, Port Arthur, Texas

June 23, 2014

Summertime fun at Salvation Army Day Camp

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — The sound of laughter filled the air as children played with Hula Hoops, drew masterpieces of art with chalk on a sidewalk and vied for a soccer goal during the Salvation Army Summer Day Camp on Monday.

“We have a lot going on,” Salvation Army Maj. Nancy Fuller said.

Monday’s is crafts day while Tuesday is library and movie day. On Wednesdays the camp heads to a local park and on Thursdays the kids head to a splash park. Friday’s is field trip day and this Friday the camp will go to the Children’s Museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Emily Green, assistant director, has been part of the Day Camp for five years and has worked with children for a total of 25 years, she said.

“The Salvation Army Summer Day Camp provides a safe place for children whose parents may be working,” Green said.

The camp also gives parents a piece of mind that their child is in good hands, she added.

Taking a break from arts and crafts, Kamori Wykoff, 5, bounced a beach ball to Salvation Army staffer Emmanuel Delafosse while a group of girls dug into a plastic bin for Barbie dolls. A group of boys huddled together in teams then played a quick game of soccer before lunch was served.

Children receive two snacks per day at the camp as well as breakfast and lunch. Fuller said donations of craft supplies or snacks are welcome.

The Salvation Army is located at 3145 25th St. and can be reached by calling 983-2229.

A total of 30 children ages five through 12 take part in the day camp for a cost of $12.50 per week. This year’s camp is at capacity, Fuller said.


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