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Summer camp starts June 4 at Boys and Girl's Club

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Summer camp starts June 4 at Boys and Girl's Club
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes has had a successful winter season and is ready for a fun summer season.

Summer Camp 2007 begins June 4, and is packed full of activities for kids age 5-18.


The Club's winter fund-raisers -- Polar Plunge and Big Bash -- brought in between $51,000 and $52,000 for the club.

"The community support is excellent, and we still appreciated that," Club Director Pat Petermann said. Those funds are 20 percent of the budget for the year, he added.

The Boys and Girls Club also received several grants over the last few months. One from Valspar is for 60-70 gallons of paint to paint the outside of the building in May and June.

They also received a $10,000 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a federal grant, due to the growth of the club. The money will be used for operations.

But as for this summer, Summer Camp 2007 runs from June 4 through Aug. 17, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration begins Monday. Cost is $10 for an annual membership and $13 daily per member for the camp. It is 50 percent off for a third sibling.

Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided.

Some of the activities planned for this summer include trips to the Detroit Lakes Library, bowling, Frisbee golf, swimming at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, rock climbing and repelling, Kids Day at the Becker County Fair, Go-Putt-N-Bump, Tamarac Wildlife Refuge, and the summer-end trip to a RedHawks game in Fargo.

"We want to expose kids to a variety of things to keep them active," Program Director Kari Barlund said.

Barlund said the leaders are trying to offer three main things with the programs at the club -- fun and education (science, Spanish, etc.), arts and crafts and recreation.

"Give them some education, and hopefully they won't realize it, if we make it fun," Barlund said.

Last year, 40-plus kids attended the RedHawks game. Barlund said kids not interested in the field trip activities are welcome to stay at the club with other staff members.

Each year, club staff comes up with new, fun things to do they think the kids will enjoy. This year, the trip to the Becker County Fair, a dairy farm and Tamarac are new.

"The more activities, the faster summer goes and the more fun here," she said. The various activities help break up the day, she added.

During the summer, the club sees kids from all over the area, including kids from as far way as Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Callaway and Perham.

Membership has grown in the last year by 200 kids to 450 kids. Average daily attendance is 70 kids, and 30-40 evening meals are served a day. Last year, more than 11,000 meals were served.

For more information or to register for Summer Camp 2007, call Kari or Pat at 847-5700 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Space is limited to the first 100 campers.