Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Summer camp programs include non-traditional activities
Unique camp opportunities are available for youth in the Tecumseh area as the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department created traditional and not-so-traditional activities during the summer months. Several camps in addition to the annual softball/baseball programs have been added including one titled Frozen, which is based upon the Disney movie.A youth softball/baseball camp runs from July 14-17 at Aden Mead Park with Tecumseh High School’s two-time Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state softball championship team member Jackie Barley (shortstop) and former Lenawee County All-Star players instructing fundamentals. Some of the basics to be taught are throwing, fielding, hitting, bunting, base running and sliding. Campers will have an opportunity for one-on-one instruction to improve both offensive and defensive skills. No experience is needed to join the camp. Boys and girls will be divided by skill level and age. Campers are asked to bring equipment including mitt, hat or visor, and water bottle. Ages seven through nine meet from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Cost is $40 for residents or $50 for non-residents. Ages 10-12 meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $50 for residents or $60 for non-residents. The deadline to register has been extended through Friday, July 11, for both age groups.A Tot Baseball session has been scheduled on August 4, 6, 11 and 13 for three and four year olds. This instructional program will teach batting, catching, fielding and throwing. All sessions of this parent involved program are at the Cal Zorn Recreation Center, 300 W. Russell Rd. Participants should bring a mitt, hat or visor and water bottle. The sessions meet Mondays and Wednesdays with three-year-olds on the field from 5:30-6 p.m. and four-year-olds on the field from 6:15-6:45 p.m. Cost is $30 for residents or $40 for non-residents. Register by July 31.Scott Oliver and Siena Heights University’s women’s soccer team will be conducting a youth soccer camp from August 4-7 at Cal Zorn Park. The camp will help improve shooting, passing, ball skills and defense while emphasizing the development of an individual and group attitude. Ages five through seven meet from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $40 for residents or $50 for non-residents. Ages eight through 11 meet from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $60 for residents or $70 for non-residents. Register by July 28.A Basketball Camp has been scheduled for six- through 11-year-olds from August 11-14 at the Smith Recreation Center. Boys and girls of all experience levels will be taught the basics; ball handling, shooting, passing and defense. Each day consists of skills and drills, game play and scrimmages. Ages six through eight meet from 5:15-6:15 p.m. while ages nine through 11 meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Participants should bring clean tennis shoes and a water bottle. Cost is $40 for residents or $50 for non-residents. Register by August 4.Also being offered this summer season is a Find a Treasure camp at Satterthwaite Park from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Cost is $15. Registration will be accepted the day of the event.Filling up quickly is the Frozen Camp based around the movie. The camp is on July 30 from 1-3 p.m. at the A.J. Smith Recreation Center. Cost is $20. Register by July 18.Several other camps will be available depending on interest.b “Six is our lucky number,” said Gail Lakatos of the Parks and Recreation Department of the number of participants needed for a camp to go on as scheduled.The following camps are tentatively scheduled from 1-3 p.m. each day:Afternoon Adventures — Gym games, board games arts and crafts. July 15-16, Smith Recreation Center. Cost is $28. Register by July 11.Pirate Camp — Pirate games, snacks, crafts. Pirate attire encouraged. Smith Recreation Center. July 17-18. Cost is $28. Register by July 11.Tie Dye Camp — T-shirt to dye included in $20 cost. Smith Recreation Center. Register by July 14.Tourist In Your Own Town — Tour Tecumseh. Restaurant stop includes snack. July 22. Cost is $20. Register by July 18.Waterpalooza — Dress for fun with water. July 23. Cal Zorn Park. Cost is $15. Register by July 18.Gym Games — July 24-25. Cost is $28. Register by July 18.