DOBSON — Activities kicked off this week in a summer program that is sure to create memories to last a lifetime, and officials say a few more spots are available.
This year’s five-week Surry County Parks and Recreation Summer Camp program kicked off Monday, with activities getting under way at both Rockford and Franklin elementary schools, according to Parks and Recreation Director Daniel White.
White said about 10 slots available at Franklin, and another 30 spots at the Rockford site.
“Our program includes all activities and costs $280,” White said.
He added that staff does everything possible to make the camp worth the money.
“We have swimming twice a week, activities like fishing, hiking and nature studies, which are all traditional camp activities,” White said. “But we also go to the movies and provide lunch and snacks through the summer feeding program at the Surry County Schools.”
During this year’s camp, participants will also have the opportunity to attend a Winston Salem Dash baseball game, White said.
“They’ll get to watch the game and will receive a hat and eat some hot dogs,” he said with a laugh. “And the first half of the day we are going to take them to Salem lake in Winston Salem. We also typically take them to Pilot Mountain, Sci Works and Horne Creek Farm during the camp.”
The idea, White said, is to instill a love of outdoor recreation and the natural beauty of the area.
“It’s a chance to get the kids outside and familiar with nature and what’s available in the area,” he said. “This year’s slogan is ‘The Natural Choice,’ and we want the camp to teach them how much fun it can be to be outdoors.”
White said he believes children who learn to appreciate nature at an early age often carry that love throughout their lives.
“We do the camp program every year to give kids an opportunity to get out and explore the natural resources and the resources of Surry County,” he said. “Hopefully, they will grow into adults who have an appreciation for their natural surroundings.”
But the camp can also help out harried parents who are looking for a safe place for their children during the summer months.
“It’s also a chance to provide a safe and educational environment where children can come and be safe while having fun,” White said.
The parks and recreation director said he knew the $280 price tag can seem a bit steep for some.
“We want to help as much as we can, and this year we’ve already waived more than $3,000 in fees, and before it’s over we will probably have $4,900 in fees waived through scholarships or private sponsorships,” he said.
This year’s camp is open to all county students who have completed kindergarten through rising eighth graders. It runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m., until 6:00 p.m.
Fore more information call White at 401-8235.
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.