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Published: March 21, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 21, 2014) -- Once upon a time, Fort Rucker was a military camp, home to all sorts of Soldiers of different occupations, but with the passing of time and the ever-changing Army, it was renamed Fort Rucker in the 1940s. But it is the old-school camp that the school age center is reviving for its spring break events March 24-28.

“Camp Rucker is our theme this year for spring break,” said Vender Tabb, school age center director. “We are going to bring old Camp Rucker back to the school age center for the week.”

The building, according to Tabb, is going to be transformed into Camp Rucker with military decorations like nets and tents, and the transformation of rooms into Bunker Hill and the Pentagon. A mess hall will even be created where participants will eat meals, ready to eat. They will come up with their own MRE recipes as well.

The camp is free for child, youth and school services registered members in grades first through fifth, ages 6 to 11. Parents can enroll their child at any time at the school age center, even after the camp has begun.

Children can participate in just one day or the entire week, but children must be enrolled for the week to go on the field trips. The school age center is located in Bldg. 2806 on Seventh Avenue and Division Road. The cost for unregistered children is based on the fee policy and sponsor’s category.

Parents can drop off their children any time during the day after 5:30 a.m., but must pick up their children no later than 6 p.m.

“Parents don’t have to rush to pick up or drop off their kids – we will be here at their convenience. The camp is great for parents who work and cannot be home all week to watch their children, or for stay-at- home parents who need a break to go run errands or if they need some time alone,” said Tabb.

The camp features arts and crafts, sports, building blocks, reading, movies and science activities with a military flare. It will also have ice cream, bingo, bowling, a Fun Zone field trip, an obstacle course and more.

“The kids will lay out and design a gathering place at a large tree, where Soldiers might share stories, reflect on their day, eat or participate in other social activities,” said Tabb about some of the arts and craft activities. “The sport center is going to create an obstacle course, have pretend grenades, and have drill sergeant, capture the flag and tug-of-war games.

“Children really need to come out and have a good time with their friends, and make new friends,” said Tabb, adding that some children think that hanging out at home sleeping in, playing video games and watching TV is a great way to spend their spring break, but will find that it gets boring really fast.

“We are going to keep everyone busy and motivated, and they are going to have a lot of fun, I promise,” she said. “Children are welcome to come and spend a few hours with us to see what everything is all about and see what we have to offer. This is going to be a preview of what we will be doing during the summer.”

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