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Assistance is available for children 's summer camps

Summer is just around the corner, and now is the time to register kids for summer camp. Help is available from the Georgia Department of Human Services for parents who need assistance paying for their children to go to camp.

"We call it the Mrs. Obama's Stimulus Camp, because we think it was inspired by her," Family Y Thomson Branch Director Dede Keir said at a recent Community Healthy Start meeting where local camps were making presentations. "It'd be a shame for McDuffie County children to miss out on this opportunity."

To qualify for assistance, the parent must be actively involved in either job training, vocational training, GED, technical school, college (full or part-time) or employed and working at least 15 hours per week, according to the GDHS website.

Documentation of school/training/employment must be provided, as well as proof of residency, verification of child's citizenship and a summer camp published rate.

Local participating summer camp providers are the Y130, the Boys and Girls Club and Stepping Stones.

Eligible youth are ages 5-12 years old.

The Y130 camps run from May 24-August 13, and include arts and crafts, games, songs, field trips, swimming and character development activities. Call 706-595-5615.

The Boys and Girls Club camps run from June 1-July 30 and include usual Boys and Girls Club activities, field trips and Students Tapping Academic Resources for Success program. The STARS program includes homework help, tutoring, enrichment activities, life skills, sports and fitness. Call 706-595-7477.

The Stepping Stones camps are from May 25-August 18 and include cooking, sports and games, swimming and fishing, library visits, school tutorials, and field trips.

Call 706-595-5888.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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