Last Updated: Jun 28th, 2017 - 11:02:24

City offering summer camp for Hopewell children
Jun 28, 2017, 11:00

The Hopewell Recreations and Park Department is providing multiple summer activities for the youth and residents of Hopewell. Director of the Parks Department Aaron Reidmiller provided information regarding camp activities, cost and preparation.
One of Hopewell’s well-attended camps is the award winning Heroes Camps; a unique camp experience sponsored by the parks department and various public safety agencies in Hopewell. Last year the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society awarded Heroes Camp the honor of Best New Program and this year’s camp is structure to build on that success.
The projected operating cost of the camp is about $1,550. Most of those funds go towards the camp staff’s salaries. The camp is staffed with part-time, seasonal personnel hired specifically for summer camp and supervised by full-time staff of the recreation and parks department. 
“We are fortunate that this year’s camp expenses are almost completely covered with remaining funds from a $20,000 grant from the John Randolph Foundation, initially received for last year’s camp,” Reidmiller reported. The department also received a $1,000 grant from Aetna in support of this year’s camp programs. 
Hopewell taxpayers pay less than $1,000 in support of the camp Registration fees are also charged for camp which help offset expenses.  Those fees are $35 per participant for each week of camp.  The fee includes breakfast, lunch, and 22 hours of structured activities each week.  Each week of camp includes at least one field trip at no additional cost.
Although Reidmiller revealed that 10 residents have already enrolled and they expect more to come each day, though the toughest thing is getting parents to register prior to the program’s start date in July.
“Our biggest challenge has been getting parents to register for the program prior to the registration deadline,” Reidmiller responded. “If space is available, we typically accept registration after the deadline, although it makes planning for the program more difficult.”
The registration deadline for Heroes Camp is July 1. This year’s camp activities features mostly of what occurred last year with a few changes. The most significant change is with the day spent with the Hopewell Bureau of Fire.  Rather than visiting Station 1, campers will visit the Hopewell City Marina where fire personnel will lead a variety of activities including rides on the new fire boat, extinguishing a barrel fire, a full demo of equipment and vehicles, and time in the fire safety mobile unit.
Each day camp goers will be involved in different activities hosted by the police, sheriff, fire and armed forces members in Hopewell.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
“We expect the fire boat to be a big hit with the kids,” Reidmiller stated. “Our strong partnerships with Hopewell Fire, Hopewell Police, Hopewell Sheriff, and Fort Lee make this program possible. “
Heroes Camps is for children ages 6-13 and will last Monday through Thursday, July 11 through the 14, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Registration ends July 1.
In addition to Heroes Camp, Redimiller expressed his excitement of other weeklong camps this summer including aquatics camp, archaeology camp, science camp, natures and outdoors camp, sports camp, and arts camp.  A variety of themed activities are planned alongside general camp activities like swimming, dodge ball, group games, and more.  When compared to other programs, our camps offer a wider range of activities for a significantly lower price. 
“We are excited to be able to serve the citizens of Hopewell with these wonderful summer program opportunities.”

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