Jennette’s Pier Summer “Camperships” Help Kids In Need

At least two children in Dare County’s Friends of Youth program will get the opportunity for several pretty cool adventures this summer thanks to a $505 donation by the Manteo Rotary Club. Jennette’s Pier educators are looking for several more groups to make similar contributions.

Learning to ride small waves is perhaps one of the children’s favorite activities during summer camps at Jennette’s Pier. Registration for all summer camps at Jennette’s Pier, as well as the N. C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, opens Monday, March 2 at 9 a.m. (photo courtesy Jennette’s Pier)

Learning to ride small waves is perhaps one of the children’s favorite activities during summer camps at Jennette’s Pier. Registration for all summer camps at Jennette’s Pier, as well as the N. C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, opens Monday, March 2 at 9 a.m. (photo courtesy Jennette’s Pier)

These adventure camps are designed for participants from five to 16 years-old who will go fishing, surfing, kayaking, hang gliding and stand-up paddle boarding, and even gain valuable community service hours. Science activities such as fish dissections and nature hiking are also part of the week-long adventures.

“During the summer, if we didn’t plug them into this, these children would be doing nothing,” said Bennett, program coordinator for Dare County Friends of Youth. “It definitely boasts their self-esteem and makes them feel like they can do anything – it such a positive plus!”

And she should know. Bennett has led this group for the past 24 years. Their 25th anniversary in Monday, March 1, she noted.

Gould said he’s looking for similar community organizations such as the Manteo Rotary to commit to sponsoring additional “camperships” as he calls them. If interested, call Gould for more information at 252-255-1501 ext. 212.

Registration for all summer camps at Jennette’s Pier, as well as the N. C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, opens Monday, March 2 at 9 a.m. Parents can come by the pier or register online at jennettespier.net. Camp listings for both the pier and aquarium are available online now.

Jennette’s Pier is the fourth facility in the N.C. Aquariums division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Jim Gould, right, an educator at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, accepts a $505 donation check from Dan Jones, left, president of the Manteo Rotary Club just before the group’s meeting in Manteo on Monday. The money will be used to send two children from the Dare County Friends of Youth to camps at the pier this summer, said Bonnie Bennett, program coordinator, center. Registration for all summer camps at Jennette’s Pier, as well as the N. C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, opens Monday, March 2 at 9 a.m. (photo courtesy Jennette’s Pier)

Jim Gould, right, an educator at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, accepts a $505 donation check from Dan Jones, left, president of the Manteo Rotary Club just before the group’s meeting in Manteo on Monday. The money will be used to send two children from the Dare County Friends of Youth to camps at the pier this summer, said Bonnie Bennett, program coordinator, center. Registration for all summer camps at Jennette’s Pier, as well as the N. C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, opens Monday, March 2 at 9 a.m. (photo courtesy Jennette’s Pier)

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