Limited space available for free camp at Flint's Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/15/18) - Flint parents who are looking for some last minute summer plans for their kids are in luck.

But space for this free camp at Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village is limited.

The Youth Camp starts Monday for its first year. They still have 50 scholarship slots available.

"There's a sports academy, which will include like the swim team, all of the sports," Coach Linnell Jones-McKenney said.

Jones-McKenney, a trailblazer for women's basketball and assistant coach for the Flint Monarchs, said there will be an elite basketball team and football, too.

"However, we also have an after school piece, which will include a culinary program," Jones-McKenney said.

The camp is open Monday through Friday for children ages 5 to 17. They will play in the newly renovated gymnasium at Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village while also learning the skills to grow and maintain a garden as well as cook the food.

Project Manager Susaye Brewer said they are getting help from Michigan State University Extension to make that happen. They've also partnered with the University of Michigan-Flint's Pop-Up school, Tapology and the YMCA.

"That will also include our partnership with the Y. It's a power scholar program for our fourth fifth and sixth graders. For our after school summer camp programming that would include an athletics program dance and different things like that," Brewer said.

Children will receive three meals and a snack in the newly remodeled cafe. They're still putting the finishing touches on the game room, which is where children and their parents will come to sign in.

"The theme is character counts. We have eight particular pillars that we're working with and in particular, we have trustworthiness, love, respect and we're so excited to share with our kids," Brewer said.

The camp runs from June 18 to August 10. You can sign up by going to Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village on North Saginaw Street or you can visit for one of the 50 remaining slots.

Although the camp is Monday through Friday, for the first week there will not be camp held on June 22. The organization is holding a Summer Youth Expo from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. instead.

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