Free ‘Kids at Beach’ Day Camp begins in July

Children are invited to a free day camp on Fanny Lake, east of Cambridge, called Kids at the Beach (KABO). Activities include swimming, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, arts and crafts, story time, lawn games and more. Lunch and a snack are provided.

Children ages pre-school through 12 are invited. Those under age 6 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Camp runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 4:30 p.m., July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, and Aug. 1. Pre-registration is available at Same day registration is also available at Fanny Lake. The site of the program is the beach and grounds of Lakeside Christian Church, 32393 Rendova Cir. N.E., Cambridge. For more information, call 763-689-3649.

Volunteers supervise all activities, and certified lifeguards oversee the water activities. Sponsoring churches include Dale Evangelical Free Church, Harvest Christian Center, Lakeside Christian Church, and New Hope Community Church.  Also participating are volunteers from Christ the King and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Churches and several other area churches.

KABO is in its third year. Last year, approximately 450 children attended during the four weeks of camp. Kids at the Beach Outreach was born in the heart of Kitty Shipshock, a retired teacher from Isanti County.

During a community prayer meeting in the spring of 2010, someone mentioned how few free community activities were open to the young people of the community during the summer months, and how many families were unable to afford the high costs of team sports, camps and lessons due to the downturn in the economy. Shipshock thought about the beach and playground at her church, and set about recruiting volunteers, raising money, and planning activities for sun-drenched, fun-filled afternoons. Many of the original volunteers are gladly returning for their third season.

All the expenses are paid by donations from individuals and community organizations and the manpower comes from various local churches.