Ever since she was a little kid, Ellisha Thomas, 17, had hoped to become a counselor at the Gregg Park Civic Center's summer day camp in Graniteville.
She got her wish over the past month – bringing back her own camp experiences from the age of 5 to 12.
Participating kids enjoyed a wide range of activities and games inside and outside.
Thomas grew up in the Graniteville area before moving two years ago to Nashville, Tennessee.
She returns to the community each year to visit her grandparents, Patty and Ron Knight.
“It's so different and so much fun to go from being a 5-year-old and coming back as a counselor,” Thomas said.
Dalyn Farr served as the head counselor at the camp for the third year.
Although many of the games would appear to have more interest among the youngest kids, “The 11- and 12-year-olds are actually good sports about it,” Farr said.
Bryant Rachell, foreground, enjoys a game on the final day of camp at the Gregg Park Civic Center’s summer camp on Thursday. Also pictured are Kayla Boyd and Josh Gunter.×
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT Ellisha Thomas, a counselor at the Gregg Park Civic Center’s summer day camp, has a big fan in camper T.B. Neese.×
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT Robbie Maier, left, and Jones Wilhite engage in an intense “battle” during the Gregg Park Civic Center’s summer day program. Local children and teens enjoyed a month-long summer camp at the center.×
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT Jasmin Ortz tosses a ring at a target during the final camp day at the Gregg Park Civic Center on Thursday. Also pictured, from left, are Josie Hamlton, Malachi Burgess and John Willis.×