Camp REACH is being sponsored by the ARC of Walker County for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Children between the ages of 3 and 8 will have the opportunity to participate in camp activities, including: crafts, dance, music, arts and yoga. One or two people are expected to assist each child while he or she is at the camp.
Kelsey Kimberly, an intern for Camp REACH, discussed the importance of the camp to children with ASD.
“I’ve noticed very vast improvements in [the children’s] social and cognitive skills,” Kimberly said.
Camp activities will be held once a week. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 will meet on Tuesday’s from 1 to 3 p.m. On Wednesday’s, children 6 to 8 years-old will meet between 1 and 3 p.m. Camp REACH will be held for four weeks, and it is $10 for each child who participates. June 27 is the deadline for registration, and all interested parties should contact Kelsey Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (334) 332-4382.
The Salvation Army will also be sponsoring a summer camp from July 25-29 for children ages 6 to 12. The camp has been held annually since 1986, with the exception of last year, when the camp was not in session.
Children from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana who are chosen for the camp will travel to an area near Lexington, Miss., to participate in camp activities. Lona Courington, director of the Salvation Army, said that she hopes to have 20 children from Walker County participate.
The camp is free, including transportation to and from the camp location. Courington said that children with financial need, and children who are victims of the recent tornadoes will be given particular consideration.
Children will have opportunities to swim, fish, play sports, craft and participate in other activities as well. Courington hopes children who come to the camp will have an enjoyable experience.
“We really focus on character and Christian values,” Courington said.
Those who are interested should come by the Salvation Army located at the corner of Corona Avenue and 20th Street. Packets, consisting of all necessary paperwork, will be available, and Courington encourages parents to have their children registered within the next week.