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The more the merrier

Sports and games take center stage
By: Matt Long
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If your kids are looking for something to do before school starts, look no further than the KydZone youth camps. The camps, held weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, have a different theme each week. Last week’s camp, entitled “We Got Game,” featured sports and games. While there were some first-time campers there, many of the kids have attended CSD camps throughout the summer. After exploring nature and space, among other things, earlier in the summer, sports and games were at the forefront last week, including a field trip to Strikes for some bowling. “We played sports and planned other activities that were sports related,” Recreation Leader II Taylor Garner said. “We played soccer, dodgeball and had relay races and played other games like goo goo ga and World Cuppies.” More than 100 kids turned out each day for the camp, which is designed for kids’ ages 6 to 12. Some came to the camp with siblings, while others bring a friend. No matter whom they came with, though, the kids met new friends during the camp. Matthew Hodgson, 10, has been to camp most of the summer, and has had a lot of fun. “My favorite part this week was the field trip to Strikes,” Matthew said. “It’s been my favorite field trip so far this summer, but I’m really looking forward to the trip to John’s Incredible Pizza I’ve had a lot of fun playing the games this week with my friend Zane.” Matthew said he’s enjoyed playing kickball and knockout the most. He also said he likes the friendly CSD staff. Many campers enjoyed the game goo goo ga, which in simplest terms, is dodgeball in a small room where balls ricocheting off the wall are in play. Autumn Gease, 7, enjoyed playing the game, as well as the arts and crafts. Garner said that her group of kids did art projects that related to sports, such as making sports banners or snowboard men, among other things. All in all, Gease liked the games and activities. “If I was at home I’d be playing a Wii game so this camp is fun to get me out to do things,” Gease said. Braeden Scott, 8, said he enjoyed playing dodgeball the most, but also liked swimming, basketball, speedball, jumping rope and the relay games. Like Matthew, Collin Pelto enjoyed the trip to Strikes. “The field trips are fun,” Collin said. “I won two Samurai swords at Strikes.” This week the theme of the camp is ‘Down on the Farm’, where animals take center stage, including a field trip to Dave’s Pumpkin Patch in West Sacramento. Next week is Wacky and Wild World Records with a trip to John’s Incredible Pizza, while the summer wraps up with Summer Rewind camp Aug. 9-11. For more information on the El Dorado Hills Community Services Districts camps or other programs, call 933-6624.