Children enrolled this summer in Lincoln Parks and Recreation's FUNdamental Healthy Me Day Camp at Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn, will participate in the Wise Kids® Outdoors program. The nationwide program leads children through supervised outdoor adventures to expose them to the advantages of exploring the natural world.
The program is offered to children currently enrolled in grades 3 and 4. The camp is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays from May 29 to August 10. In addition to Wise Kids® Outdoors, camp activities include active play, archery, swimming, tennis, reading and special interest clubs. The fee is $108 per week, and families can register for individual weeks. Need-based scholarships are available for families who qualify.
"Wise Kids Outdoors also connects nature to health," said Dan Payzant, Irving Recreation Center Director. "We want young people in our community to understand the lifelong importance of eating healthy and being active outdoors. Day camp is a fun setting to reinforce these values."
Nearly 350 children participated in a successful test of the Wise Kids Outdoors programs in summer 2008. Payzant said Parks and Recreation is taking a leadership role in encouraging healthy lifestyles while reconnecting children to the outdoors.
The Wise Kids Outdoors program was created by the Säjai® Foundation in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The nonprofit Foundation works to combat childhood obesity by developing preventative healthy lifestyle programs for children ages 6 to 11. The programs are designed specifically for after-school care and summer camps, and they emphasize a lifelong approach to nutrition and activity. NRPA is a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people.
For more information about the FUNdamental Healthy Me Day Camps and to download a registration form, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.