Some kids enjoy the playground equipment during the Summer Fun Camp.

Kids camp in full swing for the summer

Summer Fun Camp gives kids a chance to get outside and away from the television this summer.

With summer in full swing, it can be hard for parents to find things for kids to do throughout the two month break from school. Entertainment options often include television, video games and movies, but the Golden Community Resource Society (GCRS) is offering an alternative for parents that will keep kids active and away from the television.

Summer Fun Camp will run weekly from now until the end of August. The camp is led and organized by Kirby Allen and Shea Archibald-Lacasse and includes a wide range of activities, from swimming and arts and crafts to special fun days.

“We send out a newsletter the week before the camp that has a schedule of different theme days,” Archibald-Lacasse said.

“We have a Hawaii day, circus day, everybody’s birthday, Freaky Friday where we make them eat gross looking things,” said Allen.

Among the other highlights of the day camp is its weekly Friday cookout at the municipal campground.

“The campground donates the fire pit and the firewood, we usually do hot dogs and a fruit of the week,” Archibald Lacasse said.

Campers range from kids who are just out of kindergarten all the way up to 11 and 12 year olds. Allen and Archibald-Lacasse try to plan activities that reflect that age difference.

“Sometimes it is hard to find ideas to suit both age groups,” Archibald-Lacasse said.

“We find that a lot of the older kids will take on a leadership role towards the younger kids,” Allen said. “They’ll kind of find their buddy and help them out, which is nice to see too.”

Most of all, Allen and Archibald-Lacasse strive to make the camp as fun as possible, with minimum rules.

“(The main rule is) to respect each other and respect us,” Allen said.

For more information on the camp, contact the organizers at goldensummerfun@gmail.com.