Salvation Army offers camps for kids
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With summer fast approaching and
schools ready to let out, parents are once again trying to come up
with activities to keep their kids occupied. Tony Shuff of the
Lincoln Salvation Army has a great idea that will definitely help.
Each summer, the Salvation Army Heartland Division, which includes
western and central Illinois and eastern Iowa, offers summer camping
programs at their Eagle Crest Camp near Washburn, about 20 miles
northeast of Peoria, on the bluffs overlooking the Illinois River.
Eagle Crest has over 300 acres of woods and sports facilities to
keep the kids having fun all day during their stay. Eagle Crest is a
residential camp facility with air-conditioned dormitories and
Last year, Shuff sent 18 local kids for several different camping
This year, the Lincoln contingent can choose from among four
camping programs. The Kids Camp is for ages 7-9 and runs June 10-13.
The Sports Camp is for ages 9-13 and goes from June 30 to July 4.
The Teen/High Adventure Camp is designed for ages 13-17 and is
scheduled for July 7-12. The final camp is a Tween Camp for kids
ages 10-12 and will be July 14-18. Children whose ages fall within
two camps can attend more than one program. Details of what is
included in each camp are available at the Lincoln Salvation Army
Once the kids are at the camp, all activities are supervised by
screened counselors. The day is planned with plenty of activities
and some free time throughout. Three nutritious meals a day are
included, with snacks available at a canteen.
Children with health issues requiring medications can also be
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The camping experience is free to families who want to take
advantage of this terrific program. Registration for all camps
is due by May 16. According to Shuff, each camp program usually
draws between 100 and 200 attendees from throughout the area.
Families will need to get their kids to Eagle Crest and pick
them up when their program is over. Shuff can provide some
transportation through prior arrangement for a limited number of
kids. Anyone taking a child to the camp who is not their own
will be required to take a "Safe from Harm" course at the
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Tony Shuff is director of the Salvation Army for Logan and Mason
counties. He can be reached at the Keest Center at 307 N. Kickapoo
Street in Lincoln. The phone number is 217-732-7890. His email
Shuff is excited about this year's camping programs, and his goal
is to double the number of kids from Logan and Mason counties
attending this summer.
[By CURT FOX]