CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Andrew, a rising eighth-grader, has been attending the Creative Capers camp in Charleston since he was 6 years old.
The aspiring journalist -- who writes the camp newsletter -- has been invited to become a junior counselor.
His mom said Andrew has "been looking forward to being old enough every year he's attended."
The arts and sciences day camp at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Charleston's West Side will have a "magic" theme this year. In addition to a daily magic show, campers will explore how "our environment and experience are magically changed on a regular basis through art, science" and other hands-on activities.
Camp counselors have heard repeatedly from parents that Creative Capers is a summer week their children look forward to all year.
Creative Capers is one of the camps supported by the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund.
"Kids who begged not to go to any camp have been blown away by the dynamic approach our teachers bring to their workshops," said Amy Weintraub, assistant director at the camp.
From giant slingshots, to rockets blasting, the art and science approach taken at the camp focuses "on the educational void left by the constant cuts these subjects face in traditional schools," Weintraub wrote.
One grandmother wrote that her granddaughters "loved the camp and have asked if they can participate this year. In fact, they used the skills they developed at one of the workshops to make Christmas gifts."
The camp is looking for five full sponsorships at $175 each and one partial sponsorship at $125. The camp will run June 3-7 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.
For information, visit http://www.uucharlestonwv.org or call the church at 304-345-5042.
To help a child attend this camp or others like it, mail your donation to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. To donate online, go to wvgazette.com and look for the camp fund logo.
Every penny donated goes to camp scholarships. The Charleston Gazette covers all administrative costs.