Change is Good - Orinda summer camps are going through a change, and it’s a good one.
The Orinda Parks and Recreation Department consistently looks at ways to better serve our community. This year staff have focused on revitalizing summer camp programming in order to help address the need for all-day summer camps and extended care.
For the first time, the department has produced a separate Summer Camp guide that will be released and distributed at the beginning of February. Not only will this guide provide information about the City-run and contracted summer camps it will also highlight the new and improved summer camp schedule. The Choose Your Own Adventure camp guide will allow parents to view all camps for all ages in a week-by-week matrix. Parents will search by week and then find the appropriate age to choose their child’s adventure.
In addition to this easy-to-plan layout, this year full-time care and programming will be offered from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for ONLY $330 for residents and $380 for non-residents. Parents will still have the option to register for a half-day only. This is still the same great quality, creative, and fun programming parents have come to expect from the City presented at set, low price fees with care available from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the entire week!
Excited about the change, Orinda’s Director of Parks and Recreation Michelle Lacy expressed that “most of our popular and unique camps are half-day which eliminated many families from participating, so staff devised a program which will link two half-day camps with pre and post City staff supervision to create a full day option. This is the first time that the City of Orinda specialty camps such as drama, Lego-engineering and tennis are a viable option for many families in Orinda. The Choose Your Own Adventure theme was created from the myriad of opportunities that happen at the Orinda Community Center every day during the summer and every child can truly create their own unique Camp Adventure. We are hoping that Orinda families respond to the new opportunities, so we can start a new tradition at the Orinda Community Center.”
To help parents and children plan their summer schedule, the Recreation and Summer Camp Fair will be back again this year. Parents will have the opportunity to meet summer day camp staff, specialty camp instructors, and learn more about the revamped summer on Saturday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration for summer camps begin Friday, February 12 but if parents wait to register during the fair, families will receive 10% off all summer camp fees.
Additional information will be available a few weeks prior to the fair. For more information visit www.cityoforinda.org or call (925) 254-2445.