June 9, 2017 News Release: Free Day Camp program, Department of Recreation, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

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Greene County Department of Recreation
107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5323 • Fax: 724-852-5356 • www.co.greene.pa.us

News Release

County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director
Phone: 724-852-5210 / Fax 724-627-5428

Free Day Camp program to begin June 19th

FOR RELEASE — June 9, 2017

WAYNESBURG, PA — Greene County children ages 5 to 15 years old will be able to enjoy free, fun activities this summer. The county Summer Day Camp, a six-week session program, will begin June 19 and conclude on July 28. The camp will be held Monday through Friday, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

Pre-registration for Day Camp will be held on Friday, June 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at all the camp and pick-up locations. Registration for day camp will also be accepted at any time during the six-week session.

All programs will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Parents are encouraged to sign in their children prior to that time. Sign-in will begin at 9:40 a.m. each day.

Campers will have a variety of other activities scheduled for them, including arts and crafts, games and additional educational programs. They may also swim at any of the three county pools for only $2 per day.

Camp sites are located at:
  • Waynesburg Lions Club Park in Waynesburg.
  • Mon View Park in Greensboro.
  • Wana B Park in Carmichaels.
  • Ryerson Station State Park in Wind Ridge.
Pick-up/drop-off locations are located at:
  • Bobtown Elementary School in Bobtown (transported to Mon View Park camp site).
  • Jefferson Township Park in Jefferson (transported to Wana B Park camp site).
  • Nemacolin Fire Hall in Nemacolin (transported to Wana B Park camp site).
  • Morris Township Community Center in Nineveh (transported to Ryerson Station State Park camp site).
Campers will enjoy a third year of educational experience with "UP STREAM", or "YoU being Physical in Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math." Programs will start during the first week of Day Camp.

"UP STREAM" consists of an interactive, simple discussion explaining the theme of the lesson and a hands-on activity that engages campers to use their creativity while applying their new knowledge in constructing various arts and crafts. Campers will also improve their strategizing and problem-solving skills with various experiments that will help them see science in a fun light. Activities are broken into two age groups, ages 5-8 and 9-15. After the lesson and activities, campers then participate in a game or sport related to the theme.

The program capitalizes on the increasing interest in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – that have been identified as key growth areas for jobs, with the potential for kids to establish an early relationship with the fields that may turn into a career path.

Penn State Cooperative Extension will return this year to teach three sessions at each camp focusing on nutrition. The theme for these sessions is “Lettuce Turnip the Beet”. The lessons will focus on healthy food and lifestyle with discussions on the importance of fruits, vegetables and water in our daily lives, and fighting foodborne bacteria. Campers will grow veggie plants, and sample different fruits and vegetables during the program.

All meals, supplies and activities are provided free of charge to campers. The Day Camp program is funded through the Greene County Commissioners and Department of Recreation fundraisers such as the Dock to Lock 5K Run/Walk held annually in May.

Lunches will be provided to campers at all sites through a partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Community Foundation of Greene County. The Carmichaels Area, Central Greene and West Greene School Districts will prepare the meals daily as part of the Greene County Summer Food Program, an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the state Department of Education.

Other programs throughout the summer are presented by Greene County Conservation District, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Greene County Human Services, Flenniken Library, Eva K. Bowlby Library and Domestic Violence Services of SWPA.

Additional sponsors of this year’s Day Camp include Community Foundation of Greene County, Rice Energy Inc, Hartley Inn, Lola Energy, First Federal of Greene County, SCI Greene, Walmart and Waynesburg Moose.

An end of the year picnic will be held at Wana B Park on Friday, July 28. Treasure of the Caribbean Obstacle Course and Hippo Chow Down inflatables will be provided by Fantasy World Entertainment. Pizzas will be provided by the Carmichaels School District. Campers will conclude the day at Carmichaels Pool.

Day Camp will not be held Tuesday, July 4, due to the Fourth of July holiday. For more information on the summer Day Camp program, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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