• November 27, 2014

Camps keep kids occupied for spring break

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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:30 am

Military parents looking for options for their kids during spring break can look no further than Fort Hood’s Child, Youth and School Services.

First- through 12th- graders are invited to attend the annual spring break camps held at school age and youth centers across post.

“It’s a positive environment to be able to have fun as well as learn,” said Miriam Washington, director of Bronco Youth Center, which will host one of two camps for junior and high school kids. Comanche Youth Center will host the other teen camp. Last year, more than 70 kids participated at Bronco.

“They can interact with their friends with adult supervision. Parents can feel comfortable with them in a safe environment,” Washington said.

Anissa Simmons, 19, said she enjoyed attending camps because of the amount of activities available.

This year’s activities include robotics classes, bowling, budgeting classes, a visit to Kemah Boardwalk and some community service.

The culminating event is a luau at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. The two teen camps will come together on certain days for bigger events.

“Two years ago they took us fishing and taught us how to put bait on a hook,” Simmons said, adding fishing isn’t something she would normally get to try.

It’s also about making new friends, while hanging out with your old ones.

“It’s a blast,” said Robert Davenport, 13. “You get to hang with friends and play and have a few laughs.”

Washington said activities are often picked through the Teen Army Family Advocacy Program, which allows teens to submit ideas to improve installations and resources.

“This is not just something kids can come out and have fun at, but they’re also learning,” she said.

Walker School Age Care Center will host the younger kids with a “Western Round Up” theme, featuring field trips, arts and crafts and science, technology, engineering, and math activities.

Spring break is March 10-14, and parents can contact Parent Central Services at 254-287-8029.

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