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Grovetown camp offers fun for children

Posted: May 30, 2012 - 12:08am  |  Updated: May 30, 2012 - 8:39am
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Children attending the Grovetown Summer Camp in 2011 at Liberty Park enjoyed the cool spray from a fire hose. The 19th annual Marjorie Adams Grovetown Against Drugs Summer Day Camp will run from June 4-8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration, for Grovetown residents only, is open through June 4.  File photo by Jim Blaylock
File photo by Jim Blaylock
Children attending the Grovetown Summer Camp in 2011 at Liberty Park enjoyed the cool spray from a fire hose. The 19th annual Marjorie Adams Grovetown Against Drugs Summer Day Camp will run from June 4-8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration, for Grovetown residents only, is open through June 4.

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Liberty Park Community Center is the place for children to blow off some steam after a long school year.

The 19th annual Marjorie Adams Grovetown Against Drugs Summer Day Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 4-8.

“This is an opportunity for the children to come to our camp and, in a safe manner, express freedom and running and playing and jumping and hollering and build some team-building skills with other kids,” said Grovetown Department of Public Safety Capt. Gary Owens. “Get some of that energy out.”

Former city councilwoman Marjorie Adams, who died in 2006, started the camp for children who live inside the city. About 110 children attended the camp last year.

The camp includes sports, such as basketball, dodgeball and volleyball, and a variety of arts and crafts, board games and contests, Owens said.

The children enjoy cooling off in spray from a fire truck each afternoon.

Sean Poppy, education programs specialist with the Savannah River Ecology Lab, also will be visiting campers with a variety of animals.

“It’s amazing what he brings out here,” Owens said. “He brings reptiles and all kinds of other neat critters. They actually do a hands-on class about ecology. These kids love it.”

The camp is open to children 7-13 who live within Grovetown city limits.

“It’s all free,” Owens said of the camp put on by the department and the city Recreation Department.

Owens recommends early registration, but applications will be accepted at Liberty Park on the first day of camp. Children must be signed in and out by an adult.

Applications are available at Grovetown City Hall on Old Wrightsboro Road at the Grovetown Department of Public Safety headquarters or annex locations on Robinson Avenue and at Liberty Park on Newmantown Road.

For more information, call (706) 863-1212.

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