GRAVENHURST - School is now officially out for summer and there’s a lot of energy that’s going to need burning off.
The Town of Gravenhurst’s recreation department and program coordinator Judy Vanderveer have a wide array of distractions for both the body and mind, young or old, this summer.
The first events are rowing clinics, hosted by the Severn Bridge Rowing Club at Gull Lake Rotary Park, July 3-6 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost for the four days of sessions is $100. An adult-specific rowing clinic will also be held July 3-6 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Gull Lake at a cost of $80.
Starting July 2 and running Mondays in July from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Buckwallow Cycling Centre will be hosting mountain bike camps at a cost of $75.
For those older youth looking to earn a few dollars over their summer, the recreation department is hosting a Red Cross babysitting course on July 6, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at a cost of $55.
For a little more pointed fun, Vanderveer has fencing programs lined up for both youth and adults. Youth fencing programs for children eight to 10 will run July 9 to 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and clinics for youth 11 to 15 will run the same days, but from 3 to 4:30 p.m., all at a cost of $60. Adult fencing, for those 16 and over, will run July 9-11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at a $48 cost.
Art and drama camp begins on July 16 and runs from 9 a.m. until noon each day through until July 20, all at a cost of $60.
There is a combined badminton and beach volleyball camp that will start July 16 and run through until July 20, each day from 1 until 3:30 p.m. at a cost of $50.
Vanderveer said for parents who would like their children to participate in the badminton and beach volleyball camp and an art and drama camp, full day care is available by combining the two camps for that week.
Toward the end of the month, starting July 23 and running through until July 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., children will have a chance to sit in the director’s chair.
A series of directors day camps are planned, starting with “Claymation at 24 Frames per second.” After that wraps up July 27, the next is planned for July 30 through Aug. 3. It is called “Film with Movie Trailers.” The third, “I Wanna Rock Music Video Productions” will run Aug. 13 through 17.
Children will design, create and shoot their own original films and shorts in high definition, while games and swimming are also included as part of the camps.
If anyone would like more information about the summer recreation and sports programming or to register, contact 705-687-6744.