A week-long summer camp is being offered to local youth with a number of local organizations contributing to the fun-filled, educational opportunity.
RPD dispatcher and Parks Board member Aaron Gurley, one of the organizers of the camp, recently released information regarding some of the activities planned for the week of July 15 through 19.
Camp hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will culminate with camp participants being recognized with a certificate of participation during the intermission of the KIST (Kiss Tribute Band) concert July 19 as a part of the Riverside Park Amphitheater concert series.
The cost of the camp is $25 and includes a daily lunch that will be provided by the Rush County Schools through the free lunch program.
Camper events planned include arts and crafts, scavenger hunt and sidewalk chalk drawing (on the fitness trails through the parks), to name a few.
Many local businesses and organizations are donating their time and talents.
RushShelby Energy will provide a live wire program in which they will teach children the dangers of downed power lines; Tonya Campbell will stress the importance of nutrition and host a Zumba class to show the children fun ways to exercise; and personnel from the RPD, RCSD, ISP, DNR, Indiana Excise Police, along with Rushville Fire Department and Rush Memorial EMS Ambulance, will be on hand giving safety tips in each of there perspective fields of work.
In addition, Pinnacle Martial Arts will provide a demonstration, staff members of the Rushville Public Library will host story time with campers, and Davis Towing personnel will provide a demonstration of their equipment,
Campers will take nature walks with Marvin Kuhn as their guide, with Kuhn providing information abut the types of trees, plants and animals found in Rushville city parks.
RCHS instructor Ed Small will discuss the local radio station, and Mayor Pavey will explain how and why the city and county are working together regarding the FIT program. Pavey will also explain how city government works and explain the 911 emergency call system.
Gurley said several individuals have been selected as Camp Leaders; others are still needed.
According to Gurley, community leaders and businesses have been very receptive to supporting and volunteering their time for what he and others hope will become an annual event.
“The reason for the camp is that we at the Rushville City Parks Department, Rushville Parks Board and Mayor Mike Pavey want to give the children a fun and exciting program where they have the chance to socialize with other children and enjoy our parks while also providing a scholastic learning opportunity along with learning about some of the workings of the city of Rushville. We believe that we should start putting forth more effort in getting the youth of our community out and involved in the community. We believe this is a step in the right direction. This is one of many programs and activities that we are working on now and for the future that will be hosted in the Rushville City Parks,” Gurley said.
He continued by saying that in these times of economic struggle for many families, financial assistance is available for campers.
“We also will be having a sponsor-a-child program available for those children wishing to attend the summer program who are in need of financial assistance,” Gurley said.
Gurley and the Parks Department thank those who have already contributed to the camp: Moster Mortuary, Barada Associates, N&S Cleaning Service, Rushville Pharmacy, Curtis Brothers, David Malson (attorney), Mezcal Grill, Dairy Queen, Rushville Bowl and Edward Jones/Chris Seals.
Those interested in donating to the sponsor-a-child program or wanting to donate to the Rushville City Parks summer camp may do so by contacting Gurley or Parks director Danny Mathews.
To volunteer as a Camp Leader, to request financial assistance or for additional information, Gurley can be contacted at the RPD at (765) 932-3907 or 765-561-3078.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106