Summer activities are back on for Cordova youth

Anika and Floyd Whitsoe soaked everyone who crossed their paths during the 4H Music Camp’s annual water fight at Skater’s Cabin in July of 2017. This year’s camp registration is already open with limited spots available. Learn more at cordovamusiccamp.org. Photo by Penny Johnson/For The Cordova Times

Now that things are opening back up, we are excited to see youth activities return to Cordova. Here is a comprehensive list of local camps and social programs, ranging from science to sports, that your child is sure to enjoy.

Robotics are popular among many of Cordova’s youth. Pictured is a first grade Shockwave aqua adventure project from 2018. Photo courtesy Cordova Tech Club

ROBOTICS CAMPS

  • Contact: Rachel Harris rharri63@vols.utk.edu, 703-474-6852
  • June 7, 9, 11: Elementary ages 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon
  • June 14: Middle school ages 11-15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Explore basic concepts of robotics and engineering through a variety of fun hands-on activities and games in the CHS Tech Lab (back door). Elementary campers will build cool things, interact with robots, and see a 3D printer in action. Middle school campers will get to play with and build robots, learn about 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics and wiring, coding, and design as you assemble and customize an autonomous robot. No prior robotics experience required. There will also be an opportunity for those interested to come back sometime in the last two weeks of June and learn more, but that’s a flexible option.

CHRISTIAN CENTER YOUTH CAMP

  • Cordova Community Baptist Church
  • Contact: Matthew Arends matthew.i.arends@gmail.com
  • Month of June
  • Ages 6+, meet at the Homeport on Tues. & Thurs. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

This camp focuses on teaching bible lessons, focusing on seeing Jesus throughout the Old Testament, and fun outdoor activities, including hiking Haystack Trail, Sheridan Glacier, cooking over an open fire, canoeing and more. Lunch provided. Drop-ins welcome.

DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

  • Contact: Heather Thorne, 907-429-3063
  • July 2-Aug. 7
  • Open to ages 5-13 (or up to 8th grade)

Player groups will be divided into three age categories with expectations dependent on age level. Each player will have a 60-minute practice once a week and play one game every Saturday.

Participants from last year’s Let Me Run camp. Watch 2020 camp video footage at tinyurl.com/letmerun. Photo courtesy Cordova Family Resource Center

CFRC SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Lunch Art Program

  • June 8-Aug. 13
  • Toddler-1st grade: 11 a.m.-noon
  • 2nd grade and up: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Summer Camps

  • June 22-25: 3rd & 4th grade, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • July 6-9: 1st & 2nd grade, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • July 19-23: 5th to 7th grade, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Running Camps

  • Aug. 2-6
  • Girls on the Run: 3rd to 6th grade, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Let Me Run: 4th to 8th grade, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

BIONIC Teen Center

Open to teens to hangout, watch movies, and play board games. Closed during summer youth activities.

The Cordova Family Resource Center is offering an array of summer youth programs, including arts and crafts, outdoor games, fishing, swimming, hiking, field trips, running and confidence building activities. Lunch provided.

CORDOVA LIL’ KICKERS

This 5-week program for ages 9 and younger will teach players about the basic principles of soccer while promoting physical activity, teamwork, and good values. Program fee is $25.

If your child isn’t fazed by rain, getting muddy, and has a love for the outdoors and science, check out Prince William Sound Science Center’s line up of kid camps. Photo courtesy of Prince William Sound Science Center

HEADWATERS TO OCEAN DAY CAMPS

  • Prince William Sound Science Center
  • Lauren Bien lbien@pwssc.org, 907-424-5800 x 231
  • July 12-16: H2O Sea Stars 2, Grades 3-5
  • July 19-23: H2O Orcas 1, Grades 6-8
  • July 26-30: H20 Orcas 2, Grades 6-8
  • $300, scholarships available

H2O Day Camps are a great time to be active and have fun in the outdoors while learning about the amazing landscape that surrounds Cordova. Each day is filled with hands-on science activities, games and adventures. During the week at camp, hike in the rainforest, observe glaciers up close, canoe through the wetlands of the Copper River Delta and explore Orca Inlet. By the end of the week, you will be able to see for yourself that from headwaters to ocean…it’s all connected.