Summer is officially here for kids of all ages and many parents are looking for fun activities for them to participate in during this break from school.

Summer is officially here for kids of all ages and many parents are looking for fun activities for them to participate in during this break from school.

Whether they are looking to beat the heat or embrace it, the Pine Bluff area has a variety of camps, events and activities to keep youngsters entertained.

Approximately 90 kids hit the court last week for a three-day basketball camp that was hosted by Watson Chapel High School. The camp included five-on-five games, contests and drills to enhance the youngsters’ basketball skills.

For those that like to stay cool by dipping in the pool, Pine Bluff Country Club has a swim team. The team meets four days a week to train and practice technique and prepare for competitions.

If you haven’t signed up for a camp yet, there are still many to choose from.

The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County will begin its summer program which runs from June 10 until August 2. Club facilities are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The weekly fees for the summer program are $50 for one child, $85 for two children, and $120 for three children. For more information on what is offered at the Boys and Girls Club or to sign up for the summer program, call James Britt at 870-534-2188.

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will be offering classes for those with a flair for the arts and a scientific curiosity. Kids ages 5 to 18 are welcome to sign up for Theatre Camp, which will be held June 10-14, Art Camp that will be June 17-21, and Tinkering/Science Camp will bring the programs to a close June 24-28. Each weeklong camp costs $60 for members and $80 for non-members. For more information, visit www.artssciencecenter.org or contact Lenore Shults at 870-536-3375.

The Pine Bluff Police Department is once again offering its Youth Day Camp from June 10 through July 19. The camp is Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is for children 6 to 16 years old. Fees are $50 and space is limited. For details call 870-730-2077 or 870-730-2076.

If you are a cheerleader at heart and want more training, the All-Star Cheerleading Summer Camp will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from July 8 to August 9. This five-week camp is open to kids ages 6 to 18. There will be activities for every skill level including jumps, cheers, dance, students, and tumbling. You can choose to participate in the camp from one week to all five. Each week, new skills will be added to build cheerleading abilities. Camp coordinator, Freta Rogers-Mason hopes to develop an All-Star Competition Cheerleading squad for Pine Bluff from selected individuals that participate in the five-week camp. The camp will be coached by Leroy Brown, assistant to the UAPB Cheerleaders. For more information, contact Freta Rogers-Mason at 870-489-1567 or stop by Seabrook YMCA for a registration form.