Smoky Mountain Sk8way Summer Camp is in full swing

Jul 21, 2014
Photo by: Donated CAMP FUN — Pictured are some campers on a field trip.

There are only four more weeks of summer left before kids get back into their school routine. There’s still plenty of time to have some fun. Smoky Mountain Sk8way is offering a day camp to give kids in and around Haywood County an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

The Sk8way summer camp program offers fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. The camp holds open enrollment all summer long so kids ages 6-12 can still register and attend.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. Unfortunately, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending Sk8way Summer Camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

The Summer Camp has hired local teachers to head up the program. Special activity classes are held Mondays. Kids have the opportunity to hula-hoop with Kelly Timco; learn about bees with Ball Town Bee Farm; and learn about creative dance with Logan from the Waynesville Wellness Center.

Campers have a field trip day every Tuesday. So far, campers have visited the Waynesville Fire Department, Country Lane Bowling in Sylva and gone on a scavenger hunt at Mingus Mill.

On Thursdays, campers visit the park, have a picnic and go swimming at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

Wednesdays and Fridays are filled with guided sports activities, arts and crafts, skating lessons, bounce house and sliding fun.

“We have a newly remodeled 20,000 square foot facility that needed to be utilized more during the summer months, so we started doing research on what other rinks do,” said JoLynn Bryant, camp director. “We were happy to learn about the summer camp program. We went to our industry leaders who supplied their tried and tested programs for us to follow and began organizing our camp. It’s been a complete success. My own children attend the camp and have fun. We’re proud to offer this alternative to WNC families.”

Campers can attend one day, one week or every week. There is a one-time $30 registration, which comes with a camp T-shirt. Attending fees are $25 a day, $75 for three days or $95 a week. For more information, visit or call at 246-9124.

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