Coatesville council members and residents were given details of the proposed summer camp program sponsored by the city's Community Arts and Recreation Department (CARD) at their meeting March 13.

Renee Fairconeture, CARD director, told council that camp provides attendees a program balancing fun, learning, and growth. Two sessions are held each day, with camp sessions running from July 10 to Aug. 18. Fairconeture told council that planning for the camp program began in December. Assistant city manager Tarron Richardson also worked with Fairconeture in program development.

According to Fairconeture, the morning session will involve students of Scott Middle School. Plans for opening the city's pools were also discussed. Fairconeture said that in the event city pools would be unable to open, Brandywine YMCA would provide use of their facilities for the camp program.

Three separate camp sessions will be held with each session costing $120. A $10 fee is charged for an extended camp program. In addition, the city will also offer a pre-camp program at a cost of $35 per week.

Total cost of the CARD summer camp is estimated at $66,000. In funding of the program, Fairconeture told council that a $50,000 grant has been applied for through the Pennsylvania Weed and Seed Delinquency Prevention Program. In addition, $5,000 is to be raised from private funds, $5,000 through fundraisers, and $6,000 through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council for Arts Partners.

Afternoon camp sessions are scheduled to be held at the United Sports Training Center (USTC) and John Hatt, senior program director, briefly discussed the Center's participation in the city program.

Hatt told council he'd been with USTC since its inception in 1999. The Center is located on the ground of the former Shannon Airport on Marshallton-Thorndale Rd. The Center encompasses some 60 acres, Hatt said, and features 11 playing fields, miniature golf courses, and outdoor basketball courts. The indoor center, Hatt said, is 127,000 square- feet of space and includes a 30-foot high rock wall.

Hatt said the Center will offer camp attendees with an introduction into a wide variety of sports and also improve their physical fitness.

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