The Salvation Army gives kids a place to thrive during summer break

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – School is out, so summer camps are in session. The Salvation Army runs a day camp that gives kids, in first through 8th grades, a place to thrive during summer break.

From field trips, to arts and crafts, and Christian education, the camp provides local kids with days packed full of activities.

“We keep them as active as possible,” said The Salvation Army Day Camp Assistant Director, Savannah Pabon. “We don’t like to have them on computers or cell phones. We know how it can get, where kids are just at home during summer break and that they’re always on electronics. So, we try to keep them as active and outside as much as possible.”

During summer break, kids miss out on daily school lunches. The Salvation Army Day Camp provides kids with snacks and lunch, courtesy of the Rockford City Lunch Program.

“It’s very important that The Salvation Army is here and our facility is here, and also the day camp takes place in this facility, because it will actually be the light of this community,” said The Salvation Army Major Steve Kounthapanya.

The camp gets kids off the streets, and provides a safe place for them to have fun, and make new friends. Many working parents rely on The Salvation Army when school is out.

“Having a place where it’s affordable in this community for them to bring their kids, especially when they have jobs that they have to go to,” said Pabon. “It’s more for the parents and the children than it is for us.”

Organizers say it’s not too late for families to take advantage of the day camp.

“If you have kids out there that need something to do, need some education, need to be making new friends, and a safe place to be, we are here and still open,” said Major Major Kounthapanya.

For more information visit The Salvation Army’s website, or call (815) 277-0635.

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