Base Camp Waynesville has a public works day

By Shelby Harrell, Staff Writer | Jul 31, 2014
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Daryl Hennah shows Base Campers the inside of a container truck during a public works day event held last week at the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department.

The Base Campers at the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department learned about bucket trucks, backhoes and container trucks last week during a public works day event, held by members of the Haywood County Public Works Department.

“This was just a way to allow the children the opportunity to see what all (public works) provides for us,” said Tim Petrea, program specialist for the recreation department. “For us to be a town this size, it’s amazing what all they provide.”

This year, a total of 45 children signed up for Base Camp Waynesville, a camp that offers outdoor recreation opportunities for children through the recreation department. The camp is divided up into two groups — the young explorers, ages 4-8, and the young naturalists, ages 9-13.

Base Camp Waynesville has also visited an aquarium, learned about earth sciences and has visited a national park to learn about other educational opportunities.

“This gives them a chance to see the broad picture and see what all they can do with their education,” Petrea said. “They get to see people from all walks of life.”

The camp will continue through the end of August.

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