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Summer camp sign ups begin
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Parents fill out forms and stand in line at the Honey Bowen Building Monday afternoon during the first day of sign ups for recreation department summer camps. - photo by Luke Martin/staff

Joy Deal

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Campers at Camp Tomahawk and Camp Cherokee will have the chance to "Backpack Across America" this summer as part of the recreation department's summer camp program.
    "Each week will center around a state with activities showing about that state," said Joy Deal, program supervisor for the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department.
    Sign ups for Camp Cherokee (pre-k though first grade) and Camp Tomahawk (second through fifth grade) opened Monday with officials expecting as many as 150 people to sign up for various weeks throughout the summer.
    In fact, Deal said she expects a few weeks to fill up during this week's early registration period.
    "Some weeks go faster than others. A lot of times it depends on the field trip available," Deal said.
    Caroline James was among the first people at the Honey Bowen Building to sign up her two children for two weeks each.
    "The children have a great time and are safe," she said.
    Parents began lining up at 2:30, a half hour before the recreation department began registering children.
    James said she got there early to make sure she didn't have to stand in line long.
    A $10 discount will be given to all children who sign up this week, with an additional $5 discount given for those who need extended care.
    Camps run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, with the extended care running until 6 p.m.
    "If they just need a fun place to be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., they can sign up for the fun part of the camp," Deal said. "If you need child care all day, then you can sign up for the extended care."
    For those signing up for the only the camp, rates are $65 this week and will increase to $75 beginning next week. To add the extended care, rates would be $95 this week and $110 starting Monday.
    Space is limited to 90 campers for each camp each week.
    Officials expect approximately 150 children to be signed up during this week's registration period.
    Among the field trips scheduled for the summer include a trip to Charleston to visit Fort Sumter and the Yorktown, putt putt, Mill Creek Park, the Statesboro Airport and Ice Skating in Augusta.
    For more information, contact the recreation department at (912) 764-5437.
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