Parks & Rec offers expanded lineup of summer camps and activities

Looking for something to keep you or your young ones active over the summer break?

If so, the Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation (LCPR) department may have just what you’re looking for in its expanded lineup of camps and activities this summer.

Whether your interests lie in ballet, outdoor adventure, drama, art, pickleball or you’re looking for something fun for your child to do while you’re at work during the summer months, the LCPR has you covered.

“LCPR is happy to be offering  camps that are exciting and interesting to everyone no matter where their interests lie,” said LCPR program coordinator Mary Catherine Beutel. “LCPR wants the youth in the county to have a camp where they can come to have fun doing what they love, whether it is art, drama, dance, swim team or being outdoors and having an adventure. It is important to have variety for the youth in the county to choose from and potentially discover something that they love. LCPR hopes to give them the opportunity to find what they are passionate about.”

Beutel is excited about the addition of ballet camp, outdoor adventure camp, drama/theatre camp, an art camp and a pickleball workshop to this summer’s list of fun activities for Lumpkin’s youth to enjoy.

“All these camps, besides Day Camp, are new to Parks & Rec this summer,” Beutel said. “It is LCPR’s plan to continue to grow and expand the summer camp program.”

The LCPR’s Ballet Camp will allow participants to learn not only the history of ballet and ballet moves, but also will allow participants to practice their own choreography and do crafts.

The LCPR’s Outdoor Adventure Camp, with sessions in June and July, will be a week full of outdoor adventures such as kayaking, ropes courses, hiking, swimming, tree climbing, paddle boarding, zip lining and rock climbing.

The LCPR’s Drama and Theatre Camp will have participants work towards a production of High School Musical! This two-week camp will allow participants to learn lines, choreography, practice their songs and work on props.

The LCPR’s Art Camp will allow participants to learn art techniques while working on art projects. The camp will also include a field trip to the Quinlan Art Center in Gainesville.

The LCPR’s Pickleball Workshop will teach Lumpkin’s youth about the game of pickleball. Participants will learn the rules of the game, techniques and will get to practice all the new skills they learn.

Don’t have children or looking for something to do while your child is enjoying one of LCPR’s summer camps?

No worries. 

The LCPR will also be offering a few classes and activities for adults throughout the summer months as well.

“We have classes and activities that adults can participate in,” Beutel said. “We have tai chi, yoga and pickleball that will be going on this summer. Adult art and mushroom identification classes will be starting back up in September. All of these classes are very popular and are not only a place for adults to come and have a place to exercise and do the things they love, but also offer a sense of community.”

While there is plenty to do this summer through one of the LCPR’s many camps, classes and activities, Beutel hopes that anyone in the community interested in starting or instructing a new class or camp in the future will share their passions with her and her staff in an effort to offer even more next summer.

“Park and Rec wants to know what the community is passionate about,” Beutel said. “Next year expect to see even more fun and awesome camps.”

For more information, including registration dates and costs, check out the Lumpkin County Parks & Rec website at: lumpkincounty.gov/153/Parks-Recreation.

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