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Outdoor Adventures Heat Up For Local Youth
These three Outdoor Adventure Camp participants, from left, Hayden Hammonds, Arianna Gambrell, and Anabelle Wilson enjoyed crafts like rock painting, games, water games and a hike during their five day camp experience. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS


The first session of Outdoor Adventure Camp was hosted from Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12. Open to local youngsters, ages six to 12, the camp ran daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Burney Pavilion at Jacob Myers Park in Riverbank. The second session of Outdoor Adventure Camp will be held July 13 through 17.

The camp is hosted outdoors where campers explored the park on a hike with Scott McRitchie who taught them about plants, the different trees, berries and animals along the back trail of Jacob Myers Park.

The campers also engaged in crafts like decorating foam visors, creating caterpillars out of egg cartons, bird feeders, lizards, painted rocks, and many more. The youngsters told campfire stories and collected small rocks for a friendly rock throwing competition. The days were hot so to beat the heat they would have water games to keep cool.

“We got a great group of kids, very fun to work with,” said Camp Counselor, Jackie Hernandez.

The final day of camp included a talent show where campers jumped rope, danced, presented a comedy act and had a little magic mixed with comedy.

The City of Riverbank offers a variety of camps to keep the youth entertained throughout the summer like Beginning and Intermediate Skateboard Camp, Summer Fun and Science Camp, Basketball Camp, Cheerleading Camp, and Games Explosion Camp.