Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Discover the outdoors with Galena’s camp

Mountain adventures for ages 6-12

Express Staff Writer

    Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer at Galena Lodge, exploring all the area has to offer? While adults might be stuck inside this summer, kids ages 6-12 can spend their summers at Galena.
    The Galena Lodge Youth Adventure Camp is designed for kids ages 8-12. Not only can kids horseback ride and learn to whitewater raft on the Salmon River, campers also visit the Easley Hot Springs, learn wilderness first aid skills, rock climb, mountain bike, paddleboard and learn how to tread lightly on the forest.
    The full-day camps run weekly from June 24-28 and July 8-Aug. 23. Camps run Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and overnight from 9 a.m. on Thursday to 4 p.m. on Friday. Cost is $395 per person (tax not included), with a maximum of 24 campers. And the yummy meals are cooked in the Galena Lodge kitchen.
    Besides full-day camps, Galena Lodge offers two weeks of half-day camps for ages 6-8.
    They are from June 17-21 and July 1-5. Known as the Kids Camp, the program aims to prepare kids for the Adventure Camp while exploring Galena’s yurts, making ice cream and swimming at Easley Hot Springs. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It costs $250.
    Headquartered at Galena Lodge, 23 miles north of Ketchum, the action-based camps emphasize fun, safety and respect for the outdoors.
    Round-trip transportation is provided daily from Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum. All parents need to do is drop their kids off, generally by 9 a.m., with pickup at 4 p.m. Lunch and snacks are provided in the cost. Half-day camps run from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
    Call 726-4010 for an information packet or visit to download the camp brochure.
    Continuing in 2013 is the Galena Lodge Youth Scholarship Fund, in its seventh year. Generous donors have in the past enabled kids to attend camp on full and partial scholarships.
    Potential donors are asked to sponsor a child with a $395 gift, with 100 percent of contributions going into the scholarship fund through the Blaine County Recreation District. The scholarships are limited to full-time Blaine County residents.

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