get older and can stay the night. The swim lessons there are priceless. We’ve had sessions that have only included one or two kids, and even when the classes are “full” they’re still fairly small. I’m happy to report both my boys are very strong swimmers because of it.
Another option this year is the 1 Pass from Willamalane and Lane Transit District. You pay $50, and then you get to ride the bus for free to a number of different places all summer long. It includes free admission to Camp Putt, Splash!, Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation and Willamalane Park Swin Center. Kids can also use it for buy one, get one free tickets at several places, including Eugene Emeralds games, Skate World, the Springfield Museum and Timber Bowl. There are some restrictions, so check out the link first. What a neat idea, and great for kids who are old enough to be on their own.

Again, I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg. I would LOVE to hear about other opportunities for kids this summer. So families have plenty of options when it’s time to plot and plan their summer fun!

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