Sounds of laughter and fun have been heard throughout Schaumburg this summer.
Schaumburg Park District summer camps are proving to be a great outlet for children of all ages to be amused, active and most of all, having fun.
A badminton camp at the District's Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, perfectly blended all the components of a fun summer. The future badminton stars ages 8 to 14 learned the fundamentals of serving, receiving, smashing, clearing and dropping through practice and games. Campers had nothing but rave reviews about it.
"I love badminton," said Alekya Mallampalli, 11. "I always have a good time while playing."
In addition to a variety of athletic camps featuring every sport from volleyball and tennis to soccer and gymnastics, children are learning new skills and spending days outside at Spring Valley immersed in nature and farm life.
Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley offered two sessions of the brand-new camp, Cookin' Up History. Children ages 7 to 12 cooked historical recipes on the farmhouse stove, canned sweet delights, baked savory treats and tasted fresh wonders at the 1880s livings history farm.
And the camp has proven to be quite popular.
"It's really exciting to cook," said Saher Ahluwalia, 7. "I like cooking different things each time and my favorite thing that we've made is apple pie."
Cookin' Up History will also be offered for children ages 7 to 9 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., July 30 to Aug. 3, and ages 10 to 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 6 to 10.
Children are rounding out their farm experience by working with animals and helping out with chores in Chores and Chortles. The camp for children ages 7 to 12 shows that learning isn't limited to just the school year. The children also get the benefit of learning a little bit of early Schaumburg history.
"The best part of the day is when I get to be with the animals." said Kayla Song, 11. "I like taking care of them."
Another Chores and Chortles Camp is set for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., July 30 to Aug. 3.
While Spring Valley is full of live animals, some campers are working with virtual fish in the cultural arts department.
Luke LoCascio, 9, enrolled in Video Game Animation Camp at the Community Recreation Center. Children ages 9 to 12 learn how to create dynamic video animation games using kid-friendly software.
"I'm learning how to animate fish games," said LoCascio. "It's challenging, but I really enjoy it!"
Whether its sports, nature or the arts, the District's camps have proved to be a pleasing remedy for a case of the summer doldrums.
For more information and registration, call (847) 490-7020 or visit www.parkfun.com.