by Lisa Tome
Ree Cinelli had her hands full last week.
Cinelli, who works for Cecil County Public Schools during the school year, was earning minimum wage to tend the needs of nine boys ages 5-12.
Cinelli, with help from two school age volunteers, was hired by the Town of Cecilton as a camp counselor. That town revived an ages old tradition of hosting a town summer camp. Camp Cecilton was underway.
From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. last week, parents paid $60 for a host of activities. The camp was open to all children but only boys registered. There was arts and crafts, a field trip to the library for an ancient architecture class, a visit to Cecilton Fire Company, a meet and greet with Cecil Sheriff's Office K-9s, and more. There was a nature hunt, construction of bird feeders, and a lollipop and movie day.
Cinelli said that organized games and arts and crafts were geared to helping the children work on fine and gross motor skills. "They like Wiffle ball but they argue over who is captain," said Cinelli.
A scavenger hunt had the boys searching for ladybugs, feathers acorns, rocks, grass, leaves, flowers, and more.
Volunteers Luke Morrow, a high school junior, and Jake Cooper, an eighth grader, helped Cinelli. Morrow said that he likes volunteering and being outdoors. He is also earning service learning hours which will meet graduation requirements.
Walker, an eight-year-old camper said his favorite camp activity was playing ping pong and checkers. Damion, 6, agreed that ping pong was his favorite.
Cecilton town administrator Mary Cooper said the camp will likely be annual. The small enrollment during the first year allowed Cinelli and the town to fine tune activities for future years. She also explained that hosting the camp isn't a moneymaker for the town. The camp is held to provide children with something to do.