Paige Moné Special for News & Record
Winter camps give students the opportunity to learn, have fun and make new friends during their break from school during the holidays.
Registration is now open for several camp experiences offered by High Point Parks and Recreation in December.
Piedmont Environmental Center (1220 Penny Road, High Point) offers two options for students interested in nature and the environment during this time. PEC’s Junior Winter Camp is a one-day experience for 6- and 7-year-olds, offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 30.
Campers will participate in outdoor adventures in nature while learning about plants, birds and animals during the winter season. Throughout the day, they will also take meteorological measurements to better understand how wind, temperatures and humidity levels relate to the cycle of living things.
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The cost is $25 per child for PEC members and $30 for non-members. Call 336-883-8531 to register or learn more.
For children ages 8-12, PEC will be hosting its two-day Nature Winter Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 18-20. Campers will participate in a giant game of “Natural Clue” with activities that use the “tools”, visit the “places” and sort out the “characters” of the game.
Using the classroom as a base laboratory for their investigations, the campers set out to find clue stations in the forest, grounds and gardens of PEC. Clue stations include Talking Trees, Wild About Weather, Bird Beak Mix-up, Underground Escapes, Made-up Maps, Tipi Tales and more.
The cost is $50 per child for PEC members and $60 for non-members. Call 336-883-8531 to register or learn more.
Allen Jay Recreation Center (1073 East Springfield Road, High Point) will feature a new “Pinspiration” Camp from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 27-30, featuring daily activities and themes inspired by the popular Pinterest website, including Luau, Animal Lovers, Western Camp Out and Glow Party.
The camp is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The cost is $100 per participant for the session. Register by calling 336-883-3508.
Deep River Recreation Center (1529 Skeet Club Road, High Point) the new ‘Explore the Point’ winter camp will also be offered to K-5 students from 8am-6pm December 27-30.
This camp gives participants the chance to briefly learn about a variety of youth programs offered by High Point Parks and Recreation, as well as a preview of some upcoming opportunities. Programs include archery, Ozobots, gymnastics, soccer, environmental education, cooking skills, crafts, gardening and e-sports and more in a week during the holidays.
The cost is $80 per student. Call Deep River at 336-883-3407 to reserve a spot for your student.
Oak Hollow Tennis Center (3401 N. Centennial St., High Point) will host a vacation junior tennis camp for ages 7-16 from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 26-30. The focus will be on building tennis skills through fun games and drills.
The cost is $150 for the week or $40 per day. Register by calling 336-883-3493.
High Point Parks and Recreation offers a number of volunteer opportunities that support departmental programming throughout the year, including youth athletic coaches, cheer coaches, head coaches, and assistant coaches. Miracle League baseball clubs, golf rangers, youth fishing instructors, and more.
A Volunteer Fair will be held from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center (921 Eastchester Drive, Suite 1230), where the community can stop by and learn more about how they can make a difference. Current and former volunteers can enter raffles for raffles throughout the event.
Participation is free and registration is not compulsory. For more information, call 336-883-3477.
Senior Games and SilverArts
Early bird registration will be open until January 31 for the 2023 Greater High Point Senior Games and SilverArts competitions, which will run from March 28 through May 31.
Open to adults “50+,” sporting events include basketball, track and field, pickleball, bocce, and more than 50 other categories. SilverArts provides a stage for creative talents in the visual, heritage, literary and performing arts.
The registration cost is $10 until February 1, when it increases to $12 per person. The deadline for registration is March 31. Call 336-883-3584 or email [email protected] to find out how to get involved or sponsor.
Holiday Craft Bazaar
The annual Holiday Craft Bazaar at Oakview Recreation Center (503 James Road, High Point) will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 3 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 4. Vendors will sell holiday items, crafts, jewelry, toys and more.so this is a great opportunity to do some early holiday shopping. Santa Claus will also make a special visit from 10 a.m. to noon on December 3.
South side fitness center
The updated fitness center and cardio room at the Southside Recreation Center (401 Taylor Ave., High Point) offers on-demand spin classes, an elliptical machine and treadmill, a stationary bike, a rope equipment, kettlebells, weights and a Smith bench press. machine.
The cost is $2 per visit and $10 monthly passes are available. For more information, stop by or call 336-883-3504.
Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center
The Culler Senior Center (921 Eastchester Drive) offers a range of recreational programs for seniors, including exercise and art classes, card games, choir groups and more.
To learn more, stop by the center or call 336-883-3584 or visit www.highpointnc.gov/pr.
ASPIRE, formerly known as Special Populations, stands for adaptive sports, inclusive programs and recreation. Programs and services are offered to people with physical and developmental disabilities across a range of ages and interests.
For more information or to register, call our ASPIRE staff at 336-883-3477.
Paige Moné is the Marketing Coordinator for the City of High Point Parks and Recreation Department. Contact her at [email protected]