Salvation Army registering students for summer camps

SUMMER FUN: The Salvation Army will register students for its 2015 summer camps from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 13 at the Salvation Army. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy many summer activities such as swimming, fishing, sports and more. (Courtesy photo)

SUMMER FUN: The Salvation Army will register students for its 2015 summer camps from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 13 at the Salvation Army. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy many summer activities such as swimming, fishing, sports and more. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The fun activities of summer are just around the corner and the Big Rapids Salvation Army is ready to get started.

The Salvation Army will register students for its 2015 summer camps from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 13 at the Salvation Army, located at 325 Linden Street.

Depending on age and interest, students will have the opportunity to sign up for three different camps at the Little Pine Island Camp, located in Comstock Park.

“This is a quality camp,” said Lt. Brianne Karlin. “It’s a lot of fun and very well attended.”

The Community Youth Camp will take place June 9 through the 12 for students who have completed first grade up to fifth grade.

This year the youth camp is superhero-themed, and will feature scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, swimming, fishing, sports and more.

The Community Teen Camp will take place June 22 through the 27 for students who have completed sixth through 12th grade, and are no older than 17.

This year the teen camp will be science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themed. Students will watch presentations from science experts and participate in experiments as well as swimming, fishing and sports.

The Community Sports Camp will take place July 20 through the 24 for students ages 9 through 14.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple sports such as water Olympics, kickball, basketball, football, soccer, cheerleading and more.

Each camp costs $10 per student, which includes everything for the week such as food, sleeping arrangements and all activities. Students also will receive $5 back while at camp to spend at the store.

“We have a lot of generous donors who help pay for the cost of camp,” said Chris Vallette, community outreach and development director. “The $10 mostly covers transportation costs to and from camp.”

Students who registered are dropped off at the Big Rapids Salvation Army and then are taken to the camp by Salvation Army camp volunteers.

“Our goal is to have so many students, we have a problem figuring out how to take them to the camp,” Vallette said.

During the camps, students also will spend time during the day in Bible study.

“Kids will be exposed to the Christian faith, but we will not be forcing faith on them,” Karlin said. “The camp is giving kids the freedom to be kids and experience things they may not normally get to. It’s a great first camp and kids enjoy it.”

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