Southern District youngsters enjoying three weeks of summer camp

Excitement will kick into overdrive at the Wheatley J. Grant YMTA Facility, as the Local Government Pinder’s Point Township host a three-week Summer Camp for children ages five to 15 years old residing in the Southern District communities.

Sharmaine Russell, Camp Coordinator encourages parents to take advantage of the camp and its programs, activities and amenities offered Monday through Friday beginning 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., which includes lunch for the campers.
“Summertime has really begun for all youngsters participating in this year’s camp that is the brainchild of Local Government Pinder’s Point Township Chairman, Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Russell. She wanted children throughout the Mack Town, Bevans Town, Hunters, Lewis Yard and Pinder’s Point settlements to be actively engaged in wholesome, fun-filled activities at the local YMTA.

“Now, the camp will run for a period of three weeks and began on Monday, July 2 ending on Friday, July 20 with a Fun Day and Exhibition.

“Presently, there are 45 children registered at the camp and we are open to having an additional 15 children enrolled enjoying the numerous activities planned, which includes sports, arts and crafts, Literature (reading, short stories and poetry writing), dance and drama, Early Childhood Tutoring (numbers and sight word skills), straight talk/etiquette sessions and cultural field trips,” said Russell.

Daily lunch is provided free of charge and parents as well as guardians need not worry, as their children are in the care of trained teachers, revealed the Camp Coordinator, who is assisted by Assistant Camp Coordinator Bernadine Russell and Pinder’s Point Township Chairman Russell.

Understanding the stress parents have as it relates to their children being positively occupied during their summer break, the Camp Coordinator also noted the set up at the YMTA meets all the safety checklist boxes of guardians and the youngsters are well cared for.

Additionally, she noted that parents are responsible for registering their children at the camp each morning at 8:45 a.m. daily and both at the YMTA facility and during field trips other trusted aides assist in keeping watch over the youngsters.

“Definitely, the campers will have fun but in a wholesome, well-structured environment in which their learning continues but in a more kid-friendly way.

“Once again we are encouraging parents and guardians to take advantage of the camp.

“Of course, it is unfortunate that this camp is occurring at the same time as that of the Urban Renewal Program. But it was incumbent upon us to ensure that something was done during this time to ease the concern place on parents, grandparents and guardians who had to work and wanted to ensure their children were not getting involved in any mischief due to idleness.

“We appreciate the support of parents, sponsors, donors, volunteers and the Southern Shore communities at large, as we anticipated a great camp and look forward to putting forth a big, extra special Fun Day and Exhibition Extravaganza for the campers that includes games, face painting, bouncing castles, water slides, dancing arts and crafts displays and free food and drink all day long on the closing out day (Friday, July 20).
“Come and let’s have fun, fun, fun,” exclaimed Russell.

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