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The difference a local summer camp can make

Kids are counting down the days left until school is out while parents are still figuring out summer plans for their kids.

No worries, News 15 has you covered. We’re spotlighting two camps. One is brand new, Camp Thingamajig in Lafayette Parish. The other is Acts of Love day camp, also in Lafayette Parish.

“Just a good ole good time.”

A term board member Robyn Hamilton uses to describe the experience she wants kids to have when they leave Camp Thingamajig. “Essentially the focus of it is how do we deal with the brain drain. We wanted to make sure the kids were having a really fun summer as everybody should, but at the same time we trying to figure out the summer loss.”

From June 3rd to August 9th at Thomas Park Recreation Center in Lafayette Camp Thingamajig redefines fun learning.

Hamilton says,”We want to use really fun techniques like flocabulary. What if we learn about current events and concentrating on our reading comprehension by doing raps of that nature, doing some stem everybody is excited about robotics and coding.”

Acts of Love day camp is looking to reach children with parent(s) who were or are incarcerated.

Abram Freeman, director of the camp says, “A lot of these children follow their parents into incarceration. Our goal is to work with them at a very young age to give them a positive vision for their future so they can make different decisions.”

They do that in a way where kids are still enjoying themselves.

Freeman says,”They’re going to the science museum in Lafayette, zoo in Lafayette, they’re going to go to a water park, we’re going to a beach, fishing and swimming.

While camp just seems like a place or thing for kids to do in the summer, some say it can make a world of a difference.

Hamilton says, “Having that sort of stimulation is absolutely critical to their development keeping them again, unplugged and engaged.”

Acts of Love day camp is just the week of May 28th 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registrations ends Friday May 17. To register call 337-706-2165 or email

For more information on Camp Thingamajig click here.