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'Big Fit' Free To All Kids Thanks To Donors

Posted 6/8/2017

SIENNA Belshi and Olivia Nightingale concentrate on assembling their butterflies wings and body.SIENNA Belshi and Olivia Nightingale concentrate on assembling their butterflies wings and body.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD— This week kids in Halstead have had the chance to step away from their video games and focus instead on all that the great outdoors has to offer. The opportunity comes through the Big Fit, an annual, weeklong summer camp organized by the Kansas Learning Center for Health that encourages kids with total fitness physically, mentally and socially by providing a variety of fun activities and crafts.

This year for the first time, all 42 kids signed up for the program got to attend for free because admission prices were covered by generous sponsors.

“We’re very fortunate to have a supportive board and area businesses to make this happen,” said Carrie Herman, KLCH Executive Director.

This year’s theme for the Big Fit is Camp Compass. The Learning Center has been decorated with colorful kids’ tents and folding chairs, which will be raffled off at the end of the week.

Instructor Layla Nightingale said the camping theme has been popular with the kids.

“I can’t tell you how many kids have told me they love to camp because they get to spend time with their family—without cell phones,” Nightingale said.

She and Herman estimated that about half the kids in the morning group said they had been camping, and about three-fourths of the kids in the afternoon group had.

Each day has different activities, crafts and snacks related to outdoor themes.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.