Recreation department taking applications for summer camps

Lower registration fee, more

Staff Report
April 24, 2008 at 12:50 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Two new camp sites and lower registration fees are making it easier for St. Charles Parish youths to take advantage of summer camps sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Children ages 5 through 12 are eligible for camp, which runs in two sessions of three weeks. Session one runs from June 9 to June 26, and session two runs from July 7 to July 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Rates have been reduced to $50 per session for one camper; down from last year's cost of $75. Parents can receive a price reduction when registering two or more children.

Summer Camp Coordinator Theresa Theriot and Recreation Department Director Duane Foret said the price adjustment was the result of meetings with the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Service, which aids underprivileged youth.

"They pointed out that most of their families could not afford the fees we were charging for camp," Theriot said.

"So with donations from different organizations are able to offer this fun-filled adventure to more children with or without disabilities this summer."

Camp will be held this year at four locations - Luling Elementary, Landry School, Harry Hurst Middle and St. Rose Elementary.

Previously only one location was available on each side of the river. Harry Hurst will offer before and after care as well as Friday care for an additional fee.

Activities are set to include team sports, arts and crafts, board games, music, talent shows, outdoor activities, movies and more.

Recreation Department officials will hold the following informational sessions for parents who want to know more about the summer camp program:

•10 a.m. to noon, April 19, 1904 Ormond Blvd. Suite 201, Destrehan

•6 to 8 p.m., April 23, West Bank Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling

•6 to 8 p.m., April 28, Destrehan Library, 100 River Oaks Drive, Destrehan

•9 to noon, May 31, Recreation Office, 171 Keller St., Hahnville

The Recreation Department also offers a Counselor in Training Program for 13- and 14-year-olds. The fee is $35 per session.

Applications are available online at or at the Recreation Department office. The deadline is May 31. For more information, call 985-783-5090.

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