by Lisa Tome
Jerilyn Jones was teaching children about friendship and what qualities are important to search for in a friend.
She then invited children to create their own friend, on paper, using crayons and markers. The title of the project was entitled "What makes a good friend".
"A good friend shows integrity," said Mavrick Mulligan, 9.
For Melissa Batz, 10, a good friend is helpful. Meghan Morgan, 9, said a good friend helps when help is needed.
"A good friend is someone who is always there when you need them," said Jessica Byersmith, 10.
The friendship activity is just one of the life skills taught by Jones and other counselors at the annual Camp Activate.
There are up to 50 campers each week at two locations - Gilpin Manor and Thomson Estates elementary schools. In order to attend the camp, children must attend Title I schools and be exiting third, fourth, or fifth grade.
The free camp, hosts children from throughout the county and runs four days a week for five weeks and is operated by Project Crossroad. Each day, students play sports, as well as learn math, science, and life skills. The camp is grant funded through Project Crossroad. Daily meals are provided through the Maryland State Department of Education's Summer Food program. Camp attendees also received weekend staples which are distributed at the end of camp on Thursdays.
According to Project Crossroad executive director Beth Creek, Camp Activate may be expanded to a third site next year. That camp will likely be held in North East.