FERRYSBURG — Children screamed in delight as a mist of water sprayed out of an inflatable T-Rex sprinkler.

As children ran through the water, other children played sports and tried to dunk camp leaders Friday. The Recreation Summer School leaders and campers celebrated as they wrapped up the nine-week program for the summer.

More than 300 children participated in the program, which is offered through Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority. Program sites include Lake Hills and Ferry elementary schools and the River Haven community.

Throughout the summer they participated in a variety of activities including fishing, soccer, pickelball, dodgeball, bird watching, and more. Students also took field trips to nearby parks, and participated in the Meet Up and Eat Up lunch program.

Overall, the camp was fun, according to campers Maggie Young and Charlotte Bauer.

In addition to the activities, Bauer said they also have an annual talent show.

“It’s a judge-free zone,” Bauer said.

As a junior leader, T.J. Hardesty said he also learned about responsibilities and made new friends.

NORA Program Coordinator Jackie Rowland said they wouldn’t be at the celebration if it wasn’t for the support of the Greater Ottawa County United Way and other generous business donations.

The summer program plans to return in 2020. Rowland said they’re also looking at the possibility of expanding the program to other locations.

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