Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

YMCA Barnes Branch Still Accepting Campers at New Location

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

YMCA Barnes Branch Still Accepting Campers at New Location

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TUSCALOOSA | The Benjamin Barnes YMCA has a new camp location and is still looking to enroll kids for the summer.

Laura Payton, outreach director at the Benjamin Barnes YMCA, said summer camp is being held in the former Tuscaloosa Public Library Weaver Bolden Branch building that's adjacent to the Barnes YMCA.

LaKeda Smith, executive director of the Barnes branch, said the former library building was leased to the Barnes branch when the library relocated to McKenzie Court Apartments more than a year ago.

Payton said the building has been renamed the Children's Resource Center.

Though camp at the center has already started, Payton said they have openings for more campers to join the program.

"We're still enrolling children today," Payton said. "We want children to camp with us because one, we're cost-efficient. Our rates are half of others' rates. And secondly, we're a Christian organization and it's good Christian fun. We have a daily devotion every day."

Summer camp at the Barnes YMCA costs $60 a week for a full day and $35 a week for a half day. …

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