Around the Park: Summer Camp Highlights

Francesca C. holds a snake from Creature Teachers in the Blast-Off program. (Photo courtesy of Canton Parks & Rec)

Francesca C. holds a snake from Creature Teachers in the Blast-Off program. (Photo courtesy of Canton Parks & Rec)

Below is the latest installment of “Around the Park,” a weekly recap of summer camp offerings submitted by the Canton Parks & Recreation Department.

Nick Pirelli, Deputy Director, Canton Parks and Recreation

On Wednesday, August 9, don’t miss our weekly summer concert featuring The Infractions! The music starts at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn in front of the Rodman building. Pack your chairs and blankets for a night of fun for the whole family!

3-2-1 Blast-Off!

Leann Kilduff, Program Director

We had a great week at Blast Off! Our theme this week was “Under the Sea” and we read so many amazing books and created so many fantastic crafts. A sea lion, a turtle, a crab, and a fish bowl are just a few of the fun crafts we worked on this week. We enjoyed playing in our playground and running through our sprinkler on Thursday — our water play day. So many children are returning friends and it makes our camp feel like a family! Our special guest this week was Creature Teachers and we met so many different animals. From a chinchilla to a baby alligator, with a hedgehog in between, we learned fascinating facts about these animals and were able to touch them and see them up close. We can’t believe that we are starting our sixth week next week! Here’s to Superhero Week and all the adventures that await us!

Fun at the Farm – Pequitside Day Camp

Mariah Grosky, Camp Director

We had another fun-filled week at Pequitside Day Camp! When campers arrived on Monday they were greeted by some silly looking clowns for Carnival Week. Counselors Pat Kelly, Christina Guccione, Ariana Quinchia, Leah Foley, and David Noone led campers in a fun-filled game of Pictionary, and in anticipation of our field trip we watched the Lego Batman Movie. Not even some rain was going to ruin our fun! All the campers enjoyed their swim lessons and free swim at Bolivar pool, and archery with Joe Ryan is always a favorite activity! Tadhg and Lily did a great job hitting the target. On Wednesday we traveled to Somerville to explore LegoLand. Arianna enjoyed sitting on a giant Lego cow, Kurt and Aiden loved helping destroy the bad guys in the ride tunnel, and the whole camp loved getting wet in the 4D movie theater! As always, we enjoyed pizza and ice cream on Friday and had some fun in our inflatable water slide!

Playground News: Summer Playground Program

Logan Bean, Head Counselor

Devoll – Patrick Hansen and Kiley Skelton

It may have been a wet and cold week, but that didn’t slow down the kids at Devoll one bit. Other than a few craft breaks and dance battles, it was business as usual, and by that I mean, baseball! On Tuesday, Tahlia practiced her hitting skills and was almost able to hit the ball across the entire park! All her hard work paid off in Thursday’s game. She wasn’t the only one doing great; Joel hit an inside-the-park home run! Although they seem to enjoy it, it’s not always sports and competition at Devoll. Between games Zavier taught all the kids a new up-and-coming dance move; he says he wants to master it now so he can be on top of his game when school starts and the dance blows up. As usual, our Counselor Pat was right in on the dance action; even though he always picks up the moves quickly, the kids think he’s too stiff. Loosen up Pat! In return for the dance tips, Pat tried to teach Zavier how to do superman pushups. Zavier gave them a shot and ended up with his face in the grass. They are very difficult, but with lots of practice I’m sure he will be able to out-pushup Pat one day.

Messinger – Sarah Campbell and Patrick McGonagle

This week, Carol, our senior volunteer, visited Messinger Park and delighted the kids with a lesson on how to paint flowers using dotters and a new paintbrush technique. When the kids were finished with their beautiful paintings, they went and played on the playground for the majority of the day. When they returned, they decided that we should throw a 70s dance party sometime. We aren’t sure if they meant music or costumes or both, but they better start growing out their mustaches and shopping around for bell bottoms! Thursday was full of events. Duncan was finally able to get the phone case off the field house roof; he spent all week throwing different sized balls at it, but it just wouldn’t budge. Sarah finally came to the rescue and got it down. Duncan was very pleased. The Dungeons and Dragons quest continued with High Elf Rinn defeating six blights, allowing him to continue down the trail towards some cabins. He had little life to spare, but he survived. He plans to search the cabins next week. Hopefully he makes it out alive.

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