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Deadline approaching for Clayton camp scholarships

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

There are only a few more days left, for Clayton County seventh- and eighth-graders to submit their applications for scholarships to attend a three-day Clayton County Parks and Recreation summer camp on Jekyll Island, according to the department's marketing manager.

Youths interested in attending the summer camp, which will include activities such as stargazing, beach explorations and marsh studies, must submit their scholarship applications to the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department's marketing and sales office by April 30, said Marketing and Sales Manager Amy Keeney. Only 10 scholarships will be awarded, she said.

The camp will last from June 11 to June 13, on Jekyll Island.

"Anyone that is a resident of Clayton County can participate," Keeney said. "It is a weekend for kids to experience the outdoors, in a lot of different types of outdoor activities."

The deadline is important for anyone who wants to attend the camp, regardless of whether they need financial assistance paying for the trip. "You have to win a scholarship to be able to attend the camp," Keeney said. She added that applicants must be Clayton County residents.

According to the application packet, youths applying must write an essay in which they explain, in 250 words or fewer, the outdoor activity they would like to participate in.

The applicants must include in their essays one of 10 activities, including: Discovering Georgia's past; splash in the water; play on a team; play in a safe place; camp under the stars; follow a trail; explore nature; learn how to swim; catch a fish, or celebrate their heritage.

The application packet can be obtained by logging onto the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department's Kid's Outdoors Initiative web site, www.kidsoutdoorsga.org/. Applications must be sent to "Clayton County International Park, Georgia Kids Outdoors, Marketing and Sales Office, 2300 Highway 138, SE, Jonesboro, Ga., 30236."

Winners will be announced by May 31, according to Keeney. She said the essays will be evaluated by Parks and Recreation Department staff.

According to the application packet, students who participate in the camp will go on a boat ride on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources boat, Anna, and will get to look out for dolphins, learn about fish and local invertebrates, go on an evening beach walk in which they will learn about astronomy, explore the beaches on the northern and southern ends of the island while looking for sea shells, learn about seine nets, do a marsh study at Shark's Tooth Beach, visit a sea turtle rehabilitation center, and go to the Summer Waves Water Park.