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LaGrange County Parks Department offers summer recreation

There is only a month or so left of the school year, leaving a large gap in kids’ schedules.

Fortunately, the LaGrange County Parks Department has several great opportunities throughout the summer for kids to get outside and stay active.

By Gone Days for ages 8-10 is June 30 through July 3 and meets at David Rogers Memorial Park. Kids will participate in outdoor games and pioneer skills among the historic log house village. The week finishes with a traditional campfire cookout.

There are three sessions of the Nature Bound Day Camp, based on age: July 7-11 for ages 6-8, July 14-18 for ages 9-11, and July 28-Aug. 1 for ages 6-8.

Nature Bound gives kids a chance to have fun outside. Nature games, environmental education, outdoor skills and hands-on activities are part of the camp. Nature Bound meets daily at Dallas Lake Park, where campers can enjoy swimming, hiking, games and crafts.

Adventure Bound is for older students, ages 12-16, and runs July 21-25. Special activities include challenge initiatives, ropes courses, canoeing, swimming and other outdoor recreation. Adventure Bound meets at various locations.

There will also be swimming lessons at Dallas Lake Park. The two-week sessions will run 50 minutes per day and is available for kids ages 5 and older. Sessions run June 23-July 3, July 7-18 and July 21-Aug. 1.

 Additional information on each of the camps and swimming lessons is available upon registrations. There is a fee for each camp and swim lesson session.

For more information, contact the LaGrange County Parks Department at 854-2225.

Other upcoming parks summer programs include:

·        Free Fishing Day June 7 at the Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area.

·        National Cowboy Day July 19 at David Rogers Park.

·        David Rogers County Fair, August 23 at David Rogers Park.

·        Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 27 at Pine Knob Park.