B y Jaime Thomas
Summertime means going away to camp for many children, but those that want to stay local need look no further than Granville.
The Granville recreation program will start up again next week with a new director and six counselors ready to get the games going at the elementary school.
Director Chanleigh Casey thinks the camp offers children a chance to hang out with each other in an organized, fun way.
“It’s a program for the kids to still interact with classmates while we incorporate sports, crafts and other activities,” she said. Children in the five to seven age group play on the playground a lot and play tag-like games, while the older kids have more say in what they do, playing such games as flag football, Wiffle ball and capture the flag. And each age group does arts and crafts for an hour each day.
Rain is no challenge for the program, Casey said, as the group has access to the elementary school gymnasium and several rooms for crafts and other activities.
Casey said she is excited to take on her new role as director, especially having been with the program for three years already. She said she watched the previous director revive the camp and bring it to what it is today.
“I hope to continue and keep building it, because it’s become a strong program,” she said.
In addition to the regular activities, there will be several aspects that promote healthy lifestyles for the children. A woman will talk to the group about hygiene, and for an hour and a half every Thursday, representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will present an interactive food, fun and fitness program.
“I think that’ll be a big part of the program—it’ll be good for the kids,” she said. Lunch will be provided for the children daily, and Rev. Jerry McKinney will bring food in as well.
“Coming to the program is good for kids because it gets them out and doing something instead of sitting at home watching TV and playing video games. It keeps them involved with their peers,” Casey said.
Though the program does need to have a registration form on file, Casey said children age five to 13 are welcome to attend every day or drop in once in a while. Those who don’t preregister can pick up forms at the town office or when they come to camp. Camp takes place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from July 8 through Aug. 16. For more information call the town office at 642-1500.