Essay winners earn weekend get-away at Camp Fortson

  • By Heather Middleton

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HAMPTON — Nine Clayton County students gathered at Camp Fortson earlier this month to spend a weekend getting to know each other and becoming better acquainted with nature. Each student earned the trip when they were named the winners of the 2016 Kids Outdoor Scholarship, which required students to write a 250-word essay describing an outdoor activity they’d like to participate in.

This year’s camp was held July 15 to 17. Each essay was required to include at least one activity from the Georgia Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. This “Bill of Rights” describes several activities kids should experience by the age of 14, such as splashing in the water, playing on a team, camping under the stars, exploring nature, learning to swim and catching a fish.

Camp Facilitator Stephanie Berens said the weekend is about getting back to nature and playing outside.

Students participated in several activities like zip lining, canoeing, sensory awareness and wilderness survival.

“The weekend is a great opportunity for kids to experience something they may never have had the chance to do,” said Amy Keeney, marketing and communications officer at Clayton County Parks and Recreation. “It’s just a great opportunity for our kids in Clayton County.”

For more information about how to participate in the 2017 essay contest or the Georgia Children’s Outdoor Bill or Rights, visit and select scholarship info.