Evie Noyes, a 6-year-old from Blaine, proudly held up her creation.
“I’m making a puppet,” she proclaimed as she held up two strings that would soon be attached to a paper turtle she was tracing.
Day Camp Guy Robinson is an annual tradition at Lake George Regional Park in Oak Grove. It is organized by the Emma B. Howe YMCA and offers week-long camps for pre-school children and kids entering the first through sixth grades. There are also specialty camps if the campers have a favorite type of activity they want to focus on.
The weekly camps are packed with activities including arts and crafts, archery, canoeing, trekking up a climbing wall and of course many chances to run around and play games.
To get kids to the camp each week from June 9 through Aug. 29 it makes stops at community centers all over the north metro including non-YMCA locations, according to Jorden Carlson, the day camp and outreach program director at the Emma B. Howe YMCA. To date, Carlson said 1,154 kids have participated in the camp.
Sadly for Carlson, a Spring Lake Park High School Class of 2007 graduate, she was never able to experience day camp herself as a child.
“Whether it’s a kid getting to the top of the rock climbing wall, or kayaking for the first time or catching their first fish, it’s really rewarding to see a be a part of that,” Carlson said.
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