Proper protocol: Etiquette Camp makes return later this month

Published 3:27 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Marengo County Extension Office will host their annual Etiquette Camp later this month, Thursday and Friday, July 25-26 at the Alabama Rural Heritage Center in Thomaston.

The camp is open to children 8 and up, and during the two-day camp, they will learn skills such as good manners, proper greetings, table manners, how to set a table, cell phone manners and other common courtesies.

“These are skills that people need throughout life,” Marengo County Extension Coordinator Kathryn Friday said. “They’ll need these skills in the business world, not just to impress grandma. Knowing how to eat and behave at a restaurant is very important for everyone.”

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The extension office has been hosting this camp for seven years or more, and Friday said it has been a good experience each year.

“We serve refreshments that help go along with the lessons, and the final part of the camp is a meal for them to show us everything they learned,” she said. “We didn’t do the camp last year, but we got a lot of questions about bringing it back, so we decided to have it again this year.”

On Thursday, the camp will go from 9-11 a.m., and on Friday, the camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

“The Rural Heritage Center is perfect for something like this because there used to be a restaurant in there, so everything we need is already there,” Friday added.

Registration for the two-day camp is $10. Different skills are taught each day, so those attending are encouraged to attend both days.