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Camp Kinser's adventure campers catch the magic

By: Takina Etherly

Date Posted: 1999-08-07

I remember back in my day when day camps were the talk of the neighborhood. Of course many of us could not afford to go and were forced to rely on our parents for adventure. Two-day trips to grandma’s house during summer because ma and pa had to work, or just hanging around in the neighborhood and getting into mischief. I would have been lucky if my mom took us to the pool once a week and did not dare ask for a field trip. That was like pulling teeth. But times have changed.

This year Camp Kinser's Camp Adventure has been on a roll since the opening, June 1999. This is a MCCS program for sofa status children only. This year the camp fee depended on the sponsor's LES, which made it affordable to more people. Last year the Camp was held at the Camp Kinser's Youth center. This year the kids have more space at the Kinser Elementary School Cafeteria and they frequently utilize the gym.

The Camp Adventure counselors came from all over the world. Camp Kinser Day Camp Director is Valerie Jones. She has her Masters Degree in special education from Florida State University, and she also teaches children with learning disabilities in Leon County School District. Day Camp Counselor Tracey Bess has been serving youth ages 6-12 in Dover, Delaware. Daniel Padilla works as a teacher's aid for the 3rd grade at Jackson Elementary School and is also a volunteer tutor for America Reads. Stacy Edens, a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and has worked as a counselor and instructor at East Hill Summer Day Camp.

So parents, as you can see we have some pros here. The children's activities vary throughout the week from skits and songs to field trips and swimming. Some of the most exciting trips this summer have been to Neo Park Zoo & Yanbaru Tropical Gardens, and Comprehensive Water Park, Gyokusendo Caves, and that's just to name a few. This summer the Campers are scheduled to go to at least 11 trips.

Each week these campers will explore Okinawa with their fellow campers and counselors. Parents, if you haven't toured the island yet, this is a great time to chaperone. Of course, you'd have to pay your own entry fees to these sites. The only requirements for these campers are a sack lunch, a water bottle, swimwear, sunscreen and to a great summer mood. This is a great way to reward your kids for all the hard work during the school year. And best of all, if you are a working parent you can sign up through CDC and have the privilege of an extra hour. Regular campers are required to be picked by 5:00 p.m. For more information about Kinser's Camp Adventure call your local Youth Program Provider.

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