Summer camp options abound for Cordova youth

Anika and Floyd Whitsoe soaked everyone who crossed their paths during the annual water fight at Skater’s Cabin on July 20. Photo by Penny Johnson/For The Cordova Times

Miqwanwasaq Day Camp

The Native Village of Eyak started their summer camp June 4 and will end Aug. 10. The camp is held from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with pick up and drop off at the Masonic Lodge. Learn how to make traditional crafts, spend time with elders and explore the outdoors. The free camp is open only to NVE Tribal Youth for youth who have completed kindergarten through age 17 and is available for up to 12 kids. There is a wait list available. To register, contact Jessica Weaver at nveyouth@eyak-nsn.gov.

CFRC Summer Camp: 2nd through 4th grade

The Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting a free summer camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26-29. Registration forms are available at CFRC, located below the Cordova District Fishermen United office on Main Street. Campers will go out the road, hike, swim, fish and complete art projects such as tie-dye. Space is limited.

CFRC Summer Camp: 5th through 7th grade

The Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting a free summer camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24-27. Registration forms are available at CFRC, located below the Cordova District Fishermen United office on Main Street. Campers will go out the road, hike, swim, fish and complete art projects such as tie-dye. Space is limited.

H2O: Headwaters to Ocean, day camp

Prince William Sound Science Center offers this summer day camp for grades two through five from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 25-29. The camp features hands-on science activities, hikes and explorations of the Copper River Delta and Orca Inlet. The camp costs $225. Scholarships are available. Register online at pwssc.org/camps. For more information, contact Lauren Bien at 907-424-5800, extension 231, or email lbien@pwssc.org.

Hawaiian 4H Music Camp

The Hawaiian 4H Music Camp will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16-20 for ages 6-8. Hawaiian staff will introduce children to Hawaiian music (ukulele and hula), culture, language, arts and crafts, plus guitar and fiddle. The camp costs $250 if registered by June 30 or $300 after June 30. Scholarships are available. Sign up online at www.cordovamusiccamp.org or fill out paper registration at the Library, Bidarki Rec Center or Mt. Eccles Elementary School. For more information, call Malani Towle at 907-253-6455 or Darcy Saiget at 541-806-3099.

Cordova 4H Bluegrass Music Camp

This camp is held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16-20 for ages 9-18. Students will have the chance to take three classes with students their own age ranging from Bluegrass to Rock N’ Roll. Classes include guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, ukulele, piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, songwriting, sound production, hula and Tahitian dance. The camp costs $250 if registered by June 30 or $300 after June 30. Scholarships are available. Sign up online at www.cordovamusiccamp.org or fill out paper registration at the Library, Bidarki Rec Center, or Mt. Eccles Elementary School. For more information, call Malani Towle at 907-253-6455 or Darcy Saiget at 541-806-3099.

Adult 4H Music Camp

The Adult 4H Music Camp, also their camp fundraiser, will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 16-20 for adults 18 years and older. Take one or more classes in guitar, Cajun or old-time fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, bass, mountain dulcimer, harmony singing, hula and Tahitian dance. The camp costs $100 for five, one-hour classes or pay $20/hour class. Sign up online at www.cordovamusiccamp.org or email bellemickelson@gmail.com for a registration form. For more information call Belle Mickelson at 907-424-5143 or 907-388-3347.

Delta Restoration Team (D.R.T. Camp), overnight camp

Prince William Sound Science Center, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is offering this summer camp for grades eight through 12 from Aug. 4-11. The camp focuses on restoration projects, team building and leadership through service-learning oriented field experience. The camp costs $700. Scholarships are available. Register online at pwssc.org/camps. For more information, contact Lauren Bien at 907-424-5800, extension 231, or email lbien@pwssc.org.

Three Saints Vacation Bible School

The Colorado Lutheran Vacation Bible Team will be leading the “Splash Canyon: God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride” curriculum with singing, art projects and Bible lessons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9-13 at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The free camp, for ages 4-12, is sponsored by St. Michael’s, St. Joseph’s, St. George’s, Alaska Mission for Christ and Epiphany Lutheran in Castle Rock, Colorado. Older students are needed as helpers. Registration forms can be found at St. George’s, St. Joseph’s, or can be filled out on the first day of camp. For more information call Debbie Collins at 907-424-5272 or Rev. Belle Mickelson at 907-424-5143 or 907-388-3347.

Morning Star Independent Baptist Vacation Bible School

The Vacation Bible School will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 23-27 and is open to all children and teenagers. Children who are not potty trained must be accompanied by an adult. Hosted at the Mt. Eccles Elementary School gymnasium, there will be Bible stories, fun and games, and kids can arrive early for the free breakfast and lunch afterwards held at the school as part of their summer lunch program. Parents can register their children at the school gymnasium at 9 a.m., before camp begins. Registration can also be taken over the phone at any time. For more information contact Pastor Leslie Bourdess at 907-424-3501.

H2O: Headwaters to Ocean, overnight Camp

Prince William Sound Science Center is hosting the H2O overnight camp for grades six through eight from Aug. 13-17. The permanent base camp will be located near mile 13 on the Copper River Highway where evenings will be filled with campfires, smores and activities after busy days of hiking, canoeing, and exploring the Copper River Delta and Orca Inlet. The camp costs $500. Scholarships are available. Register online at pwssc.org/camps. For more information, contact Lauren Bien at 907-424-5800, extension 231, or email lbien@pwssc.org.

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.