Summer Camp Provides Discount for Furloughed Families | Military
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Volunteer Houston County's Summer Camp helps kids make connections.
"It's awesome. I know I have new friends and I've accomplished that," said nine year-old camper Avery Suits.
This week is medieval week. There was also animal week.
"We learned about the habitats that they lived in and what they ate," said another nine year-old camper, CJ Rogers.
Program director Claire Campbell has volunteered at the youth enrichment summer program for five years.
"I can see them grow. And that's something you can't get if your kid isn't here," said Campbell, 21.
The threat of missing out on camp is real for children with a furloughed parent. A third of the 54 families enrolled at Y.E.S. have parents that work at Robins Air Force Base. Executive director Bobbie Morris cut rates for those families by 20 percent.
"Everything works better if we all do our part, or try, if we can, to share that burden with our family."
A non-profit supporter in Warner Robins, the Modern Woodmen, donated $2,500 to the camp. The funds filled a gap created by lower camp fees.
"Their check will help us replenish our supplies, purchase supplies, to run our camp," said Morris.
The check pays for parental peace of mind - furlough, or no furlough.
"At least this part of my life is safe," said Morris, "My children."
School starts tomorrow, so Volunteer Houston County closed down summer camp today.
However, the program doesn't end with the summer. The United Way camp's doors are open on school holidays.
The next camp session will be October 7-10, during the county's fall break.
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