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JOSHUA CRISCOE (Uft), Nathan Huff
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last week at Camp Seabreeze at the N.C. Baptist
BY DOUG RUTTER
Summer vacation is only two weeks old and the
kids are already getting restless, whining about
having nothing to do.
Does this sound familiar, parents? If it does, maybe
it's time to look into sending little Johnny or Mary to a
Camp Seabreeze, sponsored by the North Carolina
Baptist Assembly at Caswell Beach, is already in full
Every weekday frotp g JO a.m. until 5 p.m., you can
find between 40 and SO campers ages 5 to 13 on the
Baptist Assembly grounds.
For 10 weeks each summer, Itids participate in swim
ming. beach activities, games and crafts.
Gaylin Hull, conference coordinator at the Baptist
Assembly, said the camp will continue through Aug. 12.
"Right now we're full for the rest of the summer, but
sometimes spaces open up, especially at the ead of the
summer," she said.
Campers spend each morning at the outdoor swim
ming pool Alter lnnch and an hour of quiet time,
campers participate in various indoor and outdoor activi
ties in the afternoon.
"It's just a recreational camp they can attend during
the summer break," Huff said. "It's mostly recreational,
but there's some instruction."
Huff said the camp helps get kids away from the tele
vision set during the summer, and gives parents a break
Caicp Seabreea?. which costs $65 per week, started
about six yean ago. "It started because there waa a need
for something like that in the community," Huff said.
Most of the children who spent last week at Camp
Seabreeze said they like swimming the most
"Swimming and lunch," said Victor Heenan of
"We play a lot," added 7-year-old Joshua Criscoe of
Long Beach. "We play on the playground. It's kind of
like monkey ban and we got a sandbox."
Nathan Huff of Long Beach has been attending Camp
Seabreeze for about four yean and said he looks for
ward to it each summer. "Sometimes we go different
places on campus, like yesterday we went to the first aid
building." he said.
While most spots in Canip Seabreeze have been filled
for the summer, the Brunswick County Parks and
Recreation Department it still taking registration for its
upcoming day camps.
Camps are scheduled as follows: June 27-July 1, ages
6-9; July 11-15, ages 10-13; July 18-22, ages 6-9; Aug.
1-S, ages 10-13; Aug. 8-12, ages 6-9.
Hours are 9 am. until 5 p.m. each day. The cost is
$50 per week, and discounts are available for families
with more than one child at the camp.
Planned activities include swimming, arts and crafts,
nature study and field trips to a bowling alky, water
slide and the N.C Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
A staff of four supervisors will run the camp, which
accepts 24 children per week.
lb register for the day camp, call Emma McGraw at
the recreation office at 253-4357 or 1-800-222-4790.
The Tool-Using Nuthatch
BY SiLL r AV ui
Much hat been written about the
ability of the Darwin's woodpecker
finch in the Galapagos Islands to
use tools to ex
spines or sticks
to probe botes
for food and to
assist it oi ce
ding. Lie*', foe
the brown-headed nuthatch li>e* to
feed on larvae and insect? >a the
bark of pines and other tree?.
Since the nuthatch's bif ! i* --mall
and not adapted trr <\iatns into
bark as the woodpucfc't* eta do,
the small bird opts ftv \m c?f a tool
to get at the larva-. :< waa hear
working under the km The pre
ferred tool is a thin, km? piece of
bark it can use in its 'vil to chip
away the outer layers Ic :xpoae the
fat grubs. Since it bjt m way of
holding on to the it drops it
to feed and must fftfri .jotber ptcoe
to cootinue prober r ?>>> bark.
The bram<W'2i< v nuthatch is
smaller than a irwr-. ,* and is tocky
and short-tw '' J jta. jack is btuish
with a thi *? crown afiu iu
breast is r*"> There is a
whitish nape :,ot and a dark
Jsi?wr. .lyffcrfus .v>d a whitnh rtwnat
Thi? iMittaxk seems to prefer
fU* vJ> (M (he coastal plain ar
firtc w/thern Delaware to
a* ml O'Jahoma.
Its nest U made of bark strips.
msIus, gfmm mud wOum Caipl at M
bottom of i cavity ia a dead ine or
in a nest box and ia usually place
anywtoe from tan In 50 fee!
above the ground.
Eggs are whitish with brown
(ptotches and can number from
three to nine. Incumbatkm by both
sexes takes about 14 days, and
jruuag icsvc ioc acai uici about !o
to food ormtistt of iaaect larvae
??<?? ??? ~~j pjac ~rf
This small bird spends must of
its iwiw ?m?nig rt? tall branches
and twip of large trees. To find a
neA is as exciting experience sad
to see it engage in in tooi-uaing
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