Foundation Camp 2007 is the outgrowth of an effort that took place last summer to replace the highly successful National Youth Sports Program. NYSP had been a staple at Georgia Highlands for 33 years. But in 2005, federal funding for the camp was withdrawn.
NYSP and local organizations had funded the day camp for underprivileged children from 10 to 16, a time when they are making decisions that can affect their positive or negative direction in life. Foundation Camp has had to scale down while other funding sources are found. So this years camp will provide 10-day camp for teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 16. Activities will take place on the Floyd campus of Georgia Highlands College, July 9 through 20 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Foundation Camp 2007 will feature a wide range of athletic activities, including basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis, and canoeing. But it will also highlight academics, with science, math and writing projects. Activities will address issues such as self-respect, confidence and motivation.
Faculty from Georgia Highlands will teach many of the academic and athletic sessions, but instructors and guest speakers will also include Berry College faculty, staff from the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority, and several notable community leaders
There is no charge for Foundation Camp 2007, and transportation and lunch will be provided. Registration for the camp is under way and pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited to the first 50 students. For information call Greg Shropshire at 706 857-8308, Jon Hershey at 706 368 7629, or David Mathis at 706-204-2202.