Family Summer Camp to teach about safety

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A wealth of knowledge: Among the workshops offered at this year's Family Summer Camp are: Fishing, Hook, Line and Sinker; Archery Aiming High; and Camping Adventure. | Supplied photo

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What: Family Summer Camp

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 6425 Daniel Burnham Drive, Portage

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m., June 8 to July 14

Cost: Camp is free

More information: (219) 787-6800

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Bass Pro Shops’ annual Family Summer Camp is returning to the Portage store June 8 with a new theme and new activities for kids and their parents.

“All our activities this year will be about how to keep safe in the outdoors,” said the store’s administrative assistant, Linda Pearman.

She said participants will learn about such topics as water safety, how to wear a safety vest while boating and how to keep safe while camping. Speakers will tell them what to bring when camping, even how to get rid of those pesky mosquitoes.

The camp, which is geared for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, will run from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 8 to July 14 at the store, 6425 Daniel Burnham Drive, in Portage. Activities will take place both inside and outside the store.

The camp is free and registration isn’t required. However, parent participation is strongly encouraged. Pearman said parents usually help with crafts and sit with their children during workshops, which typically last about 15 minutes each.

Parents, or a responsible adult, also need to be there to sign a waiver allowing the children to go into the shooting range.

Additions and changes

A new feature this year will be the Daisy Inflatable Range, which will include BB gun shooting, archery and casting, Pearman said. The catch and release pond, with live fish, will be available on June 8, 9, 15 and 16 only.

Another big change this year will be replacing the popular s’mores giveaway from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays during the camp with homemade ice cream sampling.

“We wanted to revitalize the program and get kids interested in other things. This will show how an ice cream maker actually works,” Pearman said.

Workshops will be offered each camp day from noon to 4. Among those offered will be Fishing, Hook, Line and Sinker; Archery Aiming High; Camping Adventure; Water Safety; and Wildlife Exploration. Kids can do crafts from noon to 2 p.m. Free photos also are available.

Participants receive a pin after completion of each seminar. Pearman said some kids bring last year’s pins along with them to the new seminars, displaying quite a few pins.

While the camp is geared toward families, Pearman said it’s also become a popular destination for some summer daycare centers.

“The kids will listen to those speaking at seminars, and in-between seminars will color and do crafts,” she said.

“It’s a nice, inexpensive field trip for the kids,” Pearman said.