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Preteen campers have fun under the big top

By John Warren

BIG SANDY, Texas--The building of a local Church of God congregation turned into a three-ring circus June 17-20 when a day camp for preteenagers sponsored "Fun Under the Big Top."

This year's camp at the Church of God Big Sandy registered 53 participants, with the age-groups divided up as lions, tigers and bears.

Sharon Wilson of Tyler, Texas, served as ringmaster. Assisting Mrs. Wilson as organizers were Carol Bald of Gladewater, Reesa Bearse of Hawkins and Angela Dunnam of Pritchett. Amos Worden of Big Sandy entertained campers and staffers as Mr. Giggles the Clown, assisted by Aubrey Flynn of Hawkins as Tater Toes.

"Carol, Reesa, Angela and Sharon set a wonderful example of teamwork in preparing for the camp and overseeing the many details," said church pastor Dave Havir of Big Sandy.

Enthusiastic preteens participated in activities that included woodworking, cooking, arts and crafts, music, basketball, kickball, archery and Christian-living classes.

A cookout and swim party for campers and staff members took place June 23 at the home of Charles and Cindy McLendon, near Hawkins.

More than 40 volunteers served as counselors, instructors, assistants and support staffers to provide the manpower to make this annual activity a success.

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