Mini carnival kicks off adventure camp |

Mini carnival kicks off adventure camp

by Sarah Drinkwine

For 12-year-old Jenee Welch, Adventure Camp’s carnival is always a big hit.

Sponsored by Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department, Pinon Hills Elementary School’s multi-purpose room was transformed into a mini carnival July 2 with 30 children in attendance.

“They’re mostly really cool,” the Pinon Hills Elementary School student said. “It’s one of the best.”

The carnival featured clowns, games and face painting, popcorn and snow cones. There was also bowling and a bounce house.

Laughter and smiles were all around as the children collected tickets from the ring toss and bean bag hoops in order to win prizes, which were donated toys from the community.

After playing only three games 7-year-old Aaron Goff had 25 tickets.

“I want to win the big fire truck and the green chameleon,” he said.

The children ran from booth to booth collecting tickets for prizes, fishing for bubbles and blowing whistles and jumping in the bounce house.

The children weren’t the only ones having a great time, though. Shelley Beale, a Douglas County recreation aide, said she enjoys working with children and holding such events as the carnival.

“This is the funnest job,” she said. “The kids are great.”

The kid’s club summer program known as Adventure Camp travels to different schools within the county bringing summer entertainment to elementary school children.

Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department employees take the children to different places Monday through Friday until Aug. 17, including trips to Carson Valley Swim Center and Lake Tahoe, lunch at Lampe Park and a movie at Ironwood Cinemas.

The next Adventure Camp starts Monday at Jacks Valley Elementary School and July 23 at Minden Elementary School.

For more information or to sign up for camp, contact Steve Rosenbloom at 782-9828.