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Great summer camps that will not break the bank


It has been eight months since Joanne Clark left her position as the director of the Brigade Boys and Girls Club. Now, she is starting a new venture. Seeing kids playing on the jungle gym – it looks like Mustardseed Youth Center is off to a good start.

“We actually signed up 225 children. We now have a waiting list. We’re having to turn the children away, we’re telling the parents if we can do it, we’ll get the children in a week of so,” said Director of Mustardseed Youth Center Joanne Clark.

From future pool sharks, to master climbers, these kids can do any activity under the sun while at camp. “I’m here because I heard that it was a lot of fun, and it has tons of things like cheerleading, and drama,” said 9-year-old Kathryn Neff.

Mustardseed costs about $400 for the entire summer.

The City of Wilmington is also offering affordable day camps for kids. One session started Monday at Maides Park. Kids were doing arts and crafts, and learning how to interact with one another. Ten-year-old Raevan Goodman said, “We’ve been talking about how good friends are and who our not so good friends are.”

Maides Park Site Director Mary Jones said the city’s day camp is both educational and entertaining. “We’re just planning on wearing them out, so when they get home, they won’t be able to do anything but sleep. We’re going to take them swimming, field trips, the works.”

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videoSome summer camps can cost a pretty penny. We have scoped out some cheaper solutions for parents.

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