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Let’s go (virtual) camping with Camp25

Program kicks off free series tonight

COURTLAND

Camp25 Executive Director Eric Benton has just announced that the program is offering three virtual camps — the first taking place this evening, April 23 — and all streamed live at 7 o’clock on the Camp25 Facebook page. Each will last about 20 to 30 minutes.

Benton said the idea for these activities came about during a board meeting, which took place after the robotics camp in late March had to be cancelled. That was due to safety precautions where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was concerned.

In the first camp, Coach Eric Johnson will present a mini-physical education session. Johnson is the P.E. coach at Carrsville Elementary School and the basketball coach at Grassfield High School, Chesapeake. Benton said that Johnson will first speak to children about eating healthy and making good choices. The last 15 minutes or so, the coach will demonstrate exercises appropriate for 4 to 12 year olds, such as jumping jacks or push ups.

Don’t fret if you miss that episode or even the others, the videos will still be available for repeat viewing on the Facebook page.

On Thursday, April 30, Camp Community College President Dr. Dan Lufkin will speak to youth about the importance of going to school and getting an education. He will then read a story for the elementary school-age children.

The third will be on Thursday, May 7. That’s when a Southampton County Sheriff’s Deputy will lead a mini-scavenger hunt. Benton said the officer will direct viewers to look around their homes and find everyday items such as paperclips or hairbrushes. Then these can be posted online.

“If these three work out, then we might have some in May as well,” said Benton.

For more information, contact him at 653-1667 or info@camp.org, or visit www.camp25.org.