Unite Sussex once again is offering its U.S. Camp at Frankford’s town park. The summer camp started this week and is now in full swing.
It is held for eight weeks in the summer, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. Attendance is free and made possible by contributions from area churches, private donors, government entities and non-profit organizations. It also relies heavily on volunteers.
U.S. Camp offers its campers breakfast and lunch, as well as recreational and character-building activities. It caters to children ages 5-13.
“It was fun,” said Megan, 10, of the first day of camp. She explained that, after breakfast, campers were separated into age groups and then did arts and crafts and recreational activities before switching groups.
“We had about 50 children today,” said Priscilla Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God. “We had some kids from last year. There were applications at the library. And one family was just coming to the park but ended up signing their kids up!”
The Rev. Kim Tephabock, pastor of Dagsboro Church of God and Priscilla’s husband, heads up Unite Sussex, a non-profit organization formed to help bring aid to the community through volunteerism and collaboration. Their most recent outreach was providing grant money for rent and utilities for people in need.
Last summer, the camp had 121 children registered over the summer and collectively served them 2,378 meals. About 50 volunteers, from Dagsboro Church of God, the Army National Guard, the Dagsboro and Frankford police departments, Trinity Holiness Church, Department of Corrections personnel, Sussex County paramedics, the Father’s House and West Mont Christian Academy made the camp possible.
In addition to meals and games, they also partnered with the Town of Frankford to promote fitness through organized physical activities and with the Indian River School District to teach educational activities.
Earlier this year, Rev. Tephabock noted that he has pastored at many places and saw “the greatest life change in just seven weeks” with children at the camp. “We really got to know them and got to be a part of their lives.”
Parents can still register their children for the camp by coming to the park at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Children do not have to attend each day.
For more information on Unite Sussex or U.S. Camp, visit them online at unitesussex.org.