Summer Camps, “A Breath of Fresh Air” will be offered starting soon, sponsored by Bluff City Theater YETI (Youth Education Theater Initiative) program., Hannibal Parks & Recreation and Hannibal Arts Council.

Summer Camp will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday with the following sessions:

  • Session 1:  June 22-26, Ages 5 to 7
  • Session 2:  July 13 17, Ages 8 to 10
  • Session 3:  July 27-31, Ages 6 to 8

The camps will be directed by Gale Rublee, who said it’s important for children to have a chance to enjoy nature. “Let’s get outside and play!”

She said the camps will focus on outdoor and theater group games, nature exploration and some indoor activities to foster imagination and positive social interaction.

Social distancing, cleanliness, washing and sanitizing hands and surfaces plus other CDC guidelines will be observed including separate art supplies. Class size is strictly limited to 8 students.

Rublee, who has a bachelor’s in fine arts degree in theater from Stephens College and spent time in Hollywood pursing an acting career. She returned to St. Louis where she became a professional storyteller and teaching artist. She volunteered as a Teacher-Naturalist for school groups at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve for 13 years and completed a Master Naturalist certification in 2015. Having moved to Hannibal three years ago, Gale is now the youth coordinator and acting teacher for Bluff City Theater’s Academy and YETI (Youth Education Theater Initiative) program and the nature educator for Hannibal Parks & Recreation, where she leads nature programs and hikes. She is a nationally certified interpreter guide with more than 25 years of experience in outdoor education. Recently, Hannibal Parks & Recreation produced online “Nature Moments with Gale” to encourage Hannibal residents to get outside for a dose of Vitamin “N” for Nature. Those videos are available on the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Facebook page or at

Registration is due one week prior to start of session. The cost is $69 per session and financial assistance is available.

All classes take place at the Bluff City Theater Annex, 403 Broadway. More information is available at or by emailing or calling 573-719-3226.