Sailing through summer

Children can find plenty to do at camps offering instruction in art, music, drama, sports and general outdoors skills

— Children looking for something to help them sail through the summer doldrums will find a variety of camps at which they can hone their music, drama, cooking and general camping skills.

Youth groups

• Okanogan County 4-H will host several summer activities throughout the county for local youth.

Sewing Day Camp begins Monday and continues all week at the Malott Grange Hall, 54 B&O Road.

It starts at 10 a.m. and runs to 3 p.m. daily for children ages 8-12. A fee will be charged; both 4-H members and non-members can attend. Space is limited.

Chef Day Camp runs June 23-26 in the same location and is geared toward children ages 8-12. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A fee will be charged; space is limited. Registration is through the 4-H office in the county courthouse, 149 N. Third Ave.

Food Smart Families runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 16, 18 and 20, and June 23, 25 and 27 at the Malott Grange Hall.

The camp is for children ages 8-12 and runs from 1-3 p.m. except for the last day, June 27, when the camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents are invited that day for a 2-3 p.m. celebration.

Children who attend all six sessions will get a recipe booklet and a $50 certificate from Caso’s Country Foods, 2406 Elmway, Okanogan.

Registration is free.

The Family and 4-H Club Weekend Summer Camp is July 18-20 for currently enrolled 4-H families and clubs. The event will be at Camp Ortoha on Lost Lake east of Tonasket.

Youngsters must be accompanied by a parent or 4-H leader.

Check-in is at 4 p.m. Friday, with the camp lasting until 3 p.m. Sunday. Registration is required through the 4-H office and the fee includes all meals, a survival kit and T-shirt.

Registration closes July 10.

• Cub Scout Day Camp will be June 20-22 at Camp Bonaparte on Bonaparte Lake in the Okanogan Highlands.

The camp is for Cub Scouts and their families.

Registration information is available through the Okanogan Valley District of Boy Scouts of America.

• Boy Scout resident camp is offered during several sessions at Camp Bonaparte on Bonaparte Lake in the Okanogan Highlands.

General camping activities are planned, along with an aquatics program and mountain biking.

Sessions run July 6-12, July 13-19 and July 20-26. Registration is through Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Columbia Council.


• Apple Hill Art Camps get under way tomorrow in Omak with a camp for children ages 5-10 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 639 E. Ridge Drive, Omak.

The camp is full, but a waiting list is being maintained.

Tonasket Art Camp, for children ages 5-10, will be June 23-27 at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave. The camp is full, but a waiting list is being maintained.

Youth Art Camp for children age 11 and older will be July 7-11 at Omak High School, 20 S. Cedar St., and the Omak United Methodist Church, 130 N. Cedar St.

Some spots remain open; those who attended previously should have gotten a form in the mail.

Fees are charged for each camp.

• Kids Summer Art Camp will be June 24-26 at the Methow Valley Clay Art Center at TwispWorks, 502 S. Glover St., Twisp.

Students ages 6-13 will learn the fundamentals of art and clay techniques with ceramicist, Matt Armbrust.

Two sessions per day are planned, 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30-3:30 p.m.

A fee will be charged.

• Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 Glover St., Twisp, will offer a series of summer art programs for children ages 6-10.

Camps are planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday through Thursday from July 8-31.

Classes will be at the gallery, both inside and out, and beside the nearby Methow River.

A fee will be charged for each camp. Registration is through the gallery.

During Sunshine Print-o-Rama, youngsters will make T-shirts, flags, paper and fabric with Laura Gunnip. The camp runs July 8-10.

In Art Bandit Mystery Tour, children can create art installations around town, in the park and by the river. The camp, taught by Laura Gunnip, runs July 15-17.

Children can learn about puppet making July 22-24 with Margaret Kingston as their instructor.

Keri Miles will teach “Backyard Art” using natural and recycled materials to make mosaic rocks, backyard lanterns, secret garden fairies, year-round flowers and more. The camp runs July 29-31.

• Summer pottery classes for children ages 7-12 will be Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 19-21 with artist, Jim Neupert.

They run 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children will work at Neupert’s studio, 92 Lower Beaver Creek Road, Twisp; experimentation and invention are encouraged.

Space is limited; a fee will be charged.

Registration information is available through Methow Arts.


The Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., Twisp, will offer drama camps July 7-11 and Aug. 4-8. Registration is through the Merc.

The camps, for children ages 8-18, focus on performance, with children working on acting, singing and dancing. They’ll also have the opportunity to build and design set pieces and costumes.

Megan Fox Hicks is the camp director. She has a degree in theater education and teaches drama at Kalles Junior High School in Puyallup.

Camp hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with a final performance each Friday afternoon.

A fee will be charged; some scholarships are available.


• Pipestone Summer Music Camp will be July 28 to Aug. 1 at the Methow Valley Community Center.

It is scheduled in conjunction with the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, so students have the opportunity to listen to open rehearsals and receive coaching from visiting festival musicians.

