Salvation Army to foster summer fun at Kids Zone Day Camp

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–With only seven weeks left in the school year, parents have already started searching for safe, fun, and educational summer childcare programs. The Salvation Army of Muscatine County will continue its longstanding tradition of holding its Kids Zone Day Camp and welcomes elementary students to join them for a summer full of adventure.

This year’s Kids Zone Day Camp will have an all around the world theme and will invite children to explore both their own community and world cultures. Once each week, a speaker who has immigrated to Muscatine will come and talk about their home country to kids, opening their eyes to places they may never have heard of before. Students will also take fieldtrips around the region to the Hauberg Museum at the Blackhawk State Historic Site in Rock Island, Illinois to learn about the Native Americans who lived in the region, as well as Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse (also in Rock Island), and Maquoketa Caves State Park in Maquoketa to enjoy some of the cultural and natural attractions eastern Iowa and nearby western Illinois have to offer.

To keep kids engaged for the duration of the program, participants will get to do many different activities each day, such as arts and crafts projects, games, outdoor activities, and mini in town field trips. Because no summer would feel complete without swimming, day campers will get to go swimming twice each week.

The Salvation Army’s Kid Zone Day Camp will run from June 6 through July 29. Any children currently in kindergarten through sixth grade may enroll with a deposit of $25 and a payment of $80 each week of the program. Families interested in enrolling multiple children may talk with Mary Darnell, youth specialist for the Salvation Army of Muscatine County, about special pricing. Parents or guardians who would like to enroll their children may do so by visiting the Salvation Army building at 1000 Oregon Street Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and completing a hard copy registration packet.

As families select summer care options for their children, Darnell encourages them to consider giving the Salvation Army of Muscatine County’s Kids Zone Day Camp a try both for its affordability and because, “it gets children something to do during the summer with no worries for their parents while they are at work.” With a curriculum focused on learning more about people around the world and cooperating with others and packed full of enjoyable activities, Darnell believes Salvation Army staff will have a valuable opportunity to, “assist the children based on our program curriculum for social, physical, emotional and spiritual (growth).”

A longtime part of the Salvation Army’s Kid Zone Day Camp, Darnell always looks forward to the program and enjoys working with the many children who participate in it. She hopes for a good turnout again this year and opportunities to continue acting as a valuable community resource.

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