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Henry County Parks and Recreation to host day, teen camps
by Nneka Okona
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Staff/Katherine Frye<br>Hannah Riley, 8, daughter of Wade Riley, gets exercise on the playground at the Fairview Recreation Center in Stockbridge last week.
Staff/Katherine Frye
Hannah Riley, 8, daughter of Wade Riley, gets exercise on the playground at the Fairview Recreation Center in Stockbridge last week.
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From left, Sydney Zanders, 8, daughter of Miranda Zanders, and A’ more Tuck, 6, daughter of Lorenzo Tuck, play on the slide together last week at the Fairview Recreation Center in Stockbridge.
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From left, Sydney Zanders, 8, daughter of Miranda Zanders, and A’ more Tuck, 6, daughter of Lorenzo Tuck, play on the slide together last week at the Fairview Recreation Center in Stockbridge.
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The summer is but a hop, skip and jump away, which means fun, alternative options to keep children and teens engaged during the months ahead are on the horizon.

Henry County Parks and Recreation will kick off its summer day and teen camps on June 3 and continue through Aug. 2, according to a press release issued.

Each day camp, for children 5 to 12 will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday, and teen camps, for those 13 to 15, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration, held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Park, is $100 per week for day camp and $65 per week for teen camp.

Tina Fuss, the camp coordinator for Henry County Parks and Recreation, said the camps will be beneficial to the children to form new bonds.

“The value is that children are interacting with other children,” she said. “They [also] meet children from other schools. The kids aren’t just sitting at home on their computers and getting into trouble.”

However, education is another important aspect that Fuss has worked to incorporate into the camps.

For instance, this year the department has collaborated with the Henry County Public Library this year to offer reading time once a week, per children’s librarians, according to Henry County Public Library system director Carolyn Fuller.

Activity sheets and reading logs, encouraging participation in the vacation reading program, will be left at each day camp after reading time has concluded.

The Neighbor has compiled more information on the field trips and teen excursions below:

Field trips

Henry County Parks and Recreation has several field trips in store for children of all ages. From visits to Turner Field for a Braves game, the World of Coke, Medieval Times, karaoke or play time on inflatables, campers can choose any excursion to their liking. The registration fee for each activity is $100. All activities occur alongside full summer camp at varying weeks throughout June and July. Check www.hcprd.org for exact dates and more details.

Road trips

Henry County Parks and Recreation has several road trips in store for teens within the county. Trips include visits to Six Flags, White Water, tubing in Helen, the World of Coke and Malibu Grand Prix. Registration includes each excursion, except the combo Six Flags and White Water pass that must be purchased. All activities occur alongside full summer camps at varying weeks throughout June and July.

On the web: www.hcprd.org

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