School is out for the summer but the city of Charlottesville is making sure students of all ages have a fun and affordable outlet. Monday, Charlottesville's Department of Parks & Recreation kicked off six weeks of summer camp.
Campers say it's a fun summer substitute for school - and for parents, it's an affordable option that's close to home.
"It just gives kids in Charlottesville the opportunity to get out, explore new things, learn new things, we take them on awesome field trips, they may not get to do on their own and who doesn't love to swim and go fishing, hiking, go to the zoo, wherever?" said Kylie Cempre, recreation specialist.
Campers ranging from pre-kindergartners to 10th-graders are spending the summer playing at Charlottesville rec centers and schools and taking field trips.
"We go to Kings Dominion, we go to Massanutten Water Park, the Safari Park over at Natural Bridge," said Cempre.
Cempre says the program is an affordable option for parents.
"Our camp is very low-priced. It's $75 for six full weeks of activities and fun, and we do provide breakfast, lunch and a snack through USDA as well, so they're getting meals," said Cempre.
Campers have a whole slew of reasons to love camp.
"I can make friends, I can meet some of my old friends," said Donshea Taylor, a preteen camper.
"It's really fun and it's really safe because the teachers are so nice and they let us do a whole lot of fun stuff," said Amy Patterson, a preteen camper.
The campers will be at camp for six weeks. Several spots are still open in the preteen camp and the teen camp.
To check out the full list of options or to register, click here.