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Teens can still get in on camp

Spots in action-packed city programs remain open.

By RITA FARLOW
Published May 27, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG - Several recreation sites throughout the city still have openings for their teen summer camps.

Officials at Wildwood Center, 1000 28th St. S, are adding another section to the camp, which started last Monday. Wildwood has had a long waiting list.

Shore Acres Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, and Frank W. Pierce Center, 2000 Seventh St. S, each have more than 30 spots available for the teen camps that run through Aug. 17.

"We have a huge calendar full of events, " Shore Acres office manager Amy Cooley said.

Activities vary from center to center, but may include swimming, art projects, field trips, community involvement activities and guest speakers.

The camps, which serve 850 kids in grades 7 through 9, are put on by TASCO, the city's Teen Arts, Sports & Cultural Opportunities program.

They are funded by the city and the Juvenile Welfare Board. Each Thursday throughout the summer, campers will be able to participate in TASCO special events, like a summer beach bash, teen talent show and the annual Mud Wars.

TASCO is also launching a teen technology camp this summer for students entering grades 7 through 10. The eight-week camp, from June 25 to Aug. 17, will teach teens about digital photography and video and computer layout. The cost is $600, but some financial assistance is available, TASCO education supervisor Robert Norton said.

Emily Hall, 15, who will be a sophomore next year in the Business Economics Technology Academy at Gibbs High School, said she was interested in learning about video editing and was looking forward to the TASCO events and field trips.

"It definitely looks like fun, because it's not just schoolwork, it's also going places and doing things, " Hall said.

Norton said the program is designed to help prevent summer learning loss and provide skills the teens can use in school or on the job.

"They're playing with purpose, " Norton said.

If you go

Check out the camps

Summer teen camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $710 for all 13 weeks, or $70 per week. For a full list of teen recreation sites, visit the city's Web site at www.stpete.org/recreation/teens.htm. For information on the teen technology camp, call Robert Norton at 892-5877.

[Last modified May 26, 2007, 18:40:17]


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