GRCC’s Grandparent/Grandchild day camps add Animal Adventure

April 23, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s Grandparent/Grandchild Summer Wellness Day Camps have added an Animal Adventure program this summer.

The Older Learner Center’s Grandparent/Grandchild Summer Wellness Day Camps bring together older and younger generations through crafts, outdoor activities and field trips.

Adventure Day Camp activities for grandparents and kids ages 5 to 15 include:

  • a trip to the beach.
  • fishing, hiking and nature crafts.
  • kayaking.
  • blueberry picking.

Activities in the new Animal Adventure Day Camp include:

  • a trip to Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.
  • a class at the Critter Barn.
  • a trail walk to explore camouflage in nature.
  • a caterpillar hunt.

“Both generations benefit from the types of activities offered in our camps,” said wellness instructor Lannie Collard. "Children see improved social skills, can better relate to authority figures, and earn a deeper appreciation and understanding of an older generation.  Grandparents can learn so much from the younger generation and have the fantastic opportunity for unconditional love and the excitement of exploring through younger eyes.”

The camps are open to grandparents (and their grandkids) from Kent, Allegan, Lake, Mason, Osceola, Mecosta, Newaygo, Montcalm or Ionia counties. Each camp is a four-week session that runs from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. The Adventure Day Camp is July 1 to 22, and the Animal Adventure Day Camp is July 29 to Aug. 19. Arrangements have been made for shelter, if needed, so activities will be held rain or shine.

A donation of $20 per one grandparent and one grandchild is suggested for each four-week session. For each additional grandparent or grandchild, an additional $5 donation is suggested. Some activities and field trips will carry an additional cost. To register, call (616) 234-3483 or click here for the Adventure Camp or here for the Animal Camp.

These programs are provided with funding from the Older American’s Act Title IIIE administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.