Sum­mer camps an op­tion for chil­dren dur­ing school break

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ben Gar­cia

The sum­mer heat is rag­ing in Kuwait and many peo­ple have left for a break abroad. For those who can­not do so for one rea­son or the other, many schools and in­sti­tu­tions are hold­ing sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren. Kids and teens can par­tic­i­pate and make their sum­mer break pro­duc­tive by en­rolling in these camps. The charges per child range from as low as KD 25 to as much as KD 1,000.

Re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions some­times or­ga­nize sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties free of charge, like the sum­mer camp for chil­dren or­ga­nized re­cently by the Na­tional Evan­gel­i­cal Church of Kuwait. This an­nual event was held over six days for the price of just the uni­forms and the trans­porta­tion fee.

The Lit­tle Gym of­fers sum­mer camps with a flex­i­ble sched­ule, where par­tic­i­pants can choose the days they want. The camps run from June till early Septem­ber, with ses­sions from 9 am to noon and 4 pm to 7 pm. Ev­ery three­hour ses­sion has one hour in the gym, one hour in the swim­ming pool and one in the class­room. Snacks are pro­vided. Chil­dren aged 1 1/2 years to 12 years are put into age-ap­pro­pri­ate groups.

Kids Play Group in Far­waniya ac­cepts en­rollees in age groups of 4-7, 8-12 and 13-16 years. A va­ri­ety of sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties have been planned for each age group in­clud­ing arts and crafts, paint­ing, in­door games, karate, swim­ming, ex­cur­sions and much more.

“We or­ga­nize this sum­mer camp ev­ery year. The ob­jec­tive is to pro­vide valu­able ac­tiv­i­ties for kids dur­ing their sum­mer hol­i­days. It’s very dif­fi­cult to be out­doors with the kind of weather we have in Kuwait. We feel that sum­mer camps are a great av­enue for kids to have fun, learn and at the same time keep them­selves busy and pro­duc­tive,” said Farhana, the sum­mer camp di­rec­tor.

Kids and teens alike are en­cour­aged to ex­pe­ri­ence the ac­tiv­i­ties mostly held at an in­door lo­ca­tion. “We care­fully plan var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to cater to the needs of chil­dren. We want it to be plea­sur­able for kids, yet dy­namic, and can help stim­u­late their young minds to let them learn var­i­ous con­cepts with­out feel­ing they are in a school study­ing in a class,” she said.

KUWAIT: United States Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Lawrence Sil­ver­man and Mrs Sil­ver­man en­joy the fish mar­ket’s shrimp auc­tion on Satur­day. —Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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