Jacksonville Daily Progress
“School's Out,” a popular Alice Cooper from 1972, includes a line capable of striking a chord of worry in parents: “School is out for summer.”
However, Cherokee County parents need not worry, as several different groups are offering an array of youth activities ranging from theater and athletics to religion, reading and water-related fun.
Many of the programs are sponsored by schools, such as the various JISD sports camps.
An Indian/Maiden training camp is slated June 16-July 10 at the Jacksonville High School field house for middle and high school students participating in athletics during the upcoming school year. For more information, call 903-526-1704.
JHS also will host basketball, tennis and volleyball camps this summer.
The first annual Little Dribbler Basketball Camp for incoming third- through sixth-graders will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, June 9-12 at the high school. Focus is on fundamental skill level, knowledge of the game and a fun, competitive environment.
Registration for the Little Dribblers camp is $35 per child, held opening day. For more information, contact 903-586-1704.
Two sessions of TRIBE tennis camps – for incoming second- through ninth-grade students – will be offered this year: Session I runs June 9-12, while Session II is from July 28-31. Both sessions are from 9-11 a.m. daily at the JHS tennis courts.
Cost is $35 per person for one session and $60 for both sessions, with family discounts offered.The Fightin' Maiden basketball camp, for incoming seventh- through ninth-graders, is slated from 9 a.m. to noon July 14-17. For more information, contact the school at 903-586-2131.
This year's volleyball camp – held July 21-23 at the JHS upper gym, will be offered in two sessions: Incoming fifth- and sixth-graders meet from 8-10 a.m., while incoming seventh- and eighth-graders meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per student, and $25 for a second child. For more information, contact Coach Billie Walley, 903-721-3147.
In Bullard, high school twirlers will host All Star Twirling Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon, July 15-17, at the Bullard High School Band Hall. Instructors will teach participants the basics of twirling, plus do crafts and help put together a routine.
The clinic is open to youths entering grades first through eighth, with fees of $40 per person, which includes crafts and camp shirt. Participants are asked to bring a baton, as there are limited supplies available. To learn more, contact sponsor Jeri Coke, 903-894-3392, or email email@example.com.
Jacksonville Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Club program is “To the Library and BEYOND,” which kicks off June 17 and goes through July 23.
Stories, crafts, games and other fun events are planned. The program is open to children ages 18 months through fifth grade.
Sessions for kindergarten, first- and second-graders are from 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, followed by an 11-11:30 a.m. session for youths in grades third, fourth and fifth. On Wednesday, from 11-11:30 a.m., special activities are planned for children ages 18 months through preschool age.
Also on Wednesdays, special events are planned at 1:30 p.m., ranging from movies and games to other surprises.
Registration is online at www.jacksonvillelibrary.com.
Christ the Redeemer School in Rusk began a summer day camp program at the beginning of the month, which continues through Aug. 22 for students 5-12.
The curriculum offers a number of different events that inspire learning in a fun, creative way, and there's also swimming and water play included.
Camp hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Registration is $25, with a $100 weekly camp fee assessed. Students attending only part-time pay a $25 per day fee. For more information, call 903-683-1404.
Budding thespians are the focus of a week-long “Stars on Stage” camp held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 23-28 at Jacksonville College chapel and music annex.
The college also will host a youth basketball camp June 23-26. A session for youths in grades first through fifth will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, while students in grades six through twelve will meet from 1-4 p.m. Contact Coach J. Bailey or Coach R. Glenney at the school, 903-586-2518.
Summer Bible programs also are on tap this summer, offered by area churches.
Eastside Baptist church, at 400 Academy St. in Rusk, will hold vacation Bible school from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly, June 9-13, for children ages four years old through sixth grade. For more information, call 903-683-2566.
Another Rusk offering is the June 15-19 “Workshop of Wonders” VBS at the local First United Methodist Church for youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program will be held from 6-8 p.m. nightly, and includes snacks. FUMC is located at 255 S. Henderson Street. For more information, call 903-683-4675 or visit www.ruskfumc.com.
In Jacksonville, Sweet Union Baptist Church will host “The Amazing Road Trip – Discovering God's Purpose for Me,” June 16-20.
Youths will meet Monday through Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m.; on Friday – closing night – family night begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Horace Williams, 903-586-4578.
Parents wanting to indulge in a little outdoor fun need look no further than Mission Tejas State Park in Weches, which will host Fishing with a Ranger, beginning 9 a.m. June 14.
Bait and equipment are provided, with poles available. The program is free, but a $2 park entry fee is assessed for visitors ages 13 and older.
Mission Tejas is located between Alto and Crockett on Texas 21. Contact 936-687-2394 to learn more.