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UPDATED: Summer camps and activities for Acadiana kids

Posted: 3:00 PM, May 15, 2018
Updated: 2019-05-16 16:04:51-04

We have put all the information we’ve received here, organized by parish.

If you’d like us to include your program, please send an email to news@katctv.com

ALL PARISHES 

Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf is offering camps at Camp Bon Temps. The camps are offered at several times through the summer.

The focus at GSLPG summer camps is to allow girls to have quality outdoor experiences – and that includes “unplugging.”

If you’re not a Girl Scout, you can register by emailing info@gslpg.org.

The dates, ages and costs for camps vary. To get more information about the camps and registration, click here .

NEW: Registration is now open for Camp Brave Hearts for children ages 6-11. The 2-day summer camp is August 3rd and 4th and for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Robicheaux Center, and is open to the public. Last day to register is June 29th. To register please contact Heather Prejean, LCSW at (337) 232-1234 or hprejean@hospiceacadiana.com.

Camp Brave Hearts is staffed by counselors, social workers, nurses, and trained volunteers experienced in hospice and/or bereavement care. Through guided activities, children can increase levels of openness and trust; improve self-confidence; and form relationships with other children who are in a similar situation.

NEW: On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5-6, Woman’s Foundation Inc is hosting their first summer Safe Sitter Program to help young teens, aged 11 years and up feel more confident about their ability to care for younger children.  Safe Sitter will help young teens understand child CPR, injury prevention and management, behavior management, safety for the sitter, child essentials and more. With many teens wanting to earn extra money in the summer, this is a great and fun opportunity for teens to get hands-on practice on lifesaving techniques as safer, more reliable sitters and leave confident and more comfortable. They also learn how to begin their own babysitting business. All information is medically accurate and taught by certified Safe Sitter instructors.

For more information, click here .

ACADIA PARISH
The ASSIST Agency will be sponsoring the Summer Program again this year. The program will be held at Crowley Middle School, 401 W. Northern St., Crowley and will be open from May 29 – July 6, 2018, Monday – Friday.  It will be closed on July 4.

There is no charge or registration for the meals. Breakfast will be served from 7:00 – 8:00 am and lunch will be served from 11:00 – 12:00. Children ages 1-18 are eligible to participate in the food service program. Any person over 18 who has been determined mentally or physically handicapped by a state educational agency and is enrolled in a private or nonprofit school program may participate.

The ASSIST Agency will sponsor Recreation program which will be held between breakfast and lunch from 8:00 – 11:30.   Participants must be in K-8 grade. There are no costs or fees for the program, but the parents/guardians of the participants must complete a registration form.

Registration forms may be picked up at the ASSIST Office – 11 N. Parkerson Ave, Crowley, downloaded on the website at www.assistagency.org or completed on the first day of the program at the site. Sneakers must be worn at the Recreation Program.

A bus will pick up from several stops around Crowley beginning about 6:45 am with the South Crowley Elementary area, Berean Baptist Church, Ross Elementary, Carver Village, Westwood, West Crowley Subdivision, Rhone Village, Kathy Apartments and finishing with Kathy Meadows Apartments.  Another bus will pick up in Rayne and transport to Crowley for the program.  Beginning at 6:45 at the corner of Kahn and Jeff Davis, then Armstrong Middle School, then on to the corner of Reynolds and W B North Streets, then the corner of McGown and E. Lessley, S. Rayne Subdivision- corner of Noon and Martin Sts, and finishing with Gateway Subdivision – corner of Samuel Thomas and Nicky Sts and near the office.
If you need further information, please contact the ASSIST Agency at 337-788-7550 x 138.

CALCASIEU PARISH 

Extreme Theatre Workshop: 8-18 Years Old June 11-15, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily, $150.00

The Children’s Theatre Company presents the Extreme Theatre Workshop. Professional instructors lead students through a fun-filled exploration of voice, movement, creative play-making and character development.  The session concludes with an abbreviated performance.  Extreme Theatre has a limited enrollment.   According to artistic director, Kerry A. Onxley, “this fast-paced, educational opportunity offers a large cast fun and technique in a short period of time.  While the students are learning all aspects of the theatre, they are building self-confidence, discipline, self-awareness and leadership skills.” All workshops have limited enrollment and are held at Central School of the Arts & Humanities Center (809 Kirby Street in Lake Charles).

For registration information, call (337) 433-7323 or click on Summer Workshops at www.childrenstheatre.cc

LAFAYETTE PARISH 

There are a lot of options for summer camps at SLCC. There’s still time to register in South Louisiana Community College’s annual Discovery College summer camps for middle school and high school students.

