By Michelle Williams
Fishers Parks & Recreation has released its 2016 summer camp brochure, containing many new programs and several returning community favorites. Registration for camps opens March 1, and can be completed in person, online or via mail.
“We usually fill 40-50 percent of our camps on registration day.” Casey Cawthon, Fishers’ marketing and public relations manager, said.
Cawthon explained that parents are generally reminded to discuss two backup choices in case their child’s first choice is quickly filled. She said the Get MESSY camp usually fills up first.
“They’re doing everything from water activities to looking for earthworms. It’s everything the parents don’t want to have to clean up, and they don’t have to thanks to that camp.” Cawthon said.
The program is one of the many outdoor education camps offered at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve.
Among the most popular programs are the Wish Upon a Star, Ocean Commotion and Top Secret camps. New programs this year include Little Einsteins, Little Fishies, Pirates & Mermaids, A Land Before Time, Inside the Outdoors, Outside of this World, Minion Mania, Treasure Hunters, Lab Rats, Going for the Goal, Around the World and Superheroes vs. Villains.
More information and registration forms are available online at Fishers.in.us/SummerCamp. Those registering in person on or after March 1 should complete registration forms and specify the appropriate youth T-shirt size prior to arriving. The Fishers Parks & Recreation office is located at 11565 Brooks School Rd. and open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A Summer Camp Open House will be held the evening of May 27 prior to Movies in the Park at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater.
“It’s an awesome event because we have our counselors out here and kids can meet the counselors before summer actually kicks off.” Cawthon said.