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Hey, Putnam County parents, want to send your kids to camp for a week at only $20.00 per camper? It’s time to sign up for fun in the sun at Camp Swoneky located off of Interstate 71 near Lebanon, Ohio. Camping this summer will take place from July 10 – July 16 for ages 6 through 12.

Camp Swoneky is available through the Salvation Army of Putnam County. The purpose of Salvation Army camping is to serve the physical, social and spiritual needs of campers. Camp Swoneky maintains 10 cabins for lodging campers in addition to two staff lodges, a recreation hall, a dining hall, craft lodge, mature center, and infirmary. The campers live in well-screened cabins with a maximum of 20 campers and 3-4 counselors per cabin. Each cabin is equipped with camper beds (including sheets & blankets), toilets, sinks and showers. All play areas for campers are supervised and include a swimming pool, a jumping pillow, Simon Zee lake for boating and fishing, nature lodge, craft lodge, ropes course, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, volleyball courts, campfire amphitheater, children’s petting farm, hiking trails, and pony corral. Every effort is made to make the camp food well balanced, attractive and interesting. USDA inspections are held by the government to insure that food is nutritious and guidelines are followed.

The camping programs are designed to take into consideration the desires, needs, imagination and skills of leaders and campers. Busy days are filled with: swimming, boating, hiking, crafts, ropes course, horseback riding, small animal farm, nature studies, recreation activities, campfire programs and devotional activities. Counselors and other members of the staff will supervise campers at all times. Counselors are selected young men and women who are interested and able to lead campers in a camp setting. Our staff members are high school, college and international students as well as professional people, all working together to give the children a happy summer. Camp Swoneky is accredited by the American Camp Association and by the Christian Camp and Conference Association.

The physical exam must be completed by a licensed physician and signed. If you would like to use a physical exam you have already had from school, sports, etc., please complete the health history section, camper contact and emergency contact info, and attach camper copy of the physical exam along with camper immunization records. Immunization records must be current and have all accurate dates. Due to HIPPA & patient privacy laws, we are not allowed to receive faxed physicals or medial records. If the child does not have the form when they arrive at camp the child cannot stay. When camper arrive at camp, they must have the health form and medication in their hand. This is in case of an emergency during check-in. We need to have the info accessible and not have to scramble looking for it. There is a NO NIT policy for head lice. Campers found with nits or lice will be sent home. They will not be treated at camp, however they can go home to be treated. If the camper would like to return after treatment, the nurse will check the camper and determine if he/she is allowed to stay. There are no exceptions made to this policy.

Call the Putnam County Unit of the Salvation Army as soon as possible for brochures and to sign up by June 21. Call Sandi Racer or Beverly Carr at 419-523-6496 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays.


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