St. John Parish Summer Camp Enriches Youth

Thursday, July 16, 2015

St. John the Baptist Parish - On Wednesday, July 15, the Parks & Recreation Department hosted a "Family Fun Day" filled with refreshments, games, field activities and music to close out a successful camp. The annual summer camp held on the east and west banks of the parish provides a variety of activities for youth of all ages to remain active and motivated during the summer months.

Daily activities included arts and crafts, team sports, academic enrichment, games and more. Campers participated in weekly field trips to the bowling alley, skating rink, local cinemas, and Jambalaya Park’s splash play center. Other highlights included swimming, visiting the local libraries, the Audubon Zoo Bug Mobile Adventure and participating in performance arts workshops featuring lessons on drama, music, dance, and creative writing.

Throughout the summer, campers were visited by several organizations including the Audubon Nature Institute, LSU Ag Center and the Office and Fire Services .The American Red Cross made a presentation on the basics of Hurricane Preparedness through “The Pillowcase Project,” a unique lesson focused on the ins and outs of disaster awareness. Each camper received a curriculum workbook with educational learning materials and templates to create safety and communication plans for evacuations or emergencies. Presenters introduced the history of the project and provided pillowcases to each camper to help jump start their own evacuation and disaster safety kits.

Summer campers put their patriotism to work the week of Independence Day and designed coasters the annual Veterans luncheon. “Our summer camp is an important avenue for Parish youth to stay busy while feeling nurtured during the summer months,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “Concluding the camp with a Family Fun Day was a great opportunity for campers and their families to celebrate another successful camp.”

In addition to all the fun and excitement, campers were taught lessons on respect, being responsible citizens and being good stewards of the environment. Character crafts and original artwork were displayed throughout the halls of the camp. “The camp focuses on character development, physical fitness and education,” said Kerry Watkins, Director of Parks & Recreation. “Our goal is to provide a safe environment where parents know their kids will have fun, meet new friends and ultimately continue learning during the summer months.”

Residents interested in participating, volunteering, sponsoring or gathering more information about available programs can contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 985-652-9569 or visit their office at REGALA Gymnasium, 200 REGALA Park Road in Reserve. More e information is also posted on the Parish website at www.sjbparish.com.

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