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Boys to attend camp in Sequoia National Forest

by Merrie Leininger

Nine boys from the Carson Valley have been chosen to attend the R.M. Pyles Boys’ Camp in the Sequoia National Forest in California.

The boys left Thursday for the two-week camp that emphasizes sports and leadership skills.

“I think it’s a great program,” said Richard Johnson, the father of D-Art Johnson, 14, who will be going to the camp for the first time this year.

“I like camping and it seemed like something to take up more of my time this summer,” D-Art said.

His father said he just returned from Boy Scout Camp at Bear River.

Each first-year camper is selected through the student’s school.

Organizer Deputy Chris Griffith of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the students are chosen because they have shown leadership skills or because they have made a turnaround “academically or in attitude, or both.”

The schools give the names to Griffith and he interviews the candidates and provides more information about the camp.

Three campers are returning this year because they were named “honor campers” at the end of their stay last year.

Honor camper is given to an outstanding camper in each cabin.

This year they will be “lion-ers” and if they return next year they will be “workers,” who can train to be counselors.

“The great thing about this program is if the kids stay in it long enough, they will provide scholarship money when they go to college,” Griffith said.

Tony DeNunzio, 15, said he was asked to return again this year after being named an honor camper.

“I met a lot of new people and learned about responsibility by taking care of the stuff we had to pack and getting up in the morning,” DeNunzio said.

The camp is owned by the oil industry, Griffith said, and each camper has a sponsor so the family pays nothing.

The campers returning this year are: DeNunzio, Ben Dykes and Jesse Sparman.

The other campers are: Troy Costa, David Foster, Jared Holmes, Johnson, Matt Rew and Kevin Wahl.

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