MIDDLEFIELD — For seven weeks, the Middlefield Summer Camp hosts kids from kindergarten to eighth grade with different events and themes planned every day. On Tuesday, July 30, campers were able to compete in Game Show Day where they played Jeopardy, Family Feud and even American Ninja Warrior.
According to Parks and Rec director, Hannah Malcolm, the camp sees “about 70 to 80 kids a day” and they are separated into three age groups: kindergarten through second, third through fifth, and sixth through eighth. Campers show up as early as 8 a.m. and can stay until as late as 5 p.m.
“I think it’s important that they have this opportunity,” said Malcolm. “We have an affordable program. It’s about $25 a day. That’s a pretty good deal compared to other places.”
Campers are placed into different stations where they work on team building skills, make arts and crafts and play different sports.
“I love the sports games,” said Malcolm.
Middlefield Summer Camp ran from June 24 to August 9 this year. Themes included Outer Space Day, Engineering Day and a two day long Olympic theme where campers competed for awards.
Some days, campers are even taken on field trips.
“I plan all the trips so it’s fun to get the kids off camp grounds,” said Michelle Hargreaves, summer camp director. “This year we went to the movies, we’re going bowling, we went to the Beardsley Zoo, we went to laser tag and we’re going to Quassy on the last day.”
Hargreaves, like Malcolm, has been coming here from a young age. Once campers enter high school, they are given the option to return as a counselor in training until they reach 16. From there, they can be hired as a counselor by the camp.
Malcolm said that maintaining a solid staff was one of the biggest difficulties of managing the summer camp. With counselors leaving for the summer or graduating, it can be hard to build a solid staff. However, Malcolm and Hargreaves think that it is all worthwhile.
“I think letting kids socialize all summer outside of school and outside of their friend group is really important,” said Hargreaves.