Little Eyes camp returning next week

Published 8:18 am Monday, June 29, 2015

At a time when youngsters need positive role models, Joiya Smith is stepping up to the plate once again.

Smith’s second Little Eyes Are Watching Youth Camp is scheduled for June 29 to July 1 at Bogalusa High School. The youth camp is for children kindergarten age through ninth grade.

Participants need to be at the school at 7 a.m. to register. Camp times are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The camp attracted just over 150 children and approximately 40 volunteers.

“I think the volunteers had more fun than the kids,” Smith said. “The camp went really well last year.”

Something different for this year is the Little Eyes Are Watching Camp is open to all children, whether they live in Washington Parish or not.

“We feel like we impacted so many kids last year that we want to share the love,” Smith said.

Smith is a 2012 graduate of Bogalusa High School. She was recently selected Miss Grambling State University. She is entering her senior year at GSU.

Camp classes will include sports, dance, team building and mentoring.

Smith said the major focus of the camp is to teach children how to be leaders in their communities.

“The camp is basically meant to set a good example for the children in the community and show them how to give back,” Smith said in a previous interview about the camp. “It also shows us as Bogalusa High School alumni how to give back.”

Smith said donations such as animal crackers, juices and chips will be accepted as long as the donations are pre-packaged.

For more information concerning the Little Eyes Are Watching Camp, contact Smith at 832-833-2583.