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Sodom Mountain offers theme programs

Date: 4/17/2012

April 16, 2012

SOUTHWICK — Join the Sodom Mountain camp staff for a summer full of themed weeks and activities.

Each week, beginning July 9, runs from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before and after care also available.

Each camp session is instructed by a professional and experienced director. Each day is filled with fun and activities related to the theme topic instruction. Each day includes time for arts and crafts, games, pool time with free swim time. A bagged lunch is required for lunch break as well as a snack for snack time. A towel with bathing suit is needed for swim time, and be sure to bring sunscreen, too.

Week one, July 9 to 12, will feature Business Fun 101.

Business camp provides a fun approach to young entrepreneur camps. From lemonade stands to car washes, kids will learn valuable functioning business skills in a fun way. Kids will be able to create their own business and bring it to life. In the business world they will learn to apply daily fun business tasks including their own checkbook, use of cash register and play money.

Week two will run from July 16 to 19 and feature All Star Sports.

There's no doubt that campers will head home each day ready for a nap. Kids will be moving, shaking, and exercising constantly as they learn about new sports, teamwork, and proper nutrition.

Vital skills that seem to be lacking in this "digital age," campers will get off the couch and get to the field. The options are endless when campers play outdoors, but some of the many activities will include bowling, soccer, kickball, baseball, Olympic sports, and everyone's favorite, dodge ball.

Week three, called Kids in the Kitchen, will run from July 23 to 26.

Kids will get down and dirty as they whip up some treats in the Sodom Mountain kitchen. Campers will learn the art of cooking some of their favorite treats, from start to finish, as well as creating a restaurant for everyone to enjoy. Kids will be able to create a delicious menu, concept, service, and name for their own restaurant.

Playing a business owner and creating edibles, from appetizers to desserts, will all merge well with the importance of etiquette, hygiene, and good, homemade food. Add $10 for supplies.

Week four, called Gettin' Down & Dirty, will run from July 30 to Aug. 2.

Remember those times when kids would walk in the house with mud all over their clothes or made a huge mess in the kitchen? Well, down and dirty is simply getting down and dirty but parents don't have to clean up the mess. Campers will be able to make mud pies, cruise on mud slides, fill their faces with messy foods, and get up close with some creepy crawlies with many more activities that will cover them in muck.

A "gross-ilicious" drink or an edible insect (not a real one) will be provided each day.

Campology will be offered during week five, Aug. 6 to 9.

This week takes science out of the classroom and into a new world ... the campground. Kids will discover the world around them, from top to bottom, as they dabble in various branches of scientific study: meteorology, geology, biology and archeology.

What could be more fun, than nature hikes in search of wildlife, or collecting and classifying rocks, or even mixing up experiments in the Sodom Mountain laboratory?

Week six, titled Hodge Podge, will run from Aug. 13 to 16.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that will be offered. This camp combines all the highlights of the other camps, with a little bit of mystery as well. Kids will engage in a variety of activities related to cooking, science, sports, and arts and crafts, as they look forward to each new item on the "agenda." Campers will be given the opportunity to give input on activities for the week, and assist in making the schedule tailored to their likes and dislikes.

Sodom Mountain Kids Summer Camp will be led by Alex Ciejka, who recently graduated from Suffield Academy and will be attending Georgetown University to study business. She has worked with children in various capacities including as a mentor, camp counselor, babysitting and tutor.

Camper-to-leader ratio is eight to one at full capacity. The full time staff includes the director and experienced assistants. The swimming instructor is Red Cross Life Guard, First Aid, and CPR certified. This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health.

Each program offers the ultimate learning and fun experience for each child. Family and friends will be invited on Thursday evening to join campers in a presentation of the week's activities. The activities are geared for children ages 6 to 11 (age as of June 1, 2005).

Program costs are as follows: $180 per week; $305 for two weeks; or $820 for the complete program. The cost includes all of the activities, all of the materials for all of the activities, Thursday night's supper, and swimming lessons with a Red Cross certified swimming instructor. The refund policy is 50 percent refund before with notification before July 1.

For more information, email or visit the camp's website at

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