OUT­DOOR AD­VEN­TURE

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIR­GINIA STILL vstill@oak­dale­leader.com

With hot sum­mer tem­per­a­tures in the up­per 90s and low 100s, be­ing out­doors may not be your first choice. How­ever, the dozen young­sters that par­tic­i­pated in the week long Out­door Ad­ven­ture Camp last week in River­bank made the best of their time be­ing out in na­ture, keep­ing cool with vis­its each day to the com­mu­nity pool, do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the shade, and en­joy­ing some wa­ter games.

“An­other in­cred­i­ble camp with 12 very fun, en­er­getic kid­dos,” said Ju­lia Petit, Parks and Re­cre­ation Su­per­vi­sor. “(There were) Lots of crafts and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties at Ja­cob My­ers Park con­ducted by our lead­ers, Vanessa, Ger­rick, Dulce, and Tyler.”

The camp was of­fered from July 9 through July 13 at the Bur­ney Pavil­ion at Ja­cob My­ers Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for chil­dren be­tween the ages of six and 12. The campers en­joyed the great out­doors and made the best of it with a morn­ing hike where they ob­served na­ture, start­ing each day with the walk while the air was cool.

Join­ing the campers for their morn­ing hike last Tues­day was Scott McRitchie, a Friends of Ja­cob My­ers Park mem­ber, where he shared some fun facts about the park.

Dur­ing the hike they also had a visit with the city’s rac­coon mas­cot, whom they met along the trail.

“We were hon­ored to have Scott McRitchie take a hike with the kids on Tues­day and tell them all about hid­den trea­sures at Ja­cob My­ers Park,” noted Petit.

Wed­nes­day was a treat for the campers as well, as Di­nosaur Rock Mu­seum spent a few hours giv­ing them a pre­sen­ta­tion of dif­fer­ent di­nosaur bones and other relics.

They had many projects that in­cluded mak­ing crafts with items they found in the park like sticks and leaves. Some of the cre­ations that the campers made were bracelets out of para­chute cord, they made dream catch­ers with pipe clean­ers and leaves, jelly fish with plas­tic bowls and beads, and a galaxy out of cups, paint, and cot­ton balls. They also painted rocks and made a paint brush us­ing a stick and leaves.

Kids from Modesto, River­bank, and Oak­dale par­tic­i­pated in the camp and to beat the heat this year the kids were trans­ported by shut­tle to the com­mu­nity pool for a few hours in the late af­ter­noon each day.

The fi­nal day of camp the weather was a lit­tle cooler in the morn­ing with a nice breeze and the campers were en­joy­ing some bub­ble fun us­ing dif­fer­ent tools to make bub­bles. Some even used their hands to cre­ate some big bub­bles. The day was filled with wa­ter fun and games like wa­ter bal­loon base­ball that wrapped the week long Out­door Ad­ven­ture Camp.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

The fi­nal day of River­bank’s Out­door Ad­ven­ture Camp started with a bub­ble ex­trav­a­ganza and ended with wa­ter fun and games.

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