Kids say Cougar Fit Camp a success


The normally quite halls at Charles Hay World School echoed June 5 with the laughter of children attending Cougar Fit Camp.

Francisca Gelman, 10, attended the first of three week-long camps that was held June 3-7.

“The camp is fun and something to do so I won’t just be sitting around the house doing nothing all day,” she said during a break in the June 6 activities. “I really like the field trips and I like the camp because I am making new friends. We get to do a lot of things and we get to go exploring. I guess I really like everything we do.”

Hay staff members Dale Lumpa and Kristal Kostiew came up with the idea for the camp that offers a variety of activities for youngsters ages 5-11.

“I think Dale and I came up with the camp idea because we love the kids and miss them during the summer,” Kostiew said at the June 6 camp. “When we began setting up activities, we tried to come up with things that are fun and educational. We take a field trip every day of the camp and here at Hay we have activities like arts and crafts and making snacks. The camp is going well. I think things are working so well because we received such great support from the school district for this non-school activity.”

The kids are kept busy.

The June 6 schedule had them taking a field trip to Bates Logan Park, doing arts and crafts, making chocolate and fruit crepes and getting very wet in the wading pools and plastic water slide.

Lump and Kostiew also made sure education was mixed in with the fun activities. As the campers stirred the mixture for the crepes, they recited the multiplication table as they did 10 stirs each plus the counted to 10 in Spanish and in French.

Julie Penroid, 8, said she liked everything about the camp, particularly the field trips where she saw new things.

“We went biking to Hudson Gardens and I saw a turtle,” she said with a smile. “I like riding the bike too because it is good exercise and is fun to do.”

Camper Kadyn Kruse built a crepe and did a good job getting very wet, kicking up a spray as he went sliding head first down the water-soaked plastic sheets.

“I kinda like everything here at camp,” he said. “I guess I like lunch best and I like lunch best when we have cheese because I really like cheese. The camp keeps us busy, we get a lot of exercise and everything is fun.”

Additional Cougar Camps are scheduled July 15-19 and Aug. 12-16. Registration forms are online at

For information, call 303-835-6992.


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