Merrimack registrations ongoing for Naticook Day Camp in Wasserman Park

MERRIMACK – Naticook Day Camp, located in Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road, may be the perfect place for your child to spend the summer making new friends, learning new skills, enjoying the beauty of nature and capturing some memories that will last a lifetime.

Naticook Day Camp began on June 23 but have no fear of missing out on the fun. Registrations are ongoing although spots are filling up fast. Children ages 5-14, can join in the fun in the sun, every week of camp through Aug. 15.

Accredited by the prestigious American Camp Association, Naticook Day Camp offers a variety of activities including daily Red Cross swimming lessons, arts and crafts, theater acting, dance, canoeing, water games and field games.

A daily hot lunch is a favorite event for all of our hungry campers. In addition, every Friday is extra special with Friday Theme Days such as Tie Dye – Fri Dye and Super Hero Day.

Allison MacGuire, the director of the day camp, said on opening day, Monday, June 23, that this year’s roster of activities will be packed with recreational and educational oppoprtunities.

“Going to day camp gives kids a great opportunity to get outdoors,” MacGuire said. “There are swimming lessons, crafts, games, lunch, so much to do. We have plenty of counselors and see kids who come back, year after year, because it’s so much fun.”

The weekly rate for Merrimack residents is $185 per child. Non-residents also are welcome to attend at a weekly rate of slightly more, just $237 per child.

Schedules and registration forms are available at the entrance table of the Merrimack Town Hall, the Merrimack public library, or by calling the Parks & Recreation office: 882-1046.

Once registered, rest easy knowing your space is reserved for the number of weeks, whether one or more, that are need to accommodate your family’s busy, summertime schedule.

Campers and their families find there are attractions in Wasserman Park at all times of year. The park is home to a sandy beach that is reserved for town residents. The grassy areas near the beach, and elsewhere, often are used for family reunions or more intimate summertime picnics. Walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground with soft surfaces beneath the climb-ons that include sliding boards and jungle gyms are popular destinations.

Those with a green thumb surely will want to inquire about securing one or more of nearly 100 spaces, each 10-feet square, that is available in the Merrimack Community Garden. Notices are posted in the spring that applications are being taken for the season. Currently, a donation of $10 is the total sum contributed by Merrimack residents whose garden plots tend to yield an abundance of their favorite crops – tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, peas and other wonders cultivated, as is a garden rule, with no chemical pesticides. The community garden is offered by the Merrimack Agricultural Commission, an all-volunteer organization that also promotes the Merrimack Farmers Market, now relocated to the parking lot of Vault Motor Storage, 526 Daniel Webster Highway. The farmers market, featuring nearly 20 vendors, is open 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays, through Wed., Oct. 15.

For more information on day camp opportunities, the farmers market and other attractions found in Merrimack’s Wasserman Park, visit online: www.merrimacknh.gov, or send an email: parksdept@merrimacknh.gov.