2015 Summer Sensations: MWR summer camps offer keiki experiences

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Children and teens enrolled in CYS summer camp programs can explore some of the hiking trails available on Oahu. (Karen Iwamoto, Oahu Publishing Company)

Children and teens enrolled in CYS summer camp programs can explore some of the hiking trails available on Oahu. (Karen Iwamoto, Oahu Publishing Company)

Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — For millions of schoolchildren across the nation, summer is synonymous with vacation.

But even if a trip to a theme park or a foreign country isn’t in the cards, children can still build lasting memories, develop new friendships and learn important skills while out of the classroom.
At U.S. Army Garrison-­Hawaii, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Child, Youth and School Services (CYS) program offers summer day camp experiences at Aliamanu Military Reservation, Fort Shafter, Helemano Military Reservation and Schofield Barracks.

“We have so many wonderful activities, and there’s a closeness between the staff and the kids,” said Corinne Burns, CYS administrator.

2015 Summer Camps
The day camps run for seven weeks, beginning the week of June 8 and wrapping up the week of July 20. Parents may enroll their children for the entire seven-­week period or only during specific week(s).

The overall theme of this year’s camps is “Summer Adventureland.”

Each week, camp activities are loosely related to a movie, such as “Minions” or “Atlantis,” or on a team-building skill, such as “endurance” or “exploration.”

“The themes are themes we’ve developed with the children’s input,” Burns said. “It’s not just the caretakers running the program; the children get a say in guiding the activities, as well.”

Near capacity
There is a waitlist for summer camp programs.

Families are placed on the waitlist in sequential order according to their family type and the initial date they requested care.

Interested families need to visit www.mili tarychildcare.com and create a profile with their household information (personal contact information, branch of service, family type and children’s information). From there, families can search for care by area, which will generate a list of child care centers that will accommodate their children’s ages.

After selecting any of the School Age Centers or Child Development Centers, parents will be able to view the Summer Camp care options by week.

Families may then select any or all weeks to request a space in the camp. If a space becomes available, they will be notified via email and will receive a phone call from Parent Central Services to verify their eligibility, and schedule an orientation at the School Age Center. The family needs to be fully registered with CYSS.
(Editor’s note: At press time, CYS officials indicated the programs were running near capacity, and applicants would be placed on waiting lists.)

Summer Adventureland day camps available through CYSS, as well as a summary of some of the weekly activities children may be participating in at the camps.

Aliamanu Military Reservation School­ Age Summer Adventureland Camp
AMR Youth Center (Grades 1-5)
154 Kauhini Road, Bldg. 1782
Spaces are limited and children must be registered to participate in summer camp programs. Camp hours and activities are subject to change. Camp fees are based on total family income categories. Call Parent Central Services at 833­-5393 to verify your family’s category.

Week 1 (June 8-12)
Weekly Theme: Strolling through Wonderland – Hike Waihe’e Falls and join a scavenger hunt.

Week 2 (June 15-19)
Into the Woods – Take an excursion to Gunstock Ranch at Kualoa Ranch and participate in a field challenge.

Week 3 (June 22-26)
Atlantis – Cool off with an excursions to the Ice Palace and Kahuku Farms.

Week 4 (June 29-July 3)
Amazing Race – Take part in a picture­taking challenge and take an excursion to Chuck E. Cheese.

Week 5 (July 6-10)
Minions – Powder dodgeball and a trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center are among the activities planned for this Minions­themed week.

Week 6 (July 13-17)
Wish Upon a Star – This week’s activities include a water gardens theater and a game of double dare.

Week 7 (July 20-24)
Rainforest Adventure – Wrap up summer with a week of water with a trip to Hickam Air Force Beach, the AMR pool and a day of water games, among other activities.

AMR Youth Center (Grades 6-8)
154 Kauhini Road, Bldg. 1782
Spaces are limited and children must be registered to participate in summer camp programs. Camp hours and activities are subject to change. Camp fees are based on total family income categories. Call Parent Central Services at 655-­8381 to verify your family’s category.

Week 1 (June 8-13)
The Amazing Race – A week full of physically fun and mentally challenging activities, such as playing paintball, participating in an exercise boot camp, engaging in chess tournaments and going on an excursion to see the movie “American Sniper.”

