Last year, more than 750 West Virginia children had the opportunity to
attend summer camp because of donations to the Gazette Charities
Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund. If not for your donations to the fund, many
of these children would have spent more of their summer indoors.
Instead, they had a chance to toast marshmallows, learn silly camp
songs, spend time outside and make memories that will last them a lifetime.
Every penny donated to the camp fund goes toward funding camp
scholarships. The Gazette covers all costs associated with operating the
The average cost to send a child to camp is $80, although some of the
specialized camps in our program are considerably higher. No donation is
too small. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.
Gazette Charities camp fund raises more than $35,000 for kids
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 2013 Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund is winding down. A wonderful outpouring of support from Gazette readers has pushed the fund total to $35,479 -- an amount that exceeds last year's total by several hundred dollars.
Camp fund pushing toward goal; donations still needed
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Local summer camps are still weeks away from opening, which means donations to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund are still very much encouraged.
Past campers helping kids make new memories
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Camp Wheelgate and Camp Anne Bailey. Parkersburg YMCA and Camp Horseshoe. Baptist Camp Cowen and Camp Tara in Vermont. The dedications in this week's list of donors to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund read like love letters to precious camp memories of the past.
Camp Fund winding down; donations urgently needed
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the past three weeks, the Gazette has presented stories about kids -- or, more precisely, kids and camps.
Donations needed to make camp fund a success
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Our stories focusing on the children who have benefited from the camps supported by the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund have come to a close.
Youngsters gain confidence at 4-H Camp
Kanawha County 4-H Camp officials say the camp gives youths the tools to handle peer pressure and resist drugs and alcohol. Life skills and lessons are learned, which, in turn, stimulate generosity.
Newcomers blend in quickly at YWCA summer camp
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Michael lives with his dad, but spends his summers with his mom. When he came to the YWCA Mel Wolf Child Development Center Summer Camp for the first time last year, he was understandably anxious.
Kids learn archery, shooting skills at Buckskin camp
Campers need your help
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One of the dedications accompanying this week's list of donors puts it simply: "In honor of all campers -- past, present and future."
Camp Happy Valley called a life-changer
For Mark, Camp Happy Valley was a life-changing experience. "I was a shy kid," he wrote after attending the camp in Scott Depot. "I was afraid to try new things or even meet new people." On his first day, though, he made two new friends. "We stuck together the whole time and are still close friends today."
Camp Horseshoe gives kids a sense of family
A 7-year-old tomboy always wanted to pin her hair, paint her nails and wear pretty dresses, but her parents could never afford those things.
Camps get youngsters excited about writing
Before one 7-year-old boy with dyslexia attended writing camp last summer, he struggled with reading and writing. "Since the writing camp, he loves to write, more than he did before," his parent says.
Camp fund: Clay 4-H campers weathered last year's derecho
Camp fund donations top $4,200 in first week
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund is off to a wonderful start, having collected more than $4,200 from generous readers in its first week.
Camp made world of difference for teenager
Camper says Regional Teen Institute saved her life
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A high school student who first attended the Regional Teen Institute in Jackson County when she was in the seventh grade said the experience saved her life.
Camp fund: Campers look forward to Creative Capers all year
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Andrew, a rising eighth-grader, has been attending the Creative Capers camp in Charleston since he was 6 years old.
Camp fund: Appalachian Reading Center focuses on academic tune-up for campers
Gazette Charities camp fund ready for 17th year of helping kids 'belong'