Registration for Will’s Place’s second annual summer camp open

Published 1:57 pm Thursday, May 26, 2022

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People have until May 30 to register their children for the second annual Forever Young Summer Camp, organized by the recovery resource center Will’s Place, which will take place June 20-24 at The Lodge on Hatley Farm, 28338 Hatley Farm Road in Albemarle.

The camp, which is free and will run each day from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., is for K-5 children who have been impacted in some way by addiction, said Caitlin McAlhany, director of Faith Based Programming for the organization. Similar to traditional summer camps, there will be rotating stations involving things like creative journaling, games, music and arts and crafts.

“It just gives kids time not only to talk about what’s going on in their lives, but to really bond with other kids that have similar experiences,” she said.

Each day will be represented by a theme originating from classic children’s books that will be read, including problem solving, practicing kindness and managing emotions and feelings. The books will help foster discussions among the kids at the stations.

“Everything at every station will go along with that theme for the day,” McAlhany said.

Will’s Place will have volunteers in place who can provide children with transportation to and from the summer camp each day.

The camp, named as a tribute to executive director Allison Hudson’s brother Will, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2012 and loved the Jay-Z song “Young Forever,” had 14 children participate last year, McAlhany said. She is hoping for at least 20 this time around. The children will be grouped together based on grade levels.

“I’m excited about it, I think it will be a really fun week,” she said.

For more information about the camp, visit Will’s Place website or email McAlhany at




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