For the first time in roughly 25 to 30 years, Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation De­part­ment will host a summer camp.

The day camp will have two sessions: June 28 to July 2 and July 19 to 23. The theme of the first session will be first responders while the second session will focus, on “creepy crawlers and more,” according to a promotional flyer.

Anna Johnson, program coordinator, said the camps will have special guests both weeks.

The flyer said some of the camp activities include lunch and afternoon snack, swimming at Ameri­can Legion Water Park, arts and crafts, hiking and nature walks and indoor and outdoor games.

“We’re trying to do as much as we can in the couple weeks that we scheduled,” she said.

The camp will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with drop off and pick up at Pritchard Community Center.

The cost is $75 per child per session and is open for children ages 6 to 12. Johnson said they’re aiming to host 40 children each week.

To register, go to https://etownrec.activityreg.com. Registration opens Monday. Once registered, parents or guardians will receive a parent handbook by email with information that will need to be signed and returned to parks staff prior to the first day of camp.

Scholarships will be available to those who qualify. For information on how to apply, contact the parks department at 270-765-5551.

Johnson said the staff is both nervous and excited to host this summer camp.

“We’ve talked to a lot of people within the community, and they say that the summer camp that parks and rec used to put on was a really big deal. They really enjoyed it. It hasn’t been here in a while so we’re trying to bring it back, and hopefully they have the same amount of fun and the memories are made the same way they were before,” she said.

Johnson said the plan is for the summer camp to continue to grow.

The department will be hosting a footgolf tournament May 22. Registration currently is open for teams of two to four. The cost is $30 per team.

Assistant Coordinator Travis Wells said only one person has to sign up for the whole team.

The department also is getting ready to start a special needs program, Art in the Arboretum.

For more information or to register, go to etownrec.activityreg.com.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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