Tuck­a­hoe State Park of­fers Ad­ven­ture Day Camps

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QUEEN ANNE — It wouldn’t be sum­mer va­ca­tion with­out that age-old ques­tion par­ents know so well – what do we do NOW? And it wouldn’t be sum­mer va­ca­tion with­out the an­nual ar­rival of camp sea­son – Ad­ven­ture Day Camps sea­son at Tuck­a­hoe State Park.

Lo­cated along beau­ti­ful Tuck­a­hoe Creek strad­dling both Queen Anne’s and Caro­line coun­ties, Tuck­a­hoe State Park of­fers both par­ents and chil­dren an ar­ray of year-round recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties. The sum­mer sea­son is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as it is the time when kids 8 to 14 years of age get to ex­pe­ri­ence a mul­ti­tude of ex­cit­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties as part of the Ad­ven­ture Day Camps pro­gram. What­ever your child’s out­door in­ter­ests may be, the staff of Tuck­a­hoe has put to­gether a se­ries of day camps de­signed to teach them how to en­joy their ex­pe­ri­ences to the fullest.

For the 2016 sea­son, Tuck­a­hoe’s im­mensely pop­u­lar Low & High Ropes camp will be of­fered in two ses­sions on the park’s Chal­lenge Course. A fast­paced ad­ven­ture, it teaches par­tic­i­pants the ba­sics of be­lay­ing, knot ty­ing and rock climb­ing on the course’s 40-foot climb­ing wall. Par­tic­i­pants will also have the op­por­tu­nity to try the zip line, climb­ing wall and 25-foot pam­per pole. Ses­sions run June 23 and 24 and July 7 and 8, 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Low & High Ropes camp usu­ally fills to ca­pac­ity so make ar­range­ments now.

Per­haps the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity at the park, the Paddling camp teaches par­tic­i­pants every­thing they need to know to pad­dle ca­noes and kayaks safely while en­joy­ing the scenery on Tuck­a­hoe Lake and Tuck­a­hoe Creek. Paddling camp will be held for cam­pers on July 18 and 19, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Got a Robin Hood wannabe in the fam­ily? Sign them up for Tuck­a­hoe’s Archery camp! In this great in­tro­duc­tion to the sport of archery, par­tic­i­pants learn safe bow and ar­row han­dling tech­niques from cer­ti­fied safety in­struc­tors, and take part in tar­get prac­tice at the park’s archery range. The next ses­sion will be of­fered July 18 and 19, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Each 2-day Ad­ven­ture Day Camp costs $40, al­though fam­i­lies sign­ing up for more than one camp will re­ceive $5 off the reg­is­tra­tion for each ad­di­tional camp. “Be­tween Care” (11:30-12:30) is avail­able for those at­tend­ing two camps in one day. The cost is $5 per day and cam­pers should bring a bag lunch.

In ad­di­tion to the two­day camps, Tuck­a­hoe State Park will now of­fer three ses­sions of four-day Ad­ven­ture Day Camps for kids ages 8 to 14. These camps will in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties from all of the day camps plus much more. In ad­di­tion to ca­noe­ing, fish­ing, high ropes and archery, cam­pers will en­joy moun­tain bik­ing, crafts and even a be­hind-thescenes look at the Scales & Tales aviary, where the park’s owls, hawks and rep­tiles are housed. Four­day Ad­ven­ture Day Camp ses­sions cost $130 and are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27-30, July 11-14, and July 25-28.

Sign up to­day. To down­load a copy of Tuck­a­hoe State Park’s Day Camps and Fam­ily Ac­tiv­i­ties brochure, go to www.dnr. mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/eastern/tuck­a­hoe. asp or call the park of­fice at 410-820-1668.

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