Hattiesburg, Mississippi – After a hiatus due to COVID-19, the Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation Department will resume operations of its annual summer day camp – but with modifications to collaborate with Hattiesburg Public School District’s summer enrichment programs and coronavirus protocols, June 1 through July 2 to students K through 7th Grade.
In collaboration with the enrichment program, Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation will meet students at the following school locations to provide recreational and art activities from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. to ages K through 5th Grade.
- Thames Elementary
- Woodley Elementary
- Grace Christian
- Rowan Elementary
- Hawkins Elementary
A program will also be available to students at Lille Burney for grades 6th & 7th, from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The program is available for registration now, for $35 per child, at http://cityofhpr.siplay.com.
“We are very proud of the program and reputation we’ve built for our summer camps program over the last few years,” said parks and recreation director Chris McGee. “While different in format this year, we will continue to meet the needs of our parents and our children and still continue our relationship with the Hattiesburg Public School District.”
The Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp program will run concurrently with the Hattiesburg Public School District’s in-person summer enrichment program for K through 7th Grades. This program will focus on academics, arts, activities and achievement, with emphasis on preparing for the upcoming year.
Since 2018, Parks and Recreation has continued to create more opportunities to collaborate with local partners while making camp more affordable for parents. In 2018, the camp price per child was lowered to be more affordable and more counselors were hired to create a better counselor to camper ratio.
In 2019, the program continued to keep costs low, established counselor to camper ratios that mirrored state-required student-to-teacher ratios of 13:1 and implemented a S.T.E.A.M.-based curriculum.
Registration will be open through May 31.