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DeKalb chess camp to stress life skills for kids
by LaTria Garnigan
March 26, 2013 01:04 PM | 1560 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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For the past 10 years, Orrin Hudson has offered a spring break chess camp for children in DeKalb County, as well as throughout the metro Atlanta area. This year, the camp will be April 8 to 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 949 Stephenson Road in Stone Mountain.

The Be Someone spring break chess camp is a five-day leadership training event, focused on making children aware of how their actions can and will affect their lives — using analogies within the game of chess.

“Our main goal is to teach kids how to be problem solvers,” said Hudson in a statement. “We want them to understand that the bigger the problems they can solve, the more they can earn in the workforce. We want them to know that the new currency is K.A.S.H. — knowledge, attitude, skills and habits.”

Hudson added it was a teacher who saved his life some 30 years ago by teaching him chess.

“Every move you make has consequences,” he said. “I’ve been playing since high school and it has opened up so many doors. I think to move ahead, you have to think ahead.”

The camp normally gathers about 20 youth, but Hudson is looking to expand this year. It will feature early drop off and late pickup for parents and the $147 fee will include breakfast, lunch, a T-shirt, a chess board and book. Also, on the Friday of the camp, the students will participate in an award ceremony where Hudson said every child will receive a trophy.

The campers will play the roles of Bishops, Kings and Queens on a giant chess board, according to a news release. The camp will also feature mascots Magic and Little Jimmy, who will make an appearance to perform a rap song. In between chess instruction, campers will compete with each other for prizes.

“What we’re doing is trying to empower young people to multiply and build value,” he said. “We want to make sure the kids are getting the best they can get and make sure we do all we can to add value.”

If you go:
When: April 8 to 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $147, which includes breakfast, lunch, a T-shirt, a chess board and more.
Where: Be Someone Training Center, 949 Stephenson Road in Stone Mountain
Information: (770) 465-6445 or visit

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