By Wade Ellett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Outdoor Blogger
When school’s out, Quad City parents face the annual quandry: How do you fill a child’s days that includes fun, learning, and first-rate supervision?
QC Outdoors blogger, Wade Ellet, a former nature camper himself, shares what’s offered in the QC for Summer Camps in 2018. The key is to sign up early before camps close, but there are many fantastic options in local museums like the Putnam Summer Camp, nature centers, and the YMCA’s as well.
Nahant Marsh has become one of my go-to spots for a little relaxation, waterfowl observation, or some meditation time. It also hosts a number of great programs for all ages, including summer day camps that run from mid-June to the end of July.
There will be plenty of camps for all ages, like Eco-Art Camp, From Tadpoles to Frogs, Nature Adventure Camp, and Wilderness Skills Camp.
Head over to Nahant Marsh’s website to learn more about their programs.
If you have kids age 6-12 who are interested in history, as well as the great outdoors, consider trying out the immensely popular Young Pioneers Day Camp.
For 8 weeks from June to August, the Young Pioneers will explore different ways in which the world changes, and stays the same, through the lens of this years camp theme, It’s a Generation Thing!
Each week, campers will have the opportunity to take a field trip to an awesome spot nearby, like Niabi Zoo, the Clinton County Fair, the Wapsi Center, and the Putnam Museum!
Click here to learn more and register for as many weeks as you like. These camps do tend to fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long!
Rock Island’s Parks and Recreation Department will host weekly adventure camps from June 4th to July 27th, with fun themes like, “QC Adventures,” “Barnyard Palooza,” and “Around the World.”
Open to children age 5-12, meeting Monday through Friday, each week has an associated field trip to cool places like the Helium Trampoline Park or Splash Landing.
Rock Island Parks and Rec also has a Preschool Summer Camp July 11-20, for children age 3-5, full of fun games, learning activities, and crafts. If your son or daughter is eager for more outdoor experiences, there is also an Outdoor Explorer camp July 16-20 for kids age 9-14, where they will spend the week experiencing nature and the great outdoors!
On the Iowa side of the River, Davenport Parks and Recreation also has a lot of exciting adventure camps in store.
Starting June 6, campers age 6-12 can participate in a number of fun day camps. Examples include “Ninja vs Pirate,” “Carnival.”
For more information or to sign up, head over to the Davenport Parks and Recreation Website.
Camp Abe Lincoln sits just 15 minutes from downtown Davenport, but it feels like its own world – a world that has something for everyone!
If you’re looking for a day camp or a traditional overnight camp where your child can grow and learn valuable skills, they’ve got you covered.
Additionally, Camp Abe Lincoln provides opportunities for your older kids too.
Is your child interested in horsemanship? If so, Camp Abe Lincoln’s Resident Horse Camp, for ages 10-14 will really wow them! They’ll be able to focus on riding, but also on caring for horses. They’ll still get to immerse themselves in the camp experience, participating in cabin and group activities.
Teen camp, for teenagers for 13-15, will give your teen the chance to grow into a young adult alongside peers. They will work together on projects that will improve the camp for years to come. Of course, they’ll still get to share their favorite camp activities with their friends.
Camp Abe Lincoln has partnered with River Music Experience again for a second summer of Music Camp July 8-13. Your kids will spend the morning in a music program with RME staff, but will spend the afternoon engaging in traditional camp activities, like canoeing and archery.
Whatever camp experience you’re looking for, Camp Abe Lincoln can accommodate you, and they do offer financial assistance for those in need.
Quad City YMCA Day Camps
Of course, these are just a few of the options available to your child in the Quad City area.
Quad City YMCA programs at Two Rivers YMCA in Moline and Scott County Family YMCA feature activities all summer long that include swimming, field trips, community service, and opportunities for leadership!
How will you and your family stay active this summer?
P.S. These photos are courtesy of the wonderful organizations they represent!
|Meet Wade Ellett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Outdoor Blogger. Wade is an outdoor adventurer who shares his passion for QC outdoor adventures here! Read his other posts by clicking here.|