Thirty more day camper slots were added to Collin County Adventure Camp this summer as demand for the camp increases.

“Last summer our camp was filling up and our program is starting to grow,” Mary Jo Boney, the summer camp administrator for CCAC, said. “More people are learning about us, and as our program grows we want to try to accommodate that growth.”

CCAC first opened its doors to campers in 2006, as a collaboration between Collin County, which owns the land, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, which manages and staffs the camp.

“A lot of people are looking for something to do with their kid for the summer because being inside on the TV isn’t their desire,” Boney said. “So, a program like ours where it is not only a day program but a camp program, so they get to come and be outside the largest portion of the day, is unique.”

In addition to the day camp, CCAC offers Jamboree, an overnight camp program, three weeks every summer and the facility is rented out for private use by several organizations and groups.

This summer 110 day campers between the ages of 5-12 will stay each week at the camp. Campers spend most of the day outside swimming, canoeing, riding the zip line, archery, arts and crafts, climbing the rock wall and hiking.

Amy Massingill, the outdoor education director for CCAC, said construction will begin soon on a giant pendulum swing. The swing will seat two people at a time and swing 40 feet in the air. Work will also begin this fall on repaving the camp’s roads and resurfacing the trails.

“We have about five miles of hiking trails and they’ve had a lot of wear and tear over the last 11 years and with the amount of rain we had the last couple of springs,” Massingill said. “So, we have seen a lot of erosion. Some of them are washing away.”

Massingill is in charge of curriculum for the fifth grade three-day science program offered by the camp in the fall in partnership with school districts in the county. She said the program brings students from across the county to the camp to learn about outdoor education. A new night sky activity similar to stargazing will be added to the program this fall, she said.

Many of the day campers who come during the summer are previous fifth grade students who learned about the camp through the science program.

Boney said students see the rock wall and swimming pool during the science program and want to come back during the summer to play on it. As the camp grows, Boney said so do the activities, and she hopes a child who comes to camp each summer will experience new things every year.

“We are filling fast,” Boney said. “Our June is completely full and we have about 13 kids a day who are registering for our program. So, there is a wait list. We have a lot of kids who signed up for week one and they’re halfway through week one and they’re like, ‘Man I really love this, can I come back?’ So, it won’t be long until we are completely full.”

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