Kids' outdoors camp begins Saturday at Holiday Island

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The third of three free summer camps for kids ages 7-16 will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5 at Holiday Island.

Camping/hiking/fishing will start Saturday morning, with a campout Saturday night and continuing through Sunday. The event will end with a picnic for campers and family members at noon Sunday.

This is a new offering this year. The other two camps, golf and tennis, have been offered before. Last year, 60 children attended the golf camp, and 20 attended the tennis camp.

These camps are free to kids and have been supported by golf tournaments, other fund-raisers and private donations.

"These camps are good exposure for Holiday Island," Storie said last year when he and Paul Epperly were discussing adding a camping/hiking/fishing experience this year.

"A lot of people have their grandkids visit every summer or area residents have kids looking for something to do, and we wanted to get more people involved and bring more kids."

Camping will take place in the area of the Barn on the island. Campers are asked to bring their own bedding. Other items they can bring, if they have them, are a tent and fishing gear. If they don't have those, they will be provided.

"Hiking is one of the activities planned, and also fishing in the ponds on the golf course," said Barrie Storie, Golf Pro and co-organizer of the event, along with Bobby Deaton.

Fishing will be catch-and-release.

Storie said between 30 and 40 kids have signed up, and new signups are welcome even on the day camp begins.

The campout is available to all kids between 7 and 16. They do not have to be Holiday Island residents.

At this date, anyone who wants to sign up should call the Pro Shop at 479-253-9511 or stop by the shop at the Clubhouse at 1 Country Club Drive.

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