Registration for Child Youth and School Services summer programs is now open. The list of various programs include outdoor adventure camps, Star Wars and tech camps.
School-Age Care will be offering a total of 32 camps, three different camps a week and the Middle School and Teen Center will be offering 15 camps with up to two camps a week.
“Like every year, we are excited for the summer and everyone at CYSS has worked hard to create an exciting and fun summer for our children and youth to experience and remember,” said Marina Lenzner, acting White Sands Missile Range CYSS chief. “CYSS tries to provide children and youth with opportunities that they may not get to experience at other places. We’re ensuring we expose our children and youth to many different kinds of activities.”
Children are eligible to participate in the camps once they have graduated from kinder through fifth grade for SAC programs or completed sixth grade through twelfth grade for the MST programs. The summer programs are open to anyone currently registered or eligible to register with CYSS. Individuals who aren’t sure if they are registered, or if they are eligible can contact Parent Central Services.
“Many camps in town are only part-day camps where as we offer full-day camps throughout the entire summer,” Lenzner said.
Espy Garcia, a WSMR employee whose kids participated in the CYSS summer programs in 2015, said her children really enjoyed the programs. Her daughter participated in a dance camp and her son participated in an outdoor survival camp.
“I’m really impressed with their summer programs,” Garcia said. “They’re educational, interactive, engaging and they stay busy all day. The hardest part for me is that they don’t ever want to leave.”
Garcia said she trusts the staff and would definitely recommend the program to anyone.
“I just don’t have to worry about them and that’s a good thing as a parent,” Garcia said.
SAC programs are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include a variety of field trips, breakfast, lunch and snacks. The MST programs offer summer camps from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. which also includes a field trip, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Lenzner said if the cost of the camps are broken down to the cost per hour for the highest category, a family paying for a SAC camp only pays $2.42 an hour and a family paying for an MST camp only pays $2.25 an hour. The actual cost for the camps depend on a family’s total income, which is determined at the time of registration.
“Parents should sign up their children as soon as possible to ensure they get into the camp they want,” Lenzner said.
The last day to sign up for the program is the Wednesday prior to the week of each camp.
There are also several free programs CYSS offers for WSMR families. The CYSS Outreach Program will offer a family hike to Dripping Springs, New Mexico, June 4 and a Family Skate Night at the MST center July 16 at no cost. MST also offers afternoon activities for middle school and high school children starting at 1 p.m. at no cost. Additional field trips will also be offered at a minimal cost, Lenzner said.
Summer camps information packets are available at PCS, SAC and online.
For more information on the list of camps or how to register, call Parent Central at (575) 678-2441 or visit http://wsmrcyss.com/parent-central/.
If you are interested in volunteering for a sport in the summer call the Youth Sports Director, at (575) 678-6022.