The Boston Summer Outreach Camp is under way. It involves children of Boston and Thomas County in various learning and community activities.
In August 1998, Delores Hugans, a Boston citizen, took it upon herself to create camp to keep the youth of Boston active during the summer months.
The first camp lasted for one week, but it has expanded into a one-month learning and activities camp.
Hugans said, “The object of the camp is to have the children in a healthy and safe environment.”
Businesses in Boston, Thomasville and Grady County and the police and fire departments have helped out during the weeks of camp.
This summer’s campers are learning and experiencing new things each day.
Heaven Johnson, 12, of Thomasvill, is a newbie at camp this year. Her friends invited her to participate.
She said, “My favorite part of camp is the field trips.”
Since June 2, the campers have visited Cairo to see the play “Shoes,” viewed museums in Thomasville, swam at the YMCA, take library trips and even toured a fire department tour.
“At the fire department, I learned there are two different types of axes the firemen use. One is a pick ax and the other is just a regular ax. They even let us use the water hose,” said Johnson.
This is 12-year-old Madiyan Peterson’s second year at the camp. She is from Boston.
“My experience this year and last year has been wonderful. The teachers and field trips have taught me a lot. We learn math, reading and social studies. We are put in different groups to learn different things,” she said.
Each day, the participate in activities designed by Hugans and her staff.
Hugans’ activities include arts and crafts, reading, math, computer activities and puzzles.
She said, “It’s important to teach math and reading skills during the summer so the students don’t fall too far behind during the summer.”
D.J. Jones, 9, of Thomasville, talked about how much fun the camp was compared to school.
“It’s better because we get to swim and have a good time,” he said.
For three years, Jones has attended the camp. He said it gets better every year.
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.