Fosterís Home Family Care Program has provided Summer Stars Camp for school age children since 2000 and this yearís camp may just be the best yet.

Action got under way at 8:30 Tuesday morning with a demonstration and lesson in calf roping provided by professional team roper, Martin Lucero.

Martin has qualified nine times for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and was able to show the boys and girls how to toss a rope so it would grab a dummy calf by the horns. The would-be cowboys and cowgirls eagerly joined in the fun and were all happy to tell about their ďrodeoĒ experience.

The camp is a free day camp with two sessions, a morning session 8:30 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 1:30-5 p.m.

The theme this year is County Fair and will continue through Thursday afternoon.

Star Council on Substance Abuse is the co-sponsor of Summer Stars Camp. Fosterís Home Family Care Program and STAR Council on Substance Abuse have partnered together providing summer camps for youth since 1999.

Fosterís Home Family Care Program is a service branch of Sherwood & Myrtie Fosterís Home for children and is funded by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, according to Sandy Pope, bilingual caseworker.

The program started out providing services in one county and has expanded its service area over the years and now serves twelve counties including: Erath, Hood, Hamilton, Comanche, Eastland, Stephens, Somervell, Bosque, Callahan, Shackelford, Young and Jack, she said.

Fosterís Home Family Care provides free services to youth ages 0-17 and their families.

These services include: family/youth counseling, crisis intervention, emergency care services, parent/youth skills training, school outreach, first offender program, advocacy training, parent support & educational groups, home based services, emergency help line, spring break camp, Summer Stars Camp and servicios en espanol.

The programís mission is to provide services, which assist families in staying together and working through lifeís difficulties. The program assists youth and families with issues such as family conflict, juvenile delinquency, run away, truancy and child abuse and neglect prevention. Services are designed to provide prevention and early intervention to keep problems from escalating and requiring intervention by the juvenile justice system or CPS.