The teenagers at the HCPRD have a slightly unique experience each summer.
Teen Camp counselor Cindy Enfinger said the activities and field trips are the main difference for the teenagers.
“We will go to Six Flags or White Water or we have even gone whitewater rafting in the past,” Enfinger said. “We have also taken the teens to Malibu Grand Prix and to the ropes course at Stone Mountain Park.”
Enfinger said HCPRD can take up to 50 teens combined between the multiple sites for the camps. She said the limit is simply based on how many children can fit in a school bus with all the counselors.
She said there is usually a high demand for the teen camp.
“I get the 11-12 year olds telling me all the time they can’t wait for next year when they can be a part of teen camp,” Enfinger said.
Enfinger said when the teens are on site, the outside activities, board games, arts and crafts and everything else is similar to what the rest of the day campers do all day.
Enfinger said the county offers the teen camp for those parents not ready to leave their children home alone during the summer.
She said it may seem like a forced activity in the beginning of the summer, but the teens usually leave the camp looking forward to a return trip the next year.
“We have many friends who coordinate when they come to camp so they can be together,” Enfinger said. “Some of the kids think they are too old to be at camp, but they all end up having fun when they are here. It is a good social time for them and it is not as strict as school.”
There are two sessions of teen camp. The first is from May 29 through June 29 and the second is from July 9 through Aug. 3.
The camps are located at Fairview Recreation Center, Heritage Park, J.P. Moseley Recreation Center and Locust Grove Recreation Center.