Area children are invited to spice up the summer with this series of Youth Camps at Rend Lake College and at RLC’s Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus.
•“Aqua Sports,” for grades 2-4, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, or grades 4-6, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15, Aquatics Center Lobby, $55. For those who love sports and swimming, this is the camp to join. Campers will learn the skills, techniques and rules of water polo, basketball, golf and other water games.
•“Basketball Camp for Boys,” four-day camp for grades 4-7 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 7-9 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15, Waugh Gymnasium, $55; or one-day camp for grades 1-3 from 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, June 16, $15 per camper. Individual instruction on all phases of shooting, dribbling and ball-handling, passing, one-on-one defense and rebounding will be stressed. Campers will be grouped according to age and ability. Students receive a free RLC T-shirt and free admission to all RLC Warrior home games. Students will need gym shorts, a T-shirt, supporters, sweat socks and basketball shoes.
•“Basketball Camp for Girls,” four-day camp for grades 4-6 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 7-9 (1-4 p.m.) Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, Waugh Gymnasium, $55; or one-day camp for grades 1-4 (9 a.m.-noon) on Friday, June 9, $15 per camper. This camp follows the same format as the boys camp. Four-day campers will receive a free camp T-shirt. Students will need gym shorts, a T-shirt, sweat socks and basketball shoes.
•“Bike Camp,” for grades 4-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, July 10, or grades 1-3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, Aquatics Center lobby, $39. RLC is offering one of the coolest camps around. Learn bicycle safety and ride the bike trails of Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. Learn to maintain a bicycle, use proper hand signals and create a nutritious snack for biking. Complete the day with a cooling dip in the Aquatic Center pool. Bring your own bicycle or use one of our adult bicycles if needed. Pack swimming gear and a towel; lunch and bottled water will be provided.
•“Blastoff! 4,” for grades 4-7 (1-4 p.m.) or grades 1-3 (9 a.m.-noon), Monday, July 12, through Thursday, July 15, Science Building Room 106, $65. Attend the ultimate science camp. Don’t be concerned if you attended last year, because “Blastoff! 43” has new challenges in store. Continued participation in this camp will assist students in developing a strong sense of self and a connection to the environment. Each child will create and exit camp with his or her own rocket.
•“Camp GetFit,” for grades 1-3 (1-4 p.m.) or grades 4-6 (9 a.m.-noon) Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15, Applied Science Center Room 105, $55. Camp GetFit offers a fun daily schedule with awesome activities. Kids will be introduced to the weight room and will participate in activities which focus on healthy eating and exercise habits. Find new friends while swimming, trying out exercise and learning how the body functions. This camp will teach children how to feel good about themselves and to begin developing healthy eating and exercise habits which will last a lifetime.
•“Cheerleading Camp,” for grades K-8 (1-4 p.m.) and middle school squads (9 a.m.-noon), Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, Waugh Gymnasium, $35. This camp is led by RLC Cheerleading Coach Bobbi Shadowens and the RLC Cheerleaders. During this four-day camp, participants will discover cheers, chants and spirit dances while earning prizes. Squad cheerleaders will receive advanced instruction on floor cheers, basic stunting, dance and voice projection, and will compete for best all-around squad, most spirited and much more. Jumping and yelling are more than okay at this camp.
•“Dolphin Dance Party,” for grades 2-6, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 19, through Wednesday, June 21, Aquatics Center lobby, $45. Spend a few days making new friends and having tons of fun while learning the latest dance moves in the water. The Dolphin Dance Party brings the coolest combinations of dance moves to the RLC pool, where kids will have a wet and wild camp experience.
•“Down Under Diving Camp,” for grades 2-6, 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 19, through Wednesday, June 21, Aquatics Center, $45. Learn to dive safely from a pool deck and starting blocks. Campers will progress from diving at deck level to the competitive level off the blocks. Springboard approaches and hurdle jumps will be included. Campers must be able to swim 25 yards and complete the front crawl and backstroke to participate in this camp.
•“Drawing Work-Out,” for grades 4-6, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, Vocational Building Room 118, $55. This “work-out” won’t make kids sweat and they won’t lift anything heavier than a pencil, marker or chalk. Kids will learn warm-ups and develop skills necessary to build strong drawing muscles. Campers will draw people, places and things more realistically while gaining confidence in their abilities.
