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Camp TotalRec Taking Registrations for Summer Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department is now taking registration forms for Camp TotalRec through the Parks and Recreation office, by mail, or through its online server, WebTrac. WebTrac is designed to be more user friendly, giving residents the ability to see any and all programs that are offered through the department.

The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department will highlight many special guests to Camp TotalRec this summer, all of which is included in the weekly camp fee. Professional hula dancer and Polynesian drummer “Kahana Hula,” will put on an interactive performance to teach campers how to hula dance. Pirate Billy Bones will visit from his ship to take campers to “Pirate School” in an engaging performance that will teach the campers how to be good pirates. The famous DJ Casper will perform his hit record “Cha Cha Slide” and other hits as he shows campers some new dance moves. Campers will see, pet, and learn about animals from the jungle when Curious Creatures bring their friends to camp. Other guests include local librarians, clowns, magicians, DJs and more!

This summer Camp TotalRec is also packed with fun and exciting events. New this year, campers will be welcomed with a Luau during the first week of camp. Each Luau will feature a slip and slide, jumbo water slide, our new obstacle course inflatable and more! Carnival Day will take place at AW Stanley Park once again with fun carnival games, inflatables, face painting, and sweet treats. The annual Mayor’s Back to School Pencil Hunt will take place at Walnut Hill Park again this year. Campers get to compete in a candy drop and hidden pencil contest. They also get to enjoy the construction of two 200-ft water slides which the campers ride down on inner tubes, the inflatables, water activities, the summers top talent acts and ice cream treats.

Each week is highlighted by a fun and exciting theme. Week 1: “Aloha Summer”. We’re going to heat things up Hawaiian style as we say Aloha to summer! Help us welcome summer at our Hawaiian Luau Celebration with several attractions including inflatables, games, balloons, music & more! Week 2: “Party in the USA”. We’ll celebrate the red, white, and blue! Get ready for traditional games like kickball, wiffle ball, four square, & a sack race. Cool down by making your own ice cream! This week ends with a bang at Stanley Quarter Park with the “Great American Boom!” (No Camp July 4th). Week 3: “Spirit Week”. It’s going to be a Wacky Tacky week at Camp TotalRec. Each day will have a spirited theme including Pirates & Princesses Day, Twin Day, Carnival Day, Hat Day & Tacky Day! Week 4: “Adventures in Art”. We’re going to put those creative minds to work and explore all kinds of art. We’ll work on a camp mural, recycled arts & crafts, and tie dye shirts. Week 5: “Rock Star Week”. Bring your sunglasses, rap, punk, and glam gear for the red carpet! We’ll sing, dance and put on a show for family and friends on Visitor’s Day! Week6: “Welcome to the Jungle”. Don’t forget your binoculars and backpacks as we set off for an adventure! Join us on our expedition as we learn about our furry friends through activities and crafts. This week includes a visit from Curious Creatures and our pony friends. Week 7: “Peace Out”. Time to say “Peace Out” to summer. We’re going to make old memories into new ones by exploring a different decade every day. This week is going to be totally groovy with music, dress-up, games and a pool party!

Camp TotalRec, the department’s largest camp offered during the summer months, runs for 7-weeks, Monday, June 23rd – Friday, August 8th, 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Camp TotalRec is for youth who have completed 1st through 5th grade. The camp is located at two separate locations: A.W. Stanley Park for 1st-2nd graders and Willow Brook Park for 3rd-5th graders. The camp includes breakfast and lunch, active games, arts & crafts, swim lessons, free swim, and special events. Field Trips are offered at an additional cost. Participants are provided with daily bus transportation to and from camp. (A.M and P.M bus stop must be the same location.) Camp TotalRec is divided into 7 sessions giving residents the option to pick and choose individual weeks to attend or to attend all seven weeks of camp.

The fee for each week of camp is $40 or $250 for all seven weeks.

All in-office and mail-in registrations must be received, with payment, by 3:45 p.m. on the Thursday before the week attending camp. All online registrations must be completed by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. before the week attending. Register for all 7 weeks by Friday, May 30th and receive a FREE Camp TotalRec T-shirt!

Morning and afternoon extension hours for Camp TotalRec are available through Camp Clubhouse held at A.W. Stanley Park and Willow Brook Park. Camp Clubhouse allows participants to arrive at 7:30 a.m. and stay until 5:30 p.m. Transportation is not provided to Camp Clubhouse. 1st and 2nd graders remain at A.W. Stanley before and after camp and 3rd-5th graders remain at Willow Brook Park before and after camp. Fees for this program are $30.00 per week for morning only or afternoon only. Participants enrolled in Downtown Players are also eligible for Camp Clubhouse.

For more information on program registration, call the Parks and Recreation office at 860-826-3360 or check out our latest offerings on WebTrac at: