After more than a 20 year run, Bear Camp is saying farewell following the 2015 season. The reason is the program has experienced declining numbers for the last five years, according to Dianne Marquez, recreation programs manager with the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division.
“It’s been a great run of over 20 years of Bear Camp at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, but 2015 is the last summer this wonderful program will be offered by the county,” a recent press release stated, which Marquez said disappointed some parents and kids, but for the most part the closing was understood. “When we started this program back in the 1990s, we were the only game in town,” Marquez said. With the addition of many other camps in the region over the years, the county reviewed the program and decided it was no longer cost effective to continue.
It began with a purpose to fill a gap in summer childcare services, but now many other camps have come to Los Alamos and there are several more summer camp activities to choose from.
Marquez has been there from the beginning along with her predecessor Annie Pyburn, whom she worked with for many years.