Camp offers "faith-deepening" adventures [Old Town]

Laurel Leader

Superheroes aren’t just on movie screens these days. You can find some next month at the corner of Main and Sixth streets at Camp St. Philip’s, where for the 27th consecutive year the historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church will host a weeklong day camp for children ages 5 and up. There are still several spots available for the camp that runs July 16-20.

This year’s theme is “Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God.” The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and breakfast and a snack are provided, while children bring a bag lunch. There is an extra closing program on Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m., that includes dinner.

“This will be, as always, an incredible week of faith-deepening adventures and discovery about how we can be God’s heroes, full of heart, hope, power, courage and wisdom,” said

Laura McGuire, camp director, in an email. “All of this through Bible stories, awesome crafts, hands-on service projects, music and a field trip.”

The cost for Camp St. Philip’s is $120 per child, with a reduced price of $100 for additional siblings. Before and after care are available to extend the day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the cost of $50 per child. To register or for more information, go to or contact Laura McGuire at

There’s also some news from St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church. Msgr. Michael Mellone, who has served as pastor since 2011, is being transferred to Annunciation Parish in Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, has appointed the Rev. Anthony Lickteig as the new pastor. The appointments are effective July 5. Mellone, a priest for more than 40 years, has shepherded St. Mary’s through most of its 175th anniversary celebrations. Lickteig was ordained in 2010 and will join St. Mary’s after serving as pastor of two parishes in Southern Maryland.

Prince George’s County Public Schools honored a number of teachers in Old Town schools at its Employee Recognition Dinner on June 15 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt.

A number of teachers were recognized for their service to students upon their retirement. Among those teachers retiring this year are Nathaniel Jones and Stephanie Ross of Scotchtown Hills Elementary School and Valerie Weech of Laurel Elementary School. Retirees from Laurel High School include Francine Barnes, Lisa Bulla-White, Johanna Hebert, Jimmy Jackson, Cassandra Mitchum and Renee Richardson.

Scotchtown Hills Elementary School teacher Olivia Marshall-Wylie was also honored for her 30 years of service to county schools. Thank you to our teachers and may you all enjoy a peaceful summer.

The city’s parks and recreation department has a couple of fun upcoming events.

This Saturday, June 23, Mayor Craig Moe will host the Mayor’s Baseball Olympics from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCullough Field, at the corner of 8th and Montgomery streets. Kids ages 13 and under can challenge their friends at events including a 60-yard dash, outfield throw, accuracy throw, home run running, outfield relay throw, and wiffle ball. The Oriole Bird will be there too.

A Skate with Cops Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the basketball courts at Emancipation Park, at the corner of 8th Street and Laurel Avenue. Free skate rentals will be available and Laurel Police Department’s own Ofc. James Bright will be the DJ. There will also be food trucks on site if you want to grab dinner.

Let’s remember to keep our neighborhood parks clean. On a recent visit to Emancipation Park with my kids and parents, who were visiting from out of town, we were discouraged to find litter – including dozens of snack wrappers and discarded plastic bottles – all over the playground equipment and basketball courts, even with a handful of trash cans easily accessible. These parks are a great asset to our community and we need to keep them that way.

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