Redhawks Kids Camp Offering Summer Fun, Activity

Photo of children in Southeast's Redhawks Kids Camp swimming in the Student Aquatic Center

Participants in Redhawks Kids Camp play water games in the Student Aquatic Center at Southeast.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 25, 2009 — Redhawks Kids Camp (RKC) is in its fourth week of fun at Southeast Missouri State University with spots still available for children in the camp’s five remaining sessions. 

A different theme is associated with each week of the camp, with themes ranging from “Waterpalooza,” which is filled with water activities, to “Masterpiece,” which focuses on campers showing off their special talents in the various arts. This week’s camp theme is “Amazing Race.”  The campers are learning about a different country every day and participating in activities influenced by the country, including writing in Chinese and enjoying a Mexican fiesta. Next week, the campers will go on a “Road Trip” in which they will learn about different areas of the United States.

Redhawks Kids Camp provides a fun and safe environment for children to participate in games and learning activities at Southeast Missouri State University. The camp involves physical activities and games in the Student Recreation Center-North in the mornings with kids swimming at the Student Aquatic Center in the afternoons.

Amber Propst, an RKC counselor, took a break from splashing and playing in the pool to comment on various aspects of the camp and her experiences over the past two summers.

“Our camp mixes education with physical activity,” she said. “We basically have the whole campus to play on and use.”

Propst graduated from Southeast with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and is now pursuing her master’s degree in special education. Camp counselors are Southeast students who undergo extensive training and background checks. The counselors select daily activities for the campers. Propst says she enjoys working with the Redhawks Kids campers.

Austin Lambert, 9, is in his third year of attending RKC and says he plans to continue until he is in the eighth grade.

“I like all the running games and swimming,” Lambert said. “I just like to have fun.”

Propst added, “The kids seem to enjoy playing ‘sharks and minnows’ which is a tagging game that the kids play in the pool.”

The camp was originally known as Camp Capaha, which began in 2001. It continues to thrive with the kids’ and counselors’ enthusiasm.

“It’s a great camp for kids to go to and meet different people and also get exercise,” Propst said. “I’m going to be a counselor again next year because I like working with the kids and doing fun activities. Plus, it’s good for my career.”

The camp is $105 for Student Recreation Center members or $130 for non-members.  Children ages 5-13 are eligible to attend.  The camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Early drop-off and late pick-up for campers are available, too.

For more information on Redhawks Kids Camp, visit http://www.semo.edu/recservices or call Jen Rose at (573) 986-7379 for more information.