Week 2 (June 15-20)
Survivor – For this “Survivor”­-themed week, youth can learn archery, play laser tag, maneuver through an obstacle course and take a trip to the beach.
Week 3 (June 22-27)
The Mighty Jungle – Horseback riding, a day at the zoo and a trip to Kualoa Ranch where “Jurassic Park” was filmed are on the lineup for this jungle­-themed week.

Week 4 (June 29-July 3)
Time Travelers – Youth can brush up on their military history while having fun with excursions to the Pacific Aviation Museum and Pearl Harbor.

Week 5 (July 6-11)
Wish Upon the Star – Barbecues, karaoke and a trip to Podium Raceway Hawaii wrap up the first week of July.

Week 6 (July 12-18)
Atlantis – Adventure to Wet ’n’ Wild in Kapolei, learn to stand­up paddleboard and take an extreme sports challenge during this water-­themed week.

Week 7 (July 19-25)
Rainforest Adventure – Wrap up summer camp with a spam­-musubi­-themed version of Bizarre Top Chef, hike the Pill Box Trail in Kailua and refresh with a trip to the North Shore for shave ice.

Fort Shafter School Age Summer Adventureland Camp

Fort Shafter Youth Center (Grades 1-­5)
240 Montgomery Dr., Bldg. 351
Spaces are limited and children must be registered to participate in summer camp programs. Camp hours and activities are subject to change. Camp fees are based on total family income categories. Call Parent Central Services at 833­-5393 to verify your family’s category.

Week 1 (June 8-12)
Weekly Theme: Minions – Take a trip to Hickam Air Force Beach, participate in a School Age Center version of Cupcake Wars and watch the “Minions” movie.

Week 2 (June 15-18)
Atlantis – Get active at the Kroc Center in Kapolei and watch “Penguins of Madagascar” at the Pearlridge West Theaters.

Week 3 (June 22-25)
Amazing Race – Participate in an “Amazing Race”-­themed scavenger hunt and a “Chopped”-­themed cooking contest, and watch the race-themed movie “Racing Stripes.”

Week 4 (June 29-July 2)
Wish Upon a Star – Play an American history­-themed game of “Family Feud” and watch “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at the Pearlridge West Theaters.

Week 5 (July 6-10)
Rainforest Adventure – Get dressed up for an ‘80s-­themed dress up day, take a trip to Kakaako Park and watch the movie “Fern Gully.”

Week 6 (July 13-17)
Time Travelers – Hike Kaena Point and take a trip to the beach during this time traveler meets sports week.

Week 7 (July 20-24)
Survivor – Take a trip to Ice Palace, participate in a fun run and say goodbye to summer with a back-to-school bash during this last week of summer.

Fort Shafter Youth Center (Grades 6-­12)
240 Montgomery Dr., Bldg. 251
Spaces are limited and children must be registered to participate in summer camp programs. Camp hours and activities are subject to change. Camp fees are based on total family income categories. Call Parent Central Services at 833-­5393 to verify your family’s category.

Week 1 (June 8-12)
Theme: Minions Week – Start off summer with a Youth Center version of Cupcake Wars, a trip to iTrampoline, a theater show at Leeward Community College and golf in the dark at Kaneohe’s Glow Putt Mini Golf.

Week 2 (June 15-19)
Journey to Atlantis – This water-­themed week includes a field trip to Richardson Pool at Schofield Barracks, surf ’n’ turf cooking lessons and an opportunity to go kayaking or stand-­up paddleboarding.

Week 3 (June 22-26)
The Amazing Race – Freeze tag, scavenger hunts and bowling are on the menu for this “Amazing Race”-­themed week.

Week 4 (June 29-July 3)
Wish Upon a Star – Begin the week with a beautification and barbecue day, then take a trip to Wet ’n’ Wild in Kapolei and see a movie at Pearlridge Shopping Center.

Week 5 (July 6-10)
Rainforest Adventure – Enjoy a week of gardening, bowling, golf and candle making.

Week 6 (July 13-17)
Time Travelers – Take excursions to Ice Palace and the Swap Meet in Pearl City.

Week 7 (July 20-24)
Survivor – Wrap up summer with a dodgeball tournament, a game of “Survivor” and a trip to Dave & Buster’s.

Helemano School Age Summer Adventureland Camp
Helemano School Age Center (Grades 1-5)
327 Kuapale Road, Bldg. 30
Spaces are limited and children must be registered to participate in summer camp programs. Camp hours and activities are subject to change. Camp fees are based on total family income categories. Call Parent Central Services at 655-­8381 to verify your family’s category.

