Claremore Youth Summer Camps delight and challenge youngsters

More than 100 kids have already participated in summer camps at the Claremore Community Center since they began June 3 and hundred more are expected before the last week of July.

This week kids did arts and crafts with Owasso Public Schools teacher Brandee Kime or participated in STEM Camp with Dr. Eileen Richardson and the teacher candidates enrolled in the elementary education at Cameron and RSU.

Kids in Kime’s art class made abstract sculptures out of metal clothes hangers and panty hose, painted one-of-a-kind masterpieces on canvas, had hand-made clay birds firing in the kiln and had moved on to making 3D turtles out of yarn.

Claremore Youth Summer Camps delight and challenge youngsters

Girls in Richardson’s STEM Camp make a boat that can hold weight and float on water with only $5 worth of craft supplies.

In STEM Camp, students learned about potential and kinetic energy by bowling different shapes, sizes and weights of balls.

They learned about earthquakes and seismography by building plastic straw structures that could withstand a gelatin earthquake.

They learned about buoyancy by building boats that could hold weight and float with only $5 worth of equipment per team.

And they learned about chemical reactions by making ice cream with salt, making rainbows out of skittles and hot water, and seeing what happens when you stick copper pennies in mayonnaise.

Over the last few days they made parachutes, created and played with magnetic slime and learned how to program robots.

Richardson’s elementary education students spent three weeks prior in their science methods class designing lesson plans that incorporate the scientific method. This week they broke into teams to test out their fun-packed lesson plans on real kids.

Based on the excitement kids shared while talking about their projects over lunch, it was a success.

Claremore Parks and Recreation Department Youth Sports Director Ron Paris has been running the summer camps for more than a decade.

“We want the kids, primarily, to have fun,” Paris said. “We also want to provide something that can be a learning experience for them.”

Claremore youth summer camps provide a fun, safe and affordable summer activity for around 300 children a year, with room for even more, Paris said.

Most camps cost around $50 a week and occupy around two to three hours a day.

“The city doesn’t make any money from the camps,” Paris said. “It all goes to the teachers and to buying supplies.”

“We charge a minimal amount to pay for what we are using,” Richardson said of her STEM camp. “Just enough to not be out of pocket.”

There are around 30 different camps each summer.

Favorites over the last several years have been Mrs. Linda’s Cooking Class and a fossil hunting class that was taught by someone who now works for the Smithsonian.

“I’m always on the hunt for different camps that we can have,” Paris said. “I’m open to suggestions for future camps.”

Several camps are still open through the end of July. Sign ups should be done as far in advance as possible to ensure the paperwork and payments are complete.

Claremore Youth Summer Camps delight and challenge youngsters

Girls in Kime’s art class show off unique sculptures made of metal wire and panty hose.

REMAINING YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS

•Arts and Crafts with Ms. Brandee session 2, Monday July 15 to Thursday July 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon for grades K-sixth. Experience different forms of art media - pastels, watercolors, acrylic painting, clay and more at the Claremore Community Center (Room # 4) instructed by Brandee Kime (Owasso Public Schools). Cost is $50 per student. Class size is limited, to pre-register or payment information please call Ron Paris with the Claremore Park & Recreation Dept. 918-342-2522 or e-mail rparis@claremorecity.com.

•Healthy Relationships Across the Lifespan, Monday July 15 to Friday July 19, 1 to 3 p.m., for ages 10 and up. The focus for this free workshop is to educate young people how to have healthy relationships in all aspects. They will also have conversations about asking permission for everything and showing empathy towards others, instructed by Kasandra VanSandt (Safenet Services) in Claremore Community Center (Room # 3).

•Drama Camp, Monday July 15 to Friday July 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. for ages 7-14. This will be a fun class with a little more work involved in memorizing lines and you will actually put on a short play at the end of the week instructed by Debbie Savage (Claremore Public Schools) at the Claremore Community Center. Cost is $50 per student and includes all supplies. Class size is limited, to pre-register or payment information please call Ron Paris with the Claremore Park & Recreation Dept. 918-342-2522 or e-mail rparis@claremorecity.com.

•Creation Station, Monday July 1 to Wednesday July 3, 9 to 11 a.m. for ages 7-13. Creative campers will have a good time drawing, coloring, making origami and paper crafts and playing with legos and hot wheels on recycled cardboard and plastic. All supplies provided, leave your own toys at home. Join in the fun of discovery at the Claremore Community Center (Room # 3) instructed by Emily Hall. Cost is $30 per student, supplies included. Class size is limited, to pre-register or payment information please call Ron Paris with the Claremore Park & Recreation Dept. 918-342-2522 or e-mail rparis@claremorecity.com.

•A Day at the Beach, Monday July 8 to Friday July 12, 1 to 3 p.m. for preK through second graders. Instructed by Kim Atkins (Pryor Public Schools), students will enjoy the beach from the classroom with beach-themes crafts, snacks and games, ending the week with a water filled afternoon at the Claremore Community Center (Room # 3 & Gym). Cost is $50 per student. Class size is limited, to pre-register or payment information please call Ron Paris with the Claremore Park & Recreation Dept. 918-342-2522 or e-mail rparis@claremorecity.com.

•Summer Fun Games, Monday July 8 to Friday July, 10 a.m. to noon for ages preK to second grade. Instructed by Kim Atkins (Pryor Public Schools), students will enjoy a fun-filled week of messy art projects, cooking, games and science experiments. Do not miss this at the Claremore Community Center! Cost is $50 per student. Class size is limited, to pre-register or payment information please call Ron Paris with the Claremore Park & Recreation Dept. 918-342-2522 or e-mail rparis@claremorecity.com.

•Science is Fun session 2, Monday July 8 to Friday June 12, 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 8-14. Instructed by Angelia Pasdach (Skiatook Public Schools), Students will be studying Chemistry, Physics, Rocks and Biology during this week-long camp. Do not miss this at the Claremore Community Center! Cost is $50 per student. Class size is limited, to pre-register or payment information please call Ron Paris with the Claremore Park & Recreation Dept. 918-342-2522 or e-mail rparis@claremorecity.com.

•Jewelry Making Camp, Monday July 29 to Thursday August 1, 1:30 to 4 p.m. for ages 8 and up. Instructed by Deb Savage (Claremore Public Schools), students will get their bling on with this popular camp. Do not miss this at the Claremore Community Center! Cost is $55 per student. Class size is limited, to pre-register or payment information please call Ron Paris with the Claremore Park & Recreation Dept. 918-342-2522 or e-mail rparis@claremorecity.com.

•Blast Camp with Volunteers for Youth session 1, Monday June 24 to Friday June 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for fourth through eighth grade. Don't miss this fun packed week of swimming, basketball, racquet ball, dodge ball, Laser Quest and surprises. Also Included a trip to Woodland Hills Mall. Additional paperwork will be needed to enroll in this camp. Contact Susan Jensen at 918-697-6779 or e-mail to susan.cj@volunteersforyouth.com. Cost is $100 per week or both weeks for $185.

•Blast Camp with Volunteers for Youth session 2, Monday July 22 to Friday July 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for fourth through eighth grade. Don't miss this fun packed week of swimming, basketball, racquet ball, dodge ball, Laser Quest and surprises. Also Included a trip to Woodland Hills Mall. Additional paperwork will be needed to enroll in this camp. Contact Susan Jensen at 918-697-6779 or e-mail to susan.cj@volunteersforyouth.com. Cost is $100 per week or both weeks for $185.