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Free summer camp offered for kids

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Looking for a cheap way to give children a fun-filled week-long experience this summer?

The Salvation Army has a children’s summer camp experience that doesn't cost a thing, said Bob Lepsig, a board member of the Roane and Morgan Counties Salvation Army Service Unit.

Parents in Roane and Morgan counties have until 5 p.m. June 14 to return completed applications for their child to attend the free summer camp the week of July 1-6.

The camp is for children ages 7-12.

Camp Paradise at Dale Hollow Lake is on 400 acres of woodland, on the lake near the Kentucky and Tennessee state lines. About 200 children from various parts of Tennessee and Kentucky will be there that week. There will be about one staff person per four children.

Campers do not need to bring spending money. Meals, snacks and drinks are provided twice a day. Additionally, each camper receives a Canteen Card to purchase items.

All campers are given a T-shirt at the end of the program.

Bus transportation to and from the camp is also provided, departing from and returning to the Roane County United Way building in Midtown.

The camp includes a modern dining hall, Olympic-size swimming pool, pontoon boat rides and fishing areas, hiking trails, athletic fields, volleyball and basketball courts, and an arts and crafts facility.

Group cabins are equipped with showers, toilets, bunkbeds and dressers. On the Fourth of July there will be a fireworks display.

Information and applications can be obtained from Sharon Pinner at Hands of Mercy on Court Street, Kingston. Call 717-9885 or 882-2076 for details.