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Madras Aquatic Center, Kids' Club planning summer camps


   The Madras Aquatic Center and the Jefferson County Youth Organization are "pooling" their talents to offer weeklong day camps for kids throughout the summer.
   Beginning May 21, parents can register their 6- to 13-year-olds for the sessions that get under way the week of June 16. Registration will be held at the aquatic center.
   According to Melinda Freeman, who directs the Kids' Club for the JCYO, there will be half-day sports camps in the morning, followed by swimming at the aquatic center from 1 to 3 p.m., and Kids' Club until 5:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided.
   The sports camps will include offerings such as soccer, tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball, cheerleading/dance, flag football, and outdoor adventure.
   "High school coaches are going to instruct the camps as fundraisers for their teams," Freeman explained.
   Cost for the weeklong sessions will be $45 for the half-day morning sports camp, with breakfast included, or $55 for the full day, which includes breakfast and lunch.
   Scholarships are available for those who can't afford the fees.
   "We want to make it available for everybody," said Bobby DeRoest, program coordinator for MAC.
   There will be a regular morning session at Westside Elementary similar to the usual Kids' Club, with sports and recreation, arts and crafts, for $35 a week, or $10 for daily drop-ins.
   The sports camp/swimming package will be available for nine separate weeks during the summer. It won't be offered during the week of June 30 through July 4, or the week of the Jefferson County Fair, July 21 to July 26.
   Grant Hayball, MAC general manager, hopes the sports and swimming sessions will feed into middle school and high school sports programs, "as well as provide healthy, clean activities for kids."
   The aquatic center and JCYO recognize that parents' work schedules don't change in the summer, he noted, so when school is out, they still need someplace for their children to go.
   By teaming up, the two organizations can provide "positive, uplifting activities for kids to be able to participate in," Hayball said.
   For more information, contact Freeman at 475-7028.