Masters helps spring break day camps boom

By: Ashley Jeffery Email
By: Ashley Jeffery Email

News 12 @ 6 o'clock, April 10, 2009

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- While some area golf courses are having trouble this week other business are booming. The North Augusta Family Y is wrapping up their own masters week and kids are showing up to masters camp in record numbers.

As dozens of kids from North Augusta's Family Y look for the golden egg, Program Director Teressa Lantz is still trying to figure out how they got so many kids.

"Some are brand new faces that we've never seen before. They've been so happy that parents are already asking about our summer camp," said Teressa Lantz.

The program has seen the number of kids for their "Masters Camp" almost quadruple from about 15 kids to more than 50 a day!

"Masters week definitely helps with that. Parents end up going out of town or staying but regardless, those that are working need childcare,"said Lantz.

And with record numbers showing up in a single week, the "Y" looks forward to the benefits.

"It's a drastic jump in revenue which is good for the programming side, but a portion of that money goes right back into our programs providing the crafts and the different things we need to do for the kids,"said Lantz.

But not all childcare is seeing such an increase for the week.

"The week before spring break, we had a lot of calls, a lot of calls. As of last week we had an additional 40 kids that registered,"said Gary Winferry of the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta.

The Boys and Girls Club of Augusta are used to seeing about 380 kids a day but this Masters week, their numbers are down.

"During spring break, kids are sleeping in, so our numbers have declined by 100 so we're seeing around 270 kids a day,"said Winferry.

But back at the Family Y, things are looking up as they wrap masters camp.

"It definitely does affect the bottom line by boosting our budget,"said Lantz.

Both the Family Y and the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta say they're already gearing up for summer camps and hope all the kids from Master's week will join them.

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