Smell the s'mores? Camp registration begins Saturday

By Rita Farlow, Times Staff Writer
Published February 27, 2008

We may have just celebrated Valentine's Day but summer vacation is edging ever closer.

Which means now is the time to start thinking about summer camps.

Registration begins Saturday for Largo residents, and March 15 for nonresidents. The last day of school for Pinellas County students is June 3 and camps start the following Monday, June 9.

The city's Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will offer dozens of options for kids from preschool to high school, including arts, sports and nature camps.

Be sure to register early if your child has his or her heart set on the Munchkin Camp, Camp Funshine or any of the nature camps, said Largo communications and marketing director Heather Graves.

"Certain camps are more popular than others and they will fill up very quickly," she said.

Regardless of their focus, all camps will feature daily exercise time and healthy snacks to encourage physical fitness and good eating habits, Graves said.

To learn more

Summer fun starts with the signup

Summer camp registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for city residents and 8 a.m. to noon March 15 for nonresidents at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., and at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road.

To register, bring your child's Largo recreation card and a recent photo of your child, preferably a wallet-sized school photo.

Cost ranges from $64 to $108 per week. Limited scholarships available. Camps are available for ages preschool through teenagers.

The summer camp brochure is available at any city recreation facility, or online at www.largo.com.

For information, call the Recreation Department at 518-3016 (Highland) or 518-3125 (Southwest).