Registration open for Bainbridge summer camps

Published 4:53 pm Friday, April 20, 2018

It’s hard to believe summer is almost here, but with the days warming up it can only mean school is almost out. For parents who work all day, it can be hard to keep kids entertained. However, with five different weeks of camp fun there is bound to be something they can enjoy.

For the first time, the Decatur County Recreation Authority is hosting a summer sports camp. The camp will run from June 11-14th and include activities such as, soccer, tennis, softball, baseball and flag football.

Marketing and events coordinator, Valerie Faircloth, is excited for kids to have the ability to work with the tennis center, but not be limited to that specific sport. Each day the kids will have introductory lesson into whatever the sport is in the event they’ve never played before. For baseball and softball the girls and boys will be divided up to teach the specifics of the game.

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Faircloth said the kids do not need to be great at any of the sports to have fun at camp. Not only will they be participating in sports, but they will also get to have yummy snacks and slushees from the machine. In addition, they will have one fun water day complete with a slip n’ slide and sprinklers on the fields.

In order to participate in the camp, kids should be between the ages of 6-12. They do not have to own and sports equipment, but if they have a glove or bat they like to use they are welcome to bring it. Also, if they have ever played soccer before instructors encourage them to bring their own cleats and shin guards for comfort.

The camp will cap off at 85 kids. They can be dropped off from 7:30-8 a.m. and picked up between 12-12:30.

Parents can register their children at The cost for early registration is $65 and will last until May 1. After May 1st, the cost will be $90, but discounts are available for multiple children.

Faircloth is hoping the camp will be a huge success. If it seems to be a hit and more children are interested, they are open to the idea of hosting another camp later in the summer.

The city will host their annual Oscar Jackson Outdoor Camp four different times this summer. The camp helps children immerse themselves in nature by offering archery, fishing, fire building, hunter and boat safety and wildlife discovery.

Kids have four opportunities to attend. Week one runs June 4-8. Week two is offered June 11-15. Week three lasts June 25-29. The camp will have one final week July 16-20.

Registration is $130 for the first child and $75 for additional siblings. Kids can be dropped off at early drop off at 7:30 a.m. and camp will begin at 8 a.m. The camp ends at 5 p.m., but kids can be picked up from late pick up until 5:30.

Kids hoping to attend weeks one or two of Oscar Jackson Camp need to have their forms filled out and turned in by May 23.

For kids who may not as interested in sports or wildlife, the Bainbridge Little Theatre will host their summer class act sessions.

For children 12 and under, they can participate in the Children’s Class Act and perform Mary Poppin’s Jr. The kids will rehearse May 29 from 9 a.m.- noon Monday thru Friday for three weeks and perform June 15-16.

Kids age 13-18 can be a part of The Teens’ Class Act and play a role in Legally Blonde the Musical Jr. Rehearsals will begin June 18 and will be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday thru Friday for four weeks. They will perform the musical July 13, 14 and 15.

The registration forms can be found online at and costs $130 for the first child and $95 for each additional child from the same family. Kids can bring the registration forms to the first class act rehearsals or can email them to the director.