TROY — School is still a few weeks away but, for 16 children from the Garden Manor neighborhood, combining summer fun and learning new things was easy at a week-long camp at Brukner Nature Center, The camp was held August 3-7.
Thanks to the support of Troy Rotary, the children, ages 6-11, had hands-on education to understand the importance of wildlife and wild places. Throughout the week, they spent time learning about preservation and conservation by meeting wildlife in their own habitat.
Now in its third year, Rotarians provided transportation to and from the center for the campers each day where they enjoyed breakfast and healthy snacks. After spending hours filled with fun activities at the center, the children took home butterfly nets, field guides, crafts, bug jars, a special camp journal and a commemorative T-shirt. Having the right equipment to explore the great outdoors was an important part of the experience, so each child received a pair of Crocs for wading in the creek. Every camper also received a new pair of athletic shoes and socks they can wear back to school later this month, all provided through the Rotarians’ support.
Troy Rotary works in partnership with other local organizations to sponsor activities and programs, including WACO Air Museum, Heywood Elementary School and Lincoln Community Center. Club members, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several projects each year. Together, they have distributed more than $16,000 in scholarships, program support and community aid in 2014-15. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about membership, visit their website at www.troyohiorotary.org.
Brukner Nature Center offers various programs throughout the year, and the public is always welcome. Members enjoy free admission every day, and admission for nonmembers is $2.50 per person or $10 per family most days, payable by cash or check. Admission is free on Sundays. To learn more about Brukner Nature Center, visit www.bruknernaturecenter.com.