Activities took place at College Hill Recreation Center, Lee University and Waterville Golf Course where children of all school ages were exposed to golf, soccer, basketball, tennis — and even chess — in supervised settings with experienced volunteers selected to facilitate meaningful and engaging learning sessions.
Prior to launching the summer camps in 2011, the agency focused most of its youth initiatives on the Summer Feeding Program administered through the agency since the early 1990s. The agency expanded its summer youth programs in 2011 through community partnerships with the goal of keeping youth engaged and learning over the summer months.
Last summer, more than 1,000 youth participated in the summer food service program while 120 youth participated in the weeklong camp. This year’s free camp was designed for boys and girls in elementary, middle and high school. Free lunches, snacks and lots of water were provided throughout the week. Each participant was given a free T-shirt during the celebratory cookout on Friday.