The camps, planned during June and July cover a variety of topics and are offered throughout the summer at several of SLCC’s campuses across Acadiana. See below for a detailed listing.

Sessions for grades 4-8 will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sessions for grades 9 and above will take place from 12 to 4:30 p.m.

Topics include theater, animation, drawing, painting, comic book design, aircraft, ACT prep, roller coaster design, hands-on manufacturing, robotics, laboratory techniques, STEM, video game design, and engineering.

For more information, or to register for camp, click here  or call (337) 521-9000.

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Basin Arts has released its summer schedule of classes and an announcement on special pricing for all classes in June and July.

This summer, Basin will offer a full array of classes, including ballet, cardio, Pilates, contemporary, yoga, modern, tap — with classes every day of the week. For a complete schedule of classes, click here:https://basinartslafayette.com/2018/05/15/summer-class-schedule/

Basin will offer Summer Saturdays — four in June and two in July that are free community workshops, including crafts, body painting (taking facepainting to the next level), a tap dancing clinic and a creative workshop combining the French language with dance in a partnership with Alliance Francais.

The public is welcomed to attend dance and exercise classes at $15 a class ($12 for students) or the highly discounted price of $125 for unlimited open classes in June and July. Other pricing plans are also available.

On the art front, there is an array of classes to choose from in June and July:

1. Open Class Schedule of adult dance classes during June & July (teens 16+ encouraged to take classes over the summer too!). The Summer Special of $125 gets you unlimited open classes in June & July.

Summer Class Schedule!

2. Modern Movers with Clare Cook and Alex McBride, Tuesday’s & Thursday’s 9:30-11:00am, June 5th –  June 21st. $100 for the series. $20/drop-in class. A pre-professional dance class open to students age 12+ teaching modern dance technique, improvisation and choreography focused on engaging both the physical and intellectual components of dance and dance creation co-led by Basin Arts Director, Clare Cook and Limon Company Dancer, Alex McBride. https://basinartslafayette.com/classes/youth-classes/

3. Partnering & Contact Improvisation Dance Workshop with Alex McBride and Taylor Mitchell. Thursday June 7th, 6:30-8:30pm. Open to ages 17+, $20/person. https://basinartslafayette.com/event/partnering-contact-improv-workshop/

4. Art Classes:

-Teen Painting Jam with Jaik Faulk. June 4-7, 1:00-4:00pm and July 16-19, 1:00-4:00pm. $225/session or $400 for both. All supplies included.

Age 12+ https://basinartslafayette.com/project/teen-painting-jam-2/

-Acrylic Painting for Beginners with Dirk Guidry. Tuesday’s 6-8pm, June 5th – 26th. $180/all supplies included. https://basinartslafayette.com/project/acrylic-painting-beginners/

-Still Life Oil Painting Galore with Jaik Faulk. June 6, 7, 8 from 5:00-7:00pm daily. $125/supplies included or bring your own.

https://basinartslafayette.com/project/still-life-oil-painting-galore/

-Fantastic Landscapes Oil Painting with Jaik Faulk. June 13, 14, 15 from 5:00-7:00pm. $125/supplies included or bring your own.

https://basinartslafayette.com/project/fantastic-lanscapes/

-Paint your Date Night with Brittney Pelloquin! Two Dates: Thursday June 21st & Thursday July 19th. 6:30-9:00pm. $75/couple.

Paint Your Date Night

5. Co-Lab Arts Camp is a creative laboratory full of experimentation, play and discovery through movement and visual arts with a focus on artistic and interpersonal collaboration. The camp is open to students entering 1st – 6th grades. June 25-29th, $225/student Early Bird Rate before June 1st. $275 after. https://basinartslafayette.com/classes/youth-classes/

6. Summer Saturdays: Join us on select Saturdays throughout the summer for FREE workshops for all ages! Come out with your littles (and bigs) to have some family fun creating, dancing, and more!

June 9, 10-12pm Craft Day, https://basinartslafayette.com/event/summer-saturdays-craft-day-at-basin-arts/

June 23, 10-12pm Body Painting for All Ages, https://basinartslafayette.com/event/summer-saturdays-body-painting-day-at-basin-arts/

July 14, 10-12pm Tap Dancing, https://basinartslafayette.com/event/summer-saturdays-tap-dancin-day-at-basin-arts/

July 28, 10-12pm Francais et Danse, https://basinartslafayette.com/event/summer-saturdays-francais-et-danse-day-at-basin-arts/

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The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball team will host a pair of camps during the month of June on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

The Ragin’ Cajuns will hold a Basketball Skills Camp on June 18-21 at Bourgeois Hall with the camp open to all participants ages 7-18. The camp will run daily from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost of the four-day camp is $165 per camper with a family rate of $130 for two or more.

