Camp Sertoma wraps up 2022 summer camp season

On Friday, dozens of kids said “goodbye” to Camp Sertoma as the 2022 summer camp season came to an end.
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Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 5:23 PM EDT
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KIRKWOOD (WBNG) -- On Friday, dozens of kids said “goodbye” to Camp Sertoma as the 2022 summer camp season came to an end.

“It’s a bittersweet day,” said Camp Sertoma Camp Director Meridith Jackson. “We had a wonderful session and we’ll miss the kids over the school year.”

Since the 1950′s, Kirkwood’s Cam Sertoma has served thousands of kids between the ages of 5 to 13.

“Kids learn a lot of independence and resilience,” said Jackson. “They learn lots of skills in different areas, they learn how to be comfortable around horses and how to be safe around horses, how to shoot a bow and arrow in archery; Different outdoor skills.”

“I’ve been doing chopping wood, whittling, building fires and that’s what I’ve been having fun with,” said camper Ethan.

Other activities include canoeing, hiking, arts, crafts and more.

However, 2022 brought changes, including shortening this year’s camp season from six to four weeks because because of a bus driver shortage.

“Because of the pandemic and wanting to keep kids together all day, we had skills camp,” said Jackson. “So, kids were about to choose among different options like music, art, drama, horseback, sports, wilderness skills. We did a STEM week which was very fun and popular the first week of camp, and then the second and third weeks we went back to our general programming which is our traditional programs we’ve done since the 50′s.”

At the end of the day though, it’s not a “goodbye” to Camp Sertoma, just a “see you later.”

“Camp is super fun,” said camper Sam.

“I’m excited for next year,” camper Gwen said.

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