The Lon Morris Kid Kountry Day Camp began today on the LMC campus. The first session of today’s program began today and will run through this Friday, when parents will be invited to attend the Parents Day Presentation. The second session of the camp will begin June 26 and will end Friday, June 30. The first session is for children in first through third grades, and next week is for kids in fourth and fifth grades.

The goal of the camp is to provide children with activities that combine teamwork with health, fitness and summer fun.

“Today we had 13 kids show up,” Lon Morris Student Activities Director David Gehrels said. “We expect to have another 10 or so come next week, but we won’t really know because so many kids just show up on Monday.”

The children arrived at the Smith Gymnasium and played games until about 11 a.m. Activities include playing freeze tag, duck-duck-goose, dead man and P-I-G on the basketball courts. After game time, they have an hour of acting and skits, including teaching the kids a number of cheers and dances.

Lunch begins at noon and is provided by the camp. Snacks and drinks are also available to the children throughout the day. After lunch, camp members will have an arts and crafts time, when they will make a variety of themed crafts.

“We are taking all of their pictures and are doing scrapbooks with them,” Lon Morris Camp and Outreach Coordinator Amanda Holloway said. “We are doing themed days; one day is a western themed craft, the next day is Hawaiian.”

Campers will then go for a short hike on a nature trail where they will get to see some of East Texas’ plants and animals. After they have finished exploring nature, the children will get to cool of by swimming for an hour in the LMC swimming pool. At 5:30 a.m., when pool time is finished, the children will be waiting outside of the Smith Gymnasium to be picked up by their parents.

The kids will get the opportunity to display their acting talents at the Parents’ Day Presentation. The presentation will feature the camp children performing skits and singing songs. A Parents’ Day Presentation will be held for each session and begins at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Participating children are asked to bring water bottles, a towel, sunscreen and their swimsuit. For attending the day camp, each child will receive their own Kid Kountry T-shirt. The Kid Kountry Day Park is sponsored by the Lon Morris College Student Activities Association.

The LMCSAA hopes to make the camp a yearly event and has been pleased by this year’s turnout.

“I am pleased because it is our first year, and I wasn’t really expecting to have lots of kids,” Holloway said. “We currently have 23 kids signed up this year, but next year we want to double it.”

It’s not too late to register your fourth or fifth grader for next weeks camp. Registration for session II is $145 and will be open until 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 26. Members of First Baptist Church, First Methodist Church and Central Baptist Church receive a 20-percent discount.

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