Roseburg Summer Fun summer camp activities, volunteer opportunities

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Reporter Molly Kay holds Summer Camp Flyers, informational flyers will be distributed to schools around the area to bring more awareness to the event.
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Roseburg Summer Fun is a summer camp with events being held for grades first through sixth, and seventh through high school. The program starts in June and ends in August. Roseburg Summer Fun has been holding events for children in the community for 20-plus years and continues to keep students engaged and active in the summer. Volunteer and part-time job opportunities are available for the summer camp.

Volunteers must be aged 16 or older with no age cap set and must successfully pass a background check; they can choose what age group of children to work with. For volunteer opportunities contact the Community Workforce and Training building at (541)-440-4668.

Two paid part-time positions are available for the camp and can be found on the UCC employment page.

Director of Community and Workforce Training Susan Neeman explains the program and reminisces about past years assisting with events.
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For grades one through six, each week a different event is held. Events are also available for grades seventh up, as well as four Teens on Tour excursion events. Parents can sign their children and teens up for events on the Roseburg Summer Fun website. Online events are also held for children which are STEAM-based activities.

Once a child is signed up for an event, they can participate every day the event takes place. Each event is four days long and parents receive a schedule one week before the event starts letting them know when and where their child will be. Teens on Tour events are one day and can be signed up for individually or as a bundle.

The weekly costs for the summer camp are $95 for a morning or afternoon session, and a full day costs $169. Morning sessions start at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., afternoon sessions start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 5 p.m., and a full camp day starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

If parents need to drop their children off early, before-camp activities are available for parents to utilize, this costs $25 a week. Children can be dropped off at 7:45 a.m. and participate in activities until the scheduled camp event.

For Teens on Tour, participants have the option of signing up for all four tours at $339, or for individual tours: DEFY trampoline park, Splatterbox is $79; Epic Escape Room, Jet Boats is $99; Dune Buggies, Go Karts and Bumper boats is $89; and Rogue Valley Zipline is $99.

Director of Community and Workforce Training Susan Neeman and Reporter Molly Kay discuss details about the program and how to sign up for events.
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The limit for participants is 30 children per day, which can be 15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon. Throughout the day, children get to participate in swimming, science and art activities, make snacks and have game time.

Teens participating in the program can take events relating to art skills, babysitting basics, culinary skills, robotics and programmable drones.

The babysitter basics course is for ages 11 through 16 and consists of a couple-week course that comes with a binder and book. Completion of the course will award children with a certificate of completion and a CPR first aid certificate.

The coordinator for the program this year is Linn Smith who has taken over from former coordinator, Susan Neeman who is now serving UCC as the director of the Community and Workforce Training

“They stay with that group, so they get to know those kids really well, the kids get comfortable with them and they are there to assist instructors,” Neeman says. “I want to see them out there interacting and playing with the kids.” Volunteers for the camp assist kids across campus and can choose to play with them while they are outside.

The summer camp does happen when summer classes are going on but does not cause disturbances for students “They (students) like to stop and talk to them and see what they’re doing. I have never had anyone complain, they usually tell me how much they enjoy seeing the kids on campus,” Neeman says.

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