by Danielle Wagner
PARKERSBURG (KWWL) After last year's natural disasters, the University of Northern Iowa's R2S Program hosted "Operation Falcon Pride." It's a youth day camp for children in the Parkersburg area.
Due to the success last year, the camp was brought back to the community again this summer.
Operation Falcon Pride is a daycamp for children ages six to 12 in the Parkersburg area.
The camp is a relief camp, giving children and outlet to still be children despite everything else going on around them.
By popular demand, UNI's Leisure, Youth and Human Services Program brought the camp back again this summer.
"It's a good experience to be here in this town with everything that's happened lately. I just want to be a positive influence, I guess," said counselor Jason LaPage.
The students attend the camp for three weeks from 8 a.m. to noon in Parkersburg.
"We have age groups and you get to pick a name for it and you get to do crafts in it and it's really fun," said camper Clara Petersen.
"They actually took us on a couple field trips. One to the Cedar Falls water park and one to UNI," said camper Jack Maitland.
Counselors hope the games and activites at Operation Falcon Pride are fun for the kids, but also teach them how to get through difficult times.
"Hopefully the kids take away fun, leadership and working together. Coming together as a community as a whole. Making it a great place for the kids," said counselor Lisa Powels.
Funding for the camp was made possible by the City of Parkersburg, the Lions Club and an anonymous citizen of Parkersburg.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner