LAS VEGAS - This week marks the last week of school before summer break. If you haven’t found activities to keep your kids busy, options are still available.
Grant Sawyer Middle School is one of four schools holding summer camps through the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. Parents can still sign up, but must act quickly.
The other three participating campuses include: Desert Oasis High School, Silvestri Middle School and Hayes Elementary School. Hayes Elementary School’s camp is full, but the other three camps still have openings.
The camps run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 9th through August 5th. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible. The camps cost $15 per day. If you can't afford it, the department will work with you to help get your children enrolled.
All of the camps promise to keep kids active with sports, games and swimming. They also offer field trips to places like Wet‘n’Wild and Adventuredome.
Jerome Parham with the Parks and Recreation Department says it's important to keep children active during the summer break.
“If you have not made your plans for the summer for your child, the worst thing you can do is leave them at home with a joystick and a video game. Please, get your child up out of the house. You can get them active, involved," he said.
There are also opportunities for teenagers. Clark County runs a program in the summer called Leaders of the Future. Older students serve as mentors and chaperones for the little ones during the camps. The older students also receive high school credit if they work for 120 hours.
A local non-profit organization, meanwhile, is raising money to pay for camp for children with parents in the military.
Soldiers and Families First does an annual summer camp called Operation Kids Camp. This year, the organization is short on funds and may not be able to take some of the children. Soldiers and Families First is asking the community for help.
Scott Stalker is the president of the organization. He says the camp not only keeps kids active in the summer, but it's also therapeutic.
All of them have a parent in the military. Many of those parents are currently serving overseas. Stalker says being on deployment takes a toll on the entire family, especially the children.
“These children go to this camp and, once they realize they're not alone, they meet other children, and they do stay in contact," he said.
The camp is located in California. For one week, kids have the opportunity to learn some of what their parents do. Troops from Ft. Irwin Military Base teach the kids how to do formations, among other things.
The camp costs $295 per child. Soldiers and Families First is approximately $1,500 short of its goal.