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The John 3:16 Center’s Camp J316 has been providing free summer day camps for years and help provide traditional summer camp activities, along with spiritual engagement.

There will be lake activities like swimming, fishing, canoeing, and more at the Warren County lakefront property.

Themes for this year’s Camp J316 are: STEM Sports, Wild Things, Flight & Aerodynamics, Super Heroes, Traveling Artist, and Ocean Exploration.

The camps will take place June 17 through August 2, excluding the week of July 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Campers receive breakfast, lunch, and snack to take home. Limited transportation is available.

In addition to the traditional Camp J316 there are also new,opportunities available this year. Future Friday is available for students in grades 8 through 11 who wish to have the camp experience with a more mature focus on promising career interests.

Future Friday themes include: Electricity, Automotive, Marketing & Journalism, Construction, Healthcare, and Law Enforcement & Corrections.

The variety offered incorporates skills, trades, as well as degree occupations.

Future Friday will take place each Friday,  June 21 through August 2, excluding July 5.

The Not Good, But Great Basketball Camp is offered annually outside the area.

This year, however, the camp will be available in Roanoke Rapids.

Anthony “Ant” Atkinson Jr., who plays professionally with the Harlem Globetrotters, will be partnering with The John 3:16 Center and TJ Davis Recreation Center to make this possible.

He welcomes boys and girls, ages 4-17, during the week of July 29 through August 2 at TJ Davis Recreation Center.

This camp will be available for ages 4-11 from 9 a.m. to noon and ages 12-17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This camp is available at no cost with sponsored scholarships available through The John 3:16 Center.

For more details and to request a scholarship to cover the costs, register to play at www.John316Center.org.

Those not wishing to apply for a scholarship can register directly through Atkinson’s website at: www.AnthonyAtkinsonJr.com . The value of this camp is regularly $125 and lunch will be provided to all participating.  

Approximately 150 or more children in the community will be able to participate in these camps at no charge because of sponsors to Camp J316 and the Not Good, But Great Basketball Camp.

Register your online at www.John316Center.org.

Just click on the picture of the camp flyer you are interested in to be directed to the registration site.  

You may also download and print the applications from the website to be returned by mail, fax, email, or in person.

The John 3:16 Center may be contacted at 252-586-1800, or you may email Brittany Sinka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any additional questions about participation in Camp J316.