LCYC camps start in June

LaGrange Communities Youth Centers added to the summer fun this year.

The art camp and drama camp will return along with a babysitting camp for local youth that would like to learn some useful skills and a conservation camp for older kids who want to get outdoors.

Founded in 2006, LCYC offers a variety of opportunities for LaGrange County youth, including after school programs and summer camps. LCYC also assists with out-of-school suspension for area school districts.

The camps are a fun diversion when school is out. They are geared toward various age groups; for example, the art camp is for elementary-aged children and the conservation camp is for those entering seventh through 12th grades next year.

The new babysitting course, offered in conjunction with Parkview LaGrange Hospital, will be held on June 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeland Intermediate School. Participants will learn childcare skills, the basics of first aid and CPR as well as some business tips. The course includes fun activities and role-playing exercises, says LCYC literature. The cost is $10.

Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the fee. Registration for all the camps is at Call LCYC at 463-0334 or email to with questions. Deadline to sign up is one week prior to the camp. Registration for the drama and art camps is limited.

The summer conservation camp will be held July 18-22 at Pine Knob County Park, 2835 E. SR 120, Howe, in conjunction with LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Department.

LCYC Executive Director Jennifer Martin said she is excited about the new opportunity, which will feature Indiana Conservation Officers and parks Naturalist Leslie Arnold.

“They will do something different every day,” said Martin. “It’s just something to get them outside.”

Among the programs will be hunting safety, wildlife identification and archery.

Art camp, overseen by Lakeland School Corporation teacher Amy Whited, is June 20-24, 9 a.m. to noon at Lakeland Intermediate School. This year’s theme is Art From Around the World.

The program is for children in fourth and fifth grades. All supplies are provided.

Drama camp is taught by Lou Ann Homan of Angola and is for ages 11-16. Drama camp will be held July 25-29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lakeland Junior Senior High School.

The participants will learn acting and auditioning, voice and movement, improvisation and more. The cost is $25 per student. A live show, titled “The Gambler’s Mourning,” will be presented July 29 at 6 p.m. in the Lakeland Junior Senior High School auditorium.

“The show takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Swing and Sway Supper Club in 1936,” said Homan. “It is a who-dun-it mystery with a very colorful cast.”

To top the summer off, LCYC is hosting a huge event on Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delt Church Park in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies. The officers involved will be dressed casually and participating in activities with youth in sixth grade and up.

The goal, said Martin, is to “provide a positive atmosphere and opportunities for the kids to enjoy.”

The activities will include a seatbelt simulation and rides, as well as the chance to soak Chief Deputy Tracey Harker in a dunk tank.

Door prizes are being sought for the event. They can be dropped off at the parks department office at 505 W. 700S, Wolcottville. More information is available by calling 854-2225.

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