The camp culminates with a public performance at 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the community center, 201 Methow Valley Highway, Twisp.

The string orchestra, which meets from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is for children age 8 and older who have played at least a year and can read music.

In the chamber music section, which meets from 12:15-5 p.m., students who have played at least three years and read music fluently can concentrate on string, wind, brass and guitar.

Registration is through Pipestone School of Music, 201 Methow Valley Highway.

• High school and middle school musicians from Okanogan County will have an opportunity to toot their horns and bang their drums in the great outdoors at the Okanogan Valley Music Camp.

Middle school students will gather Jul y 28-29 at the Omak School District’s Camp Disautel off state Highway 155 southeast of town. High School students will gather July 30 through Aug. 2.

Several local music teachers and a few area teachers who grew up in the valley or have ties here will be present.

A fee will be charged.

Students will get individualized and group instruction; concerts by other groups are planned, along with performances by the campers.

Registration is through Omak High School music teacher, Don Pearce.

General interest

• Little Star Montessori School, 509 state Highway 20, Winthrop, will offer toddler camp, for those ages 2-3, in three-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8 to Aug. 24.

Preschoolers can attend camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8-14 at the school. Session topics include survivor, art, naturalists, around the world, music and yoga.

Registration is through the school.

• Kidz Summer Art and Nature Camps will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5-7, Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 19-21 at North Cascades Basecamp, 255 Lost River Road, Mazama. Separate fees will be charged for each.

The first is “Habitat! Habitat!” Children will search for the homes of elusive creatures that live in Mazama near the Basecamp.

They’ll observe how animals live, sketch their observations, and select an animal to depict in a paper mache sculpture.

“Native Flowers, Plants, Leaves, and Trees” will be explored during the second session.

Hands-on work in a native plant restoration area is designed to boost bird and butterfly habitat, and restore native soil.

Campers will create signs for the area, decorate pots and signs to take home, create a mosaic from recycled glass, and make block printing cards with drawings inspired by their findings.

“In the Garden,” the last session, will give students a hands-on experience in the garden.

They’ll pull garlic, collect plant seeds for next year’s garden, use the sun to separate honey from beeswax, create bird baths, and learn about pollinators.

They’ll create banners and paint rocks that can be displayed outside their own homes and gardens.

Instructors are Deirdre Cassidy, Kim Romain-Bondi and Raechel Youngberg. Registration is through the Basecamp.


• River Valley Soccer Club is bringing British Soccer Camps to Omak for a June 23-27 camp in East Side Park.

With World Cup soccer getting under way in Brazil, “we know your kids will be talking about it, so what better way than to enhance their soccer experience this summer than to register for a soccer camp where they will participate in their very own World Cup,” the club’s Facebook page said.

Children can practice their skills, master techniques, create country flags and learn celebrations and chants for World Cup.

Camp sessions will be offered for children from age 3 to 16. There is a charge.

• Little Star Montessori, 509 state Highway 20, Winthrop, will offer a series of archery camps this summer.

Children ages 6-7 can attend from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8-10, and those ages 8-11 can attend a three-day, two night camp July 15-17.

Registration is through the school.

• Horse camps will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24-26 at Moccasin Lake for children ages 5-7 and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 15-17 for those ages 6-8.

Registration is through Little Star Montessori School.

• Strength and gymnastics camps will be offered June 24-26 for children ages 8-11. Similar camps for those ages 7-10 will be July 22-24, July 29-31 and Aug. 5-7.

Registration is through Little Star Montessori School.

• A pair of free basketball camps, open to anyone, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

A camp for children ages 6-11 is Wednesday at Paschal Sherman Indian School, 169 North End Omak Lake Road. The camp for those ages 12-18 will be Thursday in the Omak High school gym, 20 S. Cedar St..

Those attending will participate in drills and play games. Campers are asked to bring a basketball.

Space is limited. Registration is through Bud Bitonti.

• State Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Thacker will be part of the staff coaching at a camp Monday through Friday at Oroville High School, 1016 Ironwood St.

The basketball fundamentals camp is for boys and girls wanting to improve their shooting, passing, ball skills and pivoting, organizer Jay Thacker said.

Coaches from Oroville girls and boys basketball programs will run the camp.

Signups are at Oroville schools.

Sessions run 8-9:30 a.m. for those entering second- through fifth-grades in the fall and 10 a.m. to noon for sixth- through eighth-graders.

• An Omak Youth Volleyball camp will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday at Omak High School, 20 S. Cedar St.

The camp is for those in first- through seventh-grades.

There is a cost that includes a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at all Omak schools.

• A Brewster volleyball camp open to players from all schools will be June 23-24 at the high school, 503 S. Seventh St.

Head volleyball coach, Jenni Rosselli-Hull at Community Colleges of Spokane along with her staff and team will put on the clinic from 8-11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. each day.

Registration is the first day of camp. There is a cost.

The camp is open to girls in third-grade to age 12.


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