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Seniors participate in Lifelong Recreation Camp

on Wednesday, 05 August 2015. Posted in Local News, FEATURES

The City of Florence Recreation Dept. hosted a summer camp for senior citizens this summer at Levy Park. Thirty-one seniors, ages 50 and above, participated in this Lifelong Recreation Summer Camp which focused on arts, fitness and social opportunities. The camp began in June and continued through July, ending last Friday. The eight-week camp was held five days a week from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

The camp was free to members of Levy and Northwest Parks, who pay $12 a year. City activity instructors Marie Kelly and Thomasina Brown conducted the camp which included creative craft classes, senior workouts, wellness seminars, music, speakers, games and field trips. Hot lunches were served everyday except Tuesdays when participants took field trips and ate out.

The camp activity schedule included cake decorating and sewing on Mondays and field trips either shopping or out-of-town to places such as McGee Farms & Store, Georgetown and Lake City, On Wednesdays the campers learned to make jewelry, exercised at the Barnes Street Recreation Center and had Bible study. Thursdays including crocheting and health and nutrition education classes with children. On Fridays, the campers learned to paint, decorate and glaze ceramic pieces. On Wednesday, July 29, they presented a Jewelry and Craft Exhibition at Levy Park, displaying the handcrafted works they made during the summer. On the last day of camp, the seniors traveled by train to Fayetteville, N.C. and back.

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