Because it's a day camp (8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.) and parents need be close by, campers typically come from downtown Charleston. But some families in outlying counties have arranged to let their children stay with friends or relatives in town to attend camp, she said.
Counselors remember one camper, "Shawn," who was a bit of a handful when he first arrived a few years ago, Weintraub said. "Staff members weren't sure if they could keep him."
He ended up staying, and after a week working with professional artists his interest in art turned into a passion. "Shawn" recently had his first one-man show and will graduate from college next month with a degree in art.
Camp Capers is seeking funding for 22 full scholarships, enough to provide a free ride for half of the campers this year from June 4-8.
For information on the camp, go to uucharlestonwv.org.
To help a child attend Camp Capers or another camp, mail your donation to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Every penny donated goes to camp scholarships; The Charleston Gazette covers all administrative costs.
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