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Apr 25

Spaces still available in some JCPRD summer camps, but don’t delay

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 12:04 PM by Becky Burnside

Summer is approaching quickly, and while some JCPRD summer camps have already filled, there is still space available in a number of programs.

Camp programmers recently suggested best bets for vacancies, and you’ll find their suggestions below. Most of the camps can be found in our Summer Camp Guide, and all of them can be found online at Just because the camp your child is interested in isn’t listed here doesn’t mean there’s not still space, so be sure to check. But for your best choice of programs, act quickly!

Fine Arts Coordinator Devin Graham suggested openings in a number of arts-related camps. These include the ARTventure Camps for ages 6-12 at the Roeland Park Community Center, and the Art Labs series for ages 11-17 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.  A 20 percent discount is available for full-summer participants.

Children’s Services Specialist Lisa Hughes suggested Young Explorers Camps for ages three to five at the New Century Fieldhouse and Roeland Park Community Center locations. She also mentioned that JCPRD camps in the De Soto School District at Starside and Mize elementary schools also have likely openings.

Corporate and Community Wellness Assistant Kim Gross suggested a variety of camps, including four at the Mill Creek Activity Center. These include: Summer Art Studio for ages 6-12 beginning July 15 and July 29, Checkmate Chess Camp for ages 6-13 beginning July 22; and Application Design Camp for ages 9-17 beginning Aug. 5. Her other suggestion was Youth Triathlon Camp for ages 11-14 beginning July 9 in Shawnee Mission Park.

Outdoor Education Manager Bill McGowan said programs with likely vacancies include the Outdoor Discovery Camp at Shawnee Mission Park for ages  8- 12 (most of this camp’s Ernie Miller Park sessions are full and have waiting lists.) There are also a few spots left in Climbing & Rappelling Camp for ages 12 to 15, which also meets at Ernie Miller Nature Center each day before traveling to TimberRidge Adventure Center. Climbing and Rappelling Camp starts on June 17. 

Mad Science© camps, most for ages 7-11, at two locations were also mentioned as best bets. Recreation Coordinator Mallory Ozier suggested camps at New Century Fieldhouse including Claws, Codes & Cosmos beginning June 10, Rockin’ Robots Plus - Beginners beginning June 17, Super Summer Science Lab beginning June 24, Mission Code beginning July 15, and Rockin’ Robots Camp beginning July 29. Recreation Coordinator Sophie Griffin suggested Mad Science© Camps at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, including Rockin’ Robots Plus - Beginners starting July 8 and Super Summer Science Lab beginning Aug. 5.

At the Roeland Park Community Center, Recreation Coordinator Lisa Scharnak mentioned possible vacancies in Mad Science© Secret Agent Lab Camp for ages 7-11 beginning June 17, and Robotics using the LEGO® WeDo® System Camp for ages 7-12 beginning June 10, and well as four different The Knight School Chess Camp, including two each for ages 5-7 and 8-12 beginning July 22 or July 29.  

Youth Sports Coordinator Stephanie Chase said likely bets for sports camp openings at Mid-America West Sports Complex include: Introduction to T-Ball for ages 3-4 with a guardian beginning June 4, T-Ball & Coach Pitch Level 1 for ages 5-7 beginning June 3 and June 4, and Level 2 for ages 6-8 beginning June 3.

New Century Fieldhouse Coordinator Jamie Kempfe said there is also space available in a number of additional sports camps throughout the summer. These include: Challenger International Soccer Half Day Camp for ages 6-16 beginning May 28, Challenger International Soccer Skills & Scrimmage Camp for ages 5-15 beginning June 24 and July 15, and Volleyball Summer Break Camp for grades 3-8 beginning June 18, and July 30.

This list is not comprehensive, so even if you don’t see the camp you’re interested in here, be sure to check the website or call registration at (913) 831-3359, as there are small numbers of openings in many other JCPRD camps as well.

Registrations for 2019 camps, which are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, began in late January with the publication of the district’s 2019 Summer Camp Guide. Additional summer camps, consisting largely of sport camps, are listed in the May through August My JCPRD Activities catalog. This year’s camps include more than 90 programs aimed at ages three through 17. Camps range from partial-day programs serving a variety of interests, to full-day programs with supervision from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Most full-day camps offer weekly sessions from June 3 through July 29, while other camps begin throughout the summer.

Financial assistance is available for some camps on a limited basis for qualifying families. For grant information and application materials, call (913) 826-3014.