With summer just around the corner, parents start to worry about how they are going to keep their children busy during those three long months off from school.
Fort Bragg’s Child, Youth, and School Services’ SKIES Unlimited program, has the solution to ease the stress of keeping children from saying the infamous words, “I’m bored.”
SKIES Unlimited offers many different types of summer programs that range from hourly classes to full, day camps for all ages.
Children and youth may choose from several classes offered by the School of Arts, School of Sports, School of Life Skills and School of Academic Skills. Instructional programs teach children discipline, problem solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, game rules social etiquette and subject matter content.
Classes vary from voice and music academies, sports, as well as hobbies and interests. Some of the specialty academies include School of Rock, which is for children ages 7 to 18 and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through three different sessions offered. The classes offered are Survey of Dance, which is for first to fifth graders, Monday through Thursday; Indoor Skyflying for third to 12th graders, 1:30 to 5 p.m.; and many more including fencing, soap-making, golf, rock climbing, and gymnastics.
Preschool camps offered are Magical Beginnings for children ages 2 to 5 and Strong Beginnings Boot Camp for children 4 to 5 years. These camps are half-day programs for children who have not yet completed kindergarten and offer a new, themed activity each day.
For teens, Hired is a workforce preparation program that provides youth with opportunities to explore career choices. This program is free for teens 15 to 18 years and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Teen Scene is a program that allows teens in ninth to 12th grades, to use the Tolson Youth Activities Center to hang out with friends and play for free.
Full-day, weekly summer camps are available at Wonderful World of Kids, Baez School Age Center, Morales School Age Center, and Tolson Youth Activities Center. These camps are for children who have completed kindergarten through 9th grade. The programs features bowling, swimming, field trips, computer lab activities, crafts, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Fees are based on total Family income.
Summer camps are also offered on a day-to-day basis at the same locations. Camp Rock Daily is $30 per day for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade, June 10 through Aug. 23 at Wonder World of Kids. Morales School Age Center offers camp from June 17 to August 23. Camp DZ has two options for children in sixth to ninth grade at $16 per day offered at Tolson Youth Activities Center. Teens can choose a morning session or afternoon session. Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO, fashion design, acting, cheer/stunting, baking, boxing and culinary are also offered through summer at a weekly charge.
Summer trips are offered to older children in which they can visit theme parks and participate in paintball and bowling. Parents must sign up their children by the Wednesday before the event by calling 396-KIDS or signing up at Tolson.
Children who attend summer camps must be registered with CYSS. Initial CYSS registration must be completed at Parent Central Services on the 4th floor of the Soldier Support Center.
For more information on the summer camps and registration, visit http://fortbraggmwr.com/CYS/summercamps2013.pdf or call 396-5128.