The summer camp schedule will conclude on June 22-23 as the Ragin’ Cajuns host its annual Team Basketball Camp. The camp will take place at the Moncla Indoor Practice Facility, Bourgeois Hall and Earl K. Long Gym and is open to all high school, junior varsity and junior high school teams.

Cost of the camp is $375 per team (14 player maximum with $30 per each additional player) with a $100 deposit to secure a spot. All teams registered will be divided into competitive groups and will be guaranteed five games.

For more information on the camp, contact Mike Murphy, Director of Basketball Operations at (334) 372-1791 or mmurphy@louisiana.edu.

For registration information, contact Terri Hill, Camp Coordinator, at (337) 482-6150 or email: terri.hill@louisiana.edu. Information on all available Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics summer camps can also be found at www.RaginCajuns.com/camps

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Faith House announced that it will once again host its summer program for teen girls entitled, “Love Is…”

The program is open for teen girls ages 11 to 17 and will focus on education in the healthier aspects of dating and teach girls the warning signs of dating violence. The program will follow “Safe Dates” curriculum which Faith House says is nationally-acclaimed and evidence-based. The three-day summer camp is free to attend and will include a free lunch each day to those who attend.

The four goals of the program according to Fatih House are dedicated to:

(1) Changing adolescent dating violence and gender-role norms.
(2) Improving peer help-giving and dating conflict-resolution skills.
(3) Promoting the need for victims and perpetrators to seek help through community resources.
(4) Decreasing dating abuse victimization and perpetration.

The program will be held in three parishes during the months of June and July. Those place and dates are as follows:

Lafayette Parish: June 12st-14th at Golden Corral in Lafayette, La  (9am-12pm)

Vermilion Parish: June 26th-28th at Vermilion Parish Library Abbeville, La (9am-1pm)

St. Landry Parish: July 23th- 25th at Evangeline Downs Hotel (9am-1pm)

For more info or to register visit faithhouseacadiana.com or call 337-267-9422

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The Lafayette Parks and Recreation 2018 Summer Enrichment Program Registration has been extended through June 1, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. daily at Girard Park on Girard Park Drive.

All children 5 years to 14 years of age are eligible to attend.

The program dates are June 11, 2018 – July 27, 2018 with a Holiday Break from July 2, 2018 – July 6, 2018.

Registration Fee is $200.00 for the standard program of 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Early Drop off: 7:15am – 9:00am and Late pick up: 4:00pm – 5:30pm are available at an additional cost of $125.00 for each option.

Program Sites for 2018 are: Comeaux Recreation Center, Thomas Recreation Center, Dupuis Recreation Center, Robicheaux Recreation Center and Girard Recreation Center.

For more Information: 291-8370 or 291-8364 or www.lafayettela.gov/ParksAndRecreation
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The STM Cheerleading Camp will be July 24 through 27 at the school.

The camp is organized by the St. Thomas More Cheerleaders, and lasts from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Participants can learn cheers, jumps, dances and chants. Camp costs $100 and includes a t-shirt, daily snack and photo.

The camp is for kids in Pre-K through 8th grade.

Online registration through July 19th $100. Walk up registration 8am -9 am on July 24th $110

To get more information or register, click here.

The school offers a number of other summer camps. To see the list of other STM camps, click here .

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AOC Community Media will hold two separate five-day animation camps to introduce pre-teens and teens in Lafayette Parish to techniques used by today’s animation industry artists.

The first camp will be held June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students ages 8-12 can register for this camp for $125 per student.

The second animation camp will be held June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students ages 13-17 can register for this camp for $125 per student.

Drinks and snacks will be provided for each camp.

To register, visit www.aocinc.org/learn.asp. For more information about these camps, contact Christy Tracie, AOC education coordinator, at ctracie@aocinc.org or (337) 232-4434 x 113.

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Woman’s Foundation, Inc. is offering a pediatric weight management program to address childhood obesity in Acadiana for adolescents, ages 8- 14 and their families. The program, Kids on the Geaux, provides fitness, nutrition, and behavior modification education for children at risk for complications of obesity.

