FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Madeline Hamby, 10, smiled nervously as she adjusted herself on her horse at the Smith Lake Riding Stables and pushed her hair from her eyes. First time rider, Hamby was excited.

"I've never ridden a horse before," she said. "But I'm looking forward to (going on the trails)."
On July 20, Summer Outdoor Camp director, Eboni Dickerson took her group of camp adventurers on a horseback trail ride through the Smith Lake area.

Sponsored by Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, the Summer Outdoor Fun Camp is a week-long adventure that includes various activities around the FMWR locations. Fishing, horseback riding, canoe rides, sand castle building, hiking, scavenger hunts and paddle boat races are just a few of the Smith Lake area activities that the children participated in last week. The children also swam, shot clay targets; ice-skated, bowled and made arts and crafts.

Athena Luceeto, 9, giggled when she stepped into her canoe and squealed when her buddy splashed water on her as they paddled into the lake, July 22. According to FMWR, the camp fosters team spirit and encourages confidence while building self-esteem.

The camp is for all children 8 to 13 years and runs Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost for a week of fun-filled activities is $125 for military ID cardholders and $150 for non-ID cardholders. Remaining camp dates are Aug. 2 to 6; 9 to 13 and 16 to 20.

For more information and to register, call Smith Lake 396-5979 or visit FMWR's website at