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August 3, 2013

NFHS summer camp comes to a close

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Tonawanda News — Years ago, Ross said Niagara Falls Police Chief John Chella tallied statistics of the number of youth crimes during the camp and found that the number of crimes, “drops significantly, because a lot of the kids, instead of getting involved in antics, are here engaged in sports and activities.”

Campers arrive at NFHS at 11:30 a.m. and are served lunch before heading to their respective sports destinations. Children interested in hockey or bowling are bused to Dwyer Arena or Bowl-O-Drome, while other sports — including baseball, volleyball, tennis, basketball and swimming — take place at Hyde Park and the high school.

Children without a particular sport take part in “The Quest,” a program with varying weekly themes.

At the end of each week, the staff hosts “Fun Friday.” In the past, Ross said the camp had seen a drop in attendance late in the week, likely due to campers doing the same thing each day.

“We decided to have one day a week where it’s just fun, crazy activities,” she said.

Ross said camp recruiting for next year will start in May.

Follow Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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