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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Summer thrills

  • Many Morehouse Parish children are gearing up for the 16th annual Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Summer Youth Camp, June 19-21.


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  •   Many Morehouse Parish children are gearing up for the 16th annual Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Summer Youth Camp, June 19-21.
      Held each year at Chemin-A-Haut State Park, campers spend three days and two nights in one of the park’s cabins. Through donations from local businesses and organizations, the camp is at no cost to the children who attend.
      Boys and girls, ages 8-10, enjoy food, sports, get lessons in public safety and engage in one very important thing that was absent last year - the park’s pool.
      “Chemin-A-Haut has done a great job making sure the pool is up and running,” said Cpl. Gary Guice, the camp’s director. “We plan to enjoy it Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.”
      Park manager Russ Brantley said the park works closely with the sheriff’s office to accommodate the needs of the children.
      “The state parks works closely with them because this program benefits children in the community,” Brantley said. “This might be the only chance for some of these kids to get outdoors this summer.”
      Guice discussed several of the activities planned for next week.
      “The Louisiana State Police will be here Tuesday at 9 a.m. They’ll be bringing a roll cage,” he said. “The roll cage will demonstrate seat belt safety by showing how a [crash test] dummy is tossed around in a roll-over accident.”
      Guice said also on Tuesday, the Louisiana National Guard will be bringing a Hummer to show the children.
      “On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office reserve will be bringing one of the sheriff’s office vehicles for the children to see,” he said. “The Bastrop Fire Department and MedLife will be be there to demonstrate what their vehicles do also.” 
      Brantley said in addition to having the pool available this year, the park is planning a hike for the children.
      “We’re working closely with the sheriff’s office to make sure they have a good time,” he said. “Anything that we can do to help them, we will do.”  

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