Christian Love Center holds summer camp

Published 3:00 am Friday, May 29, 2015

The Christian Love Center on Segers Street will once again offer Summer Camp weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Christian Love Center Director Lawanda Bell said while the camp’s registration fee is $75 per week for children ages 3 to 12, parents who would like their child to attend but might not have the resources can call and the center would work with them to ensure their child could participate in the activities.

“If they don’t have funds for camp, we do offer family guidance,” Bell said. “Come and talk to us, because we want all kids off the streets during the summertime. We don’t want any kids roaming around or anything. We want to make sure they’re doing something. We are here to make a difference, so we are willing to work with some of the parents. We may have one or two sponsors that will be helping out.”

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Bell said the camp would focus on agriculture activities with much of the participants’ time spent in the center’s community garden.

“We’ll be doing a lot of garden education, which goes along with the fishing trips we will take,” Bell said. “We’ll be riding bikes this summer. We have a ton of things planned for them. Everything we’ll be doing is going to be educational. Our main focus this summer is definitely going to be our community youth garden along with getting the kids fit and active.”

Bell also said the students would take field trips every Friday and would occasionally travel to Montgomery for activities.

“Every Friday, we will be taking a field trip,” Bell said. “Whether it’s fishing, going to someone else’s garden, going to the horse stables or anything dealing with agriculture, we’ll be out there doing it. We have a couple of trips to Montgomery. We’ll be going to some private ponds there, some lakes, so we have a lot going on. They’re going to learn to do so many different things. We’re really excited about this.”

The camp is open to children ages 3 to 12, and Bell strongly encouraged parents to allow their young men to attend the camp.

“With school being out, they don’t have anything to do, and they find things to get into,” Bell said. “Right now we just want the kids busy, active and moving. We want to keep them active and going that’s our main goal.”

Student attending the camp are asked to bring sunscreen, a towel, a hat, insect repellent and sun glasses. Bell said students who are unable to bring the required items would have them provided for them.

There is no registration deadline for the camp, but Bell said it would be best that all students wanting to attend be registered by the Monday of the week they are choosing to come and again wanted to remind parents that the center is willing to work with parents who think they may not be able to send their child to camp.

“Really, we are encouraging parents to allow their kids to do something during the summer,” Bell said. “If you don’t think you can afford it, give us a call. …. We’re here to work with parents, because we don’t want children sitting home alone. We don’t want our kids getting in trouble, period. We want to keep them busy and active.”