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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Camp Camo keeps kids healthy

By Cpl. Michael Iams | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | August 06, 2012

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Children create tie dye t-shirts during day one of Camp Camo at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 30. Camp Camo is a four-day camp where young children ages seven to 11 learn about nutrition, exercise and how to be healthy during the summer.

Children create tie dye t-shirts during day one of Camp Camo at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 30. Camp Camo is a four-day camp where young children ages seven to 11 learn about nutrition, exercise and how to be healthy during the summer. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Iams)


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Children at Camp Camo make healthy shish kabobs for lunch in a classroom at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 30. Throughout the day the children also learn how to make healthy snacks they can make on their own at home.

Children at Camp Camo make healthy shish kabobs for lunch in a classroom at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 30. Throughout the day the children also learn how to make healthy snacks they can make on their own at home. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Iams)


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Children participating in Camp Camo get a feel of what their parents do as they run a different version of the Combat Fitness Test at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 31. Everyday, the children are exposed to new outdoor and indoor activities to help them have fun while they stay physically fit and eat right.

Children participating in Camp Camo get a feel of what their parents do as they run a different version of the Combat Fitness Test at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 31. Everyday, the children are exposed to new outdoor and indoor activities to help them have fun while they stay physically fit and eat right. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Iams)


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The water balloons toss is one of the activities the children participate in at Camp Camo at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 31. Camp Camo runs one week a year, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The water balloons toss is one of the activities the children participate in at Camp Camo at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 31. Camp Camo runs one week a year, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Iams)


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The children at Camp Camo design and create their own aprons in the classroom at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 31. A few other activities the children participate in are a water balloon toss, growing a plant, making a scrapbook and making their own healthy snacks and lunches.

The children at Camp Camo design and create their own aprons in the classroom at the Paige Fieldhouse, July 31. A few other activities the children participate in are a water balloon toss, growing a plant, making a scrapbook and making their own healthy snacks and lunches. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Iams)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --  Marine Corps Community Services started Camp Camo, a four-day camp for youth, at the Paige Fieldhouse on Camp Pendleton, July 30.

Camp Camo is a summer camp where children seven to 11-years-old learn about nutrition, exercise and how to stay healthy during the summer months.

“At this camp the children will learn how to make healthy snacks, lunches and do a variety of fitness activities,” said Nicole Preston, health promotion director for MCCS Semper Fit. “We want to keep them active and teach them to exercise in a fun way.”

Each day, the children are exposed to new outdoor and indoor activities to help them have fun while they stay physically fit and eat right.

“We give them a base line to help them grow and learn what they are eating and teach them new ways to exercise that will get them excited," said Roxanne Casinio, a personal trainer with MCCS Semper Fit. 

Activities the children participated in during the camp included creating tie dye t-shirts, maneuvering an obstacle course, water balloon toss, growing a plant, making a scrapbook and making their own snacks and lunches.

“My favorite activity was making tie dye shirts because I have never done it before,” said Layla Graham, 10, a student participating in Camp Camo. “I can’t wait to see what activities we do tomorrow.”

The class runs one week a year, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“This is a great event for the kids,” said Preston. “It helps them realize that exercise is not a chore because of all the fun they can have doing them.”

For more information about Camp Camo, contact MCCS Semper Fit at 760-725-3794.

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