Fun at Camp Straight Street

Saturday July 31, 2010

This past week, I had my kids enrolled at “Camp Straight Street“, a day camp run by Cherrydale Baptist Church.  I’m familiar with the church since I’m involved in their mom’s group so I was excited to see them offering this program this year.  I was looking for an all day camp to give my rising kindergartner practice being in an all day program.   Last year we did one through the county, but I was even happier to find a Christian-based one.

The Cherrydale program is very reasonably priced ($149/week + one $15 registration fee), comparable to or even slightly less than the county offerings (like Camp Horizon).  Camp runs from 9am – 4pm (drop off as early as 8:45 or pick up as late as 4:15), but they also offer extended day options for working parents.  You pay $4 more to take advantage of the “early show” – starting at 7:15, or the “late show” – until 5:45pm.

This is the first year Cherrydale has offered a summer camp program, but director Herb Owen, pastor of Children and Family Ministries at Cherrydale, has been running this camp program for over 30 years at his previous churches.

The camp runs for 8 weeks and each week has a different theme, so recurring campers will have new fun activities each week.

My kids did “Survivor Camp” which was a take-off of the Survivor program, without the nastiness.  Lots of fun team competitions.   Other camps themes include “Olympic”, “Studio”, “eXtreme”, and “Adventure”.

So, it all sounds good on paper, but do the kids actually have fun?

Yes!  My kids had a blast and were so sad when it wrapped up on Friday.   They loved the waterslide and the crafts and snack shop and all the fun activities.   I loved that not only were they having fun, but they were learning Christian principles as well.

On Monday, Wendy had to arrive late because she had a dentist appointment.  I was worried for her when we showed up at 10am, because not only had she missed the initial chance to meet and bond with her fellow campers, she was still in pain from her two fillings.    I brought her to her class, and her counselor immediately welcomed her and introduced her to the other girls.  When she learned Wendy was hurting, she encouraged the girls to look out for her and cheer her up — they even prayed for God to heal her and help her feel better.  What a blessing!

Here are some of the pictures from their week:

The kids are bummed that we aren’t continuing and doing the Olympic week, but alas, two weeks of camp aren’t in our budget.

However, if you are looking for something for your kids to do (rising K through rising 7th), the camp is not full and I’m pretty sure they’d have space for you.   There’s lots of info on their website, so if you’re interested, check it out!

Camp Straight Street
Cherrydale Baptist Church
3910 Lorcom Lane
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 525-8210

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