Changes may come to Summer Daze

Changes may be coming to Summer Daze.

Each year, the village of St. Joseph subsidizes the Parks and Recreation's summer camp. The camp is held five days a week from 8 a.m. to noon in Kolb Park in June and July.

This year, the camp had 35 campers for the first session and 20 campers in the second session.

Parks and Recreation Director Victoria Becker said attendance was down this year.

The camp fees came to $8,916 and expenses totaled $12,938. The village pays the difference.

Trustees were concerned about the lower attendance and urged Becker to look at ways to increase interest.

"Look and see what other park districts are doing," said Trustee Tami Fruhling-Voges.

Fruhling-Voges suggested the village may benefit from running week long camps in different themes, much like the Champaign County Forest Preserve does at their locations.

Mayor BJ Hackler stressed the village was supportive of the camp because it allowed high school students to have summer employment as counselors. Hackler said it was also good to allow the older children to mentor the younger children. Hackler did urge Becker to look at making some changes to the camp.

"Offer something different," he said. "Reshuffle it and make it a whole new, different, thing."

Becker said she would research and present her findings to the board at a later date.

Categories (2):News, Parks and Recreation

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