A summer day camp for local youth peaked July 10 with a closing ceremony put on largely by the 31 camp attendees.
Camp-I-Can, held at Todd’s Recreation Center on Mack Todd Road in Zebulon, began June 16 with nine campers enrolled. Over the four weeks it was held, participants worked on academic skills learned about character traits kindness, perseverance, respect and self-control.
The camp was led by Teresa Wooten of Zebulon and Barbara Minor of Wake Forest, retired Wake County teachers with a combined 50-plus years of experience; Cheryl Holden, retired director of the Family Life Center Out of School Youth Program; Julia Perry, a student attending early college at N.C. State University; and volunteer Michael Todd, a retired Wake County police officer.
The closing ceremony drew together dozens of parents, grandparents and community representatives from Knightdale, Raleigh, Riley Hill, Wendell and Zebulon.
Holden directed campers as they made presentations on what they had learned during the camp. The younger campers also presented biographies of Charles Drew, Marion Anderson and Madame C.J. Walker.
The program ended with remarks by Andre Richardson, board chairman of the Cultural Enrichment, Leadership Motivation, Economic Development and Family Improvement organization. He thanked the crowd for attending the ceremony and assured that Camp-I-Can will return next summer with an extended number of weeks. He also emphasized that the CLEF organization will not stop in its efforts to support the camp, noting activities will be sponsored throughout the year to enhance the success of the 2015 event.
The camp was first held in 1992 and has seen as many as 120 participants.