Each session involves 60 minutes of nutritional and behavioral education and 60 minutes of exercise, both aerobic and strength training. During the initial few sessions, information such as weight, height, and blood pressure will be obtained for each participant. Information about current dietary and exercise habits will be discussed.

The 9 week program involves two evening sessions per week at Woman’s Foundation, from May 29 until August 2. It is mandatory that children and at least one parent participate in all sessions.

For more information or to register, click here .

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First Baptist Church in Youngsville is offering a Vacation Bible School.

The dates are June 4 through 8, 9 a.m. until noon each day at the church on Lafayette Street.

It is open to children who have completed Pre-K4 – 6th Grade.

For more information or to register, click here .

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Camp Invention is coming to Ernest Gallet Elementary School the week of June 4 – June 8, 2018.

The camp is for children entering grades K through 6, and it costs $230. The camp is daily, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This year’s Fast Forward curriculum features several video challenges from these Inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and explore their innovativeness. These hands-on activities include: A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention challenges children in Grades K-6 to find their “inner inventor” by learning the process of innovation. Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship – in a fun and engaging environment.

* Optibot™: Campers will launch into the future with their own Optibot – a small self-driving robot that senses changes in light.
* Robotic Pet Vet™: Throughout this module, campers nurse their robotic puppy back to health and design and build dog parks as they hammer out ideas for the best park attraction.
* Mod My Mini Mansion™: Campers will dream up and design their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovations!
* Stick To It™: Campers will invent something new every day as they explore what it is like to be a physicist, engineer and entrepreneur. Young innovators will invent, make and craft solutions to real-world challenges by building their own prototypes and discovering that anything is possible.

At the end of the program, each camper will bring home two personalized robots! Learn more about this year’s all-new curriculum.

For more information or to register, click here .

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Free Summer Camps are being offered by Love on Lafayette, Acadiana Baptist Church and LJ Alleman Trojans4Christ.

Camps include Football, Basketball, Baseball/Softball, Soccer, Art, Gamer(ages 12 & up), Lego/STEM, and Survivor.

The camps are offered June 5-7 to children who have completed kindergarten thru 8th grade with the exception of Gamer which is ages 12-18 only. Each camp is 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily, with lunch provided in the cafeteria.

The camps are held at LJ Alleman Middle School. You can attend one camp in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. Some camps have limited space. To register, click here .
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Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball offers summer volleyball camps.

The annual summer camps are held in June and July on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

Head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot and her staff has set the following schedule for the 2018 Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball Summer Camps:

Youth Skills Camp                                June 25-27, 2018 (Earl K. Long Gym)
Junior High Skills Camp                      June 25-27, 2018 (Bourgeois Hall)
High School Elite Skills Camp            July 25-27, 2018 (Earl K. Long Gym)
Team Competition Camp                     July 28-29, 2018 (Bourgeois Hall)

Interested participants are encouraged to register online and download the camp manual to access detailed information for each camp offering. To find more info or to register, click here .

The Youth Skills Camp is recommended for individuals entering grades 2-6 and the Junior High Skills Camp is focused on grades 7-8. Both camps are set for June 25-27.

Camps in July are geared toward high school athletes. The High School Elite Skills Camp (July 25-27) is for individuals entering the ninth grade or higher, with high school volleyball experience. The Team Competition Camp (July 28-29) offers a competitive tournament format for freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams.

All camp activities will occur at Earl K. Long Gym (500 E. St. Mary Blvd.) or Bourgeois Hall (225 Cajundome Blvd.). The location of each camp and complete schedule is available in the manual which can be downloaded from the camp page.

For additional questions, or assistance with registration, please contact Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball assistant coach Ben Kaszeta at (337) 482-1353 or volleyball@louisiana.edu.

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Acadiana Center for the Arts has opened 2018 Summer Art Camps registration. Art camps at AcA offer creative, challenging, and fun hands-on experiences for children ages 6-12. AcA values a teaching and learning approach that employs stimulating ideas like inquiry and self-expression. Teaching artists bring an exceptional breadth and depth of experience as working artists and educators who have extensive backgrounds working with children of all ages and learning levels. Camps are designed to present innovative and challenging activities to provide campers the opportunity to express creativity.

Summer Art Camps are held throughout the AcA facility downtown.

The first camp option beginning May 29, 2018, we offer a variety of camps with different topics. AcA camps offer whole-day/full week, single day, and half-day camp options. Snacks and supplies are included in the camp registration fee. For full day camps, parents must send campers with a lunch.

For camp descriptions, pricing, and purchasing, click here .

