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West Side church offers free summer day camp

A free summer day camp for children aged 6 to 12 will be held July 13 to 17 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church on Charleston’s West Side.

“Caring” is the theme for the camp open to all area youth. The week includes a variety of activities, including recreational and educational offerings.

“The St. Christopher congregation works to create a positive, caring, inclusive atmosphere on the West Side of Charleston,” said the Rev. Melissa Remington. “We invite all children, regardless of where they live or whether or where they go to church, to attend what is sure to be five fun and fulfilling days.”

Camp hours each day are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with meals and snacks provided at no cost.

Several guest speakers are scheduled throughout the week.

Nakia Austin, a counselor at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School, will address bullying at 12:30 p.m. on July 13.

Charleston police Cpl. Errol Randle will speak 10 a.m. July 14 about how law enforcement officers protect and assist citizens.

The Bug Man (Eric Dotseth) is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. July 15.

Swimming at South Charleston Recreation Center is set for the afternoon on July 14, 15 and 16. On July 17, trips are planned to Heritage Farms and the Hurricane Wave Pool. Transportation will be provided.

Also, throughout the week members and friends of St. Christopher’s congregation will offer a variety of classes. Sessions include mathematics, writing, conservation, environmental science, wood crafts, healthy living habits, art, and music.

The camp ends Friday evening with an award ceremony and a fellowship dinner for campers and their families as well as volunteers. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

“The camp is free to the students and we provide meals and transportation,” said Malyka Knapp-Smith, a camp organizer. “Snacks and the dinner on Friday are provided by the congregation. Lunches will come from Kanawha County Schools.”

Located at 821 Edgewood Drive in Charleston, the church has services each Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Go to for more information about the church.

To register for the summer day camp, email or call 304-342-3272. Registration will also be accepted on the first day of camp. Parents and guardians may also sign permission slips at that time.

Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at 304-348-1246 or

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