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Organizations offer camps, activities for youth

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As the school year winds down, it’s time to start thinking about what to do to keep the kids busy once they are out for the summer. The Union has compiled a list of activities and days camps that were submitted by organizations. While this list is far from comprehensive, we hope it helps point parents in the right direction. If your organization has activities for children this summer, let us know and we’ll do our best to get the word out. Email camp or event information to


The Center for the Arts

The nonprofit arts organization will offer a host of camps this year, beginning June 10.

Kids 8 to 14 are eligible for the Circus Camp – The Art of Silliness & Aerial Circusad from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in three one-week sessions, June 10 – 14, June 17 – 21, and June 24 – 28. One week costs $250 for members or $275 non-members.

In July the Center will offer a Visual Art Camp – Paint Like The Masters with instructors Vicki Parker and Denise Wey. Those 8 to 14 are welcome to attend the July 8-12 camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It also costs $250 for members, $275 for non-members.

The Center will once again offer Teen Writing Workshop —Teen Writing Matters — Monday – Friday from 1 to 3: 30 p.m. June 24 – 28 and July 8-12. The minimum age is 13.

Taught by local poet Kirsten Casey, students will explore the written word. Fee is $175 for members and $200 for non members.

Those more musically inclined may prefer the Teen Songwrting & Performance Skills camp July 15 – 19. Recommended for ages 13 to 19, this sesison meets from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and features musician and instructor Ethan Lewis. Cost is $200 for members and $225 for non-members.

Space is limited in all camps and there are a few scholarships available. For more information, or to register for a camp at the Center for the Arts, go to, or call 530-274-8384.

Artist Studio in the Foothills

ASiF Summer Art Camp for Kids & Teens returns to Grass Valley. This summer’s A Visual Art Adventure will feature printmaking, mosaics, acrylic painting, paper mache and drawing, including Anime! Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the weeks of June 17 – 20, July 15 – 18, July 22 – 25 and are $210 per week.

Those ages 7 to 14 are welcome to register. All camps will be at ASiF Studios, 940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley and taught by resident artists Denise Wey, Vicki Parker and Claudia Jeffers.

For more information, or to register contact Parker at 530-478-9678, or by email at Registration forms and additional details are available online at

Parks and Recreation

Bear River Recreation and Parks District

The Bear River Recreation and Parks District now has its 2013 Spring and Summer Guide available in hard copy or available to download from its website at The district offers a broad range of activities for youth during the summer months, including sports camps, swim lessons, open swim, CPR certification, Camp Cottage Hill and more. The district’s office is located at Magnolia Intermediate School, Room 7 (Upper parking lot, Portables) 22431 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949. Call 530-268-PARK (7275) for more information.

Nevada City Parks and Recreation

Nevada City Parks and Recreation has a lot to offer this summer. They will continue their swim lesson program teaching kids to be safe in and around water, as well as working on their strokes and kicks. The swimming pool has added new programs this year. Adult water polo will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Monday – Thursday, beginning June 10. They will also offer individual season passes along with our family passes.

Their summer camp programs have been a huge success in past seasons. Kidscience Camp is returning along with Summer Knights Chess Camp, Lego Camp and Challenger Multi-Sports Camp. The Sports camp is lead by British coaches and the participants will learn a variety of new games. New this summer is the Sierra Streams Institute’s Nature Camps filled with exploration of the world around us – check it out!

On May 4, NCPR partnered with Parents’ Resource Guide to provide the 2nd annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair. More than 300 parents and children attended the event and were able to talk with the 32 camp and summer activity providers in attendance. Those who missed the event can get a list of the vendors on the City’s website:

To register for NCPR camps, visit the Nevada City Pool, located in Pioneer Park, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Staff will be available to answer questions and take registration.

Full details about our programs are available on the City’s website:


Bear Yubwa Land Trust

The Bear Yuba Land Trust day camp program is an opportunity for children to have fun, learn, and explore the natural environment. Located on the Burton Homestead site, Earth Encounters Summer Camp is staffed by experienced environmental educators. Camp participants will meet a variety of guest speakers from the local community. These special guests will guide children through activities that help them appreciate and understand the diverse people and natural phenomenon in our community. In addition, participants will sing songs, make nature crafts, play games, and have lots of summer camp fun! Camps are available for children ages 4-12. Volunteer opportunities are available for teens 13-17 with our Junior Steward Youth Leadership Program. Three weeks of half-day and full-day programs begin the second week of June.

Session 1: Indigenous Peoples Celebration Camp focuses on learning about the local Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe and appreciation for all indigenous cultures. Guest speakers and staff members will lead campers in storytelling, tracking, games, traditional arts and crafts and have the opportunity to visit the Tsi-Akim Maidu Active Cultural Center located on the Burton Homestead land. In addition campers will participate in traditional summer camp fun with songs, activities, games, and nature crafts. Healthy snacks are provided.

Session 1 runs from June 10 – June 14, with half day from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and full days from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Half day camps are $100 half-day and $170 for a full-day. It is recommended for children aged 7 to 12.

Session 2: Earth Education Camp puts the emphasis on learning about and appreciating the natural environment. Campers will participate in wildlife observation, visit the onsite farm, play eco-games, meet birds of prey, and so much more! In addition campers will participate in traditional summer camp fun with songs, activities, games, and nature crafts. Healthy snacks are provided as well. The camp runs June 17 – June 21, with a half day and full day option the same as above. The cost is also $100 for a half day and $170 for the full day for children ages 7 to 12. Both Session 1 and 2 are located at the: Burton Homestead, 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road in Nevada City.

Session 3 features a Kinder Camp to give children 4 to 6 an opportunity to have an exciting, safe, and educational summer camp experience. Inspired by the natural environment of the Burton Homestead, campers sing songs, make arts and crafts, go on nature walks and play lots of outdoor games. A great introduction to camp! A healthy snack is provided.

Kinder Camp is a half-day only from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 24 – June 28. It costs $100 and is also at the Burton Homestead,16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City

Teens ages 13 to 17 are invited to apply for the Junior Steward Youth Leadership program. Participants will have opportunities to learn leadership skills, lead camp activities, and enjoy the fun of camp. There is no cost to participants and snacks and drinks will be provided. If you are interested please contact Jean Gilbert at

To learn more about any of the sessions, or to register, visit

Public Safety

Grass Valley Police Dept.

The Grass Valley Police Department will host its fourth GREAT (Gang Resistance Education And Training) Summer Youth Academy.

The academy is a week-long event that takes students on fun field trips and offers entertaining activities while teaching life skills of effective communication; active listening and empathy; anger management; refusal skills; and positive, good decision-making and goal-setting.

Students enjoy both the activities and the skills they learn during the academy.

The camp will select 30 students from each grade and is open to incoming fourth-graders through eighth-graders, who will be divided into four sessions from June to July.

Fourth graders will attend June 17-21, fifth-graders from June 24-28, sixth-graders from July 8-12 and seventh- and eighth-graders from July 15-19.

To apply, a completed application and single-page reference is required, which can be accessed at any Nevada County school, at the Family Resource Center at 235 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley or online at The completed application should be brought or mailed to the school or the resource center.

The academy is sponsored by Grass Valley Police Department and a Safe Schools, Healthy Students grant.

A $25 fee is required, which covers meals, all events and a T-shirt and water bottle. Scholarship opportunities are available.

The camp also needs high school counselors, who should contact Karen Wallack-Eisen at 530-273-4059 if interested.

For information, visit

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