Story from Inside Indiana Spring 2013

Spring not only brings the end of winter weather but the end of the school year as well.

DJ, 8, spends a majority of his summer at the The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Community Corps Center. His mother works two jobs so she isn’t home during the day to make DJ lunch or keep him active and away from the television and video games.

The young boy walks to the community center where he gets lunch and a chance to play basketball with other children for the remainder of the afternoon. This summer, DJ is even more excited about spending his time with The Salvation Army because the day camp program has returned to Eagle Creek. His mother is excited too because she knows her son will have fun and be safe while she’s working to support both of them.

The summer feeding program is nothing new at the Eagle Creek Corps Community Center. Last year the program averaged about 50 children a day. The program runs in conjunction with the Board of Education as a way of ensuring area youth are able to receive a nutritious meal during the summer months when school is dismissed. Captain Amos Shiels said that the corps anticipates an increase to 65 children this summer.

Like DJ, Captain Shiels and the rest of his staff at Eagle Creek are excited about the return of the corps day camp program starting June 3.

“Each week is an individual camp with two camps happening simultaneously during one of the weeks,” Captain Shiels said. “This is our first year conducting day camp since 2008”

Camp registration is limited to 30 participants. Camp starts each day at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The camp will offer children organized activities and a chance to meet new people. The camps include: Artful Antics, Kid Chefs, Heroes V. Villains & All American Girls, Splash, Game-a-pa-looza, Mad Science, Adventures in Time, Lego Challenge and Wild & Free.

Of course summer programs at the corps require more than just the children. Those programs need volunteers and mentors like you.

DJ’s mother happily signed him up for all the camp sessions. He’s counting down the days to a fun filled summer.

Eagle Creek Summer Feeding Program
When: Week days 12:30 — 1:30 p.m. starting June 3
Who: A free, nutritional meal will be served to school-aged children (K-12).

Eagle Creek Day Camps
When: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. June 3 through August 2
For more information and how to register visit www.corps.salvationarmyindiana.org/eaglecreek, call 317-299-4454 or stop by 4400 N. High School Rd, Indianapolis.

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