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While summer may mean a break from school for kids, it can be a challenge for working adults who now have a house full of children. Luckily, the City of Fife is offering plenty of options this summer for kids to have fun in a supervised manner, particularly in the form of the traditional summer day camp, Camp Fife, at Columbia Jr. High School from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 28.

Children attending camp need to bring a sack lunch, water, snacks, a bathing suit, towel and a smile. Cost per week is $135 for residents of Fife and $145 for non-residents.

Not only will children be entertained at the camp but they will also learn about environmental awareness, one of the bigger issues facing the world today.

“We revamped camp a lot. We’re bringing huge changes to the program, incorporating environmental education including factors of ‘leave no trace,’ and there’s a lot of experiential learning,” City of Fife Recreation Coordinator for Programs Debbie Goff said. “We’ll be talking about oceans, talking about how to protect our lands in different ways to protect the environment and educate kids about this world we live in.”

While the learning at camp is both entertaining and informative, it can’t be all work for kids trying to enjoy their summer. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services department understands that, and is going out of their way to make sure there’s a healthy splash of fun for camp kids.

“Thursdays will be field trip days. We have a couple of field trips to baseball games because what kid doesn’t like a baseball game?” Goff asked “We’re hiking and having a lot of physical activity and a lot of fun, active stuff for the summer.”

Of course, this program wouldn’t be possible without Fife’s Parks and Recreation Department that is dedicated to putting on the best program they can.

“I have a passionate staff. All my staff have worked at different camps, some at different cities. Some are education majors and some are starting up their own classroom in the fall. I’m really fortunate to have a rock star crew this summer,” Goff said.

The experience children will get, as well as the education they will receive, put the day camp a cut above other alternatives for the summer. Although the camp is just for the day, Goff and her staff want to provide kids with an experience that will make them wish it were an overnight adventure.

“We’re not just a daycare. A lot of parents like to call day camp ‘daycare,’ and that rubs me the wrong way a little bit. We don’t want kids to feel like they’re at daycare. We want them to come and feel like they’re at overnight camp with a staff kids will remember for years,” Goff said.

The day camps won’t be the only entertainment the City of Fife offers for kids and families this summer. The Parks and Recreation Department will be launching several smaller camps throughout the summer as well as the free summer playground program. This drop-in program provides the opportunity for kids to get creative with arts and crafts, play lots of games and sports and visit with friends. The program provides lunch and activities for kids, but is not a childcare service; volunteers are not responsible for monitoring children. Citizens can show up between 10:30 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. at Colburn Park to hang out and play game from June 22 to Aug. 13.

These are just two of Fife’s many planned camps for the summer. For a full list of weeklong camps, including specialty sports camps, visit http://cityoffife.org/city-departments/parks-and-recreation/camps.

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