A look at other summer programs after closure of one local Boys & Girls club facility

Even with the announcement of the closure of the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club in mid-town Paducah, Executive Director Don Dorris said the club’s mission won’t suffer the same fate.

“It’s going to be a challenging situation that’s for certain. But, we’re trying to make the best of the situation,” Dorris said.

For the most part, the students who attended the mid-town building will be bused to the new Park Avenue location. Some students told Local 6 they can’t or won’t make that trip, which leaves them without summer plans. That’s where Amie Clark steps in.

“Just to give kids something to do during the day,” Clark said of the city’s effort to offer summer camps.

Clark works for the Paducah Parks Department. Clark said the city is offering five different summer camps beginning June 8, with one free six week session.

“We take 120 kids in that, and it is at Noble Park. The kids are divided into age groups, and we offer activities for them throughout the day to keep them active,” Clark said.

As of May 6, none of the camps are full. Parents who are looking to save some money can apply for scholarships. Clark said they are need based and it provides parents the opportunity to get their kids out of the house.

“If they don’t want go to the free camp, they want to try something different with the field trips and that kind of thing. There are scholarships available. They just need to let us know that they are interested in that. We can tell them what to do to be able to get those scholarships,” Clark said.

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