Camp grants are available for military

Bill Crowder can't give money away.

"Every parent I tell about this said they haven't heard anything about it," said Mr. Crowder, a district vice president for The Family Y and the director of the Augusta South branch on Tobacco Road.

The Sierra Club gave the YMCA a national grant for summer camp scholarships for dependents of active-duty military families, and Mr. Crowder has scholarships available locally.

The scholarships were for two weeks of resident camp at Camp Lakeside. This is the first summer the resident camp has been offered in Augusta. Other Family Y camps are day camps.

Only about half of the scholarships were taken for the camp session, which began Sunday for 9- and 10-year-olds, but there are still openings for Sunday through June 28 camp for 11- and 12-year-olds, he said.

A $25 registration fee is required to hold the slots, but that money will be available for the child to use at the camp store, he said.

The resident camp offers traditional activities such as archery and canoeing.

Mr. Crowder said the Sierra Club is providing the grant for three years. He hopes to receive more money next year. He also is issuing the scholarships to dependents of military retirees and to dependents of National Guard and Army reservists who are on active duty.

"This is something to say thank you to those who've served," he said.

Mr. Crowder said families can register their children for camp at any of the Y branch locations. The south Augusta branch number is (706) 922-9650.

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