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HK Rec Dept: Sports & Specialty Camps for Summer 2021

Submitted by Josselyn Salafia.

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering many sports and specialty, camps this summer!  Please call 860-345-8334 for more information or visit http://hkrec.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/ to register on-line.

HK RECREATION SPORTS CAMPS

Summer Soccer Fun

Younger players will learn the fundamentals and develop skills in a safe, nurturing and non-competitive environment.  This program is for boys and girls ages 3-6 and meets on Tuesdays, July 6 through August 3, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ages 3 – 4), 6:00-7:00 p.m. (ages 4 -6) or Thursdays July 8 through August 5, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ages 3 – 4), 6:00-7:00 p.m. (ages 4 – 6) at Killingworth Recreation Park.  The fee is $75 each session.  Non-residents please add $10.

Skyhawks Baseball Camp

This camp is for boys and girls ages 7 – 12 and meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at HKHS Softball Field. The dates are June 21 – 25, 2021.  The fee is $159. Non-residents please add $10. Designed for beginning and intermediate players, this program teaches athletes new baseball skills along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork and responsibility.  Learn the fundamentals of fielding, catching, throwing, hitting and base running-all in a fun, positive environment. Players should bring a bat, glove, water and snack or lunch

Skyhawks Volleyball

This camp is for boys and girls ages 10 – 14 and will be held Monday – Friday, June 28  – July 2, 2021 at the HKHS Field House or HKMS Gym (TBD) from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The fee is $159. Non-residents please add $10. Skyhawks Volleyball takes the energy and excitement of this great team sport and puts it together into one fun-filled camp. All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercises that focus on passing, setting, hitting and serving. This co-ed program is designed for the beginning and intermediate player. Our volleyball staff will assist each athlete in developing fundamental skills through game-speed drills and daily scrimmages aimed at developing the whole player. Please bring 2 snacks, water bottle, and knee pads.

Skyhawks Golf

This camp is for boys and girls ages 5 – 10  will be held Tuesday – Friday, July 6 – July 9, 2021 at the HKHS Multi-use Field from 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. The fee is $135. Non-residents please add $10. Boys and girls will learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, body positioning, etiquette and keeping score. No need to bring your own clubs; all equipment is provided. For safety reasons, the instructor to camper ratio is low. Please bring 2 snacks, bathing suit, towel and water. Includes a t-shirt & player evaluation. Includes pool time from 11:45-12:30 p.m.

Skyhawks Basketball Camps

A camp for boys and girls entering grades K –5 will be held Monday through Friday, July 19 – 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Gr. K – 2) or 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Gr. 3 -5)  at the HKHS Field House. The fee is $135 (Gr. K – 2) / $175 (Gr. 3 – 5). non-residents add $10.  This fun, skill-intensive program is designed with the beginning to intermediate player in mind. Using our progressional curriculum, our basketball staff focus on the whole player, teaching your child the skills needed both on and off the court to be a better athlete. Each day will start with a “skill of the day” and progress into drills and games. After a week of passing, shooting, dribbling, and rebounding, your child will show you why this is one of our most popular programs. Please bring 2 snacks, water bottle, & sneakers.  Fee includes a T-shirt, ball, and player evaluation. Campers will be divided by age groups. If registering for full day please bring a lunch.

Running Rams

This camp is for boys and girls ages 5 – 15 and will be held Monday through Friday, June 28 – July 2 at the Old Saybrook High School Track from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The Fee is $135 (non-residents add $10).   The camp will feature instruction in many track and field disciplines from some of the area’s best coaches. Each day will also include a fun activity, such as ice cream sundae night and pizza night. Participants will receive a t-shirt and awards at the conclusion of the program. *All participants must be 5 years old at the start of the program.

Skyhawks STEM & Play Football

The HK Recreation Department is offering STEM & Play Football for boys and girls ages 8 – 12 and will be held Monday –  Friday, July 26 – July 30 at the HKHS Multi-Use Field from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The fee is $159. Non-residents please add $10. This program combines strategic STEM-based activities with traditional Skyhawks football instruction to focus on life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship. STEM sports football educates students on receiver glove and helmet technology, in-game communication, throwing arm strength, football properties, calculating distances and other subjects. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of passing, catching and defense through skill-based drills and scrimmages.  Please bring snacks, water, cleats, sneakers, & sunscreen. Fee includes a T-Shirt & player evaluation.

