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Creative Capers works to make learning fun

Each year, several of the campers at Creative Capers show up acting reserved and quiet -- a little unsure of themselves.

But by the end of the week, “these kids are often the ones singing the loudest with their new friends!” writes one of the camp leaders.

Music is just one of the focal points for Creative Capers, which specialized in the arts, sciences and physical education. The camp is staffed by musicians, artists, health educators and others.

Creative Capers lures kids out of their shell with things like giant slingshots, rockets and art in the form of social commentary.

One grandmother recently wrote a note to the camp, explaining that “my 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.”

Many Creative Capers campers return for the weeklong, daytime camp year after year, organizers say. It is held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Charleston’s West Side.

But not all would-be campers are able to attend camps like Creative Capers. That’s where Gazette readers and the Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund come in. Donations to the fund from our readers -- every penny -- goes to help make summer-camp memories for children who might not otherwise have had the means to attend.

To help a child attend Creative Capers this summer -- or another of the camps supported by Gazette Charities -- please look for the donation coupon in today’s paper and send your gift to the Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund at 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Or, to donate online, go to and click on the camp fund logo.

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