May 26, 2005

Summer camps offer high adventure for teens and children

Sacramento State’s Peak Adventures and its Aquatic Center are both offering fun filled camps throughout the summer.

Children and teens can learn about nature, experience the thrill of river rafting and hike the trails of the Gold Country this summer through Peak Adventures, a recreational program of Sacramento State.

For the younger crowd, ages 9 to 12, the Green and Gold Camp offers river walks, camp activities and lots of games and crafts. Campers meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sacramento State’s park-like campus. Seven sessions are available, the first one starting June 20 and the last Aug. 8. Cost for the camp is $215.

Peak Adventure’s marketing specialist Andrea Baker said this is a great “starter” camp for younger children and will help them build their way up to more activity.

Teens won’t want to spend endless hours playing video games after experiencing Gold Rush Camp. Campers age 12 to 15 are challenged by Sacramento State’s rope course, learn to rock climb in Placerville, take a day hike near Georgetown, camp overnight near Marshall Gold State Park and top off the week rafting down the south fork of the American River. Four sessions are offered starting June 27 with the last session beginning Aug. 8. The cost is $345.

Four days in Lassen National Park highlight Peak Adventure’s Leadership Camp for teens 15 to 18. Campers are responsible for carrying their own packs while learning what it takes to become a leader.

Backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, food and all the accessories are provided by Peak Adventures. A list of necessary items is available at registration. The cost for this camp is $345. Three sessions are being offered starting on June 20. The last session starts Aug. 15.

Because the first day can be a little tough on inexperienced campers, Baker said, “We keep the mileage down to make it a little easier and play games along the way to keep it fun.” Baker said. “The last day they go white water river rafting down the American River. They all find this both thrilling and exciting.”

Water levels on the river will be assessed for safety before children go rafting, according to Baker. “By the time our camps start, the water levels will have gone down,” Baker said. “We won’t take children on water they can’t paddle.”

Discounted rates are available for Sacramento State students, faculty and staff.

To find out more on Peak Adventure Camps call (916) 278-6321 or visit their website at www.peakadventures.org.

Learning to sail, canoe and kayak will bring a thrill to many teens and children this year at Sacramento State’s Aquatic Center camps held at Lake Natoma. Basic Camp is for ages 8 to 17 and offers five days of water fun and education.

“It’s the safest place to get your child a huge range of experiences,” said Cindi Dulgar, youth programs director for the Aquatic Center. “When they leave here, they’ll be educated about water safety and have a great time.”

Campers will learn how to tie sailing knots, and operate their own 14 foot sailboat. By the end of the week they’ll be able to sail across the lake on their own. Canoeing and kayaking are also on the agenda for Basic Camp.

“The campers will learn how to capsize a canoe and rescue themselves,” Dulgar said.

Eleven weeks of camps are offered beginning on June 6, with the last week beginning Aug. 22. A week of camp costs $250. Other specialty camps are also available. For more information call (916) 278-2843, or visit www.csusaquaticcenter.com.

Media assistance is available by contacting the Sacramento State Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.


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