by Ashley Maxwell
It was time for recreation and reinforcing basic academics as New Community Corporation hosted its Annual Summer Camp for more than 100 youth ages 5-13.
The seven-week program at the New Community Neighborhood Center in Newark offered many activities, from academic enrichment to going on field trips to places like Seaside Heights and Adventure Aquarium every Friday. The 25-minute academic enrichment classes covered the topics of reading and writing, Science and Spanish in addition to other academic subjects.
“The program combines both academics and recreation and the children actually enjoy learning while in the camp. Surprisingly, we reached our max (110) during week two and had to create a waiting list for enrollment. That says a lot about the program and our commitment to the children,” said Edward Morris, NCC Director of Youth Services
The children, who were served breakfast and lunch daily, participated in sports like basketball, volleyball and swimming and also enjoyed games, including Double Dutch and checkers. While at the pool, the children had lots of fun engaging in swimming contests and playing catch. The program finale allowed them to display talents like singing and dancing.
“I enjoy basketball and Science. The program is good, they are very supportive and if I was home I would be bored and would become a couch potato,” said camper, Eric Anunobi, 9.
For these children, summer camp was their escape from boredom. They can’t wait to return next year!