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Hooray for Hollywood
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The campers sang and danced to a number of songs, including “Run Baby Run (Back into My Arms)” for parents prior to a picnic. - photo by Photo by Sandi Van Orden

The Arc of Effingham recently wrapped up its annual Camp Hollywood.

The camp designed for disabled children and typical children was expanded this year to locations at Marlow Elementary and Sand Hill Elementary.

Nina Dasher, president of Arc of Effingham, said there were approximately 40 students at each location.

“We had children with mild to severe disabilities,” Dasher said.

She said the first day many of the children were timid, but since the beginning of the camp, they have opened up. She said children took part in gym activities, crafts and music every day.

There were several teen leaders involved with the camp, and two of the teenagers volunteered to lead the singing portion of the final day’s performance. Dasher said that is what Arc is trying to find.

“We’re looking for people to volunteer without pressuring them,” she said.

There also were two applied behavior analysts at the camp. The students were working toward credit for volunteer hours.

This was the first year for the camp to be in two locations.

“We’ve had requests to have a camp in Richmond Hill, Springfield and Rincon,” Dasher said. “If we can get enough volunteers, we’ll do that.”

Arc also will hold CPR and first aid training in July. The certification would still be good next June when the camp is held again.

The cost for the camp was $50 per family.

“We gave 50 scholarships this year,” Dasher said, thanks to donations from the Junior League of Savannah and Atlanta Gas Light Savannah Service Center.

This year’s theme was “On the Boardwalk: Bend Over and Reach Down Because We All Love Kids.”

Dasher said the camp would continue to be known as Camp Hollywood in the future because “art, music and drama allows them to express themselves.”