BridgeWays offering day camp this summer
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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
BridgeWays, a non-profit youth development organization, will be offering a day camp this summer in Coosa County for local youth.
BridgeWays has delivered programming to youth in the greater Birmingham area for more than 50 years and is now expanding into Coosa County to offer programming for area youth.
The summer day camp will be open to children who are entering kindergarten through fifth grades in the fall. It will be held at the Rockford Event Center from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., initially only on Fridays and then for full weeks.
During the summer camp, breakfast and two snacks will be served daily. Activities will include outdoor games, field trips, service projects, reading support, social skills, arts and crafts, team building, and more.
Campers will be divided, by age or grade, into small groups led by trained counselors.
The camp will be held on Fridays from June 3 through July 1, with a fee of $15 per day. There are also themes for each of those days, including Donuts on June 3, Sweet or Unsweet? On June 10, Eat Your Veggies on June 17, Animals at Work on June 24, and Party for the U.S.A. on July 1.
Following that, week-long dates will then be available for $80 per week, with the exception of the first week. The July 5-8 summer day camp will be $64 since it is a short week, and the theme for that week is “Coosa is COOL!”
The remaining week-long camps will be held until school resumes in August. Those dates are July 11-15 with a theme of Down on the Farm, July 18-22 with the theme Community Super Heroes, July 25-29 with a theme of Chocolate is Life, and August 1-5 with the Carnival Week theme.
There is a one-time registration fee of $25, which will include a T-shirt and reusable water bottle for the child. To register for this summer day camp, visit https://bridgewayscoosa.campbrainregistration.com.
The BridgeWays organization is designed to teach young people the interpersonal and soft skills now known as social emotional intelligence. The organization states that is “specifically the core values of kindness, caring and respect for every individual’s intrinsic value as a human being – including themselves.”
The organization also offers career mentoring and experiential learning. It also supports educators and parents “at their individual points of need.”
With BridgeWays just recently expanding into Coosa County to offer its programs locally, parents and residents can learn more by visiting the local Facebook group, BridgeWays Coosa County, at www.facebook.com/groups/672160667531589. To learn more about the overall organization, visit BridgeWaysAL.org.
For questions relating to the summer day camp or the local BridgeWays organization, contact Lynne Anne Castleberry, regional director for Coosa County and a Coosa County resident, at 813-363-0495 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.