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Summer Camps Keep Ossining Kids Entertained

OSSINING, N.Y. – School ends this week, but that doesn't mean kids won't be busy. Many will be going to local summer camps including those offered by the village of Ossining or Teatown Lake Reservation.

"The camps are full of activities that keep them going from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.," said Bob Chesna, the coordinator of day camps for the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department. "It's the best bargain in town. It's an excellent price compared to other day camps, and about ten percent of campers are on scholarships that we provide."

The village of Ossining offers five, six-week camps for four through 14-year-old children. The Pre-K camp is for children ages four and five, the Roosevelt School day camp is for children ages five and six, the Claremont School and Ryder Park day camps are for children ages six through ten and and the Veterans Park Sports Camp is for children ages ten through 14.

Activities for kids include arts and crafts, music, creative activities, special events, time in the water spray park and playgrounds, swimming at the village pool and team sports.

About 500 kids have registered for this year's summer camps, Chesna said. Prices for camps range from $430 to $530. Parents who need to pick their children up later than 3 p.m. can extend the day  to 6 p.m. for an additional cost.

For those interested in nature activities, Teatown Lake Reservation offers four, two-week summer camp sessions for children ages four through 14.

Activities for campers include stories, songs, wildlife explorations, nature crafts, mini-experiments, projects on pollution, hiking and climbing.

"It's about taking hikes and being comfortable outdoors," said Teatown educator Beth Rhines.

Teatown camp counselors are busy training this week for camp, which begins June 27.

Camp prices range from $345 to $825.

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