Many summer camps already open for registration

Summer camps can help keep kids active, entertained and safe during the summer break, and options are available around the Las Vegas Valley.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson plan to host a summer camp from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 to Aug. 10 at the Alexander Dawson School, 10845 W. Desert Inn Road in Summerlin.

The summer program will feature seven weeks of Olympic-themed activities, with each week having a new "location" such as Athens, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. The camp is $195 per week and includes lunch. For more information and to register, visit

Ken Rubeli, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson, said he wanted to create the "best summer camp value experience in Summerlin."

"At Dawson ... we'll have full access to their premier programming areas," Rubeli said. "We'll be able to do a much broader program."

Rubeli said there will be "an over-the-top special event" every Friday. A 150-foot homemade "Slip 'n Slide" will be one of them, he said.

Rubeli said the kids will learn about the different countries during the week and have visits from guest entertainers and presenters. Speaking from his own experience, Rubeli said parents will appreciate the full-day aspect of the camp.

"For the type of activities, for 50 hours a week, we're the best value out there," Rubeli said. "When I look back on memories of my childhood, most of the exciting things I remember happened at summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club."


Other Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson locations plan to offer camps, too. A $20 annual membership fee is required at all clubs. The Kish, Marker, Boyd and Montandon clubs plan to offer free camps. Other locations' pricing will vary. For more information and to register, call or visit a club. Participating locations include:

Apache Pines Club, 9552 W. Tropicana Ave., 248-9502.

Mary and Sam Boyd Club, 1608 Moser Drive, 565-2674.

John C. Kish Club, 401 Drake St., 565-6569.

Marker Club, 1030 Center St., 565-1493.

Montandon Club, 2627 Donna St., 564-7378.

Southern Highlands Club, 10900 Southern Highlands Parkway, 534-0504

St. Anne Catholic School, 1813 S. Maryland Parkway, 565-6568.

Harris Elementary School, 3620 S. Sandhill Road, 565-6568.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas' summer camps are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for kids 5 to 18. Camp participants must be members of the club. Registration is $20 for children 5 to 12 and $10 for children 13 to 18.

Kids at the camps will be grouped by ages and rotate hourly to different activities. Lunch will be provided at some clubs.

Camps are free for teens. For children 5 to 12, camps are free after noon and $15 per day if the child arrives in the morning.

For more information and details about each club's camp, call or visit the club. Participating clubs include:

Lied Memorial Clubhouse, 2850 S. Lindell Road, 368-0317.

Donald W. Reynolds Clubhouse, 2980 Robindale Road, 614-8550.

Andre Agassi Clubhouse, 800 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., 638-1120.

John D. Gaughan Clubhouse, 920 Cottage Grove Ave., 731-6658.

B.C. McCabe Clubhouse, 2801 E. Stewart Ave., 388-2828.

James Clubhouse, 2530 E. Carey Ave., 649-1952.

Ralph and Betty Engelstad Clubhouse, 3540 Cambridge St., 792-1388.


The Henderson International School, 1165 Sandy Ridge Ave., has an open house scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 to promote its Summit Ridge Day Camp, which is planned from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 11 to Aug. 3. Early and late care is available.

The camp is $225 per week, and children 4 to 12 may attend. The camp's executive director, Lisa Bienstock, said it would be a throwback to the way camps used to be.

"We are pretty much the only traditional day camp in the Las Vegas area," said Bienstock, who is a mother of three young boys. "We program it here where it's every activity under the sun. There's swimming every day. We have gymnastics, sports, an inflatable rock wall."

And without fail, Bienstock said, every child will get a Popsicle at the end of the day.

For more information, visit or call 818-2149.


City of Henderson's summer camps are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 11 to Aug. 24.

Kids Zone is offered for children 5 to 12, and Teen Kamp is for children 12 to 15. Camps are $99 to $110 per week.

For more information and to register, visit and type "summer camps" in the search box. Participating locations for Kids Zone include:

Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road, 267-4070.

Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway, 267-5800.

Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Parkway, 267-5720.

Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, 267-5850.