Week 1 (June 8-12)
Weekly Theme: Minions – Take a field trip to Kaena Park and learn about science through hands­-on activities.

Week 2 (June 15-19)
Rainforest Adventures – Learn to make soap and string mazes, bake pizza monkey bread and take a trip to the Hawaii Nature Center.

Week 3 (June 22-26)
Atlantis – Make stuffed animal pillows and go fishing at Hoomaluhia Gardens.

Week 4 (June 29-July 3)
Wish Upon a Star – Decorate T-­shirts with crayons and sandpaper, learn about Hawaii’s history and culture with a trip to Bishop Museum and make ice cream in a bag.

Week 5 (July 6-10)
Amazing Race – Take a trip to the Sgt. Yano Library on Schofield Barracks, take on the challenge of a nature scavenger hunt and bake s’mores in a solar oven.

Week 6 (July 13-17)
Time Travelers – Take a trip into Hawaii’s past with an excursion to Hawaii’s Plantation Village, learn the craft of palm tifaifai and enjoy frozen fruit skewers.

Week 7 (July 20-24)
Survivor – Say goodbye to summer with a family movie day, Sharpie tie-­dye T-­shirts, plastic canvas needlepoint and a back-­to­school bash.

Schofield Barracks School Age Summer Adventureland Camp
Schofield Barracks School Age Center (Grades 1-5)
1885 Lyman Road, Bldg. 1280
Spaces are limited and children must be registered to participate in summer camp programs. Camp hours and activities are subject to change. Camp fees are based on total family income categories. Call Parent Central Services at 655­-8381 to verify your family’s category.

Week 1 (June 8-12)
Weekly Theme: Minions – Take a field trip to the Schofield Barracks Bowling Alley and watch the “Minions” movie.

Week 2 (June 15-19)
Atlantis – Visit Sea Life Park and watch the movie “Atlantis” during this water-themed week.

Week 3 (June 22-26)
Amazing Race – Learn about animals during a trip to the Honolulu Zoo and watch the racing-themed movie “Racing Stripes.”

Week 4 (June 20-July 3)
Wish Upon a Star – Explore the night sky with a trip to a planetarium and watch the movie “Nim’s Island.”

Week 5 (July 6-10)
Rainforest Adventure – Explore the trenches of a rainforest-­like environment at Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens and watch the movie “Fern’s Gully.”

Week 6 (July 13-17)
Time Travelers – Travel back in time with a trip to Hawaii’s Plantation Village and watch the movie “Meet the Robinsons: We’re Back.”

Week 7 (July 20-24)
Survivor – Participate in a week of “Survivor”-­themed challenges and wrap up summer with an end of summer bash.

SB Youth Center (Grades 6-12)
2251 McMahon Road, Bldg. 9090, 655­-0451
Spaces are limited and children must be registered to participate in summer camp programs. Camp hours and activities are subject to change. Camp fees are based on total family income categories. Call Parent Central Services at 655-­8381 to verify your family’s category.

Week 1 (June 8-12)
Endurance Week – The focus of this week is on fitness: Hike Diamond Head, participate in a sports day, then cool down with a trip to Ala Moana, a movie at the center and an excursion to Wet ’n’ Wild water park.

Week 2 (June 15-19)
Exploration Week – Enjoy a week full of trips to the Pililaau Army Recreation Center, the Honolulu Zoo and the Atlantis Submarine.

Week 3 (June 22-26)
Jurassic Week – Strengthen team-­building skills with a cooking activity, go on a build­-a-dinosaur spree at Walmart and take a trip to go snorkeling at Haunama Bay.

Week 4 (June 29-July 2)
Funfest Week – Cooking, a trip to Windward Mall, laser tag and a trip to Wet ’n’ Wild.

Week 5 (July 6-10)
Aloha Week – Celebrate Hawaii’s history and culture with a lei making session, a trip to Hoomalahia Botanical Gardens and a visit to the University of Hawaii’s taro patch.

Week 6 (July 13-17)
Adventure Week – Keep busy with in-house racing activities, a trip to Ice Palace and a visit to Pililaau Army Recreation Center.

Week 7 (July 20-24)
Wild’n Out Week – Wrap up the last week of summer with trips to Richardson Pool and iTrampoline and an end of summer bash.

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