News: All-American Summer Camp opens for registration
Story by Lance Cpl. Justin Rodriguez
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - With the end of the school year drawing near, comes the opportunity for youth to explore the outdoors, during the All-American Summer Camp aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, June 12.
With the end of the school year drawing near, comes the opportunity for youth to explore the outdoors, during the All-American Summer Camp aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, June 12.
The program is designed to offer children recreational, social and educational enrichment opportunities in a safe environment during the summer break.
“The activities offered are designed to encourage positive social interactions,” said Rachel J. Nelson, the assistant family care program manager of special programs with the Marine and Family Programs Division. “It should be a good time for everyone involved.”
The program is offered to children of military, Department of Defense and MCCS employees who have completed kindergarten and have not yet entered the 7th grade.
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided to the children, along with a camp T-shirt which children will wear during field trips off base.
“My son had a great time in the program last year,” said Jolyne Agramonte, a MCCS employee. “He enjoyed the company of the other children in the program, and the instructors and employees were great. They were helpful and happy around the kids.”
Some of the field trips will include traveling to the base pool, movie theater, bowling alley, the Neuseway Nature Park, Planetarium and Museum in Kinston, the Onslow County Museum in Richlands, Sturgeon City in Jacksonville and more.
“So many children look forward to summer all year long and the break from school,” said Nelson. “Our summer camp offers children a memorable experience with opportunities to gain friendships and enjoy new activities.”
The staff hopes to surpass last year’s attendance of 180 children.
“We plan our summer program to make sure children have opportunities to explore and grow in a safe, active and fun environment,” said Nelson.
The camp will be held at the Stone Street Youth Pavilion and Tarawa Terrace Youth Pavilion aboard base and will include activities such as art projects, stories, cooking projects, science experiments, organized games and more.
In order to participate in the program, every child must have updated immunization records, proof of yearly physical and medical information during registration. Also, parents must bring an updated Leave and Earnings Statement.
Cost of the program is based on income levels.
Space is limited and registration will open May 12 at the Resource and Referral office at Building TT-86 at Tarawa Terrace II from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, registration may also be completed at Building BB-353.
For more information, call 450-0553 or visit www.mccslejeune.com/summer.
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