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Summer camps are up and running

By: Brittney Scardina
June 18, 2021

The City of Rohnert Park and Cotati offers a range of summer camps for kids to enjoy their summers while keeping them safe. Campers will make the best memories while also following COVID protocols. Active planning is considered to maintain social distancing, active cleaning, daily health screenings and established camp groups. 

Cindy Bagley, the Deputy Director of Community Service for the City of Rohnert Park, and Brianna Montelongo, the Program Coordinator of Rohnert Park summer camps, mention how essential summer camps are for the community and how happy they are to see campers having fun. “I believe camps allow for a safe and fun place for children to meet new peers, allow a fun environment for them, socialize, learn new games, motor skills, everything, it just provides this really fun atmosphere,” states Montelongo.  

“Camp, in general, is a benefit to kids. Anytime you can get kids in an organized social environment, they are going to thrive. Kids learn to play, and it is a break from the educational environment they are in for the school year. A lot of kids will have these memories for the rest of their lives. They will remember the camp councilor's camp names, the friends they made at camp and the activities they did at camp,” states Bagley.

Bagley states another benefit to providing camps to the City of Rohnert Park: they can offer camp programs to residents affordable. Families can put down a ten-dollar deposit and pay as the weeks come up.

Ashley Wilson, the Recreation Manager for the City of Cotati, believes that Cotati camps have been going great and are important for kids to gain social interaction. “Camps are so important because, during the time that children are out of school, they still need social interaction and time to play, learn, and continue what they are getting during the school year. This year especially this is one of the things that is most exciting, is that so many of our campers were on zoom school this year or just virtual school, so they didn’t get that time to play at all during the school year,” states Wilson.

The City of Rohnert Park offers the RP Summer Camp, ages 5 ½ to 11 ½, the RP Teen Afternoon Hangouts, ages 12-15, and the Preschool Camp, ages 3-5.

The RP Summer Camp will occur at the Rohnert Park Community Center, M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and cost $135 for residents. Each week of camp will have a specific theme and activities that include games, cooking, crafts and more. The RP Summer Camp will run for nine weeks, the last week starting August 2.

The RP Teen Afternoon Hangouts are located at the Burton Recreation Center, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and cost $71 for residents. This camp will give teens a reason not to be focused on screens and allow for a social outlet that includes DIY projects, dodgeball, cooking, and different activities and games, including field trips around Rohnert Park. The RP Teen Afternoon Hangouts will start the week of June 15.

The Preschool Camp is located at the Rohnert Park Community Center, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and costs $79 for residents. Young kids will participate in stories, songs, crafts, and activities to keep them busy. This camp starts the week of July 19 and ends on August 5.

Camp Cotati started June 7 and will continue each week until August 5, for a total of nine weeks of camps. Camp Cotati is Monday- Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each week and ranges from ages 5-12. Camp Cotati is $135 for the entire week and will occur at the Thomas Page Room of Ray Miller Community Center. Camp Cotati is filled with crafts, outside games, gardening, community service projects, free play, and fun activities.

The City of Cotati website also offers various other weekly camps, including a Gymnastics Play Camp, High School Musical Jr, Musical Theatre Camp, The Lion King Kids and Will Wonka provided by the North Bay Theatrics Camp.

The City of Rohnert Park and Cotati have been running summer camps for years and consistently allow kids to have a good time while also providing parents with more leisure time. Most camps have been filled with a waitlist, but to learn more or sign up for the Cotati summer camps, visit https://cotati.recdesk.com/Community/Program and for the Rohnert Park summer camps https://www.rpcity.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3037873&pageId=16800808.