by Lisa Tome
The altered Cecil County Public Schools calendar has pushed Elkton Parks and Recreation to make some changes in their summer schedule.
According to Mary Magaw, director of Elkton Parks and Recreation, additional days of childcare have been added to accommodate the new mandate that school start after Labor Day.
"We had to add extra care days three days in June and August 21-25," said Magaw. But she cautions parents to plan ahead. Elkton Parks and Rec. won't offer children's programs for the week before Labor Day when school is not in session. Parks and Rec has college and high school students as staff. The college students will return to class and there won't be staff for that extra week of camp. "Knowing ahead of time was helpful. We will fill some of the needs for parents but we still have to staff it," said Magaw. The camper to staff ratio is one per eight children. "We want to be there, but we have to staff it," she said.
School's Out is the program which has been added to accommodate child care needs which cropped up due to the changes in the school year. School's Out will be held June 14, 15, and 16 and August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. The fee is $20 per day per child for Elkton town residents and $25 per day for non residents. School's Out runs on those days from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with extended care from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be games, fun, and crafts.
Camp Discovery is the summer programs offered by parks and rec. Fees vary depending on whether or not you are an Elkton resident, how many children you are enrolling, and when you pay. Those who pay before May 12, get a discount. Fees range from $95-$105 per week per child. There are also daily rates.
June 19-23 is Barn Yard Bash with a trip to Milburn Orchards.
June 26-30 is Wild Wild West with a trip to Oasis Family Fun Center.
July 3-7 is Party in the USA with a trip to Elk Lanes for bowling.
July 10-14 is All Aboard with a trip to Strasburg Railroad.
July 17-21 is Blast off with a trip to Launch Trampoline Park.
July 24-28 is Where Stars are Born with a trip to Westown Movie Theatre.
July 31-August 4 is Ice Ice Baby with a trip to Turkey Hill Experience.
August 7-11 is It's a Jungle Out There with a trip to Go 'N Bananas.
August 14-18 is Under the Sea with a trip to Sahara Sam's Water Oasis.