CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some summer camps focus on the arts. Some concentrate on science. You get both at Creative Capers, the weeklong day camp at Charleston's Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
"I think the niche is it's comprehensive arts and science to supplement the curriculum of public schools, which has suffered in recent years," said Amy Weintraub, the camp's assistant director.
"The idea has been for the last 14 years the camp has tried to give children exposure to these fields they may not be getting during the school year. That exposure will come from practicing scientists and working artists.
"Because our camp is not focused solely on the arts, but has science and movement, it is more holistic in exposing children to more options."
Campers (rising first- to seventh-graders) attend five half-hour classes, or workshops, each day. Everyone gets art and science, and they pick the other three workshops from a list of 15.
You can play a recorder, write poetry, learn Tai Chi, publish the daily camp newspaper or take apart everyday items in the Gadgets workshop.
"If they choose art, they may get two art classes," Weintraub said.