Veteran counselors to staff Kids Kamp

Alumnus and former counselor Brandon Dixon will take over as leader for the Point Roberts Park and Recreation District’s summer kids camp.

“I did it as a kid and it’s a lot of fun seeing these kids enjoy it the way I did,” Dixon said. “I hope they enjoy the same kinds of things I did and we can all have a great time.”

At the end of last year’s kids camp, counselors nominated Dixon from their ranks to lead the program this year. “That’s impressive,” said parks district chair Linda Hughes. “We’ve never had that before.”

Dixon said he has some ideas about different directions the program might take this year, but wants to build the program collaboratively with counselors. “I think we will try to focus more on outdoor games and activities, with some arts and crafts projects inside if the weather isn’t great,” he said. “I think last year the kids were sometimes inside on sunny days when they would rather have been outside.”

With the exception of July 4 and 31, the program will be held at the Gulf Road community center every Monday and Tuesday in July. On Wednesdays the group heads out on a field trip. Traditional options include the waterpark at Diefenbaker Park, Lighthouse Marine Park, Maple Beach and the Point Roberts Homegrown Co-op on Benson Road.

“Nothing is set in stone yet but we will have a schedule ready when the camp gets going,” Dixon said.

The morning session is for children ages 6 to 9 and runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Older kids (9–12) will come to the afternoon session from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Returning counselors are Tanner Martin, Alexus McGill and Boone Williams. Former camp volunteers Ashlee Dixon, Ryan Vaughn-Jones and Sophia Morson will be on board this year as counselors, joined by newcomer Emma Hoover.

“Volunteering is a great consideration for future hiring so potential volunteers are encouraged to contact me for an opportunity to join the team and get valuable volunteer hours on their resumes,” said Hughes. She can be reached at prparks@pointroberts.net.

Participants can register on site and drop-ins are welcome but everyone must be registered by a parent or guardian.

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