Clewiston Recreation says summer camp is still set to begin June 9

With the approval of the city manager and commission members, the Clewiston Recreation Department began the level 2 background screening process utilizing Belle Glade-based The Glades Initiative, Inc.

The Glades Initiative provided a mobile service and came to Clewiston to begin the process of screening recreation department operators, including the director and his immediate staff.

Lifeguards who have already completed necessary training were also screened, a necessary step for the Clewiston City Pool to open in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

Once summer camp registrations close May 22, camp counselors will begin the screening process.

Recreation Director Lance Ramer said, so far, it seems summer camp will start on time on June 9.

Summer camps across the county were in jeopardy just last week after directors discovered a new law that requires all counselors, owners and operators 12 years of age and older to complete level 2 background checks through vendors approved by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF).

The Clewiston Police Department also announced that it will endeavor to become a DCF-approved vendor by the time background checks are needed again next summer. That would save the recreation department a good amount of money, since each background check costs roughly $47, plus the processing fee charged by the vendor.

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