Rec camp registration begin soon

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 19, 2001

Saturday, May 19, 2001

The Natchez Democrat

Registration for the Natchez Recreation Department’s Daycamp

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will begin on May 28, according to the program’s director.

Wilbert Whitley said the camp, which will begin on June 4 and

run through July 31, will give children &uot;something to do

this summer,&uot; and keep them &uot;from getting into trouble.&uot;

&uot;Our goal is to find as many young people as we can and

get them involved in the program,&uot; he said of the 10-year-old


He noted the program averages 150 children each summer and

recruits children from &uot;all over the place.&uot;

Among the activities offered, Whitley said, are bowling, basketball,

baseball, softball and arts and crafts.

&uot;Each year we work on a special project,&uot; he said.

&uot;All the kids take part in it.&uot;

Last year, Whitley said, daycampers put together a quilt and

presented it to the Natchez Board of Aldermen, along with a song

written by the program’s members.

&uot;The song was a big hit,&uot; he said. &uot;It was great.

&uot;We’ve got a big suprise for them this year,&uot; he

continued. &uot;But I can’t let the cat out of the bag.&uot;

Whitley said the new attraction this year, however, is the

department’s &uot;sprayground,&uot; a water system connected

to motion detectors that spray water into the air almost constantly.

&uot;That’s been a big hit at the youth center,&uot; he said.


He noted the youth center is on Triumph Lane near Natchez Middle


&uot;We’re encouraging all the children in the area to come

out and participate,&uot; he said. &uot;We just want to give

them something to do and keep them out of trouble.&uot;

Anyone wanting more information, Whitley said, can contact

the rec department at 445-4927.