Summer camp is an opportunity for a child to explore new places, meet new people and try new things, all with the comparative freedom of being away from home and parents.
Thanks to The Salvation Army, area youth can have the camp experience for free!
Open to children who have finished first grade up to age 17 who live in Mecosta, Osceola, Lake and Newaygo counties, the Salvation Army's summer camp choices range from sports to science, and from music to outdoor skills.
While the camp itself is free, if parents wish to take advantage of available transportation to and from camp sessions, they are asked to pay a $10 fee per child, per camp attended.
To register children for summer camp, families can attend one of the 3 sign-up nights, set for 5:30pm-7pm on May 3rd, 10th, and 17th at their office, 325 Linden St, Big Rapids. Families unable to attend are welcome to make an appointment during regular business hours by calling the office at 231.796.5597.
Parents need to bring a copy of the health insurance card covering the child, up-to-date immunization records, and the transportation fee if using transportation to the sign-up event.