Girl Scout day camp “Down in Da Parish” is accepting registration for its summer day camp program, as well as its overnight camp. Day camp is open to girls from kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as younger children of full-time volunteer staff members.

The first week of day camp will be July 20-24, and the second week will be July 27-31 at First Baptist Church of Chalmette, 305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. An overnight camp for girls entering fourth through 12th grades will take place July 27-31.

The theme for the first week of this year’s day camp is “Girl Scouts Around the World,” and “Spa Fun” during the second week. Activities will include learning camping skills, arts and crafts, songs, games, and water fun.

The cost for day camp is $60 per member, and $75 for non-Girl Scouts through Monday, June 1, and includes a $15 membership fee for the first week. The cost for the second week is $75 for members or $90 for non-Girl Scouts through Monday. All participants will receive a camp T-shirt. There are reduced rates for program aides who are Girl Scouts in eighth through 12th grades who are volunteering at camp, and children of full-time volunteers. Lunch costs $3 per day. Overnight camp fees are $175 through Monday, June 1.

Volunteers are needed and will receive the training and support they need. Volunteers can earn community service hours. For information, call day camp director Tanya Palazzalo at (504) 343-2934.

Summer reading program

The St. Bernard Parish Library will kick off its annual summer reading program Monday, June 1,with a theme of “Every Hero Has A Story” for pre-readers through fifth-graders, “Unmask” for sixth- through 12th-graders, and “Escape the Ordinary” for adults.

Readers of all ages can register at the library’s Chalmette Branch beginning Monday, with the first 100 families who sign up receiving a Super Summer Reader yard sign.

Each reader will receive a summer reading bookmark, reading bingo game and a calendar of events. In addition, pre-readers through fifth-graders who register between Monday and June 10 will receive a free movie pass to see “Back to the Future,” compliments of Chalmette Movies. Movie passes may be redeemed only at Chalmette Movies June 5 through 11. Showtimes will be announced at the start of the program.

Six weeks of fun activities are set with weekly story programs being held at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Special guests make appearances at the library at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, and a variety of artists will share their talents during the library’s Fridays with the Arts performances taking place at 3 p.m. on Fridays. All programming will take place at the library’s Chalmette location, 2600 Palmisano Blvd.

Funding for the Fridays with the Arts series comes from a grant by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Summer festivities will end with a prize drawing July 10.

St. Bernard Parish Library readers also will have the opportunity to win prizes by completing reading bingo games. Pre-readers through 12th-graders who finish by July 9 will have their names entered into a grand finale prize drawing. Younger readers will receive a certificate of completion, along with McDonald’s coupons. Older readers will receive McDonald’s coupons and a magnetic bookmark, while supplies last. Adult readers can turn in completed activity sheets through Aug. 1 and register for their prize drawing scheduled for Aug. 4, and they will also receive a magnetic bookmark and McDonald’s coupons.

Summer reading prize sponsors to date are: Audubon Institute, Chalmette Movies, Crave! Bar and Grill, Da Bayou Bounce & Slides, Inc., J&M Jewelers, Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi, Louisiana Children’s Museum, McDonald’s, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc., Pets Plus and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. For information, call the library at (504) 279-0448.

Junior deputy program

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office will introduce a free Junior Deputy Academy for St. Bernard Parish boys and girls ages 10-13 to be held in June and July.

“Our academy will offer kids a chance to interact with sheriff’s deputies and make friends with positive role models for them,” Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said. “We believe this will help develop pride and self-respect for these young people as well as respect for their community and its values. We also hope they will find it fun and informative.”

The academy will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. June 9 through July 22 at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center, on the second floor of a building at 2118 Jackson Blvd. in Chalmette, immediately behind the Parish Courthouse. There won’t be sessions the week of the July 4th holiday.

Included in the academy will be field trips to the parish prison and firearms safety taught at a shooting range. Participants will also learn basic first aid and CPR and hear from officers about the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Narcotics Division, Crime Scene Investigation and the department’s state-of-the-art equipment.

The academy is patterned after the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy for adults. To register, call Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628.

Scholarships awarded

The St. Bernard Chapter of the Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community, an organization under the auspices of the LSU Agriculture Center, has awarded four $1,000 scholarships for the 2015-16 school year to residents of St. Bernard Parish.

This year’s recipients are Chalmette High School students Emily Jones, Gabrielle Glapion, Caroline Boudreaux and Eric Hume III.

The funds for three of these scholarships were raised from the annual Christmas Tour of Homes, and the remaining funding came from the SBVFC council treasury.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at