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Bethany Park

Summer Day Camp

At Bethany Park, our mission is to increase knowledge about one's self, our environment, our community and our place in the world. We see to do this by creating supportive environments for youth to reach their fullest potential and also instill a desire for lifelong learning while having a lot of fun. We hope campers will gain a deeper understanding and affinity toward the natural world, and become familiar with and discover resources in the Lincoln community.

This summer at Lincoln Parks and Recreation, participants will experience as part of our "FUNdamental Healthy Me" day camp program:

  • Recreation and Leisure Skills
  • Physical Fitness Through Active Play
  • Social Development
  • Nutrition Awareness
  • Nature Interaction

As always, parents and participants can expect:

  • A focus on large group games and active play
  • Skill building with challenging activity levels
  • Site-based activities and city wide field trips
  • Individual exploration of interests through a wide range of activities offered
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2016 Weekly Themes

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain

We will use this Mark Twain quote as our inspiration for the summer. We want campers to explore all of the gems that Lincoln has to offer. We want our young people to explore and develop new skills that will last for a lifetime. We want them to Dream of things that await them in the future. We have broken camp into three sections that focus on each of these three themes.

Explore Weeks 1 - 4: May 23 - June 17
During these first weeks we will explore our community and become more familiar with the area around the park and around Lincoln. We will plan to visit the State Capitol, Memorial Stadium and other notable places in Lincoln.

Weeks 1 - 4:
   • Week 1: Camping and outdoor adventure.
   • Week 2: Travel
   • Week 3: Animal adventures
   • Week 4: Art exploration

Weeks 5 - 8: June 20 - July 15
During the second four weeks we will discover new outdoor skills and build on existing ones.
   • Week 5: Hollywood
   • Week 6: Splash fest
   • Week 7: Insect exploration
   • Week 8: Dinosaur adventures

Weeks 9 - 11: July 18 - August 8
During these weeks we will thank our service workers, explore career choices, represent Bethany in a city wide camp competition, have a family BBQ, and spend a day at the Edgerton Explorit Center.
   • Week 9: Fun with food
   • Week 10: Superheroes
   • Week 11: Festival Week
   • Week 12: Spirit Week (for play day competition)

Bethany Day Camp Typical Daily Schedule

Campers will be split into two sites based on age.
7:00-8:00AM: Camper’s choice
During this time there are certain activities that are offered that campers can choose what they would like to do.
8:00-8:30 am: Opening song and/or game
8:30-9:00 am: Recap previous day and go over plans for today
9:00 am-12:00 pm: Site one field trips on Tuesday and site two field trips on Friday.
9:00-10:30 am: Stations= 30 min. rotations
   • Active Game
   • Arts and Crafts
   • Theme based activity
Site one will field trip on Tuesdays and Site two will field trip on Fridays from 9am-12pm
10:30-11:00 am: Organized outside group game
11:00-12:00 pm: Entomology (if not on field trip)
12-12:30 pm: Lunch (Campers bring own lunch)
12:30-3 pm: Site one swims on Mondays and Site two swims on Thursdays
12:30-1:00 pm: Story time for younger site, quiet group activity for older site. (if not on field trip)
1:00-3 pm: Variety of activities including: Yoga, Science experiments, crafts, outside organized games, special visitors, plant and flower identification/pressing
3:30-4:00 pm: Field trips Return to Camp, outside games
4:00-4:30 pm: Snack and overview of next day/reminders
4:30-5 pm: Craft
5-5:30 pm: Clean up
5:30-6:00 pm: Camper’s choice
During this time there are certain activities that are offered that campers can choose what they would like to do