HERSEY — There’s a saying that’s being proven here in the Reed City area this summer, and that’s that you just can’t beat free.

That’s exactly what’s happening for youngsters ages four to fourteen who love fun and are interested in sports.

This will be the first Reed City Area Christian Sports Camp held out at Albright Camp. The day camp fun will run from August 1-4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Albright Camp is located on 190th Avenue south of US-10.

A form must be filled out for each child and signed by a parent or guardian, at least 18 years of age.

Sports such as soccer, karate, volleyball, basketball, football, dodge ball, baseball and field hockey will be among the choices. Youngsters should pick their top two choices.

There also will be such activities as scavenger hunts, music, crafts, and stories about Bible heroes.

If there is enough interest indicated for having a swimming coach on board as well, that may happen.

Brochures and forms to register are available throughout the area or you may contact Tammy Solis, Youth Ministry Director at Reed City United Methodist Church (832-9441), for additional information.

Youngsters will be well supervised. The form also asks parents to sign a permission slip allowing pictures to be taken of their children during the camp for promoting future camps, and to allow for the creation of a souvenir DVD for each camper.

Completed forms should be returned to Albright Camp, Attention: Jerod Groulx, 3156 190th Avenue, Reed City, MI 49677.

Freewill offerings will be accepted to help with expenses.

Albright Camp is extremely busy this summer and building on what works. A recent camp called Camp New Day brought youngsters together who have or have had a parent incarcerated in jail or prison to spend time learning that they are not alone.

Another camp is happening this week, bringing together people with special needs, again giving them an opportunity to live together and laugh together, discover they can do things they only dreamed of doing, and again, they are not alone.

The opportunity to bring children together for a Christian Sports Camp that has no costs mandatory and no strings attach, reaches out to many who might not otherwise be able to attend. For some, it will be a time to discover whether or not a sport is to their liking, and to unleash skills they never knew they had.

For parents, it also can help determine whether a child really is interested in pursuing a particular sport before investing a great deal of money in helping it happen, only to discover the interest was fleeting.

For all, it should be a fun-filled, action-packed four days.

The campground has added a variety of other equipment, including a climbing wall, offers canoeing, tubing trips, camping, a big pool, and much more.

For more information, call Dennis Dull or Jerod Groulx at (231) 832-9441.