BY ANDREAS BUTLER
With the school year officially set to end next week, parents are looking for things for their kids to do during the summer.
Have no fear. There are summer camps and programs still available.
Summer camps and programs are designed to provide constructive activities for the youth and could ease a load on parents.
“The programs are well-rounded. We keep our prices reasonable. Many of our kids’ parents are everyday workers that need somewhere safe and secure for their kids to go. The kids are supervised and involved in constructive activities, so their parents can go to work and don’t have to worry,” said Percy Williamson, Daytona Beach Leisure Services director.
Swimming is an activity that is emphasized in Daytona’s programs.
“We have to push at teaching African-American kids to swim. They drown at higher rates than others. Many of the parents can’t swim and don’t see a need to teach the child. With this being a place mostly surrounded by water, we must teach them to swim,” said Williamson.
Williamson pointed out there are are still opportunities and some parents may be able to get financial assistance.
“Just continue to look. There are numerous programs out there,” he urged.
“A significantly amount of kids get scholarships from the county. They can choose their camp or program. Our program has around 20 or more families that do this,” added Williamson.
Here is a look at some other summer programs around Daytona Beach.
Daytona Beach’s Leisure Services Department will hold summer camps at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, 925 George Engram Blvd., as well as the Ortona Playground at 1206 N. Halifax Ave.
The program runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. beginning June 13 and ending Aug. 5. Participants will receive breakfast, lunch, swimming lessons, sports, crafts, games, specialty caps, movies, weekly events, field trip and some academic activities.
Daytona residents pay $240 for the camp with a $25 registration fee. Non-Residents are charged $312 with a $30 registration fee.
For more information, call 386-671-8337.
Daytona Beach P.A.L.
The Central Daytona Beach Police Athletic League (PAL) will sponsor an eight-week program at the Yvonne Scartlett-Golden Cultural & Educational Center at 100 Vine Street in Daytona Beach weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The program is for kids ages 6-12. It will begin June 13 and end Aug. 5. The program includes free breakfast, lunch and snacks. Activities: Games, sports, arts and crafts, math, reading, and computer labs.
To register, call 386-871-5224.
Daytona State College
The Fourth Annual cyber camp will take place from July 11-14 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Advance Technology College located at 1770 Technology Boulevard on the Daytona Beach campus.
The program seeks teens in grades 9-12. The camp is free through the Advanced Cyberforensics Education Consortium. Application deadline ends June 24.
For details and how to apply, log on to www.Daytona.State.edu/ace/cybercamp.html or contact Emily.Coppa @Daytona.State.edu; 386-506-4163.
Boys & Girls Clubs
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties has a program at the John H. Dickerson Center in Daytona Beach. The club meets at the John H. Dickerson Community Center, 308 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A summer program also will meet there.
The programs runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Participants will go on weekly field trips, go roller and ice skating, swimming and the movies. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
The weekly fee is $65 per first child, $50 per second child and $40 per third. There is a registration fee of $25 per child.
The DeLand YMCA is offering Camp Discovery for kids ages 12-15 in Volusia County. Camp Discovery will take place at Camp Winona on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
On Fridays, the students will go on field trips. Camp Discovery will provide educational opportunities as well as water activities, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and sailing. Archery, ropes courses, crafts and other games will be available.
For more information, contact Stacie Higbee at email@example.com, call 386-736- 6000 or visit the membership desk. For details about Camp Winona, visit campwinona.org or contact Mary Glass at 386-985-4544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.