CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As summer draws to a close and kids go back to school, most summer camps in the region have closed up shop until next year. Children at several of those camps benefited from The Charleston Gazette's Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund. Donors to the annual fund contributed nearly $35,000, and all of that money helped to send kids to camp (the Gazette covers all administrative costs of the fund).
CARNEGIE KIDS' COLLEGE
Carnegie Kids' College ran from July 9 to 20 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg. The 174 children who participated, ranging in age from kindergarten to seventh grade, had their choice of classes in weaving, pottery, dance, archaeology, piñata-making and tie-dye, to name a few. One of the favorite courses of the camp was Kids in the Kitchen. "That's always one of our most popular classes because they eat what they make," said Leah Trent, education director.
REGIONAL TEEN INSTITUTE
Regional Teen Institute, held at Rippling Waters Church of God Camp, brought in 62 middle school students and a youth staff of 25 high school students from June 12 to 15. Campers had workshops on tobacco prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, bullying prevention and leadership, said Margo Friend, adolescent health initiative director
AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTS AND HERITAGE ACADEMYThe African American Arts and Heritage Academy met from July 9 to 14 at the Creative Arts Center on West Virginia University's campus in Morgantown. The 37 students, ages 13 to 18, did activities in visual arts, dancing and music- including vocal, instrumental, strings, steel drums and songwriting. At the end of the week, the campers put on a performance. "The showcase was just unbelievable," said camp president Norman Jordan.
About 200 children, ages 7 to 12, attended Camp Horseshoe for a week this summer. Programs ran from July 1 to 28, and campers did archery, crafts, creek exploring, fossil hunting, and had a first aid class. At night, they had campfires, a carnival or group games. Each week, campers got a visit from West Virginia University dental students, who taught them about good dental hygiene and going to the dentist. "They had a blast," said Lois Nelson, the camp's executive director.