Registration opens for Baltimore summer camp

Registration opens for Baltimore summer camps, which is free for city residents.

Registration for Baltimore's kid summer camp runs through June 1, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Wednesday.

The academic enrichment camps — which offer a variety of activities, such as reading, crafts, swimming and sports — are free for city residents. More than 3,000 children participated in the city-run camps last summer.

"For many families this is cost prohibitive, but not for Baltimoreans," Pugh said. "Not only is it a camp where you can have fun, it also is academic enrichment. That's what we need for our children."

Families can enroll children on a first come, first served basis and must pay $150 for children to participate in field trips.

Specialty camps come with weekly fees for city residents and nonresidents.

The camps also employ 240 teens through the city's YouthWorks program to help run the camps. Another 100 work in Baltimore parks.

Go to bcrp.baltimorecity.gov for more information and to register online.

Tracey Estep, a recreation and parks official, said the camps have doubled enrollment since 2013. The city's goal is to enroll at least 3,800 this summer.

"If you're looking for a safe space for your kids, Camp Baltimore offers academic enrichment, exploration, nature, sports camps and clinics," she said. "We want to thank the parents for entrusting us with your most precious treasure: your children."

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