City of Shelton offers variety of camps to fill children's summer days

There are a wealth of sports and special interest camps available to adults and children in Shelton this summer.

Offered by the city Parks and Recreation Department, the sports camps are conducted at Shelton High School and Shelton Intermediate School, and most sessions start toward the end of June.

One of the most popular offerings is the conditioning camp for boys and girls, said Ron Herrick Jr., Shelton parks and recreation director.

New this year is the middle school conditioning camp, Herrick said, and a need for a camp at this age level was based on feedback from instructors.

Run by certified trainers

Conditioning camps are run by certified trainers, and most boy campers are high school athletes. Girl participants include soccer team members, he said, and there’s a separate conditioning class for cheerleaders and dancers.

The focus is on core, balance, flexibility, basic resistant training techniques, and sport specific skills.

Sessions run from June 30 to Aug. 14 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for girls ($125); from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for boys ($125); and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for cheerleaders/dancers ($90).

Hoops, wrestling, lacrosse, tennis

A basketball camp for boys ages 7 to 14 and girls ages 8 to 14, with coaches Brian Gardiner and Mary Piccirillo, will take place from June 25 to 27 and June 30 to July 1.

The basketball camp fee is $95 per player, or $85 each for two or more from a family. The camp is open to residents and non-residents.

The “Mat Time” Wrestling Camp for ages 6 to 18 is conducted July 7 to 10. Campers may attend both morning (8:30-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (12-3) sessions or just one session. The cost is $95 per session or $175 for both, and the camp director is Bill Maloney.

Boys and girls lacrosse camps are geared for those entering grades 2 to 8, and the program runs July 7 to 10 from 8 to 11 a.m. The camp director is Matt Read, Shelton High School’s boys varsity head coach.

Youth tennis lessons ($80) run from July 7 to 17, and for ages 10 and under, racquets and equipment are provided.

Munchkin tennis, for children entering kindergarten and first grade, takes place from 9:15 to 10 a.m.; youth tennis, for those entering grades 2 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m.; junior tennis, grades 6 to 12, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and adult group tennis lessons ($90), from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

People may register for the sports camps by picking up an application at the community center, 41 Church St., or at Blanchette Sporting Goods, 425 Bridgeport Ave.

Rowing programs for children and adults

A rowing program, offered in conjunction with Yale Community Rowing, will take place at Gilder Boat House on Roosevelt Drive in Derby on the Housatonic River.

Instruction will be on indoor rowing machines and on specially designed training barges on the water. For information, call 203-432-0311.

There is no charge for children’s rowing programs, but the first session of classes is filled. Herrick said a second session may be offered

There are openings for the adult rowing program, which runs 7-8 a.m. on July 21 to 25, and July 28 to Aug. 1. The cost is $50.

Special interest camps

Shauna Dumas, Parks & Rec program director, coordinates the special interest camps for children that made their debut last year and proved to be popular.

“It was a huge success,” said Dumas, who has added sessions to the camps to handle the large demand.

All camps have brand new curriculums, she said, and she urges people to sign up soon. The camps are conducted at the Shelton Community Center, and the instructors hail from the local area.

“They’re local businesses we’re trying to support,” Dumas said. “I wanted to help out the community.”

Animal Encounters for ages 3 to 12 provides hands-on, personal experience with animals under the guidance of Jungle Jamboree.

At Arts and Crafts camp (ages 4 to 12), children do beading, painting and ceramics and learn about famous artists, with instructors from The Giggling Pig.

Dance, Lego, performing arts, music

Dance camp (ages 4 to 7) features instructor Julie Arcos from Kicks Dance Studio, while instructors from Bring the Hoopla introduce hoop games to children at Hoopla camp.

Jump Bunch (ages 3-12) introduces children to a wide range of sports and activities, and Play-Well Teknologies helps children ages 5 to 12 build elaborate objects and explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics at the Lego camp.

Other camps include Performing Arts (ages 6 to 12) with Performing Arts Programs Inc.; Rock Jr. (ages 5 to 10), a music camp under the instruction of Music Teachers Network; and Science camp (K-5), taught by Touch High Tech.

Registration is at the Shelton Community Center and information is posted in the lobby. Special interest camps are open to residents and non-residents.