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Camp Snipesville goes back to the 50s
Spring break camp combines history and fun
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  Duck and Cover drills, bowling, a luau, and a sock hop are all in the works during the March 29-April 2 spring break for Bulloch County public school children.
      Camp Snipesville is back and it is going back to the Fifties. Also, the camp for third, fourth and fifth graders will be held in an authentic location: The Parkwood Motel in Statesboro, which was built in 1951.
      Campers ages 8 to 11 will spend a week of fun on the 1950s theme, led by historian and camp creator Dr. Annette Laing, and art educator Lindsey Jenkins.
      “We have music ranging from Elvis to the sound of a “skiffle” band, where the kids will play home-made instruments,”  Laing said.
      Campers also can sample the foods of the period, including the first-ever TV dinners, and will make a different Jell-o salad each day.
      “At the end of the week, the kids will vote on the grossest recipe,” Laing said. ”It gives them an idea of how tastes in food change. Of course, it’s also possible that they will love the food, and want the recipes to make at home!”
Games, crafts, and a field trip to Savannah for a visit to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum as well bowling at Frames ‘n Games in Pooler are also planned.
      Laing, whose popular TimeShop history programs at GSU drew hundreds of kids, launched Imaginative Journeys, a non-profit, in Fall, 2009, to offer camps on historical themes that are both fun and inspiring for kids.
      “Camp Snipesville: Back to the Fifties” is now registering children. It will be held in the historic Parkwood Motel on Highway 301 South (next to the RV Park and near the bypass). The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before- and after-care available from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The registration fee (including field trip) is $130 until March 22, when it rises to $150 if spaces are still available. Before- and after-care are available at an additional charge. 
      More information and online registration is available at http://www.AnnetteLaing.com/Camp_Snipesville.html.   Interested parents and prospective sponsors may also contact Laing at (912) 536-2719.