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For 18 years, the Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund has worked -- with the help of generous readers -- to send thousands of children to summer camp.

To continue this effort, please send your contribution to the Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund at 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301 or donate online here.

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More help needed to send kids to summer camp

Although you might never know it because of the recent cool weather, the days of swimming, family vacations and summer camp are just around the corner.

That means now is the time to make your donation to the Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-...

4-H camp allows kids to reach potential

Clay County 4-H camp director Karen Nicholas was astounded by what her former camper had told her — that his experiences at 4-H camp as a child drove him to medical school.

“You know, I wouldn’t have considered doing this if ...

Camp Kismet offers kids new opportunities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kids go to Camp Kismet and participate in activities like swimming, fishing, archery, dances, gardening, bike riding and rafting — many of them for the first time.

But that’s not all they get out of the...

More help needed in camp fund drive

For two weeks, the Gazette has offered stories of kids who benefited from a summer camp experience. Shy kids that found their confidence at camp. Troubled kids that found joy away from their difficult home life.

At its base level, the camp fund...

Putnam’s Camp High-Tor unites children from all backgrounds

When he was 5, his mother died of a drug overdose. Two weeks later, his father followed suit.

Through scholarship money, the child, now being raised by his elderly grandparents, was able to join...

Teen Institute provides role models, drug education

Lacey said she feels like she gets to truly be herself when she attends Regional Teen Institute.

“TI has made a huge difference in my life,” she wrote in her camp evaluation. “This is my 5th year at TI and I can’t...

Black heritage/arts camp helps kids create

Many young people who have walked through the halls of West Virginia University have their own success stories, including some who aren’t even students.

For 31 years, the African American Arts and Heritage Academy has offered students...

Kids learn skills ranging from outdoor cooking to robotics at Kanawha County 4-H Camp

Now in its 100th year, the 4-H camping program continues to fulfill its original mission of providing kids with a safe, fun outdoor setting where they can develop hands-on life skills and make long-lasting friendships.

In Kanawha County, Camp...

Camp fund finishes first week with $4,000 in donations

The Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund is underway, and donations are beginning to arrive.

In its first week, this year’s fund drive raised more than $4,000. But we’re just getting started. Our goal is to raise enough so...

Nothing says scouting quite like summer camp

Sure, summer camp for Boy Scouts is about camping and earning those cool badges to adorn that uniform, but it also gives many young scouts an opportunity to experience things they would otherwise miss out on.

As summer approaches, the Buckskin...

YWCA camp helps kids build confidence

Sheila was nervous about letting her young son Sam attend summer camp.

Sam, who has autism, hadn’t had the best experiences at some of the camps he had attended in the past. But Sheila had to work, so she decided to give the YWCA Mel...

Camp Horseshoe provides sense of family
Camp Horseshoe provides sense of family

Morgan, 11, was afraid she wouldn’t be able to make friends at Camp Horseshoe. She had been in foster care until she was 4, but then her adoptive mother died. She was adopted again, but her father left.

By the end of the week, however,...