The Solebury Township Parks and Recreation Summer Camp ended a successful four-week program with its final themed week, “Halloween Nights,” that included a special magic show and guest gorilla.
Parks and Recreation Director Dudley Rice changed into a gorilla costume during lunch to surprise and delight all, and get a few screams along the way.
On the final day, Stuart Rudnick of Magic by Stuart, entertained campers with a special display of magic tricks and illusions that he then taught to everyone, providing each with a bag of the actual props and instructions so that they could take them home to trick mom and dad.
This year, the summer camp was held at Pat Livezey Park as an “outdoor health and fitness camp” due to COVID-19 and in compliance with Pennsylvania and Bucks County Department of Health guidelines. Upon arrival, all campers and counselors had a forehead temperature check (non-contact) each day. Everyone brought their own face mask or face covering and individual hand sanitizers. Those who forgot, or lost one, were supplied replacements by the township camp staff.
Each week involved a specific theme, and parents and campers alike were excited and enthusiastic about the total commitment to the “outdoor” approach for the camp.
Visiting weekly programs took place in the open-air pavilion and included Mad Science hands-on workshops with Radioactive Rick, balloon sculpting by “Charmed” owner Charmain Jacquelin, karate by Black Belt Instructor Jarret Adams, owner of the Karate School in Plumstead, and Magic by Stuart.
The Solebury Township Police Department participated by having a different officer each week visit the camp and interact with the campers, providing an opportunity for them to get to know their local police officers and establish a positive relationship with them.
Throughout the week, campers became creative with numerous arts and crafts projects, and enjoyed the newly renovated playground and a variety of sports activities on the athletic fields. “Pizza and Game Day” happened every Friday afternoon, with all participants winning prizes that they each selected from the “prize box.”
Staff took great pride in making it an exciting experience for everyone. Camp Director Dylan Lynch was joined by staff counselors Liam Lund, Meredith Maguire, Alissa Childers and Kallie Hynes. Rice was on site every day.
Despite the situation and effects of the coronavirus, 62 campers enjoyed a fun-filled outdoor adventure for four weeks over the summer. Solebury Township Parks and Recreation has previously been named the Pennsylvania State Award winner for Excellence in Programming by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society.