The eighth year of Get Ready! Camp has ended.
On Friday, the annual camp concluded after running throughout the month of June. Get Ready! Camp, which is geared for children from newborns to 5-year-olds, teaches a variety of topics including literacy, math and the arts.
To keep children entertained, arts and crafts projects and constant movement are incorporated into the camps. The camps are an initiative of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation. Total camp attendance was around 2,000.
This year, the camp also was at a new location — the Wesley Hilltop House at 1001 Skyline Drive in E’town. Davette Swiney, president of the community foundation, said daily attendance varied, but overall the families enjoyed the camp being at a new location.
“The families that came were able to really benefit from that convenience of being right there in their neighborhood,” she said.
Tia Hill was at the Wesley Hilltop House Friday with her son, Arthur Green, 7, who is autistic. Hill thought the camp was beneficial for her son, as the camps featured music, such as the song “Baby Shark,” and the chance to socialize with other children.
“That makes me smile to see him so excited,” she said. “And then that’s a chance for him, he can interact with the other kids ... he doesn’t worry about anything else.”
Hill thought the addition of the camp at the Wesley Hilltop House was an asset to the community. She said there is a lack of activities for children to do.
“It’s the best thing that could ever happen for this little neighborhood,” she said.
Another parent, Elaine Harper, attended Friday’s camp at Wesley Hilltop House with her daughter, Braelyn, 4. The Harpers attended nearly every day of the camp this year and Braelyn has attended the camp each year since she was an 11-month-old.
Harper said her daughter enjoyed the smaller camp sizes featured at Wesley Hilltop House. She said the camp helped her daughter with numbers, social skills, hand-eye coordination and following directions.
“I’m just grateful for the program, it has been wonderful,” Harper said.
Carman Queen joined daughter, Reagan, 2, Friday at Wesley Hilltop House. Queen learned of the camp in its last week and attended for three days. She said the camps have left a lasting impression on her daughter, whom she stays at home with.
“When we go home, she’ll try to sing some of the songs that we do here,” Queen said. “So I think that’s really neat.”
Swiney said the effort of camp staff helped make the camp successful.
“Our staff has done an amazing job bringing these quality learning experiences to the children and families,” she said.