Durango's multitude of camps can combat 'summer slide'

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Durango's multitude of camps can combat 'summer slide'

Reading, arts, science, more keep kids active, engaged
Lydia Dubit paints Ethan Deem's face in the Durango Day Camp booth Saturday in Buckley Park during the Stillwater Foundation's Party in the Park. Parents can keep their children engaged throughout the summer with a wide variety of camps and activities.
Sharon Orr of the Powerhouse Science Center helps Dawn Radcliff make a giant bubble as her sister, Brook Radcliff, plays at the booth Saturday in Buckley Park during the Stillwater Foundation’s Party in the Park. Attending camps during the summer can help children retain academic skills acquired during the previous school year and ease the transition into the new school year.
An updated list of summer activities

Numerous organizations offer activities including camps, classes and excursions for young people during the summer. Reservations or arrangements in advance are required for many. Providers include:
LibrariesDurango Public Library: www.durangopubliclibrary.org; 375-3380; 1900 East Third Ave.Pine River Public Library: http://prlibrary.org; 884-2222; 395 Bayfield Center Drive.Ignacio Community Library: https://ignaciolibrary.org; 563-9287; 470 Goddard Ave.SciencePowerhouse Science Center: Numerous camps including Harry Potter Camp, MacGyverology, Jedi Academy, Animal Science, Robotics 4.0, Superhero Training Camp and 3-D Printing Workshop held at the center, Animas High School and Kiva Montessori School in Cortez; http://powsci.org; 259-9234; 1333 Camino del Rio.Durango Nature Studies: day programs, middle school field science and adventure and junior naturalist camps at www.durangonaturestudies.org; 382-9244. Science Camp at Fort Lewis College: This weeklong day camp will involve hands-on activities designed to help kids ages 8-11 learn what it means to be a scientist. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 11-15. Space is limited. To register, visit https://secure.touchnet.com/C20760_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=28. For more information, call Amy Benson 946-6273 or email abenson@fortlewis.edu.Junior Gardeners Summer Camp at the Needham Elementary School Garden: The Garden Project of the Southwest presents weekly local experts covering topics including gardening, cooking, pollinators, compost and other activities for kids aged 6 to 10. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during three sessions in July. Unlimited scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit www.thegardenprojectswcolorado.org.The artsDurango Arts Center: Visual and performing arts camps for all ages at http://durangoarts.org/arts-education; 259-2606; 802 East Second Ave.Music in the Mountains: Free pre-concert lectures, open orchestra rehearsals, master classes and conservatory student performances at www.musicinthemountains.com; 385-6820; various locations. Music in the Mountains Conservatory: Applications still being accepted. See above.Durango Dance: Feel the Beat, Psalm 150 Camp and dance intensive at www.durangodance.com; 749-9881; 1120 Main Ave., Suite 1.Stillwater Foundation: camps including for beginners, steel drum, the blues and ukulele and sound engineering at www.stillwatermusic.org; 247-5095.Music Camps sponsored by 3rd Ave. Arts, Four Corners Music Teachers Association, Four Corners Orff Chapter, the Be FRANK Foundation and The Guitar Dojo: for young composers, young musicians, beginning guitar and Dalcroze Eurythmics camp; http://www.musiccamps.org/. The Piano and Durango Chamber Music academy admissions are closed.RecreationCity of Durango Parks and Recreation: Wide variety of activities including sports and arts and crafts. Durango Devo: http://durangodevo.com; (970) 729-1774.Durango BMX: http://durangobmx.com; Track Operator Jordan Rupe, 749-7969; Approximately 400 South Camino del Rio. along the Animas River Trail.For the Recreation and Artistic Needs for Kids: Musical offerings during the school year, outdoor adventures during the summer at www.befrankfoundation.org; 884-3120.Full-time campsBoys and Girls Club of La Plata County: http://bgclaplata.org; 375-0010; 2750 Main Ave.Durango Day Camp: themes such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Summer Olympics and Mystery Spy weeks – http://efeazell.wix.com/durangodaycamp2; 903-6145; 2125 County Road 125 in Hesperus.Purgatory Adventure Camp for Kids: www.purgatoryresort.com/the-mountain/PACK; 385-2144; Purgatory Resort town office for bus service; Arrival Court in front of Guest Services for drop-offs.ExcursionsDurango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: Fifth annual Dinosaur Train with paleontologists from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, June 18-19 and 25-26; www.durangotrain.com; (888) 872-4607; 479 Main Ave.Mild to Wild Mesa Verde National Park Tours, where children can earn a ranger badge at www.Mild2WildRafting.com; 247-4789.

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Durango's multitude of camps can combat 'summer slide'

Lydia Dubit paints Ethan Deem's face in the Durango Day Camp booth Saturday in Buckley Park during the Stillwater Foundation's Party in the Park. Parents can keep their children engaged throughout the summer with a wide variety of camps and activities.
Sharon Orr of the Powerhouse Science Center helps Dawn Radcliff make a giant bubble as her sister, Brook Radcliff, plays at the booth Saturday in Buckley Park during the Stillwater Foundation’s Party in the Park. Attending camps during the summer can help children retain academic skills acquired during the previous school year and ease the transition into the new school year.
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