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Time is right to sign the kids up for camp

It's that time of year again, when parents sign up their children for summer camp.

The camps organized by the city of Largo's Recreation, Parks and Art department offer a variety of activities, from investigating the environment to skimboarding.

The camps typically fill up quickly. But enrollment this year has been uncharacteristically sluggish.

"Last year at this time we were almost all filled," said Heather Graves, city spokeswoman. "This year we are seeing fewer registrations."

Graves said she's heard from some parents who said they are waiting for their tax refund checks to register. This delay is causing a dilemma for camp organizers, Graves said.

Because city officials must make arrangements for facilities, instructors and supplies, they will decide whether to cancel programs due to low enrollment in the next two weeks.

"We would hate to cut camps now and turn people away later but we have to make commitments," Graves said.

The city provides several different payment options for parents, including installment plans and scholarship opportunities.

This year, the camps have been scheduled to allow more flexibility for parents and children. Camps can often be combined to provide childcare for the summer. Parents pay only for the specific weeks needed so that vacations and other events aren't interrupted.

Descriptions, dates, locations and registration information can be found at www.largocamps.com or by calling Southwest Recreation Complex at 518-3125 or Highland Recreation Complex at 518-3016.

Time is right to sign the kids up for camp 04/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 5:22pm]
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