Endless possibilities for summer youth activities

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 11, 2011

By Baileigh Rebowe


LAPLACE – The term “lazy days of summer” can be used to describe some children’s schedules when getting out of school in May. With no early ringing from alarm clocks or tardy passes for sleeping in, days can become vacant and repetitive. Summer camps and workshops around the River Parishes help children and teenagers beat the summer blues.

For those most interested in the arts, the River Region Drama Guild in Norco is hosting a Children’s Summer Theatre Workshop from July 11-14 continuing on July 18-21. The program is free and designed “to encourage the development of theater performance skills in young performers ages 10-18.” No acting or musical experience is required. For more information contact Henry Sorbet at 504-331-0990.

An Art Camp will be held at St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace June 20-24 and July 18-22 for children 7-13 years old. The price is $80. More information can be found on St. Charles Catholic’s website, stcharlescatholic. org.

There are camps that will keep the athlete in the family busy as well.

Destrehan High School is putting on a volleyball camp for children in grades pre-K to eighth July 18-21. The price is $60 and includes a camp T-shirt. For more information visit Destrehan’s website at http://www.stcharles.k12.la.us/destrehan.cfm.

St. Charles Catholic High School will host a football camp for ages 7-13 July 18-21. Cost is $80. For more information visit St. Charles Catholic’s website.

Girls ages 4 and up looking to put some pep in their step can attend St. Charles Catholic’s Cheer Camp next week, June 13-17. Registration can be completed on first day on site, and the cost is $45.

Hahnville High School will host a basketball camp July 11-15 for 7- to 15-year-olds. The cost is $125. More information can be found on Hahnville’s website at http://www. stcharles.k12.la.us/hahnville.cfm.

Local libraries provide an abundance of fun for children of all ages. Some events on the June calendar for libraries in the area include storytime, Wii play sessions, a watermelon party, beginner scrapbook classes, a princess party, teen dance revolution, Komenka dances of the world and more. For more information or a calendar of events contact the library in your area.

Looking to be a leader in high school next year?

The University of New Orleans is hosting a High School Leadership Day on July 16. Student leaders from local high schools are invited to campus to learn more about college life, leadership, group dynamics and successful college transitions.

For more information, call the university at 504-280-6349.