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Special to South Florida Times
BROWARD — Once upon a time, before
video games, social media and smart
phones captured children’s attention, playing
outdoors for hours on end was considered
good, wholesome fun. Camp Chameleon is
dedicated to helping youth to experience
this carefree, yet important pastime in its
summer camp, which runs in three week
sessions from June to August at the spacious
Markham Park in Broward County.
In order to keep the focus on enjoying
the outdoors, the camp emphasizes physical
activity with a variety of non-competitive
sports and games. Boredom is not a part
of the agenda, as in addition to the outdoor
activities, youth also participate in field trips
to local pools and aquatic parks, bowling,
movies, arcades, roller skating, painting,
ceramics, indoor gyms and more.
“We have been at Markham Park since
2009. We are a traditional day camp that
encourages getting kids outside for good old
fashioned fun and exercise. We emphasize
nature, creative arts, athletics, aquatics,
and daily field trips,” said Lori Laurens,
director of Camp Chameleon.
The camp offers something for children
of all ages. Its Young Chameleons program
is for boys and girls entering grades
kindergarten through fifth. That program
offers small, age appropriate groups with
low camper to counselor ratios.
Campers have fun swimming, playing
sports, discovering nature and the arts, and
going on field trips five days a week.
For middle school boys and girls entering
grades six through eight, there is Chameleon
Teen Camp, with an itinerary designed with
teen interests in mind.
High school students who have outgrown
the camp experience can still benefit from
Camp Chameleon’s leadership program.
Counselors in Training offers youth who
will be entering ninth and tenth grade an
opportunity to use creative and leadership
skills by assisting counselors and the
camp director with special event planning
and coordination. The only requirements
are that they be responsible, playful and
love young children. The CIT role affords
youth the ability to earn community service
hours that are required for high school
Camp Chameleon prides itself on offering
something for everyone. For children who
are drawn to nature, they will have a chance
to explore local parks with hikes, fishing,
animal and plant studies, naturalist guided
tours, Everglades airboat rides and science
For those who are looking to express their
artistic side, the camp offers arts and crafts
including drawing and painting, ceramics,
cooking, drama, dance, cheerleading and
music, most of which can be put on display
during the camp talent shows.
Young athletes will be able to flex
their muscles and stay in shape with the
camp’s non-competitive athletics including
conditioning, stretching, volleyball, basketball,
soccer, flag football, tennis, track and
field and racquetball. Some of the athletic
activities that are less about sports and more
about fun include good old fashioned games
like kickball, dodgeball, boxball, food eating
contests, group games, and Color War.
Children will be able to take advantage of
the water fun while at camp with swimming at
local pools, water playgrounds, slip and slide.
No camp is complete without water balloon
fights and wacky water games.
A registration fee of $55 per child is
required; and weekly camp rates range from
$145 to $175.
For more information, please visit
campchameleon.com or call 954-815-9054.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMP CHAMELEON
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