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Adventure camp offers alternatives

by Heidi Alder

Need a good, wholesome activity for your bored youngster who’s out of school for a month? The Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department’s Adventure Camp is the answer.

Recreation leaders Traci Votel and Joanne Black work together to plan the daily activities Monday through Friday for kids ages 5-12 years old.

The activities include fishing and swimming at Topaz Lake, bowling, arcades and laser tag at Reno casinos and swimming at Sand Harbor, Votel said.

Tuesdays and Thursdays campers can be found splashing around at the Carson Valley Swim Center.

This was the first year Adventure Camp attended a game of semi-professional baseball in Reno, rooting for the BlackJacks.

“It was neat because it was before the Fourth of July, and we got to do the All-American thing,” Votel said.

The number of children at Adventure Camp every day ranges from 35-50.

“Fifty is our maximum,” Votel said, “You can sign-up for a week at a time or a day at a time.”

Cost is $17 a day or $80 a week. It is first-come, first served, and if there is space, walk-ins are welcome. Otherwise, pre-registration is required to hold a spot. All children must be in grades kinderga

Zac Bellona will be turning 10 on Sunday, and is a third year participant of Adventure Camp.

“I really like it,” Zac said. “My best friend David Slater comes, too. We’ve known each other forever.”

Zac said his favorite activity is “when we go places on Wednesday – like arcades.”

Votel said Wednesday seems to be the most popular day.

In addition to activities, campers go out to lunch at Pizza Barn, Pizza Factory or Hamdogs once a month.

“The price (of the camp) includes all the activities,” Votel said.

There is a 1-to-10, adult to children ratio at the camp.

For information and registration, call Traci Dill, Recreation Coordinator, Douglas County Parks and Recreation, at 782-9828.