•“Flower Power,” for grades 4-6 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 1-3 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, Vocational Building Room 118, $55. Lots of hands-on activities, planting and transplanting of garden plants and flowers are on tap for kids in this camp. They will learn what makes these plants grow and how to keep them going. Planting projects will include a hanging basket, planter, worm farm and a windowsill herb garden.
•“Garbage Pail Science,” for grades 3-6, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, Applied Science Center Room 104, $55. Children in this science class have no homework and no paperwork – just tons of awesome science experiments using “stuff and junk.” Children who think science is boring and difficult to understand will change their minds after this course.
•“Horseback Riding,” four camps available in Tuesday-through-Thursday blocks, all from 9 a.m. to noon: June 6-8; June 13-15; June 20-22; or June 27-29. All held at Rend Lake Stables Arena at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, $115, minimum age is eight. Learn the proper techniques for saddling, bridling and riding horses. Campers will be matched with suitable mounts and will ride daily in the arena and along the trails of the park. Riding helmets are not required but are suggested and will not be provided by the stable. Classes are limited to eight participants per camp.
•“Inside-Out Computer Kids,” for grades 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 12, through Wednesday, June 14, or Monday, June 26, through Wednesday, June 28, Advanced Technology Center Room 163, $75. Kids can discover their computers from the inside out during this camp. Campers will learn about a base system, then connect, install and configure the elements necessary to get a computer up and running. The best part is that kids can take their computers home with them at the end of the camp.
•“Kids in the Kitchen,” for grades 4-6 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 1-3 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, Student Center Dining Area, $55. Learn a variety of basic cooking skills and create food to survive on. Prepare early morning goodies, discover some new brown bag trends, master the art of finger foods and dazzle your mouth with the tastes of sweets in this camp.
•“Kids ‘n’ Clay,” for grades 1-3 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 4-6 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, Learning Resource Center Ceramics Lab, $69. Kids can get creative, let their imaginations run wild and enjoy hands-on activities with something to take home at the end of this camp. Kids will complete their clay creations with real glazes, and each completed project with be safe for food use.
•“Lil’ Laker Girls Dance Camp,” for grades 1-8, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, through Saturday, July 8, Waugh Gymnasium, $45. The Laker Girls of RLC will introduce campers to three dance routines in a variety of styles, one camp routine, technical skills and much more. Campers will receive a T-shirt, medals, trophies and lots of great memories. All dance routines will be choreographed according to age and ability level.
•“Martial Arts for Beginners,” for grades 1-3 (9 a.m.-noon) or 4-7 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 19, through Thursday, June 22, Waugh Gymnasium, $55. Participants will discover martial arts training and improve their health and coordination while learning to work with others. Basic calisthenics, stretches and beginning stances will be covered. Students will learn fundamental blocks, punches and falls which can be combined into self-defense techniques. Students should wear loose-fitting clothes and participate in bare feet.
•“Me and My Buddy: Cake Decorating,” for prekindergarten and kindergarten, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8, LRC Children’s Library, $19. Parents and caregivers will join with their favorite little friends to create cakes and participate in activities with a summer theme. Children will have fun using icing, cookies, candies and their imaginations to add features to their creations. All tools and supplies will be provided.
•“Out of this World Art,” for grades 1-3, 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, Vocational Building Room 118, $55. Kids will listen to the stories of the moon, stars and aliens as they create art which is out of this world. Campers can let their imaginations blast off as they draw, paint and collage outer-space art.
•“Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp,” for grades 1-3 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 4-6 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, LRC Room 107, $55. Don’t worry, campers won’t be transformed into rock ‘n’ roll performers, but they will let their imaginations run wild during this music camp for kids of all ages. They will discover musical instruments of all kinds and make a few of their own. Campers will end camp with a performance for family and friends.
•“Softball Camp,” for girls ages 9-14, 1-4 p.m., Monday, June 19, through Wednesday, June 21, RLC Softball Field, $45. Children will learn the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, base running and the mental aspects of the game. Students should bring their own ball gloves and tennis shoes or rubber cleats.
