By BOB COUPLAND
WARREN - Basketball, swimming, and gardening are among the varied activities local youths are taking part in at the YMCA's Kids Club Camp, which is being held through August.
Paulette Edington, youth program director, said they have already had more than 100 children participating in the all-day event with a waiting list.
She said the program, for children in kindergarten to eighth grade, provides summer enrichment for YMCA youth members while focusing on physical, mental and spiritual health.
Eleven high-schoolers help with the program as volunteers through the summer JOBS program.
While most activities are at the YMCA building, there are field trips to the Cleveland Zoo, Camp Fitch, Noon in the Park and Perkins Park, she said. The group recently went to see quilts made by women at Tod Avenue United Methodist Church as part of Project Linus.
The YMCA is partnered with the Ohio State University Extension Office, Community Solutions, Jobs and Family Services and Trumbull County Public Library to offer various activities. Activities focus on leadership and working with others, she said.
Chase Persing, a junior at Harding High School, said he used to come to the YMCA in the summer when he was younger.
"I wanted to come back now that I am older and help work with the younger kids," Persing said.
Ed Bauer, a retired YMCA director, said swimming is part of the Kids Club program and also for two weeks in June part of the Howland Recreation summer program.
Children indicate they enjoy the swimming, using the computers and going on fieldtrips.
Samuel Mastorides, 10, said this is his second year at the camp enjoying the field trips and swimming.
''I wanted to come back because I got to meet new friends and play different activities,'' he said.