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April 22, 2009 > Summer camps for learning, fitness and fun

Summer camps for learning, fitness and fun

By Meenu Gupta

Enough with the sad, drab news of dwindling economy. Summer is just round the corner with a host of fun-filled activities that are absolutely affordable and at a stone's throw away in the tricity area.


RegeRec offers over 50 different camps at over 20 locations offering a wide spectrum of activities ranging from art to cooking; horsemanship to hip hop; and rock climbing to volleyball. For details visit and go to the camp listings or call 510-494-4300.

This year the City of Fremont Parks and Recreation Department has new camps to offer. For those ages 3-5 years, Camp Look What I Made! will be held at the Niles Program Center throughout the summer and at the Warm Springs Community Center (July 13-17 and 27-31). The children will draw and play games focused on the days topic and will use their own creativity to add projects throughout the day. "We will focus learning objectives, such as: printing the letters within child's name, drawing pictures with varying details, suggesting ideas for creative interpretation, and expressing thoughts," said Recreation Supervisor, Irene Jordahl.

Another new camp is Daring and Dangerous camp at the historic Patterson House in Ardenwood Park. The popular Young Entrepreneurs is being offered in Warm Springs in addition to Central Park. The center has also added a Fun and Fresh Hip Hop Camp for children who love to dance. "Joining the 16 other Sports camps in our summer lineup, Indoor Sports Jam offers full day, half day and extended care options," said Jordahl. Another new camp for kids ages 6-10 is, Young Rembrandts Go Around the World in which students will enjoy various projects focusing on different parts of the world.

Ardenwood Historic Farm has unique activities for kids. Summer camp is from 9 a.m.-4p.m., July 27-31 and Aug 3-7. "The campers will help with farm chores, including weeding, cleaning pens, preparing animal feed, hoisting hay, and making rope. They will also help harvest wheat, thresh it and mill into flour. They will make pretzels and ice cream and pick berries and play old-fashioned games," said Christina Garcia, Naturalist/Docent Coordinator.

To register online visit or call (510) 482-6023

The Young Artists Studio and Adventures in Art Camps give participants an opportunity to experience a wonderful site, the Vallejo Adobe, while enjoying a week of artistic expression. Students receive group instruction and hands-on studio time as they focus on his/her personal expression through painting. Camp Dreams & Fairytales adds to the long list of new camps that offer youth ages 5-9 and 6-11 the exciting opportunity to make jewelry boxes and jewels to go in them; and create fairy sculptures and magic wands. These Camps run June 22-26 and August 17-21 at the Teen Center at July 6-10 and August 3-7 at the Shinn Bungalow.

Students can hone their cartooning skills in Cartooning on the Cutting Edge class. For ages 7-11 the camp will be held at the Warm Springs Community Center from June 29 - July 3 and the Shinn Bungalow from July 20-24.

Sunnyside Day Camp and Lakeside Village Camps will be held at Central Park. Lakeside Village Adventure Camp is for kids ages 10-12 years and offers a host of great outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, skating, backpacking, biking, fishing, team building, cooking, wildlife exploration and special field trips.

Fremont Sports
Young Riders Day Camp for ages 8-14 offers an introductory course in horsemanship and Young Riders II Camp is for students who have completed the Young Riders Day Camp program.. A packet of camp information, including a map, will be mailed to you prior to camp. All camps held at Hillcrest Farms in Sunol. A variety of dates and times to choose from. Other popular camps are Ninja Karate Camp Ages 6-12; Kobudo Weapon Camp Ages 6-12; Mixed Martial Arts Camp Ages 6-12; as well as Rock Climbing Camps Ages 6-15 full day and half days. For details visit and go to the camp listings or call 510-494-4300.

An exciting opportunity of four days of professional baseball instruction is available at Ohlone College Baseball field in Fremont campus.For more information regarding Ohlone Baseball Camps contact Dan Lewis at (510) 659-6181 or email Dan Lewis at or visit

Fremont Christian has a volleyball camp planned for summer. "The camp will be incoming 6-9 graders, July 20-24 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.," said Michie Sierra, Athletic Director/Activities Coordinator. For more information contact Danielle Anderson,


Hayward Area Recreation & Park District offers Go Recreate Day Camp with arts and crafts, nature activities, and a variety of projects. This is a supervised program for ages 6-12 and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. and is to be completed through the District Office. The Matt Jimenez Community Center offers Summer fun camp where students aged 6-17 will enjoy fun games and activities, arts and crafts projects, cooking demonstrations, and field trips.

Wii Like to Play camp offers the latest Video games (Wii, Xbox 360, PS2) to play. Awesome Engineering program will teach you fundamental engineering and construction concepts using erector educational toys. You will build things you encounter everyday; including bridges, cars, skyscrapers and more. "Registration begins for residents online May 4th, non-residents and walk ins start May 11th. Summer guides go out April 27th and should be available online at," said Vicente N. Zuniga, Recreation Specialist. For details on specific camps call (510) 888-0311.

