Camp Kroc: Providing Peace of Mind for Parents and Fun for Kids

Jun 16, 2021

When school lets out for summer break, many working parents look for creative ways to ensure their kids stay safe while having fun during the weeks away from the classroom. The Salvation Army’s Camp Kroc is an affordable solution, offering plenty of opportunities for socialization, engagement, education and classic summertime fun in a supervised setting.

“We are thrilled to be able to have a much more normal camp experience this summer,” said Kevin Boesiger, education director for The Kroc Center. “You can feel the excitement in the kids.”

Now that pandemic restrictions have eased, the Kroc Center has doubled the number of kids enrolled in Camp Kroc this summer. Each week through Aug. 13, approximately 80 kids between the ages of 6 and 13 are enjoying arts and crafts, games and sports, time in the pool, fields trips to the Omaha Zoo, Fontenelle Forest and other local attractions and socializing with their friends.

The Kroc Center has also hired two certified teachers to assist with math, reading and STEM programming, ensuring kids can keep their skills sharp or get some extra tutoring, even while they are out of the classroom for the summer.

Teens are invited to kick back, relax and connect with friends in the Loft space, which is open in the late afternoons and evenings. Specialty Clubs focusing on topics like food and nutrition and finance basics are also geared toward middle school and high school participants.

Per the CDC’s guidelines, campers and staff are wearing masks, but other than that, said Boesiger, it’s back to summer as usual.  “It’s so great to see this place busy again,” he added. “These halls aren’t meant to be quiet. I’m really glad to hear the kids’ voices and laughter again.”

For more information about Camp Kroc, visit the Kroc Center’s website or call (402) 905-3500.

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