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Apr 26

Some spaces still available in JCPRD summer camps, but don’t delay

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 12:05 PM by Becky Burnside

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

Our camp programmers recently suggested best bets for vacancies, and you’ll find their suggestions listed 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: 3D Arts Lab for ages 10 to 17 beginning June 4; POP! Arts Lab for ages 11 to 17 beginning June 11; Mini Michelangelo Camp for ages four to seven beginning June 18; Faces and Figures Lab for ages 11 to 17 beginning June 18; and Creative and Cultural Arts Lab for ages six to 15 beginning Aug. 6. And there is still space in The Theatre in the Park Summer Academies! For more information on the academy, contact [email protected].  

Children’s Services Specialist Lisa Hughes suggested Young Explorers Camps for ages three to five, which is offering a total of 32 sessions at New Century Fieldhouse, Antioch Park, Roeland Park Community Center, and at Lenexa’s Craig Crossing Park.

Corporate and Community Wellness Assistant Kim Gross suggested a variety of camps, including six at the Mill Creek Activity Center. These include: Games: Marble Camp for grades two to six beginning June 6 and July 11Engineering For Kids - The Amazing Race Camp for ages six to 12; Engineering Olympiad Camp for ages seven to 12; Engineering For Kids - Momentum Madness for ages seven to 12; Checkmate Chess Camp for ages six to 13; and Rowing for Teens for ages 14 to 18. Her other suggestion was iCode Camp  for ages six to 12 at Aubry Bend Middle School beginning June 4 and June 18, and Sunset Ridge Elementary beginning July 9.

Outdoor Education Manager Bill McGowan said programs with likely vacancies include the Outdoor Discovery Camp at Shawnee Mission Park for ages eight to 12 (many of the camp’s Ernie Miller Park sessions have filled and have waiting lists), as well as GO “X” Camp for ages 13 to 15, also at Shawnee Mission Park, and Climbing & Rappelling Camp for ages 12 to 15 at the TimberRidge Adventure Center on June 11 and June 18.

Recreation Assistant Nicole DeHaven recommended FUNdamentals using LEGO® Camp for ages seven through 12 at the Roeland Park Community Center. 

Youth Sports Coordinator Stephanie Chase said likely bets for sports camp openings at Mid-America West Sports Complex including; T-Ball: Baseball/Softball Camp - Introduction to T-Ball  for ages 3-4 with parent or guardian; T-Ball: Baseball/Softball Camp - T-Ball and Coach Pitch Level 1 for ages five to seven beginning June 4 and June 5T-Ball: Baseball/Softball Camp- T-Ball and Coach Pitch Level 2 for ages six to eight. Other likely camps at MAWSC include: Summer Break Basketball Camps at Okun Fieldhouse for kindergarten through third grade and grades four through eight; and Summer Break Volleyball Camp for grades three through eight at Okun Fieldhouse beginning June 11 and July 16, and at New Century Fieldhouse beginning June 19 and July 31

New Century Fieldhouse Coordinator Jamie Kempfe said there is also space available in a number of additional sports camps throughout the summer. These include: British Soccer First Kicks Camp for ages three to five; British Soccer Half Day Camp for ages six to 12; and British Soccer Full Day Camp  for ages seven to 12, all at Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park. Another suggestion was Skills & Scrimmage Soccer Camp for ages five to 15 at New Century Fieldhouse, where one session begins June 25  and another begins July 16.

This list is not comprehensive, and 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 2018 camps, which are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, began in late January with the publication of the district’s 2018 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 65 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 4 through July 30, 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.