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Summer day camps well attended

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 12:45 p.m. CDT

Union County Extension, in partnership with its AmeriCorps members, hosted eight different day camps for youths throughout the summer.

Tiffany Beatty, Lane Miller and Cooper Bailey were hired at the beginning of the summer by Union County Extension and AmeriCorps to organize and facilitate day camps for Union County youths. While these three members are AmeriCorps members, they were under the supervision of Haley Jones, Union County Youth and Outreach coordinator.

Work began right away in June with the planning and promoting of the day camps. Day camp topics ranged from camping to theatre to science and much more. The camps were available to youths from kindergarten through eighth grade. Union County saw a huge jump in participation this year for all of their camps with numbers ranging from 10 to 35 children at each camp. Each camp ended with a survey for the children to fill out, which helped the AmeriCorps members gain feedback for future camps.

“We had a couple of goals set for this summer in relation to organizing the camps: to increase youth participation and to host camps that covered a wide range of activities in order to pertain to the interests of all youth,” Jones said.

Both goals were achieved and surpassed.

The eight camps included: Spa Day, Broadway Breakthrough, Nerds R’ Us, Happy Trails, Scalawags Walk the Plank, Oceans of Fun, Overnight Camp and Delectable Delights. These summer day camps allowed children to explore a new interest and meet new people while having fun.

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