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Registration ongoing for CSU summer camps

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton State University officials said Monday the school is still accepting children who want to participate in one of three summer camps taking place at the school in July.

The camps are for local children who are interested in learning what is under the sea; about the world of acting; and those wishing to play recreational sports, such as dodgeball.

CSU will offer the second session of its Youth University camp July 6-24, while its Little Lakers Day Camp, and Stage and Screen Week, will be offered July 13-17.

The registration window for Little Lakers Day Camp, which is offered by the school's Recreation and Wellness department, will be the first to close, however. Camp Coordinator Hakim Groomes, also the university's assistant director of recreation and wellness, said parents have until Wednesday, at 5 p.m., to sign up their children for the week-long, sports-themed day camp.

The camp is for children ages 7-14. It will last from 9 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., each day, and take place at the school's Student Activities Center.

Activities include: flag football; dodgeball; tennis; soccer, and volleyball, according to a schedule for the camp that is posted on the Recreation and Wellness Department's web site, http://adminservices.clayton.edu/intramurals/.

"We noticed that the recreation centers in Clayton County were offering summer camps for kids, but they were full early on" Groomes said. "We just wanted to make it [the day camp] available so more children could participate in a summer camp."

Groomes also said the enrollment cost for the camp is $135, although early care and late care will be available for parents who need to drop off their children early, or pick them up late. Early care costs $30, and lasts from 7:45 a.m., to 9 a.m. Late care also costs $30, and it lasts from 4:45 p.m., to 6 p.m. Parents who need both early and late care can pay a discounted, combined rate of $45, Groomes added.

Groomes said parents can download a registration form from the Recreation and Wellness Department's web site, and fax it to his office at (678)466-4977. For more information on the camp, call Groomes at (678) 466-4973.

Meanwhile, registration is ongoing for the Continuing Education Department's two camps: Youth University, and Stage and Screen Week.

Youth University is a camp the Continuing Education department offers in two sessions each summer. The first was held June 8-26. In May, Continuing Education Program Coordinator Seth Davis said the second session, which will begin next week, will have an underwater theme, and campers will study plant and animal life in bodies of water ranging from rivers to oceans.

The cost for Youth University is $499 per child, according to university spokesman, John Shiffert. It will run from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., each day.

Stage and Screen Week will give teenagers, who are interested in acting, an opportunity to participate in a week of sessions led by local, professional actors, said Continuing Education Administrator Christy Slaton. It is open to children who will be in the seventh- through twelfth-grades during the upcoming school year. The camp will run from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., each day.

"It's like a little acting workshop," Slaton said. "They [the professional actors] will share acting tips during the camp."

The cost to participate in Stage and Screen Week is $249 per child, according to Shiffert. Slaton said Youth University will be held if at least 20 children are signed up, and the Stage and Screen Week camp will be held if at least 25 youths are registered. She also said registration for both camps is ongoing until the camps begin.

Davis, the coordinator for both Youth University and Stage and Screen Week, was out of his office on Monday and unavailable for comment, Slaton said. For more information about either Continuing Education camp, call (678) 466-5050.