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As your Recreation Director, I'm always proud to bring a fun variety of summer camps to you, our members. Once again, we've upped the ante by adding a few new camps for our preschool-aged members that I just couldn't resist. One of my favorites is Princess Camp. Oh, sweet Princess Camp!

Growing up, my sister and I had a toy box full of dress-up clothes. It was mostly old petticoats and shiny odds and ends from grandma's closet, but to us it was enough to pull together a grandiose wedding or ball in a matter of minutes.

Hold on, I know what you're thinking. She's a girly girl—all fluff and foo-foo. You couldn't be further from the truth. Those petticoats and shiny things were pulled over a pair of jeans and tennis shoes. Sure, every good sister has to make her brother marry the cat a few times in life, which obviously requires dressing for the occasion, but I was a no-frills girl to the core.

I'd like to say that I've become quite the girly girl over the years and this is why I'm drawn to Princess Camp, but I must be honest; I have a job that entails wearing yoga pants to work on most days, my feet ache at the sight of high heels and my ears will never be pierced.

No, the real reason I'm excited for Princess Camp is because I love the way little ones light up at the idea of being their favorite princesses. It's at this place of light that preschoolers shine.

The chance to engage in creative play and to pretend to be their favorite characters is the best experience any of us can give children. That's why I love Princess Camp. Did I mention princes are welcome as well? And they won't even have to marry a cat. I'll make sure of it.

If you have a little tomboy like I used to be, let her join the ranks of junior members who'd rather go by Peter Parker than their given name. Your young superhero will love Superhero Camp, where creative play galore awaits. All special powers will be put to the test, and a cape must be worn in order to save the day!

May your little one enjoy playing all summer long!

KATIE BARTH
Recreation Director

THE BENEFITS OF PLAY
"When children pretend, they're using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero."
—Fred Rogers, American children's television host (1928–2003)

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