Hayward Sports
California State University East Bay Soccer Camp will be held from June 15 till June 19. at CSUEB Soccer field. Registration is due by June 1. All participants will receive quality small group instruction, camp ball with brand new Cal State East Bay logo, camp t-shirt with brand new Cal State East Bay logo. and opportunity to tour athletic facilities of CSUEB. For more information contact Amy Gerace at (510) 885-4190 or email Camp will be taught by coaches Amy Gerace, Don Williams, Tony Martins from Cal State East Bay. Enjoy four days of progressive learning at Cal State East Bay Summer Baseball camps in July. There will be two camps for ages 7-12, 13-15 respectively. The registration form is available online at

Union City

Union City Leisure Services (UCLS) has a host of activities camps lined up for summer. Camp Hedgehog, Marsh Hawk Day Camp, Rec-n-crew teen camp offer energetic outdoor experience. Camp Polliwog, Discover Summer camp focus more on science and performing arts. For more information contact Holly Community Center at (510) 675-5488 . You may contact Kennedy Community Center at (510) 675-5329 . Visit online to choose the camp for you at

Union City Sports
Union City Leisure Services (UCLS) has a sports camp to offer for kids ages 8-12 at Kennedy Park . The camp is a blend of fun and learning with recreational activities like swimming, bowling and sports instruction. Contact Kennedy Community center at (510) 675-5329 or visit


Milpitas Parks & Recreation has planned a bunch of fun-filled classes. The guide to the camps will be available at any of ther Parks & Recreation sites, Community, Sports or Senior Center on April 13 or see it now online at Registration for Milpitas Residents begins on Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m. at the Milpitas Community Center or online. Non-Residents may register both in person or online beginning May 7. The first 1,000 people who register will receive a Destination Milpitas Passport that they can fill up during their adventures at our classes and events. If you choose to go to all destinations in the passport you will be eligible to win from several prizes. For more information contact Recreation Services at (408) 586-3210.

India Community Center offers culturally rich camps. You can register online at and select a camp for your child from a wide variety of dance camps, science adventures camp and crafts camps.

Milpitas Sports
World class players and coaches will train at largest full time table tennis center of North America at India Community Center (ICC) Table Tennis training camps starting on June 15 till August 28. Registration is available only online at


This summer the Silliman Aquatic Center is offering a wide variety of aquatic camps. "All camps require some level of comfort in the water and must have the ability to swim on their own," said Beverly Tillman, admin. support specialist. Half of the camper's day will be spent outside so participants must bring a swimsuit, towels, dry athletic clothes, athletic shoes, and a lunch daily. Camps also include morning and afternoon snack. Lunch packages may be purchased through the Otter Alley Caf? for an extra fee.

Run! Kick! Swim! and Slam! Spike! Splash are for kids in 1st-5th grade. Campers will learn to develop their skills through fun drills and scrimmages focusing in areas such as soccer, kickball, water polo and other fun field and water activities, starting July.

Among the new camps this year are Under the Sea Discovery Camp will teach about different mammals, and kids will also participate in our Rubber Ducky Derby, starting July 20. Camp Pirate! will include a week of & adventure building pirate vessel to compete in the Boat Races at the end of the week, starting August 17.

Back to School Survival Camp offers exciting challenges, obstacles, & puzzles focusing on motivation, teamwork, and fun, starting August 24. Please note that extended care is available for Aquatic Camps only, not for Junior Lifeguard Camp.

Junior Lifeguard Swim Camp is for kids 11-14 years teaches the fundamentals of Junior Lifeguarding, aiding Swim Instructors, stroke refinement, and job preparation skills, starting June 29. At the end of the course, participants will be invited to interview for a junior lifeguard volunteer position with the aquatic center.

For details contact The Silliman Activity Center at (510) 578-4400 or Rebecca Toussaint at (510) 578- 463. Details of the summer activity will be posted by end of April online at

Newark Sports
Foundation Wrestling Camp will be held at Newark Memorial High from July 6 -10 for ages 9-18. Kids 10 or under must have at least 2 years experience to attend. Register online at For details contact Nick Purler at (314) 229-3540.

While there are many opportunities to play outdoors in summer in the Tri-Cities area, early birds will be able to pick classes that are more compatible with their kids' interests and strengths and are at shorter driving distance.

The Newark Memorial Cougars Girl's Summer Basketball Camps, in cooperation with the City of Newark Recreation & Community Services Department, will be held at the Silliman Activity Center, 6800 Mowry Avenue, Newark. Two sessions will be held for girls 8-15 years of age: June 22-26 and July 20-24. Both camps will be held Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm. Registrations will be accepted at the Silliman Center, or by phone, mail, or fax, beginning May 1 for Newark residents, and May 8 for non-residents.

The camps will be directed by Darryl Reina, Newark Memorial High School Girl's Varsity Basketball Coach and Staff. For more information call (510)578-4800 or email or email Coach Darryl Reina at

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