•“Strike a Pose,” for grades 1-3 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 12) or grades 4-7 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13), Studio RLC at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace, $39. Kids will learn the latest fashions and trends and make themselves feel like models with this camp. Participants will discover the basics, such as skin care, make-up, nail care, the latest hair styles, poise and etiquette. Develop self-confidence, personality and social skills at this all-day camp. Introduce the “new you” to family and friends during a runway walk at the end of the day. Camp fee includes lunch. Students should bring their favorite outfits.
•“Survivor Camp,” for grades 4-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, June 22, Science Building 106, $39. Life on the island can be challenging. Teams will attempt tasks which test their abilities to think fast and create unique solutions to the pitfalls facing them. Kids will race against the clock but won’t have to worry about being voted off – everyone is important in this camp of logic, skill and fun. Class size is limited. Camp includes lunch.
•“Take a Bow!” for grades 4-6 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 1-3 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 5, through Tuesday, June 6, RLC Theatre, $35. This exciting camp teaches acting skills and techniques through hands-on experience. Campers will experience the world of creating a character through theatre makeup, physicality and personality traits. Using actual theatre techniques, campers will explore the importance of projection and physical awareness.
•“Volleyball Camp,” four-day camp for grades 4-6 (9 a.m.-noon) or 7-9 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, July 10, through Thursday, July 13, Waugh Gymnasium, $45; or one-day camp for grades 1-3, 9 a.m.-noon Friday, July 14, $15 per camper. Instruction will be given on the basics of passing, setting, hitting and blocking. Fundamental offensive and defensive principles also will be taught. All campers receive RLC Volleyball Camp T-shirts and free passes to all Lady Warrior volleyball games for the 2005 season. Participants should come dressed and ready to play.
•“Weird Science,” for grades 1-3, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 19, through Thursday, June 22, Applied Science Center Room 105, $55. Students can see volcanos erupt before their eyes and experiment with magnets, bubbles, slime and other mysterious things. Sign up for a week of discovery with this hands-on camp.
•“Weird Science and Technology,” for grades 4-6, 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 19, through Thursday, June 22, Applied Science Center Room 105 (M/W) and Advanced Technology Center Room 175 (T/Th), $55. Students can visit an active volcano, travel through an ancient mummy’s tomb, dive into the ocean’s depths and explore a tropical rain forest using the Internet. Campers will create bubbles, magnets and “slime” during their hands-on experiments.
•“Whale’s Tales Water Safety,” for grades 2-6, 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15, Aquatics Center, $55. Students will learn safety skills both in and out of the water. Campers will practice water safety skills using equipment found in and around water environments, and will create their own safety posters and more. Campers must be able to swim on their front and back for at least 10 yards.
On any camp day, children attending both morning and afternoon sessions can bring a brown bag lunch and 65 cents for a drink. They will be supervised by Rend Lake College students, who will give the youngsters a tour of the campus and drop them off with their afternoon instructors. Cost is $3 per day.
There are four camps being offered this summer at the RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus.
•“Animated Story Adventures,” for grades 3-5, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, Room 102, $55. Kids can design their own animated, action-packed stories using PowerPoint and their imaginations. Campers will create tales with objects which actually move, fly or disappear. Campers can take their keepsake compact discs home to share with family and friends.
•“Arts and Crafts,” for grades K-2, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15, Room 101, $55. Campers are invited to a rain forest-themed week of arts and crafts. Kids will mold volcanoes, make lava ooze and create a 3-D media box of a jungle scene using paint, imagination and paper mache.
•“Out of this World Science,” for grades 2-4, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, Room 101, $55. Kids will have a blast with four days of fun-filled experiments using their hands and all sorts of stuff and junk. Campers will conduct cool experiments and travel to the end of the universe.
•“Spanish for Kids,” for grades 3-5, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 19, through Thursday, June 22, Room 101, $55. This course is designed to introduce children to the Spanish language and have fun while they’re at it. Introductions, greetings and friendly conversation will be emphasized. Numbers, colors and days of the week also will be covered. Students will learn about Spanish culture through art, food and dance.
For additional information about these Youth Camps or to register a child, contact Community Education Director Dawn Gibson at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267, or Assistant Director Lori Ragland at Ext. 1367, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321. Both can be reached via e-mail at or . Registration forms are available on-line at http://www.rlc.edu/comed/youthcamp2006.pdf.