Boys & Girls Summer Camp begins

By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal

The Winston County Boys & Girls Club began their Summer Camp Program this past Monday in their new location on Warner Ave, formerly the Alternative School.

This year’s program would be one of change, as the B & G Club had switched locations in such little time and creating other indiscretions. “The difference in this year’s program and last year’s is that last year we were not obligated to sign up a certain amount of kids,” Unit Director Tameka Moore said. “This year, possibly because of economic reasons, sign-up money was coming in slow. However, we did reach our number of 30 kids. We actually have 36 at the present time. We want to add a couple of more, and we would like for them to be CAPPS aged kids.”

The instructors at the Summer Camp comprised a daily schedule to follow, changing as needed. Between the times of 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., parents are to drop their children off at the designated location.

The B & G Club will partner with the Louisville Municipal School District’s Summer Feeding Program, which provides free meals to all children 18 years of age and under. Besides the meals, the B & G Club will provide two snacks sessions a day.

Instructors at the camp will take the children to the Eiland Middle School Cafeteria for breakfast from 8 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

Once the children return to the club, they will have clean up and announcements from 8:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. They will follow that up with exercises for another 15 minutes.

A “Power Hour” will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The next hour will consist of Station Rotation, in which the children will rotate from sections that will focus on Math, Reading, and Language Arts.

The children will then return to the cafeteria to have their lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., BGC programming, field trips, arts & crafts, and music apps are done. From 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. the children will have free play according to school grade with 30-minute rotations.

The club also thought of the working parents and provided a new initiative to accommodate them. “We now provide what we call our “Early Bird” service,” Moore said. “If the parents have to be at work before our drop-off time, we have someone already at the club between 5:30 and 5:45 every morning. Mr. Neal and me are usually the two here at that time. However, it is a $2 charge per day, and it is due at the end of the week, totaling $10.”

Even though the B & G Club is nonprofit, the money provided by the Early Bird service will be used to pay staff fees.

Moore is hoping that both spectrums of fun and education will be covered during this year’s Summer Camp. “I want our children to increase in their reading levels, and start hitting those goals for reading during the summer instead of waiting until the school term to do it,” Moore said. “I want to increase in their math literacy as well. We are getting assistance from Mississippi State students to help in the early literacy and math program. I want them to get some education out of it and still be real fun.”

The Summer Camp Program lasts from June 4 until July 27. The club would appreciate any donations that could go to the Summer Program. If you would like to contact the B & G Club, you may call 662-779-1169.