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Henry's summer camps kick off today

Registration continues for summer camps provided the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department.

The department is offering a children's day camp and a teen day camp this summer at five camp sites around Henry County.

The summer camps are scheduled to last a total of eight weeks in two sessions, according to Henry County Communications Director Julie Hoover-Ernst.

The first session begins May 31, and continues until July 1, she said. The second session begins July 11, and ends July 29.

Hoover-Ernst said the children's camp is geared toward children ages 6, to 12, and will be held Monday, through Friday from 7:30 a.m., until 6 p.m. Teenagers, ages 13, to15, have camp Monday, through Friday from 8 a.m., until 4 p.m.

The camps are scheduled to be held at the following locations: Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road, in McDonough; J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, 1041 Miller's Mill Road, in Stockbridge; Fairview Recreation Center, 35 Austin Road, in Stockbridge; Nash Farm Park, 4361 Jonesboro Road, in Hampton; and Locust Grove Recreation Center, 10 Cleveland St., in Locust Grove.

Hoover-Ernst said the summer camps, which average about 300 campers, provide enrichment activities for children and teens.

The young campers are also treated to field trips to area attractions, she added. During past summer camps, children have visited DixieLand Fun Park in Fayetteville, World of Coke in downtown Atlanta, Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, and Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center and Children's Care Home in Locust Grove. Teens have visited The Rock Ranch in The Rock, Ga., Stone Summit Climbing, in Atlanta, and Stone Mountain Park.

The communications director encourages area residents to enroll their children early, as space is limited. She said campers may register for one week of camp, or they may register for the entire summer (both sessions).

Hoover-Ernst said the children's day camp is $100 per week for children ages 6, to 12. She said the Heritage Park and Locust Grove Recreation Center campsites are at capacity for the children's day camp, but there is still space available for the camp at J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, Fairview Recreation Center, and Nash Farm Park. The teen day camp costs $135 per week, she added, and space is available for the teen day camp at all five of the county's campsite locations.

Breakfast, lunch and a snack are included in the cost of registration, according to Hoover-Ernst. Camp registration is Monday, through Friday, from 9 a.m., until 4 p.m., at only four of the five campsites: Fairview Recreation Center, the Heritage Park office, J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, and Locust Grove Recreation Center.

Parents may register at their respective campsites on Tuesday, May 31, the first day of summer camp, she said.

For more information regarding summer camp, call Henry County Parks and Recreation at (770) 288-7300, or visit www.hcprd.org.