Shady Cove holding summer camp. Needs more help & funds

Thanks to exhaustive efforts of a team led by Upper Rogue Community Center’s Youth Director, Tricia Hurley, children’s summer camp will return this year. 2010 had brought disappointment, says Hurley, when the cash-strapped economy saw financial support dwindle down to a standstill. Determined to restore the wholesome fun youngsters missed, plus peace of mind it gave appreciative families, Hurley invested serious efforts into fund-raising.    

“I want to thank some wonderful people for their generous tax-deductible donations that made the program possible,” Hurley said. She specifically mentioned  Windermere Real Estate, and Shady Cove Chiropractor  Dr. Bob Bennett. “We also had a talent show, and dessert auction on May 20 that raised money. The Upper Rogue Action team held a golf tournament, and gave $1,000 to the kids’ camp, plus another $1,000 to the Elk Creek after school program.”  Hurley also heads the latter, which helps students with homework and  provides other activities ailing budgets would exclude, such as field trips.

The summer camp can still use more donations, and welcomes help from adult volunteers, Hurley says. “As of now, we can run it  from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 11 to August 5.” Summer camp is for K-5 children. Shannon Morris transports food for lunches from  an Eagle Point school kitchen. Along with Dee Young, and Sophia Welch, Hurley designs crafts, devises games, serves lunch, snacks, and lots of surprises. Among those may be opportunities Hurley’s spouse,  Peter,  provides to play and enjoy his collection of musical instruments.  His volunteer hours at the Center, however, could be curtailed by the business he recently launched,  Hurley’s Automotive, at 125 South Front Street in Central Point.

For enrollments  received before July 8, camp would cost  only $20 per week, (much cheaper than a baby-sitter.) Participation would increase to $25 per week for later registrants. It’ll be held at the newly expanded section of Upper Rogue Community Center on Highway 62 behind the Shady Cove Library.  For further information, please call the URCC at (541) 878-2702.
By F. C. Blake
Of the Independent

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