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City's Adventure Camps more than just child care
Three years ago when Ceres schools came off of year round scheduling, some working parents were wondering what to do with their children during the summer months. The city stepped in and crafted the Summer Adventure Camp.

Ceres recreation coordinator Cambria Pollinger said the program for children aged 5 to 11 years old has evolved into an enrichment experience, not just day-care.

"We consider it more than a day camp but an enrichment opportunity," said Pollinger. "We kind of go crazy with these themes. We try to take it a step higher and make it an enrichment."

The program tries to mix it up to make it fun and entertaining.Students go to the Ceres High School pool on Fridays and have taken local field trips. On one occasion the campers boarded the Ceres Dial-A-Ride for a trip and tour of the Ceres wastewater treatment plant. Pollinger chuckled at how that sounded but said the kids enjoyed learning about the scientific process involved in a sewer plant. They have also toured the Ceres police and fire departments, Ceres Library, and the Daniel Whitmore Home and Ceres Museum.

Crafts at the Ceres American Legion Memorial Building keep kids busy, then often walk down to Roeding Heights Park for athletic games.

The program is operated by college-age young adults who mostly major in child development.

Parents have an option of enrolling their kids for half a day (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for $65 per week; or all day (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) for $120 per week. The city offers a 15 percent discount to two or more children registered from the same family. Pollinger said the city is only covering its costs with the fees.

"We're not profiting from it," she said. "It breaks down to $2.40 and hour so it's very reasonable. And they are provided crafts, snacks and T-shirts."

The camps are limited to 30 children but the number thus far has ranged from 10 to 20, the fluctuations probably due to family vacations.

"The lowest is 10 and we still consider that decent," said Pollinger.

The remaining themed weeks of camp are:

• Community Appreciation Adventure (July 28-Aug. 1);

• Cartoon Adventure (Aug. 4-8).

Space is limited to 30 campers.

To register visit (click on logo with animated soccer ball) or stop by City Hall, 2720 Second Street, Ceres. For more information call 538-5782.