Bonnaroo it was not, but for 48 students, Camp BORO was a fun-filled week with games, field trips — and a kangaroo.
Murfreesboro City Schools hosted the fourth annual Camp BORO for special needs students over four days last week at Scales Elementary School.
A total of 68 volunteers ran the day camp, and MCS special education teachers Angela Fairchild, Karen McGee and Amanda Turnbo were among those helping out. Other volunteers included older students, MCS administrators and members of the business community, among others.
“We’re lucky to have so many volunteers,” Fairchild said.
The campers were all city school students in grades kindergarten-sixth and have a variety of diagnoses from Autism to Down’s Syndrome and more, the teachers said. Many of the students would have limited options for other camps, they said.
The children were so excited for this summer’s camp that some of them began asking about it last August when school first started, McGee said.
Monday kicked off with bounce houses, archery and karate practice, as well as a wildlife exhibit with an emu, Jack the kangaroo and other exotic critters. Later in the week, students took field trips to Smyrna Bowling Center and Miracle Field Park. Thursday was “water day,” thanks to the Murfreesboro Fire Department.
The camp aimed to give hands-on lessons to prepare students for future tasks, according to a press release from MCS.
“By enhancing fine motor and communication skills, the children at Camp BORO will gain more than good times and laughter,” the press release said. “Interactive activities going on during the week allow campers to participate in a variety of arts and crafts as well as competitions and team building events.”
Because of business and community donations, the camp was free to students, Fairchild said.