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Merrimack day camp offers fun for youth attending YMCA day camp, Camp Sargent

Friday, July 25, 2014

By LORETTA JACKSON

Staff Writer

The YMCA’s Camp Sargent day camp is a place to go for summer fun for kids ages 5-16 who want a c hoice of dozens of offerings – arts and crafts, boating, sports, picnics, performance theater, nature studies and more.

The day camp, located at 141 Camp Sargent Road., alongside Lake Naticook, operates from June 16 through Aug. 20. It offers swim lessons in the lake’s shallow, cool waters. A period of free swim, purely for the enjoyment, could be followed with board games, scavenger hunts, fishing, hiking, parachute games, fort building, drama, yoga and other activities.

The schedule of pre-camp activities, early morning diversions, surely is a valued resource for parents needing to arrive at camp, entrust their children to the camp’s expert staff, and head for work. Pre-camp hours are 7-9 a.m. Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A post-camp period is available from 4-6 p.m.

Camp Sargent, a parcel of some 22 acres, is affiliated with the YMCA of Greater Nashua, 24 Stadium Drive, and its associated facility, the Merrimack YMCA, 6 Henry Clay Drive. Camp Sargent has offered camping programs since 1924 when the property was purchased by the Nashua YMCA and dedicated to Eaton D. Sargent, a YMCA board member and mayor of Nashua.

The camp is available for private functions and the site of many events including family reunions, graduation parties, club picnics and sports events. It is licensed and accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services. The staff is trained in CPR and is certified in First Aid.

Erinn Kobisky is the welcome center director at the YMCA of Greater Nashua. She said that on-site day camps at the Nashua YMCA and the Merrimack YMCA facilities, along with the programs at Camp Sargent, attract some 450 youngsters each season. She said camp attendees at Camp Sargent need not be members of the YMCA but members enjoy a discounted rate. Prices vary according to age. Selected activities provided during specialty camps – playacting camp, farm camp, archery camp, set design camp and others – require an added expenditure for field trips, guest speakers and professional demonstrations.

“Day camps are a great option for parents because there are so many choices, something for everyone as far as their interests go,” Kobisky said. “The campers are led by a very enthusiastic staff that is uniquely real and playful. The staffers are great role models for the kids.”

Camp Sargent hosts a variety of theme days when all of the campers and counselors gather for shared fun that might include the presentation of a variety show or the replication of an old-fashioned gold rush.

Parents, guardians and caregivers are always welcome to visit upon presenting proper identification and signing the guest roster in the main office.

Kobisky added that campers and counselors alike tend to return each season to Camp Sargent or their choice of the other YMCA day camps.

“Each year there are new ideas and new camp themes are created,” Kobisky said. “There always is something that’s new.”

For more information on Camp Sargent, call the camp at 880-4845, call the Nashua YMCA branch at 882-2011 or call the Merrimack YMCA brach at 881-7778. To learn more about Camp Sargent online, go to: www.campsargent.org.

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