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WILLIAMSPORT -- The boys of summer are back at the Little League World Series Complex, but the baseball players are there to learn and have fun, not to compete.

Every summer, Little League hosts summer camps at the complex in South Williamsport.  Hundreds of kids get to learn the basics, and play on the same ball fields where teams from all over the globe compete for the World Series title in August.

From a spring in their step, to a pop in their bat, the campers are spending a week improving their baseball skills at the Little League Mecca in South Williamsport.

The summer camp season has swung into action, and for the 11 and 12-year-old boys. it is a fun way to spend the week playing the American pastime.

"I like that I get the opportunity to excel in my baseball skills. And it's just fun because you get to meet new friends," said Frank DeGaetano of Hazleton.

"I look forward to it, meeting new friends, having fun, swimming in the pool," added Kyle Caringi of Williamsport.

This week is a day camp at the Little League complex.  Later this summer, Camp Director Corey Twigg said kids from all over the country join the baseball camps for overnight camps, which gives kids the closest thing to actually playing in the World Series.

"They do get a feel of what it's like to do the Little League World Series thing even though it's not the Little League World Series," said Twigg.

Not everyone is so lucky this year. The only other local Little League summer camp in Sullivan County was damaged in last September's flooding.  Fences were ripped out, dugouts were destroyed, and one whole field is missing.

So for this summer at least, hundreds of kids who would have been here have had to find somewhere else to go, and some are in South Williamsport.

"It's pretty cool how you can actually play on these fields and stuff," said Justin Downs of Williamsport.

The Little League camps run several more weeks this summer before the big event.  The Little League World Series is set for late August in South Williamsport.

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