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IVGID launches new summer camps for children

Megan Heatwole
Special to the Bonanza

This spring, the Incline Village General Improvement District introduced new Tahoe EPIC Camps.

EPIC (Explore, Play, Imagine, Create) Camps features three summer camp options: Base Camp, Early Childhood Adventure Camps, and Specialty Enrichment Camps.

"Base Camp" is a day camp based out of Incline Elementary School with age-appropriate activities for K-2 children conducted at various locations around the Incline community.

"We're excited about our newly reinvented day camp program. Base Camp encompasses all of the best qualities of Camp Xtreme while offering an innovative approach to offer campers the best possible experience," says Kari Ferguson, Youth, Teen & Family Programs Supervisor.

Each week, campers explore a different US region, using cooking, art, music, dance, trivia and sports as tools to enhance learning. In addition, "Base Camp" includes daily swimming with included clinics to help improve swimming skills.

Campers also are introduced to, and encouraged to participate in, a variety of local outdoor activities, including paddleboarding, golf at the Championship Driving Range, and nature walks on beautiful north shore trails.

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"Base Camp" runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday though Friday, for eight weeks thoughout the summer. Enrollment is on a weekly basis and daily drop-in is subject to availability only.

"Specialty Enrichment Camps," for kids entering grades 2-5, provide an opportunity for hands-on, in-depth exploration and fun while focusing on specific interests.

"Building on the success of our Early Childhood Enrichment Camps, we are excited to introduce these fun and creative, specialty camps," says Camp Director Miss Joan.

Summer 2015 features four different camps, led by local experts.

Author Adademy (July 6-10), led by Patty Franklin and Renee Rintala, fuses creative writing and art. Campers will have the opportunity to write, illustrate and "publish" their very own children's book.

Make and Bake (July 20-24), led by Maggie Browder and Joanne Devine, will teach campers about basic cooking and sewing. Campers will make delicious food and create fabulous projects.

Alpine Adventures (August 3-7) is for active campers wanting to experience the best Tahoe has to offer. Children of all levels are welcome to participate in local activities including paddleboarding, beach volleyball, disc golf, hiking, rock climbing and ziplining.

Page to Stage (August 10-14), led by Kacey Maher, is for theatrical campers who are looking to get a taste for the whole dramatic process including scriptwriting, costumes, set design, and acting.

"Specialty Enrichment Camps" are offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To learn more, and to register for Tahoe EPIC Summer Camps, call 775-832-1310, stop by the Recreation Center (980 Incline Way), or visit inclinerecreation.com.

Megan Heatwole is Youth, Teen & Family Programs Coordinator for the Incline Village Parks & Recreation Department.