Youth Alternatives planning for annual children’s camp

From staff reports

Youth Alternatives is gearing up for its 17th annual children’s camp, which will be held Aug. 1-7.

The camp, which is free to participants, will provide a week-long residential camping experience for up to 150 income-eligible local youth, according to a press release from Youth Alternatives.

The release said the objective of the camp, which is held at the Beaumont Scout Reservation in Rock Creek, Ohio, is to provide positive role models in the form of volunteer counselors and give the children the opportunity to participate in many activities of residential camping.

Those activities include swimming, ziplining, a rock climbing wall, fishing and arts and crafts.

Participants will stay in cabins of about 20 to 25 campers with five to eight adult counselors and several junior counselors, the release said.

The release noted the cabins will be separated by age and gender and the counselors have updated clearances.

The children will be transported to the camp by buses, which will meet at the Venango Technology Center parking lot.

For more information or to register a youth or volunteer as a counselor, people can call the Oil City Youth Alternatives center at (814) 676-5785 or the Franklin center at (814) 346-0188.