Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Galena camp offers action-based learning

Mountain adventures for ages 6-11


By EXPRESS STAFF

    While the Galena trails area is a well-known adult playground in the winter, during the summer it’s the kids’ turn to play.
    The Galena Lodge Youth Adventure Camp is designed for children ages 7-11.
    Not only can kids horseback ride and learn to whitewater raft on the Salmon River, campers also visit the Easley Hot Springs, learn wilderness first aid skills, rock climb, mountain bike, paddleboard and learn how to tread lightly on the forest.
    The full-day camps run weekly from June 23-27 and July 7-Aug. 22. Camps run Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and overnight from 9 a.m. on Thursday to 4 p.m. on Friday.
    Cost is $425 per person (tax not included), with a maximum of 24 campers. And the yummy meals are cooked in the Galena Lodge kitchen.
    Besides full-day camps, Galena Lodge offers two weeks of half-day camps for ages 6-8.
    They are from June 16-20 and June 30 to July 4. Known as the Kids Camp, the program aims to prepare kids for the Adventure Camp while exploring Galena’s yurts, making ice cream and swimming at Easley Hot Springs. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It costs $300.
    Headquartered at Galena Lodge, 23 miles north of Ketchum, the action-based camps emphasize fun, safety and respect for the outdoors.
    Round-trip transportation is provided daily from Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum. All parents need to do is drop their kids off, generally by 9 a.m., with pickup at 4 p.m. Lunch and snacks are provided in the cost. Half-day camps run from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
    Call 726-4010 for an information packet or visit www.galenalodge.com to download the camp brochure.
    Continuing in 2014 is the Galena Lodge Youth Scholarship Fund, in its eighth year. Generous donors have in the past enabled kids to attend camp on full and partial scholarships.
    Potential donors are asked to sponsor a child with a $425 gift, with 100 percent of contributions going into the scholarship fund through the Blaine County Recreation District. The scholarships are limited to full-time Blaine County residents.




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