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Kids, parents brave heat for free school supplies

RUSKIN – By all accounts this year’s Back to School – Back to Nature event at Camp Bayou was a whopping success.

Hosted annually as a way to introduce families to Camp Bayou, the event featured fun and rewarding activities for school-age children who left with a bagful of school supplies.

“While it is one of the hottest times of the year for an outdoor event, it also has little competition with other, larger events,” said Dolly Cummings, manager of Camp Bayou’s Outdoor Learning Center. “Those who brave the weather are always in for a fun treat, right in their own neighborhood.”

This year there were more guest organizations, including the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services in Balm, Little Manatee State Park and the Girl and Boy Scouts. That meant more activities and more school supplies, which were handed out as children went from station to station learning about nature.

An estimated 165 children attended this year.

“This is awesome. It’s my first time here,” said Casey Marvin of Apollo Beach, who brought along her son, Hudson, 5. “I didn’t even know Camp Bayou existed. We will definitely be coming back.”

Teachers who stopped by the Teacher Exchange tent received a goody bag of items that would be useful in class.

“We had a great event and hope folks visit us during the year,” Cummings said.

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