You may have noticed that your neighborhood pools, playgrounds and public parks may look just about cleared out between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: summer day camps across Hattiesburg have kicked off.
Hundreds of kids between the ages of five and 11 are taking part in the city's Parks and Recreation program. They'll be golfing, swimming, crafting and keeping pretty well occupied for the next month. In past years the camps have filled up fast leaving a lot of parents and kids that didn't get there fast enough out of luck. But enrollment shot up this year after city and county officials increased summer camp funding, doubling the kid capacity of the program by adding three new day camp sites.
"We really want to just really take our hats off to our city officials and our county officials to provide funding so that our kids can have a safe and fun place to come," said program director Sonyia Benton.
If you're interested, it's not too late, there are still some spots open in the program. It costs $20 for five weeks, and that includes breakfast and lunch and plenty of time in the sun every day. For more information, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 601.545.6682.