August 30, 2002
Camp McLean ended with a literal splash at Spring Hill School as a knot of tousle-haired boys aimed balls at a metal target to release the seat in a dunk tank.
Perched on that seat was a counselor, Sam Zarkhosh, a college student at James Madison University.
“You guys can’t hit,” called out Zarkhosh, just before he splashed into the water.
This same action was repeated over and over and over. It was payback time.
The dunk tank was just one attraction at a penny carnival that celebrated the end of the Camp McLean, open to the residents of Small District One who pay an extra property tax to fund programs of the McLean Community Center.
Camp McLean is one of the most popular, said Sabrina Anwah, public information officer at the community center. “It fills easily, and we have a waiting list.”
‘When we send out the winter edition of the program guide, as soon as registration opens, they pour in,” she said.
“The numbers are small, and that is intentional, so [the campers] get the attention they need.”