Children focus on career fields

WARREN — Eleven-year-old Grace Kilgore of Warren said she was looking forward to having fun over the summer and signed up for the Salvation Army’s summer camp for children.

“I like the different activities we get to do,” she said.

The theme of the three-day-a-week camp focuses on careers, with one week spent on healthy eating and nutrition plus the jobs created for this field.

Capt. Kiley Williams of the Salvation Army said the camp runs through Aug. 1 and has been held for many years. This year’s camp includes more than 30 children.

“Each week is a different theme for the main topic of ‘When I Grow Up.’ We want to show children different career opportunities, such as firefighter, police officer or teacher,” Williams said.

Different speakers have come to the camp to speak about their jobs, Williams said.

The camp also has taken children to different sites, such as the farmers market at Courthouse Square on Tuesdays where they learn about nutrition and healthy eating.

Children completed a scavenger hunt bingo game, which included finding healthy food items on the card.

A Bible lesson is also included in the camp.

For the music-themed week, there was a band director who spoke to the children and displayed different musical instruments.

Other field trips have been to the police and fire departments and to the county courthouse to see judges and lawyers.

“We go offsite to see monuments and other landmarks on the history of Warren. The children have gone to Perkins Park and the library,” Williams said.

Abby Williams, 12, of Cortland and Charish Lewis, 11, of Leavittsburg were going from table to table to see the different food items and get food samples at the farmers market.

“It was nice to get to try different food,” Lewis said.

A Bible camp is being planned for August about the time when the 2019-20 school year starts.