Skyhawks Mini-Hawk Camp (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball)

This is an introductory multi-sport program for children ages 5 – 7 and meets Monday through Friday at the HK HS Multi-Use Field week of July 12 – 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and August 9 – 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The fee is $135 each session. Non-residents please add $10.  This multi-sport program gives children a positive first step into athletics. Baseball, basketball and soccer are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Our Mini-Hawk games and activities were designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. Skyhawks staff are trained to handle the specific needs of young athletes.  Please bring 2 snacks, water bottle, glove, shin guards & sunscreen. Fee includes a T-shirt, ball, and player evaluation.

Skyhawks Beginner Tennis

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering a Beginner Tennis program for boys and girls ages 3 – 6 and will be held Mondays from June 28 – July 26, 2021 at Sheldon Park. Children ages 3-4 will meet from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. and children ages 5 – 6 will meet from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.  To create a successful learning environment, we have made modifications to our traditional tennis program. The court is smaller and has shorter nets, and the racquets are smaller, and the balls are foam. With these modifications, any young child can immediately begin playing tennis, even if he or she has never picked up a racquet before. In addition to developing a love for tennis, athletes will learn the rules and etiquette that make tennis such an exciting game to play. The participant-to-coach ratio is approximately 6:1. Due to limited court space, these programs fill up quickly. Please bring water, sneakers, a 19”-21” racquet & wear sunscreen. Includes a t-shirt & player evaluation.

Skyhawks Tennis Camp

Skyhawks Tennis camps are for children ages 7 – 12 and meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Camps are held from July 12 – 16 at Sheldon Park and August 2 – August 6 at the HKHS Tennis Courts. The fee is $135 each session. Non-residents please add $10.  Grab your tennis racquet and get ready to play! Whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate or an advanced player, this program will improve your game and help you get more enjoyment from tennis. Skill levels and ages will be divided accordingly. Our tennis programs focus on skill refinement as well as practice and match play to develop consistent, well-rounded tennis players. Each player is given personal attention and taught through repetition in an enjoyable, lively atmosphere. Skyhawks tennis breaks down the fundamental skills of tennis through easily understood games and exercises to help improve the athlete’s overall coordination and technique. Players learn proper grips, footwork, strokes, volleys and serves during a series of drills designed to teach skills in a fun and dynamic way. In addition to developing a love for tennis, athletes will learn the rules and etiquette that make tennis such an exciting game to play. Due to limited court space, these programs fill quickly. Please bring:  tennis racquet, appropriate clothing, water bottle, sneakers, sunscreen, two snacks, and water.  Includes T-shirt and player evaluation.

Skyhawks Multi-Sport Camp (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball)

This is an introductory sports program for children ages 7 – 11 and meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the HKHS the week of August 9 – 13, 2021. The fee is $135. Non-residents please add $10.  This multi-sport camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. For this program, 3 sports are combined into one fun-filled week. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages. By the end of the week, your child will walk away with knowledge of three sports along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and self-discipline. Please bring 2 snacks, water bottle, shin guards, & sunscreen. Fee includes a T-shirt, ball, and player evaluation.

Vale Soccer Camp

The H-K Recreation Department and HK Soccer Club are offering Soccer Camp run by Vale this summer from August 9 – August 13, 2021 at the Killingworth Recreational Park.  The camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for boys and girls grades K – 2 and from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. for kids ages 3 – 4.  The fee is $150 for the 3-hr camp and $75 for the 1.5 hour camp. Non-residents please add $10.  Younger players will learn the fundamentals through fun games, small-sided games, as well as be introduced to attacking, defending, and rules of the game. Older players will develop themselves through challenging game related situations. The focus will be on technical development, functional and positional practices, tactical decision making, and advanced concepts and fitness. Please bring water bottle, shin guards, sunscreen, & snack.

