LEMOORE — Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes and at Lemoore Summer Day camp the kids are learning and preparing to be their own kind of superhero.
Lemoore Parks and Recreation Department began its summer day camp program Monday and the kids are learning about how animals can be superheroes.
The morning begins with a lot of running and playing.
Kids can be found shooting hoops on the basketball court, kicking around a soccer ball, playing a live-version of Pac-Man, simply running around and playing cards.
In between all of the running and playing, the kids made their own superhero masks.
Briana Kaszacs, a camper, said she painted her mask with rainbows because she loves them. She said that the superhero who wore her mask would have the power to shoot out rainbows from everywhere and be able to fly on a rainbow.
Kaszacs got five superhero dollars for her work on her mask. Kids receive superhero dollars throughout the week for being good and winning competitions. At the end of the week, they can buy prizes and snacks.
Kaszacs has been to the camp for two summers and said she made her best friend there.
This week’s theme for the camp was Animal Heroes. The kids received a visit from the Lemoore K-9 unit to see how dogs are superheroes and police officers.
Later in the week, the kids will take a trip to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
Each week has a different theme related to the different types of superheroes and how the kids can be superheroes now and in the future.
Sheila Taylor, the program coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the program is supported by teens in the community as well. Every summer the staff includes "volun-teens," as Taylor calls them.
“They are really great,” Taylor said. “The young kids often find them really relatable.”
Teenagers like Nya Whitmore, 15, who attends Lemoore Middle College High School, volunteer at the camp to help watch the kids and assist the staff members.
“I just thought it would be a fun thing to do while taking my classes,” Whitmore said.
Parents can still sign kids up for the remaining weeks of day camp.
The city’s day camp program lasts for nine weeks and costs $125 a week. There is a discounted price offered if the child is signed up for four or all nine weeks.
The day camp is open to children ages 5 to 12. It runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 10.