Fun at Day Camp

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 3, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Children participating in the YMCA’s Day Camp had smiles on their faces like they had no cares in the world.

Children ages five to 12 whose families have been affected by Hurricanes Ivan, Rita and Katrina have been able to go to Day Camp free of charge thanks to a grant from the United Way of Alabama.

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The camp continues through today and another will be held Aug. 6-10.

“This is my first time (at camp),” Pierre Walters said.

Walters and his sister Jammie Woods who are New Orleans evacuees, said they have not been back to New Orleans in two years.

“I miss New Orleans,” he said.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, YMCA Program Director Jamie Tellier and camp counselors lead the group in activities at the YMCA Walker-Johnson Facility and Camp Grist locations.

Some of the fun was had participating in arts and crafts, football, basketball and sliding down the banks of The Canyon.

“Sports are my favorite,” Walters said.

After getting off the bus, the group raised the U.S. flag and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

“I’m having fun at camp,” Johnson Fields said. “I’ve never been to camp before.”

It’s not too late to sign up. Packets can be picked up at the Walker-Johnson Facility.

“We’re taking applications through Friday,” Tellier said.

Jesse Swanson contributed to this report.