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Kids in flood zones invited to summer camp

Children affected by the June flood are invited to attend the St. Christopher Episcopal Church’s Summer Day Camp for five days of fun activities like hiking, woodworking and scrapbooking.

Malyka Knapp-Smith, coordinator for the camp, said that she hopes it will give young flood victims a sense of place for a short period of time.

“We want to give them a place to take their mind off where they are and what’s going on in their own lives,” she said.

The camp, which begins Monday and runs through Friday, includes a hike at Kanawha State Forest and a trip to an area swimming pool as part of the “Nature’s Gift to Us” theme. Campers will also participate in classes that focus on art, music, math, health, the environment and writing.

The theme, Knapp-Smith said, is a way to get kids out of the house, away from technology and into nature.

“What we try to do with our camp is provide children in the area with sort of a different outlook on the world around them,” Knapp-Smith said.

The church is in the process of organizing a community service activity for campers to take part in. Knapp-Smith said that campers will be designing squares for a quilt that they will donate to local police officers. Campers will be encouraged to bring cleaning supplies for area flood victims as well.

The camp begins each day at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all attendees.

The final day of camp, Friday, ends with an awards ceremony and a fellowship dinner for campers, families and volunteers.

St. Christopher is at 821 Edgewood Drive in Charleston and has offered the camp for 11 consecutive years for children ages 6 through 12.

A registration form can be completed at The form should be brought on Monday when the camper arrives. Questions can be directed to the church at 304-342-3272 or stchristopheradmin@stchris

Reach Jared Casto at, 304-348-4832 or follow @JaredCasto on Twitter.

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