New camp offers performance opportunities for local youth
June 2, 2013 — Is your child a budding singer, actor and/or dancer? Lassen County now has an overnight summer camp just for them! Two best friends from Sparks, Nev. put their heads together and came up with a performing arts summer camp for children in fifth through 12th grade. Camp Star Bound will be held at Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake from June 30 to July 6.
According to its website, Camp Star Bound provides children an opportunity to improve their performing arts skills in the areas of singing, acting and dancing. The camp also provides a supportive environment and uses the challenges of outdoor group living to promote individuality and improve self-confidence.
“This is our second summer doing the camp but our first at Eagle Lake,” said Stefanie McKnight, who co-owns and directs the camp with Kate Fischer. “We were just up there yesterday, and it was so beautiful. We want to keep the camp there from now on.”
Camp Star Bound combines a six-night, seven-day performing arts experience with all the fun of a traditional summer camp. The camp will give children the opportunity to learn jazz, ballet and hip hop dance from professional dance instructors and choreographers, method acting and improvisation from theater teachers and professional actors, and improve singing skills with vocal coaches.
In addition to expanding your performing arts skills, participants will likely make new friends and participate in traditional camp activities, such as canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, campfires and arts and crafts.
In addition to Camp Star Bound’s staff, Camp Ronald McDonald will hire approximately 13 staff members to provide program activities, food service and facility maintenance. Certified lifeguards are on staff during all lake/swimming activities and a certified archery instructor will be provided as well.
McKnight said all staff members and counselors are experienced college students or adults, and they have a wide variety of professional people.
“We only accept people who were referred to us by someone we know well,” said McKnight. “We check references and make sure they have what we want.”
All experience levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced, to come find expression and fulfillment on stage at the end of the week “Glee Style” Camp Showcase. Parents are invited to the performance to see what their children have been working on all week, and then enjoy cookies and punch before taking their camper home.
Registrations are currently being accepted and the last day to register is June 15.
For more information, visit campstarbound.com or call (800) 288-9197.
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