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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 12:00 am

It wasn’t a gourmet meal, but that doesn’t mean the chefs weren’t excited.

“We already ate nachos, then we’re fixing to have lemonade,” Renee Wimberly, 6, said.

“I never been to school,” 5-year-old Presley Gonzales said. “We get to cook when I’m here.”

These “Boogie Aboard” summer campers at Odessa College also learned about hygiene, safety and table manners, teacher Jamie Garcia said. The class finished up the morning by making tortillas.

Meanwhile, in a science class for slightly older children, 7-year-old Ralph Ramirez learned about astronomy.

“It’s small,” Ralph said, pointing at Mercury on his construction paper model of the solar system.

Monday morning activities at the four-day summer camp also included horticulture, arts and crafts and welding, Michelle Ferrini, director of community service programs, said. The campers, ages 5 to 12, won’t actually wield welding torches but will get to see live demonstrations.

“Their dads are doing it. They hear about it all the time,” she said. “We wanted to give them the opportunity to learn about it.”

The children switch gears in the afternoon, Betty Fredrickson, director of community recreation, said.

“Morning is more of an enrichment program,” she said. “Ours is sitting back, having a good time mingling with the other kids.”

On Monday, the kids took a field trip to Citibank Ballpark, home of the Midland RockHounds, Fredrickson said.

Other activities planned for the week include basketball, ice skating, miniature golf, bowling, swimming, archery, aerobics, a visit to the 4-H Club’s agriculture farm, and more, she said.

Ferrini said the second session of the camp starts Monday and costs $100 for a full-day camper and $50 for a half-day camper.

“There’s nothing at the end of the summer for kids to do, but parents still have to work,” she said.

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>> What: Boogie Aboard Children’s Day Camp Session II.

>> When: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, through Thursday, Aug. 9.

>> Where: Morning sessions will be at Deaderick Hall and afternoon sessions will be at the OC Sports Center.

>> Includes: Educational classes, arts and crafts, music, sports, aerobics, swimming, etc.

>> Cost: $100 a week for the full-day camp; $50 a week for the half-day camp.

>> Call: 335-6348.

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