Summer camps can be purchased online or by calling AcA’s box office, 337-233-7060 during normal business hours.

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Camp of Acadiana offers two 2018 Summer Camp options.

Full time summer care ( 10 weeks) or Weekly summer care (pre-scheduled).

For more information call 337-CAM-P335 (337-226-7335) or email: campofacadiana@gmail.com

The camp program is for children ages 5-11. It is held at the KC Hall/Youngsville Center, 727 Young Street in Youngsville.

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ST. LANDRY PARISH 

The Acadian Cultural Center is offering Summer Fun at “Camp Bonjour.”

The center is accepting applications for the week-long day camp for kids ages 6-8 & 9-12. Registration is limited and payment MUST be provided upon registration.

“Camp Bonjour” will be a fun way campers can explore their culture along with hands-on crafts & much more.

Dates are: Ages 9-12 July 9-12 from 9am.-3pm.($60) / Ages 6-8 July 16-20 from 9am.-3pm. ($30)

For more information call the Praire Acadian Culture Center at 337.457.8499 or visit their website www.nps.gov .

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Faith House announced that it will once again host its summer program for teen girls entitled, “Love Is…”

The program is open for teen girls ages 11 to 17 and will focus on education in the healthier aspects of dating and teach girls the warning signs of dating violence. The program will follow “Safe Dates” curriculum which Faith House says is nationally-acclaimed and evidence-based. The three-day summer camp is free to attend and will include a free lunch each day to those who attend.

The four goals of the program according to Fatih House are dedicated to:

(1) Changing adolescent dating violence and gender-role norms.
(2) Improving peer help-giving and dating conflict-resolution skills.
(3) Promoting the need for victims and perpetrators to seek help through community resources.
(4) Decreasing dating abuse victimization and perpetration.

The program will be held in three parishes during the months of June and July. Those place and dates are as follows:

Lafayette Parish: June 12st-14th at Golden Corral in Lafayette, La  (9am-12pm)

Vermilion Parish: June 26th-28th at Vermilion Parish Library Abbeville, La (9am-1pm)

St. Landry Parish: July 23th- 25th at Evangeline Downs Hotel (9am-1pm)

For more info or to register visit faithhouseacadiana.com or call 337-267-9422

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The 36th annual Blue Ribbon Camp at Schools of the Sacred Heart Grand Coteau is offered to boys and girls ages 4 to 8th grade.

Blue Ribbon Camp will take place during four sessions in June 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, and June 25-29.

Campers will have activities like team sports, canoeing, outdoor skills, swimming, and indoor games.

Camp buses will run from Lafayette for all sessions; Marksville for week 1; New Iberia/Broussard for weeks 1 and 2; Abbeville for week 3; Eunice/Opelousas for week 3; and Crowley/Rayne for week 4.

Registration can be found at www.sshcoteau.org/events. For more information, contact Camp Director Amanda Hollier at ahollier@sshcoteau.org.

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Sacred Heart Equestrian Center is offering Equestrian Summer Camp from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

June 4th -6th

June 11th – 13th

June 18th – 20th

June 25th – 27th

The day camp is open to all horse crazy boys and girls over the age of six. Spend the day riding, swimming, learning about horses, and having fun!!

To find out more information or to register contact sstites@sshcoteau.org The cost of the camp is $250 a session, lunch is provided. $100 deposit is required to hold a spot.

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VERMILION PARISH 

Faith House announced that it will once again host its summer program for teen girls entitled, “Love Is…”

The program is open for teen girls ages 11 to 17 and will focus on education in the healthier aspects of dating and teach girls the warning signs of dating violence. The program will follow “Safe Dates” curriculum which Faith House says is nationally-acclaimed and evidence-based. The three-day summer camp is free to attend and will include a free lunch each day to those who attend.

The four goals of the program according to Fatih House are dedicated to:

(1) Changing adolescent dating violence and gender-role norms.
(2) Improving peer help-giving and dating conflict-resolution skills.
(3) Promoting the need for victims and perpetrators to seek help through community resources.
(4) Decreasing dating abuse victimization and perpetration.

The program will be held in three parishes during the months of June and July. Those place and dates are as follows:

Lafayette Parish: June 12st-14th at Golden Corral in Lafayette, La  (9am-12pm)

Vermilion Parish: June 26th-28th at Vermilion Parish Library Abbeville, La (9am-1pm)

St. Landry Parish: July 23th- 25th at Evangeline Downs Hotel (9am-1pm)

For more info or to register visit faithhouseacadiana.com or call 337-267-9422