COPPERAS COVE – With the school year over, the children of Copperas Cove have plenty of free time during the upcoming summer months, but the City of Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department and the YMCA/Boys and Girls Club of Copperas Cove are offering numerous summer programs to keep them busy.
For boys and girls ages 6 months through 13 years old, the two organizations have everything from sports activities to educational activities and are taking registration now until the middle of July.
The city parks and recreation department's Camp DisCOVEry summer session began Monday and runs through Aug. 17.
Camp supervisor Keegan Davis said a number of activities for children ages 5-12 are planned during the week-long day camps.
"We do a lot of outdoor recreation activities," Davis said. "We will go on a field trip about once a week. We will be going to Cameron Park Zoo, Summer Fun USA, a couple of movies at the Cove Theatre, skating, bowling and all sorts of stuff."
The camp runs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is $65 per week for Cove residents and $70 per week for non-residents.
Along with the field trips, Davis said the Cove day camp will also partner with other area day camps during the summer.
"We're going to have a day where we get all the local camps together (Killeen, Temple and the Christian House of Prayer camps) and have a kickball tournament, which will be fun," Davis said.
Davis said parents can register their child day camp any Wednesday prior to the week the child would be attending.
The city parks and recreation deparment is also offering swimming lessons for children ages 6 months and up. Registration is from now until July 14 and is $35 per session, with session I running from June 11-22. Session II will run from June 25-July 6, session III from July 9-20 and session IV from July 23-Aug. 3.
The YMCA/Boys and Girls club also will offer field trips, including a trip to Six Flags in San Antonio, and swimming outings, but also offers several educational programs.
The "Club Zoom" program will feature different science experiments for boys and girls ages 8-12 and a "Computer Lab" program which will bus 10 children per hour from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
For boys and girls ages 10-13 wanting to get involved in the community, the "Torch Club/JOOI Club" will participate in community service projects, fundraisers and learn character and leadership skills.
For more information about the city parks and rec department summer programs, call (254) 542-2719 and for more information about the YMCA/Boys and Girls Club activities call (254) 547-5578.
No matter the activity, Davis said the summer programs give kids a chance to have a constructive summer.
"It gives the kids something to do so they are not sitting at home all day and not getting anything out of the summer," Davis said. "The kids really enjoy it and they like being around other kids."