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Grace Church hosts SPROG campers
On June 6, 2012
The halls of Grace Episcopal Church will be filled with the joyful noises of young SPROG campers again this summer. SPROG is an affordable day camp for kids ages 5 through 8th grade. Through their motto “LOVE and CONCERN,” SPROG provides educational, cultural and recreational activities for children ages 5 through 8th grade. Grace has hosted the camp since the mid-1970s and is proud to be a partner of this worthwhile organization.
The camp runs from June 11 through July 27, Monday through Friday, and is open to all area children. The camp offers reading and math classes with certified teachers along with classes in creative arts and crafts, sewing, fitness and nutrition and performing arts. The kids will take field trips to go swimming and visit cultural venues in our area each week. And, of course, there will be plenty of fun and games.
Executive Director Karen Mosley says the biggest draw of the camp is its affordability. “Our fees are only $275 per child for the entire seven-week camp,” Mosley said. “Other summer camps can be $100 or more each week.”
SPROG offers scholarships and special payment plans to make it possible for low-income families to be a part of this camp. “You hate to say no,” Mosley said. “You just can’t turn a child away!”
Along with providing affordable activities for the youth, SPROG also provides job training and employment opportunities for young adults in the community to serve as youth counselors. “This is a first job for many of the teens,” said Mosley. “We help get them ready for life with job skills and training they’ll need.”
Many of the youth employed with SPROG, as well as many volunteers, are past program participants. Wilma Williams attended SPROG for five years as a young child. Now she is the Administrative Assistant for the camp. “It’s so easy and so rewarding to be able to give back,” Williams said.
The highlight of the SPROG experience is their “Show-Off and Awards Night.” Everyone is invited to watch as the kids display their performing arts skills in Grace’s Albright Parish Hall on Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Visit SPROG’s website to learn more about the history and goals of this great program for our community.