The Deerassic Education Center, located at 14250 Cadiz Road, brought a new style of summer camp to the area. The center has organized eight day camps this summer, and three more are planned.

The theme of each camp varied, as did the age range and duration. Most camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents or guardians register their children online and pay the associated fees. Day camps include a full day of activities, lunch and snacks. Fees vary depending on the length of the camps, starting at $ 30 per child.

Education Director Luke Fabian has created a variety of camping experiences for kids of all ages and abilities. One of the camps for young children or those new to Deerassic is the “Taste of Deerassic” camp. Here campers have the chance to experience a number of different activities available at the education center, such as archery or using the inflatable BB shooting range.

Two sessions of the popular Hydro Camp were held in July. Centered around different water-themed activities, the campers slid down a giant slide, canoe and paddle board on the pond, and engaged in a water fight with water guns and Balloons.

A camper at Camp Deerassic Junior seems reluctant to try the kayaks on the pond.

The most recent camp was the survival camp. Aimed at ages 12-15, survival skills have been both taught and tested. Campers were to build a shelter in the woods, light a fire, and build a boat from a garbage bag, two cardboard boxes and a roll of duct tape. Campers then had to test their boats on Deerassic Pond. While some of the designs were successful for a short time, most ended up in the water.

All camps are weather dependent, but when the weather doesn’t cooperate, Fabian is quick to improvise. A full-size gymnasium is attached to the center and houses the dodge ball, mat ball, kickball and other indoor activities. The new visitor center, scheduled to open to the public next year, also offers campers another engaged learning opportunity.

Deerassic has three more camps planned before the end of the year. The first is a three-day archery camp for 12 to 15 year olds to learn new skills or upgrade their current knowledge. The cost of the camp is $ 100 per child and is scheduled from September 4 to 6.

The Bigfoot Lock-In Camp, scheduled for October 8-9, is the perfect place to stay for kids who really want to know if a Bigfoot exists. From night hikes to campfires and bigfoot stories, this camp is for ages 12 to 15 and costs $ 50.

During the survival camp, the participants learned how to make a fire, collect fresh water and make a boat from a cardboard box.

Finally, the winter camp will allow campers to make snowmen or go sledding in the center. Depending on the weather for certain activities, campers will also do crafts and use the gymnasium. The cost for this three-day camp, December 27-29, is $ 75.

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