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Moms Launch 'Camp Fort Greene' to Offer Summer Adventures Close to Home

By Janet Upadhye | May 20, 2014 7:23am
 Camp Fort Greene will meet from July 7 to Aug. 22 at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Camp Fort Greene will meet from July 7 to Aug. 22 at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.
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FORT GREENE — This summer camp is almost as fun as pitching a tent in your own backyard.

A group of local moms recently launched Camp Fort Greene, which offers local 4- to 6-year-olds the chance to explore their neighborhood.

The program, which will be open to 30 kids and run in two sessions from July 7 to Aug. 22, will incorporate traditional camp activities like arts and crafts with visits to local businesses and organizations to give kids a sense of how their community works.

During a test run of the camp last summer, founders Hank & Jojo owner Andriana Spence, author Eisa Ulen Richardson and kindergarten teacher Chloe Taylor took their own kids to Dino's Italian eatery on DeKalb Avenue to learn to make pasta, Greene Grape Provisions on Fulton Street to shop for local food and Brooklyn Grange in the Navy Yard to get hands-on experience with gardening in an urban setting.

"Everything we do will be within walking distance and allow the children to get to know their neighborhood," Spence said. "Fort Greene is our campground."

Other camp activities will include daily excursions to Fort Greene Park, visits to Carlton Bears Community Garden, performances with the Music in the Grove summer children’s concert series, a trip to a local artist’s studio and story time at the Clinton Hill Library.

The camp runs in two sessions: from July 7 to Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an option for after care from 3 to 5 p.m.  The camp will be based at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church at 85 S. Oxford St.

One week of camp costs $385. Half of the slots have been filled already.