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Camp Safe Haven


Every summer Decatur Youth Services and Parks & Recreation puts on a day camp called Camp Safe Haven. The camp takes place at the Carrie Matthews Recreation Center during the months of June and July for children ages 5 to 13. It is the mission of the camp to provide a safe, fun and educational environment for children during the summer months. They are provided breakfast, lunch, math and reading classes. They participate in swimming at the Carrie Matthews Pool and trips to the Skate Castle and to Carmike Cinemas.
The children enjoy special guests throughout the summer; Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, Girls Scouts of America and Decatur Public Library are just a few that come every year. The children are also given an opportunity to have music lessons with violins and drums thanks to the Decatur Youth Symphony. There is never a boring day at Camp Safe Haven.
They have coloring contests, play basketball and kickball. The younger kids are encouraged to play old fashioned games as well, like Red Rover, Duck, Duck, Goose, Freeze Tag and many more. They also have free time at the playground on the campus of Carrie Matthews. The sky is endless to the amount of fun and entertainment that can be had while attending Safe Haven.
Decatur Youth Services uses many grants which aids in keeping the cost of Camp Safe Haven to a minimum. This use of grants is reflected in the price of the camp to the parents. It will continue to remain a low cost option for parents that have to work while their children are out for summer vacation. For more information please contact Carrie Matthews at 256-341-4820 or Decatur Youth Services at 256-341-4690.
Suzanne Langdon
Supervisor, Carrie Matthews Recreation Center

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