SPECIALTY CAMPS

Curious Campers Pre-School Camp

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Dept. is offering a pre-school camp for children ages 4 – entering K (children must turn 4 by 12/31/21). Arts and crafts, games, story time, special projects and outside play will be featured in the mini-camp designed for pre-schoolers. Please bring a bathing suit for sprinkler use, towel, and sunscreen. A snack will be provided. The program meets Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. HK Central Office, Room TBD. The fee is $75 each session. Non-residents may register for an additional $10. The sessions are as follows:

Session 1:                   “My Heros Week” July 12 – 16

Session 2:                   “Barnyard Fun”  July 19 – 23

Session 3:                   “3, 2, 1 Blastoff”  July 26 – 30

Session 4:                   “Fun at the Country Fair” Aug. 2 – Aug. 6

Casablanca’s Modeling/Fashion Camp

John Casablanca’s Modeling and Fashion Camp provides children with knowledge of looking like a model, developing their etiquette skills for any setting, feeling good about themselves, perfecting who they are inside and out and tapping into their fashion talents. Design your own t-shirt and show it off at the end of the week. Each day will consist of fun-filled activities such as Makeover Monday, T-shirt Tuesday, Wanna Be Famous Wednesday, Time to Say Cheese Thursday and Fashion Show Friday. Camp is for boys and girls ages 5 and up and meets Monday – Friday from July 19 – 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the HKHS Lower Media. The fee is $110 (non-res. add $10).

Play-Well Transportation Engineering LEGOTM Camp

This camp meets Monday – Friday, June 21 – June 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the HKHS Lower Media Center. The fee is $222. (non-residents add $10).  Please bring a PB free lunch. Break the sound barrier on a supersonic jet, deliver cargo by train, and explore a swamp in your airboat. Build and create different modes of transportation out of more than 20,000 pieces of LEGO®, all while learning about the engineering concepts that make vehicles and vessels work.

Summer Art Camp

Explore a world of creativity where children will make a variety of projects, from crafts to paper art and much more! Each day of the week will have a different theme! Come and use your imagination to make artwork you will cherish. And don’t forget: bring a snack, and bring a smock that can get messy. Camp is for boys and girls in grades 1 – 5 and meets Monday – Friday from June 28 – July 2   from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the HKHS Art Room. The fee is $118 (non-res. add $10).

Cooking Class 101

Come join your friends and/or make new friends. This NEW cooking class is for the eager cooking friends. You will learn basic cooking skills like mixing, chopping, cutting and stirring. Each class you will make a delicious healthy snack. Prep time is equal to class time. Please notify instructor of any allergies prior to class. We encourage children to try the treat they have made. Each child will have an apron which will be left at location. Please bring a snack. Notify instructor of any allergies. This camp is for boys and girls ages 5 – 10 and meets Tuesday – Friday, July 13– 16 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the HKHS Lower Media. The fee is $103  (non-residents add $10).

Massive Science to Beat

Experiments and more experiments. This class involves experiments done in groups. Experiments include slime, pipe cleaning experiments, flying cups, bouncing cups, rock candy, balancing eggs and various other experiments.  Please bring a PB free snack. This camp is for boys and girls ages 5 – 10 and meets Tuesday – Friday, Aug. 3 – 6 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the HK HS Lower Media. The fee is $103 (non-residents add $10).

Clay/Pottery Camp

Children love creating and exploring, and they love working with their hands. Pottery crafts are a way for kids to wrap their hands around a 3-dimensional project.  These classes help kids to  have fun and learn something in the process. In this week long camp we will explore several useful creative clay projects from start to finish. We will end with a fun ice cream party using our own ice cream bowl! Bring a snack, and bring a smock that can get messy. Camp is for boys and girls in ages 5 – 10 and meets Monday – Friday from July 26 – 30  from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the HKHS Art Room. The fee is $130 (non-res. add $10).

Abrakadoodle Kids on Canvas Art Camp

Learn about painting on canvas paper, canvas board and stretched canvas using acrylics. Be inspired as you learn techniques, style and vocabulary of such artists as Picasso, Mondrain, Van Gogh, and more! bring a snack, and bring a smock that can get messy. Camp is for boys and girls ages 6 – 12 and meets Monday – Friday from August 9  – August 13  from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the HKHS Lower Media. The fee is $149 (non-res. add $10).

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