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Summer Programs at Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center

By Kevin Brown

It’s not too early to start thinking about summer at the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) at Boyce Mayview Park. Registration is now open for summer camps for kids from age four through teenage. Camps start the week of June 6 and run through the week of Aug. 15.

The C&RC has lifted most of the COVID-19 restrictions under which it has operated during the past two years, according to Melissa Lindberg, the Center’s Marketing/Membership Services supervisor.

“We're fortunate that, going into this summer, we seem to be in a much better place than what we've been in years past regarding COVID cases and COVID policies, Melissa says. “We are running our camps as typical as what a normal summer should feel like. If children want to wear masks, they're certainly welcome to wear masks when they're inside or outside, totally up to parents, whatever they feel is the safest choice for their children,” she notes.

Melissa says that memberships are booming again. “We've seen a lot of interest in membership from youth, to families to seniors. I think people are just ready to move on, they're ready to get back to a normal routine. They want to be active and socialize.”

There are many different options for kids’ camps offering everything from physical activities to art camps to STEM camps.

STEM camps engage critical thinking and problem-solving skills through hands-on experiments. Topics include Wilderness Medicine, Eco Explorers Space Lab, and Mad Science Red Hot Robots, among many others. Art camps include Kids in the Kitchen, Gemini Theater Workshop, Cartooning and more.

Pre-school kids ages four to six can attend camps such as Olympics Camp where they will learn and engage in Olympic sports, or the Red, White and Blue Camp where kids play traditional American sports. Other pre-school camps include Fun in the Sun, Fairytale Adventures, Superhero Training, and Animal Adventures.

A new and unique camp not offered many other places is the Junior Lifeguard Camp. This two-week camp is designed to give 11 to 14-year-olds a fun sneak peek into what it takes to become a great lifeguard. Participants do not get lifeguard certification, but learn all the basics to enter the American Red Cross lifeguarding course at age 15. Also new this year at the C&RC is Weird Eric’s Magic Camp where magician Weird Eric teaches sleight-of-hand, mind-reading, misdirection and showmanship.

Of course, the popular Camp St. Clair will return to the C&RC. Offered by grade levels from Grade 1 through Grade 7, kids can attend for a half-day morning or afternoon session, or a full-day session.

“Camp St. Clair counselors create a welcoming environment by encouraging each child to be themselves and explore their interests through a variety of activities each day,” notes Melissa. “Camp counselors are college and high school students who model positive behaviors such as teamwork, enthusiasm, and confidence,” she says.

The best way to check out all the camp offerings at the C&RC is to visit their Summer Camps webpage at
www.twpusc.org/recreationcenter. You can see all the camps, register and even pay for the camps through the webpage.

Melissa notes that summer camp registration opened on March 1 and those interested in the camps should not delay in registering. “All the programs will stay open until they are full. Even if the camp does fill up, we strongly recommend they go on a waitlist. People will register in multiple camps and then, maybe a few weeks out from the camp, will have a conflict with their schedule and they'll withdraw,” she explains.

Adult and senior summer programming will continue to be offered at the C&RC. “A lot of our adult programming is specifically geared towards fitness, but we do offer a variety of social activities for our seniors. We will be doing our Friday Afternoons in the Park where there's a theme and scheduled activities,” Melissa says.

Melissa notes that, even though the C&RC is a membership-facility, their doors are open to anyone. “You do not have to live in Upper St. Clair. Participation in the programs and camps is open to non-Upper St. Clair residents,” she says.

Located at 1551 Mayview Road in Upper St. Clair’s Boyce Mayview Park, the C&RC hours are Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The C&RC can be reached at (412) 221-1099.

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