Summer is coming before you know it and now is the time to get signed up for one or more summer camps to keep the kiddos busy, learning and supervised while school is out.

Wichita Park and Recreation offers two weekly camping options for kids aged 6-12:  Summer Activity Camps and Summer of Discovery camps.

Summer Activity Camps

Registration, by appointment only, is open for Summer Activity Camps offered at Evergreen, Carl Brewer and Lynette Woodard Recreation centers. Campers will experience a variety of activities such as cooking, reading, gang awareness and financial education. There will also be field trips, swimming at city pools, games, crafts, movies and other fun activities.

Off-site field trips include Watson Park, Sedgwick County Zoo, Carousel Skate Center, All Star Adventures and more.

At Colvin and Evergreen Rec Centers, camps are offered from Tues., May 30 to Fri., July 28. At Carl Brewer (formerly McAdams) Rec Center, camp begins Mon., June 5 and ends on Friday, July 21. At Lynette Woodard Rec Center, camp opens Mon., June 5 and ends Fri., July 28.

Children can sign up for one week or multiple weeks. 

Fees are $45 weekly at Brewer, Colvin, and Evergreen and $35 a week at Lynette Woodard. The camps are KDHE-regulated and some accept a DCF Vision Card for payment. 

Scholarships for Summer Activity Camps are also available, based on family size and income. Scholarship assistance is available for families earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level, thanks to financial assistance from the Wichita’s Community Services Block Grant funds and the City of Wichita and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Community Action Partnership. 

Summer of Discovery Camps

Registration for Summer of Discovery Camps is open.  This camp is  for youth 6 to 12 years old and includes a variety of field trips, sports, games, contests, crafts, swimming and more.

Camps are Monday through Friday from 7 am. to 6 p.m. They run from May 30 to July 28, with core activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For campers who register by March 14, there will be  a drawing for a free final week of camp. The fee is $135 per child, per week. There is also a multi-child discount of $10 per week for the second child and $20 per week for the third and subsequent children. 

DCF assistance is accepted, but parents will need to contact DCF directly to determine eligibility. 

Summer of Discovery camps will be at Edgemoor, Linwood and Orchard rec centers.

Homeschool Learning Hubs

New this year is a one-day a week program aimed at Homeschool students on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2pm These classes are already in progress and will continue into the summer.
The Homeschool Learning Hubs provide a fun and educational experience with crafts, physical education, culinary class and STEM projects.

Learn more, register

To find a recreation center near you, register for a camp, get phone numbers and more details on summer camps and other recreational opportunities through Wichita city programs, go here.

Parents can find details about fees and scholarships, phone numbers and addresses for city rec centers and download registration forms at the site.