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Exploration for every child: Encompass summer camps cover wide range of interests

Boxes turn into an exciting vehicle for play in Encompass
Boxes turn into an exciting vehicle for play in Encompass' Mighty Machines camp, one of dozens of week-long summer offerings for children.
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The 2013 edition of popular Encompass Summer Camps, which just won the Macaroni Kid Family Choice award, gets ramped up soon, with online registration slated to begin Tuesday morning, March 26.

The total of 40 week-long half-day camps, eight weeks from June 26 through Aug. 16, cover a wide range of interests for children age 2 to 7.

“If there is one theme, it is that we offer exploration opportunities for every child,” says Rochelle Clayton Strunk, Encompass director of community programs.

The variety is reflected in the camp names themselves, from “Rescue 911,” “Wild about Water”, “LEGO Mayhem” and “Sea Explorers” to “3-2-1 Blast Off,” “Curious George,” “Busy Bakers” and “Broadway Bound,” the camps cover all manner of activities.

Two camps are perennial favorites: “Young Entrepreneurs” (formerly “Marketplace”), in which children create a business plan and manufacture items to “sell” their parents on the camp’s final day, and “I Love a Parade,” in which children create the Encompass float for the Festival at Mount Si and Snoqualmie’s Railroad Days parades.

Camps are grouped in three brackets: age 2, age 3-4 and age 5-7. The cost for each camp ranges from $78 to $131 per week.

There is a bonus program for pre-teens, a Camp Assistant Training Program. In this program, children age 11 to 13 can shadow camp teachers and join in the fun, for nearly half-price tuition.

Camps are held at the Encompass Main Campus, 1407 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend.

Encompass makes special accommodations for children who need them. Additional fees may apply.

For more information, contact Julie Forslin, Encompass summer camp manager, at (425) 888-2777 ext. 1210, or by e-mailing julie.forslin@encompassnw.org.

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