Annual Camp is Free for Kids and Their Families

More than a hundred kids from all over East Texas are learning basketball drills, computer programs and social skills at Lufkin Middle School this summer. It's part of the annual camp sponsored by the Concerned Black Men.

Camper Felicia Fry said, "We get to play games and we get to watch movies and at the end - the day before the last day of camp - we have a barbecue and then we get to see the WNBA game."

Camper Destine Denning said, "We painted and then we went to It's fun and when you at home, it's not no fun."

The camp is 100 percent free for children every year and open to all kids. It is funded with grants from the Deep East Texas Council of Governments. That money goes toward breakfast, lunch and snacks for each child every day. It also pays for weekly field trips and other activities like bowling and skating.

Tawana Rhoads, senior staff member, said, "It also gives an opportunity for some young lady or some young man that can't afford to go to the bigger basketball camps or the other learning camps a chance to come here within the community and be able to be a part of a camp."

The camp wraps up next week with a trip to a Houston Comets game and a cookout at the middle school with campers, volunteers and staff. The five-week summer camp is for children in first through ninth grades.

For information on how to enroll your child in next year's camp, call the Concerned Black Men at 632-3476 or 639-1661.