Summer camps a success

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Amid pitched tents near the Barn, a group of youngsters get their fishing poles ready for a fishing trip to the golf course pond at Holiday Island. The camping/hiking/fishing camp was one of three offered this summer to area and visiting children, free of charge. Photo by Judy Rauber, courtesy of HISID.

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- "We broke even," said Holiday Island Golf Pro Barry Storie of this year's three summer camps.

In the past, Holiday Island has offered two week-long summer camps for ages 7 through 16 for free, one for golf and the other for tennis.

This year, the golf and tennis camps met in July, and the district added a camping/fishing/hiking camp in August.

Storie said a total of 40 to 50 kids attended this year's golf camp, more than 20 in tennis and 24 in camping/fishing/hiking. Several of those children attended all three camps.

The camps are offered and are supported by fund-raisers, such as an annual golf tournament and donations by organizations and individuals. This year $1,200 was raised, and covered all three camps, Storie said.

The addition of the camping/fishing/hiking was a success, he said. When he and Recreation Center manager Paul Epperly discussed adding the offering, Storie said it was because many residents have their grandchildren visiting during the summer and the district wanted to offer something for them to do.

The campout took place near the Barn, and fishing was out of the golf course ponds.

"Everyone caught a fish," Storie said. "Of course, we threw them back, but everyone caught one."

The camps are open to area resident children also, not just Holiday Island residents or visiting children.

Storie said there will be a change next year.

"We'll do all three camps in one week. We'll start with the golf and tennis earlier in the week and end with the campout and fishing. This is because some kids can't be there all three weeks."

The round of fund-raising will start again, he said, and planning we begin after the first of next year for the tournament and other donations.

For more information on the summer camps, call the Pro Shop at 479-253-9511.

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