By Krista M. Madkins
Harker Heights Herald
Parents looking for a safe environment for their children during spring break have several options available to them with the help of Harker Heights' Parks and Recreation Department.
"Idle minds lead to eager hands," said Dave Haley, a community service officer for the Harker Heights Police Department, in reference to spring break mischief.
Haley said the city doesn't have too many problems with students who are out on spring break because the community does a good job of keeping them active. He said the city's parks and recreation department, in unison with the library, continues to create programs that focus on the children.
This year, parks and recreation will offer several camps that allow children to be active and safe.
"We are offering our Camp Heights 2012 Spring Break Day Camp as well as the Central Texas Fencing Club Spring Break Camp for the first time," said Nichole Broemer, the city's recreation and events coordinator.
She said children who attend the Camp Heights 2012 Spring Break Day Camp will enjoy activities such as indoor and outdoor games, movies, board games and visits to the park.
Children enrolled in the Central Texas Fencing Club Spring Break Camp can "expect to learn their basic footwork, bladework, teamwork and discipline for the sport," said Valerie Dudenhoefer, fencing instructor.
She said she hopes to have at least eight to 10 campers this year, adding more as she continues the camp.
In conjunction with Dudenhoefer's course, the city offers another skill camp focused on baseball.
The course will be taught by Todd Gawryszewski, a former local head coach for Shoemaker High School's baseball team.
"It will be broken down by days," said Gawryszewski. "The first day we will work on hitting. The second day we will work on fielding, and the final day we will work on pitching."
Gawryszewski hopes to help people who are interested in pursuing baseball on a competitive level learn the basics and create a solid foundation for them to build on.
Contact Krista M. Madkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7568.
If you go
What: Camp Heights 2012 Spring Break Day Camp.
When: Registration ends March 7. Camp is from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 12-16.
Where: Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller's Crossing.
Cost: $65 per child ($5 discount for residents).
This camp is for children ages 5 to 11.
For more information, call (254) 953-5465.
What: Central Texas Fencing Club Spring Break Camp.
When: Registration ends March 7 at the Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller's Crossing. Camp is from 9 a.m. to noon March 12-16.
Where: Carl Levin Park Pavilion, 400 Miller's Crossing.
Cost: $100 per camper. Equipment will be supplied, however, campers need to wear pants and tennis shoes.
This camp is for children age 7 and older.
What: Spring Break Baseball Skills Clinic.
When: Registration ends March 7 at the Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller's Crossing. Clinic hours are from 9 to 10 a.m. for ages 12 to 15; from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 9 to 11; from 11 a.m. to noon for ages 6 to 8. Clinic meets March 12-14.
Where: Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 E. Farm-to-Market 2410.
Cost: $40 per camper, $35 for each additional registrant (must be registered on the same day). Participants need to bring cleats, a glove, water bottle, a helmet and bat, and dress appropriately for the sport and weather.