While students across the county will enjoy a respite from the halls of education next week, many parents and caregivers are faced with a dilemma - how to entertain Jane and Johnnie over spring break.

Never fear! Two Erath County organizations - the Foster's Home Family Care Program and Stephenville Parks and Recreation - have it covered. Both organizations are offering mini-camps for youth.

Foster's Camp

The Family Care Program is sending out an invitation to families across the Cross Timbers area.

The program has welcomed campers from Erath County and beyond to the annual camp, which will be held Tuesday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - noon.

This year's theme "Free to Be Me!" will encourage campers to focus on social skills while offering entertainment through arts and crafts projects, physical activities, games and more.

According to program director Leann Hook, a licensed social worker, camp counselors will educate students on bullying prevention in an effort to create caring, conscientious peers.

"It is important to teach children to embrace the differences in individuals and help them understand value of feeling good about themselves," Hook said.

Space is limited to the free camp and only a few spots remain. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to call 968-8443 to reserve a spot.

Hook said an increased Foster's staff and an upsurge in volunteers have allowed the program to welcome a greater number of campers in 2011.

The camp is made possible by funding from the Texas Department of Family Services and co-sponsorhip from STAR Council.


Another annual camp, hosted by the Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department, is inviting kids, ages five - 12, to a physical fitness and sports driven camp.

The camp will be held Monday-Thursday at a cost of $10 per child.

Camp for children ages five - eight will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. for attendees 9-12 years old.

Recreation Superintendent Brenda Haggard said the camp will included free play, organized games and a whole lot of fun.

Registration for the Spring Break Camp will continue through Friday at the Recreation Hall, located at 378 West Long Street. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You can reach SPARD by telephone at 918-1295.