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Bethany Park

Summer Day Camp 2014

At Bethany Park, our mission is to increase knowledge about one's self, our environment, our community and our place in the world. We see to do this by creating supportive environments for youth to reach their fullest potential and also instill a desire for lifelong learning while having a lot of fun. We hope campers will gain a deeper understanding and affinity toward the natural world, and become familiar with and discover resources in the Lincoln community.

This summer at Lincoln Parks and Recreation, participants will experience as part of our "FUNdamental Healthy Me" day camp program:

  • Recreation and Leisure Skills
  • Physical Fitness Through Active Play
  • Social Development
  • Nutrition Awareness
  • Nature Interaction

As always, parents and participants can expect:

  • A focus on large group games and active play
  • Skill building with challenging activity levels
  • Site-based activities and city wide field trips
  • Individual exploration of interests through a wide range of activities offered
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Weekly Themes

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain

We will use this Mark Twain quote as our inspiration for the summer. We want campers to explore all of the gems that Lincoln has to offer. We want our young people to explore and develop new skills that will last for a lifetime. We want them to Dream of things that await them in the future. We have broken camp into three sections that focus on each of these three themes.

Explore Weeks 1 - 4: May 27 - June 20
During these first weeks we will explore our community and become more familiar with the area around the park and around Lincoln. We will plan to visit the State Capitol, Memorial Stadium and other notable places in Lincoln.
   • Explore our Parks and Trails
   • Explore our Local Museums and Landmarks
   • Meet the other Parks and Rec Camps

Discover Weeks 5 - 8: June 26 - July 18
During the second four weeks we will discover new outdoor skills and build on existing ones.
   • Fishing and Canoeing
   • Bikes
   • Bug Hunting
   • Archery
   • Disc Golf

Dream Weeks 9 - 11: July 21 - August 8
During These weeks we will thank our service workers, explore career choices, represent Bethany in a city wide camp competition, have a family BBQ, and spend a day at the Omaha Zoo.
   • Our Heroes (Career Professionals, Role Models)
   • Play Day
   • Henry Doorley Zoo

Bethany Day Camp Typical Daily Schedule

7:00-8:00AM:  Camper’s choice
(During this time there are certain activities that are offered that campers can choose what they would like to do)
8:00-9:00AM:  Organized Games
(During this time Camp staff will lead campers in active and non active games)
9:00-10:30AM:  Stations= 30 min. rotations
   • Active Game
   • Arts and Crafts
   • Theme based activity
10:30-10:45AM:  Morning Clean Up
10:45AM-3:30PM:  Out and About & Lunch
   (This time is designed for our main activity of the day. Lunch is typically between 11:30 and noon.)
3:30-4:00PM:   Return to Camp/Afternoon Clean Up/Snack
4:00-5:00PM:  Organized Games
   (During this time Camp staff will lead campers in active and non active games)
5:00-6:00PM:  Camper’s choice
   (During this time there are certain activities that are offered that campers can choose what they would like to do)

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