Splash camp provides a spring break alternative
Shiver me timbers, there be pirates in these waters.
During spring break 38 children found themselves at the Aquatic Center where they participated in a week long splash camp with a pirate theme.
Activities included making sail boats and racing them in the water, a treasure hunt and learning how to talk like a pirate. Taking a page out of Captain Hook’s style book, they made pirate hooks out of plastic cups and the top portion of a hanger.
Assistant Aquatic Director, Vanessa Hartley, said the camp for 5 to 10 year olds lasts from 9 a.m. to noon and makes for an excellent block of time, "if they want to spend a half day with their families," during spring break.
Sarah Voss, one of the participants, said she loved being there and described her favorite activity.
"Playing with the rings, (we) go under water and find them," Sarah said.
Her mom, Debbie, said the camp has been perfect for her daughter because she enjoys the water so much.
"She loves to swim and it gave her something to do during the holiday since we weren’t going on vacation," Debbie said.
Each day included an activity, a swim lesson, a snack and free time. On Thursday morning the children put on bandannas and eye patches before going off the diving board as the others chanted, "Walk the plank."
For the younger participants their swim lesson was broken up into games like Red Light Green Light and a version of Simon Says.
The instructors are Park City High School swim team members, and middle school helpers who volunteered as part of their community service requirement.
The Aquatic Center will host another splash camp in August just before school gets back in session.
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