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Police lead annual Grovetown camp

Posted: June 16, 2013 - 12:03am

After a long school year, Grovetown children are invited to blow off some steam at the Grovetown Against Drugs Summer Day Camp.

The 20th annual camp, put on by the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Liberty park Community Center. The camp is free.

“Every year, when the kids get out of school, they have a lot of balled up energy,” public safety Director Gary Owens said. “This gives kids a release. It gives them a positive release.”

Former city councilwoman Marjorie Adams, who died in 2006, started the camp for children who live inside the city. More than 100 children attended last year.

The camp includes lots of sports, including kickball, basketball, dodgeball and volleyball, as well as games, arts and crafts and other activities.

Sean Poppy, education programs specialist with the Savannah River Ecology Lab, will be bringing a variety of animals to camp on Friday.

A fire truck arrives every afternoon for children to cool off in spray from the hoses.

‘‘Usually when they come to us, they are excited,” Owens said. “By the time they go home, they are all hot, sweaty and tired.”

Owens said the camp provides children a positive experience with police officers.

“We let our hair down a little bit,” Owens said, adding that officers supervising the camp have as much fun as the children. “You know what happens when you let your hair down – everybody gets to know each other really well. You start building that trust with the children. You start building that trust with the community.”

The camp is for children 7-13 who live within the Grovetown city limits. Children must be signed in and out by an adult.

Applications will be accepted at Liberty Park on the first day of camp. Applications also are available at the Grovetown Department of Public Safety headquarters and annex locations on Robinson Avenue.

For more information, call (7060 863-1212.

IF YOU GO

What: 20th annual Grovetown Against Drugs Summer Day Camp

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday

Where: Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown

Cost: Free

More: Call (706) 863-1212

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