I never went to summer camp when I was young. Not complaining, just stating a fact. However, my family camped every summer, which made up for it in my book.
Now I'm catching up on all those lost summer camp opportunities by being a part of Bass Pro Shops' Family Summer Camp every year. But, this is not your father's summer camp...
Bass Pro Shops' Family Summer Camp combines learning with a dose of fun and rolls them into five-weeks of free activities for young people and their caretakers. At Bass Pro Shops Altoona we see large numbers of day care groups, babysitters and nannies with their young charges, dads, moms, or grandparents with the kids on weekdays, and on weekends, it is often a family outing.
Workshops geared towards children ages 6-12, free crafts, and activities are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, starting June 8 through July 14.
From bird watching, to archery, to exploring wildlife around the world and the creepy crawlies in your backyard, our workshops introduce and enlighten children on the outdoor world around them, along with conservation and how they can play a part in preserving the great outdoors. Children also receive a special pin for each workshop they attend.
As a workshop presenter, this is one of my favorite aspects of working at Bass Pro Shops. To see the same children coming back each week, eager to catch the workshops they may have missed and earn their next pin, excited to be here, and enthusiastic about learning. Likewise, I have learned from them that:
A pin is very important.
Fake scat has an "e-e-e-w-w" factor of 10, but it's funny at the same time and a great way to gross out your little sister.
Apparently, there are an enormous number of robins outside bedroom windows that wake up little kids way too early in the summer.
Change your socks after hiking - So your feet don't stink and your bedroom doesn't smell.
Don't wear new shoes when hiking - NOT because you'll get blisters, but because they'll get dirty.
I can't wait to find out what I learn from them this year!
At our summer camp, kids learn basics of archery, how to shoot a BB gun in our Daisy BB gun range, and get to ride on a wildlife carousel.
At our summer camp, you beat the heat, nix the sunburns, and dodge the mosquitoes.
At our summer camp, the wild animals are all around you, but won't hurt you.
At our summer camp, you can have homemade ice cream every Saturday at 5 p.m. for five weeks...and you don't have to be the one cranking the handle.
At our summer camp, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, cousins, and caretakers are welcomed. The more the merrier!
At our summer camp there is no pre-registration. Walk-ins are welcomed and we have visitors from all over the country!
In this world of seemingly ever-growing expenses, especially when you have children, Family Summer Camp provides another opportunity for free, family-friendly fun in a comfortable environment. So, take a look at the calendar and plan your visits to our Family Summer Camp...and we'll see you at the workshops!
For a detailed listing of the Family Summer Camp events at the Bass Pro Shops nearest you, visit www.basspro.com and select your store location.
For a detailed listing of the Bass Pro Shops Altoona, Iowa, Family Summer Camp events, visit www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona or our store page.
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