Teen Kamp and Kids Zone will be offered at Miller Middle School, 2400 Cozy Hill Circle.

To register for Teen Kamp or Kids Zone, call or visit a recreation center.


The city of Las Vegas has summer camps scheduled from June 11 to Aug. 24 for children 6 to 15. Camps are set to run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and are $75 per week. Participating centers include:

Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, 229-1607.

Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., 229-6374.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 229-1515.

Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave., 229-2488.

Camps at the following centers are $115 per week and offer additional activities and field trips:

Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 229-6359.

Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, 229-1100.

The city of Las Vegas also has a summer program for people 7 to 22 with disabilities. The camps are set to run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and are $75 per week.

Registration for the camp begins May 1. To register, call Andrea Anzalone at 229-4903 or 229-6358.


Clark County has summer day camps scheduled at its community and recreation centers for children 6 to 12. The camps are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 11 to Aug. 24.

Activities are set to include arts and crafts, sports, games, field trips, theater skits and plays, and science projects. Participants are required to bring a lunch and two snacks.

The camps are $15 per day or $70 per week, per child. Participating centers include:

Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 W. Spring Mountain Road, 455-8334.

Helen Meyer Community Center, 4525 New Forest Drive, 455-7723.

Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St., 455-7169.

Whitney Recreation Center, 5712 Missouri Ave., 455-7576.

Robert E. "Bob" Price Recreation Center, 2050 Bonnie Lane, 455-7600.

Paradise Recreation Center, 4775 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7513.

Parkdale Community Center, 3200 Ferndale St., 455-7517.

Hollywood Community Center, 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd., 455-0566.

Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Road, 455-8402.

For more information or to register, call the center.


Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada's Camp Foxtail is scheduled from June 17 to Aug. 12 for girls 5 to 17 who are registered members of Girl Scouts. Prices range from $50 to $295.

Camp Foxtail is in the Toiyabe National Forest in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and offers sessions that focus on the environment, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, health, science, technology, engineering and math.

For more information, visit or call 385-3677


The Tarkanian Basketball Academy, 2730 S. Rancho Drive, has basketball development camps scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18-21 and Aug. 6-9. The camps are run by Advantage Basketball and are available in full- or partial-day sessions for two-, three- and four-day increments. The cost is $145 to $225. For more information and to register, visit or call 425-670-8877.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas' athletic department plans to offer summer camps catered to different sports such as basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, swimming and tennis. For dates and information, visit

The Lied Discovery Children's Museum, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, has summer camps scheduled from June 11 to Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. for children 6 to 12. Camp themes include: Living and Working in Space; Science Detective; Amazing Animals; Mystery of Puppetry; and Grossology. Camps are $140 per week. For more information, visit or call 382-3445.

Bricks 4 Kidz, 7910 W. Tropical Parkway, Suite 150, has camps scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 to Aug. 24. Children 5 to 12 can build motorized robotic models. Camps are $225 per week. For more information, call 998-4400 or visit

The 2012 Leadership Camp, hosted by Issues Concerning Adolescents of Nevada, for children and teens 11 to 17, is scheduled for July 8-14 at Camp Lee Canyon. The camp is designed to help educate and empower young adults to be self-reliant, inspirational peer and community role models. The deadline for registration is May 10. The cost for the sleep-away camp is $275. For information on the organization's payment plan, contact Jamie Ross at Applications and additional information can be found at

The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada plans to offer Camp K'helah, a summer program for children 2 to 15, June 25 to Aug. 17. Activities are set to include sports, arts and crafts, and field trips. Camp K'helah facilities include:

Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada, 9001 Hillpointe Road.

Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada's Congregation Ner Tamid, 55 N. Valle Verde Drive in Henderson.

Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road.

For more information and to register, visit or call 794-0090.


For families that don't mind traveling outside of Las Vegas, the nonprofit Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, offers a summer camp experience for children with life-threatening illnesses.

There is no charge to participating families. For more information and to apply, call 207-655-3800 or visit

Contact View education reporter Jeff Mosier at or 224-5524.