St. Johnsbury Academy and the St. Johnsbury Recreation Department are pleased to announce that the "Kamp Iwannahavfun" program will be housed on the campus of the Academy for the first time this summer. The program, which was initially created by an Academy senior as a Capstone project, will begin its 14th season of operation in June and serves area youth entering grades 1-5 in the fall.
According to "Kamp" Director Kathleen Higgs, "This move is being made as significant construction is scheduled to take place at the St. Johnsbury School over the summer. While those changes are exciting for the school, they would have made hosting Kamp very difficult. Not having the camp was not an option for us, and thankfully the whole team at the Academy saw the value of this great program and are welcoming us with open arms. The Academy's resources like the Field House, open space like Stowe Green and Brantview Lawn, and the playing fields and track will be an awesome place for a kid to be a kid this summer. I'm super excited about this sudden new development and to maintain our great relationships with valued community partners."
This year the Kamp will offer five sessions. The weeks will run consecutively beginning June 22. Each week features a different theme, field trip, and enrichment programming with community partners such as Catamount Arts, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center, and the Athenaeum. Field trip destinations include Whale's Tale Waterpark, a Lake Monster's baseball game, and Lost River Gorge. Classes with our community partners include dance expression, weather, astronomy, and literacy fun.
According to Director of Recreational Programs Joe Fox, "Our goal is to give as many local children as possible the opportunity to experience a week of summer camp this year. This program provides kids with an opportunity for a high quality, meaningful, and memorable week of fun, enrichment, physical activity, and socialization. We will do everything in our power to provide a child with a week of camp, but families are encouraged to act now. We will sell out. One-week scholarships will be available on a first-come, first-served basis this year."
There is a cap of 75 campers per session. Sessions will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
Learn more by visiting the "Kamp" tab at www.recfitstj.org or by calling Director of Recreational Programs Joe Fox at (802) 751-2304.