Our campers participate in a wide variety of programs and activities while enrolled in our Mini Canes camp. Activities include arts and crafts, a carnival, color olympics, an extravaganza, many special events and swimming.

Arts and Crafts

Every day our campers visit Mrs. Greene’s classroom for art class. Campers create beautiful art projects using a variety of art materials and techniques that become increasingly challenging as campers grow older and develop their art skills. Art project materials include working with fabric paint, glitter, clay, decorative sand, crayons and markers, puffy paint, water colors, beads, lanyard strings, and more.   

Art Shows
Campers display their art creations at the art show the second Thursday of every camp session. Parents and guest are encouraged to visit the Herbert Wellness Center Atrium to see their child’s art work. The art show runs from Thursday morning to Friday morning. Campers collect their art projects during art class on the last day of the camp session to take home.

Cooking
Once a week in arts and crafts, Mrs. Greene shows campers how to whip up a delicious treat during their arts and crafts time.  Campers learn how to read recipes, apply various cooking techniques, and then they get to eat their creations!

Cookbook Archive

At the end of the summer, campers are given a collection of the recipes they’ve made.  These recipes can be found below.

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Carnival

The first Friday of every session is Carnival Day for our four youngest camper groups! Campers win tickets playing at various carnival booths like the the Frisbee toss, the duck pond, the Basketball shoot out, the Milk bottle throw, the Putt Putt station, the Dunk tank and more.  Tickets can be turned in to win carnival prizes, and campers can enjoy popcorn and snow cones.

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Color Olympics

In addition to weekly sports skills challenges, on the last day of each camp session (the second Friday) campers are divided into color groups (red, green, yellow, and blue) across all ages and compete in an Olympics challenge that tests their new sport skills. Campers have fun racing in obstacle courses and other interactive events where they accumulate points for their color team. The winning team is announced and award ribbons are presented at the close of Extravaganza later that day.

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Extravaganza

Each 2-week camp session closes with an extravaganza show performed by three of the six camper groups. Parents, family, and friends are invited to watch as costumed-campers act, sing, and dance in a special themed show.

Extravaganza Details
Extravaganza begins promptly at 3:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the session in Centre Court. Make sure to arrive early as seats fill up quickly! Parents may park in the Herbert Wellness Center parking lot located in front of the building.  Parking in any other location without a parking permit or parking in a metered parking spot without paying at the parking machine inside the entrance of the Herbert Wellness Center will result in being ticketed.

Parents and guest are welcome to take pictures and film of the extravaganza show. Dismissal will commence as usual at the end of the show.

Extravaganza Videos
Missed an extravaganza show or want to see it again? Check out the Mini Canes Camp YouTube Channel to see our collection of Extravaganza videos.

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Special Events

For the safety and enjoyment of our campers, Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp brings special events and visitors to the Herbert Wellness Center, rather than venturing out on field trips. The following are some examples of activities offered each session.

Slides
Each session campers enjoy playing on a giant, inflatable water slide. Slides include the King Slide, Jaws Slide, Double Slip ‘N Slide, and the Ocean Liner Slide.

Special Guests
Campers have a wide variety of guest speakers including mad scientists that demonstrate their wacky experiments, magicians, the fire and police departments, animal shows, and more!

Theme Days
Every Thursday at camp is a theme day! Campers get creative with wacky costumes on Crazy Hair Day, Pirate Day, Hawaiian Day, Harry Potter Day, Super Hero Day, Crazy Hat Day, UM Spirit Day, and whatever else the camp staff brainstorms.

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Swimming

Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp has daily swim lessons for all campers at various skill levels. Camper to instructor ratio is approximately 7 to 1. Swimmers receive a skills check list and certificate at the end of each session.

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