Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Local churches offer summer camps

It's not too early for parents to be thinking about where they might want to send their children to camp this summer. The Word of Life camp in Hudson has a deadline this month for a discounted rate, and several local churches are accepting registrations.

First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will offer camp for children age 4 through sixth grade from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays June 7 through Aug. 17.

"It's a lot of fun," said Carole Dunham, secretary for youth and children ministries. "We have a lot of return visitors every year."

Recreational clothing and shoes appropriate for running and outside activities are suggested. There will be Water Day and Pizza Day and attendance at library programs. Older children will also go to the movies and play miniature golf, for an extra fee.

"There's craft work, games and downtime in the afternoon," Dunham said.

The cost is $25 per day or $75 for the week, plus a $25 registration fee per child. Children will be required to bring lunch and two snacks.

During the week of July 16, those attending camp will also attend the church's vacation Bible school program. Other weeks, children will attend chapel services.

Call (352) 683-2600, ext. 2016.

Camp Hope will be available for children ages 4 to 13 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 14236 County Line Road, Hudson, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 17.

The camp offers breakfast, snacks and field trips, along with games, character development, speakers, arts and crafts.

"What makes Camp Hope special is that children will have fun and still have time and opportunities to develop spiritually and academically," said camp counselor Deborah Chesteen.

The cost per week is $60 for one child, $100 for two children, $120 for three children and $140 for four children. Registration is from 6 to 8 p.m. June 8 or any day after camp starts.

Call Chesteen or minister Maria Hightower at (727) 856-8336.

Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville, is offering summer camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays July 11 to 15 and Aug. 8 to 12. It is open to children in first grade through those entering eighth grade.

Activities include indoor and outdoor sports. The price also includes Bible lessons, lunch and other fun events.

The cost is $50 per week for the first child and $20 per week for each additional sibling. Call (352) 796-4969.

Spring Hill Christian Academy will offer "Survivor: Summer Camp!" for children entering K4 through sixth grade from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 3.

The cost is $85 per week for grades 1 to 6 and $95 for K4 and K5. Two- and three-day charges are also available as well as a 10 percent discount for a sibling. A 3 percent discount will apply for any account paid in full on or before June 11. There is a $50 registration fee required to secure a child's position in the program; the fee covers supplies for activities and a book.

Modest clothing along with sneakers or shoes should be worn by campers. Field trip T-shirts will be sold for $10 and are required to go on the field trips. Bathing suits and flip-flops are allowed only on water field trip days.

Field trips currently are being planned to Buccaneer Bay, a Tampa Bay Rays game, the New Port Richey Aquatic Center and the MOSI Planetarium.

There will also be horseback riding, bowling, roller skating and an outing for pizza. During the week of June 18, children will attend vacation Bible school.

"We will have 'tribes' competing in physical and mental challenges, but no one gets 'voted out' of summer camp," said Jeb Berleth, camp director, referencing the TV reality show for which the camp is named. "Throughout the eight weeks of summer, the children will experience the love of God through the service of others."

Call (352) 683-8485 or send email to [email protected] The academy is at 3140 Mariner Blvd.

Activities at the weeklong, overnight Word of Life Florida Youth Camp activities will include paintball, high and low ropes, swimming, a climbing wall, beach volleyball, a zip line, volleyball, soccer, flag football, arts and crafts, water tubing, floor hockey, a water slide, a skate park and basketball.

Camp for juniors, ages 6 to 12, is available July 1 to 6, July 30 to Aug. 4 and August 5 to 10. Camp for middle school, grades 6 through 8, runs July 16 to 21. Both camps cost $237 per week or $267 per week after April 30.

Teen camp, for grades 7 to 12, runs June 16 to 23, June 23 to 30 and July 21 to 28. The cost is $288 before April 30 or $318 later.

Call toll-free 1-877-412-8687 or register online at wolflorida.org. The camp is at 13247 Word of Life Drive, Hudson.

"Run for Your Life" is the theme — based on 1st Corinthians 9:24-27 — for the overnight summer camp at Lakewood Retreat for ages 4 through high school from July 22 to 27.

"The Christian spirit is fierce, bold and ready for the challenge: are you?" asks a camp brochure. "Olympians train to win the gold. Paul says that we should be like the Olympians, running to win the prize. Gear up and be ready for your spiritual training this summer!"

There will be hayrides, special themed programs like "Destiny Island" and "Save the Whales," outdoor activities and worship services. There also will be a mashed potato fight, "you-pick" seminars and several surprises.

Cost for the camp ranges from $149 to $299, depending on age and length of stay. There is also a $30 deposit. Cadet counselors and junior/senior counselors may receive training during the week for a fee or as community service hours.

Call (352) 796-4097 for information or visit lakewoodretreat.org. The camp is at 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, south of Brooksville.

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