With the start of summer comes a variety of summer activities.
From vacations, camping trips and outside activities, summer is an active time in Ardmore and the Ardmore Regional Park Authority discussed some of its busy summer schedule earlier this week before taking a break from meeting until August.
Alicia Henry, executive director of the HFV Wilson Community Center, reported to the board that the summer will be filled with camps, camps and more camps. A variety of different camps featuring different themes and activities will be available throughout the summer for children.
Henry was particularly excited, however, about a camp looking to get adults in on the fun.
Henry said for the first time the community center will be conducting an Adult Summer Camp called “Camp Staywild.” Designed to play on the nostalgia of camping days past, the camp is complete with water sports, hiking, camp competitions, campfire songs and other camp classics.
“It’s just taking adults back to their childhood,” Henry told the Ardmore Regional Park Authority board members. “We have had so much interest in it.”
The weekend camping experience will be from June 2-4 at Lake Murray. Adults have to be at least 21 years old to attend and Henry said the camp cost $60 for one person or $100 for a couple, which includes a camp t-shirt.
In another first time experience, Henry said the community center will be launching a community outreach program this summer at local parks.
“This will be our first year to do that (an outreach program) to really try to reach kids that we’re not reaching in our other programs,” Henry told the board.
The HFV Wilson Community Center will be partnering with the Chickasaw Nation and the Ardmore Public Library to provide kids another resource during the summer. The Chickasaw Nation has a summer food program in place that provides food for kids and the library will be distributing books at sites. Henry said the community center will also be set up at the parks alongside the other organizations and will set up recreational games and activities for the students to participate in.
Henry said the program not only allows the center to reach out to students they may not be reaching, but it perfectly complements the other resources being provided.
“They’re getting fed, they’re getting physical activity and they’re getting education,” she said. “We’re really excited about it.”
Teresa Ervin, Ardmore parks and recreation director, said the program will visit Whittington Park, Fraley Park and Broadlawn Park and will travel with the other programs between locations. Ervin said the groups were excited about the potential of the partnerships during meetings, which led to the organizations moving quickly to prepare for this summer.
“This has kind of been a goal of our department for years,” Ervin said. “This year it was thought of ‘why not combine all that?’”