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Swimming through the summer

Kelly Hagenah
Kathy Heicher/Enterprise

EAGLE – Look no farther than the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. There’s no ice on at the rink right now, but there’s plenty of activity. The rink has now been completely transformed into a one-of-a-kind day camp for kids. The camp, RecKids, is in its first year, for kids age’s five to 12, and runs through the summer.Mornings focus on arts and crafts, with an occasional trip to the playground at the Eagle Ranch Pavilion. When the annual Flight Days parade was approaching, the kids each made their own crowns, and decorated the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District’s float. They’ve also made friendship bracelets, and are planning a flower planting activity.Every second Wednesday, Ginny’s Pottery Barn comes in with a pottery project.Afternoons are all about burning off energy. The counselors have the kids at the pool for swimming.

“When one group is swimming, the other is playing a game in the arena,” said Scott Ruff, Eagle Pool and Ice Rink Manager. “It breaks it up.”Then there are the Tuesday field trips. The different age groups usually split up for these trips.”We thought the older kids would want to experience Denver,” Ruff said. “But the younger kids love to swim, and all the local recreation centers have pools.” The Denver trips usually revolve around the Elitch Gardens amusement park and Waterworld.And while the younger crowd stays local, they find some adventurous field trips. Last week they visited the new alpine slide at the Glenwood Caverns. The group will also be going to the Putt Golf course and Glenwood rec center, the Aspen Rec center, and the Silverthorne Rec center.However, every few weeks there is a trip that calls out to all the kids. Starting in the middle of July, both groups will go to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum and Planetarium. Both groups will also take a local trip to the bowling alley in Eagle.

Campers also take trips to Sylvan Lake every Wednesday. Kids get to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. The camp is run by by the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District, Monday through Friday. Kids are divided into two groups: kindergarten through second grade and thrid grade through fifth grade. “We want to create a safe nurturing environment that promotes self esteem, fun, and provides youth opportunities to participate in a variety of developmentally positive life long leisure activities,” Ruff said.

Typical day at camp7:30-9:00 a.m.: Games and supervised free play9-10:30 a.m.: Sport or crafts10:30-10:45 a.m.: Morning snack10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Sport or crafts12:15-12:45 p.m.: Lunch

12:45-2:15 p.m.: Swimming or sports2:15-3:45 p.m.: Swimming or sports3:45-4:00 p.m.: afternoon snack4:00-4:45 p.m.: Literacy Activity: Reading, writing, scrapbooking.4:45 -5:30 p.m.: Games, supervised free play.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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