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Campers Having a Blast at Summer Recreation

From the classrooms to the gymnasiums to the playgrounds, spaces in and around Massapequa’s elementary schools are full of energy as the popular Summer Recreation Program has returned following a year hiatus.

The program, open to students entering kindergarten through fifth grade, is held at five of the six elementary schools, with East Lake’s camp relocated to McKenna because of construction. Enrollment is on a week-by-week basis, so children can attend all five weeks of the program, or select their weeks to attend. Many participants are taking advantage of this flexibility so they can mix in time at Massapequa’s others summer programs including the fine arts and sports skills camps.  

Each six-hour day features a mix of indoor and outdoor activities including arts and crafts, games, playground time and sports, as well as a lunch break. Camp directors have also planned some special events including DJ parties, visits from an ice cream truck, a science show and All-American burger day. Dress-up days such as Halloween in July and Hawaiian day were also a big hit with campers.

Since the program was last held two years ago, classrooms at all of the elementary schools have been air conditioned, providing campers and counselors with a more comfortable environment. The high school-age counselors, who supervise each group, bring students to the different centers, coordinate the activities and, most importantly, make sure everyone is happy and safe. The program runs through Aug. 6.