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Big Blue Summer Camp Offers Adventures for Boys and Girls, Ages 6-12

By Brendan O'Hallarn

Old Dominion University's Department of Recreation and Wellness is accepting registrations for week-long Big Blue Summer Camps, through the week of August 15-19.

The American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camps are created to help stimulate and excite boys and girls ages 6-12. Held at Old Dominion's Student Recreation Center, the programs are designed to contribute to continued education and an active lifestyle outside of a classroom setting.

The day camp focuses on helping participants develop friendship skills, independence, teamwork, family citizenship, interest in exploration, affinity for nature and confidence in problem solving.

In addition to each week's theme, campers participate in swimming, climbing wall activities, arts and crafts and a field trip or special program.

Big Blue Summer Camp prides itself on providing children with highly motivated and enthusiastic staff who will mentor child campers. Candidates must meet strict qualifications that meet and often exceed licensing guidelines.

All Big Blue Camp staff must participate in training for child abuse prevention, CPR/First Aid Training, OSHA blood borne pathogens and other staff licensing. Staff also adhere to ACA camper-to-counselor ratios to ensure that appropriate supervision is maintained throughout the duration of the program.

For the remainder of the summer, theme weeks for Big Blue Summer Camp include:

Animal Adventure: Where the Wild Things Are, July 18-22

Campers will get to learn about all kinds of animals and their habitats. Through various activities that incorporate art, animal-themed activities, and an off-site trips, there is something for all animal lovers!

AquaNaut, July 25-29

Campers will enjoy various activities to keep them cool, from a water-themed field trip to water balloon relays and water tag. Campers will also stargaze at ODU Pretlow Planetarium and take part in other activities to explore the planets, moon and stars through their imagination.

The Art Studio: Creating Creative Campers, August 1-5

Spark your child's imagination and spirit of the arts! Campers will learn to discover, explore and imagine by experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage creative thinking and problem solving skills.

Sports Camp: The Summer Olympics, August 8-12

Campers will compete in summer Olympics-themed sports during this action-packed week. This year's summer Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and our campers will feel as if they are there, competing and learning the importance of good sportsmanship.

Cinematic Adventures: Bringing the Movies to Life, August 15-19

Campers will be transported in various cinematic ways through the hottest movies! All of this will lead up to Big Blue's 3rd annual talent show & Pizza Lunch! Family and friends will be invited to cheer on our campers!

Registration fee is $195 for SRC members, and $220 for non-members. For more information, see bigbluecamp@odu.edu or call 757-683-3384.

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