www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette-Mail Charities http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Camp fund raises nearly $30,000 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160623/GZ010402/160629751 GZ010402 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160623/GZ010402/160629751 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:46:00 -0400 Gazette-Mail readers have helped the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund raise nearly $30,000 to send kids to camp this summer.

The reader donations will go to the area camps sponsored by Gazette-Mail Charities, which will, in turn, use the funds to help defray the cost of attending camp for those children who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Now in its 20th year, the fund has helped send more than 10,000 kids to summer camp.

On behalf of all the children helped, Gazette-Mail Charities thanks its generous donors for another successful fund drive.

If you meant to donate, but didn't get around to it, you can always send a check made out to Gazette-Mail Charities, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301, and your donation will be applied to a future fund drive.

Here is a list of the most recent donors, followed by a list of all of this year's givers:

Mr. Artwalk, $100

Terry L. Johnson, in memory of Ruth and Bob Johnson, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Rick Williams, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Chilton "Chic" Roberts Jr., $300

Anonymous, in honor of the U.S. Military, $100

Our Gang Haircare, $150

Eddie and Sharon Carden, in honor of men and women in uniform, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Jeannie Schneiter, $100

Anonymous, in honor of my children, $25

Anonymous, in memory of our mothers, Thelma and Virginia, $200

Alan and Carol Kuhlman, $50

Tom and Debbie Dean, $50

Leslie N. Johnson, $100

Sam and Melinda Sutton, $50

Anonymous, in memory of May Ellen Wilson, $100

Anonymous, in honor of columnist Leonard Pitts, for his condemnation of bullying tactics by Trump and Sanders supporters, $15

Nina Peyton, in honor of Betty Chilton, $500

George G. Guthrie, in honor of I.N. Smith Jr., $200

H. Alan and Ruth Spradling, in memory of Kelly Spradling Simmons, $100

Mary Anne Michael, $100

Ed and Connie Hillenbrand, in memory of Betty Wise, $50

Joanna Osborne, $50

Scott and Tina Walsh, $50

Mary Beard, $25

Joshua and Anne Ten Eyck Carroll, $100

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James Haught, $200

Anonymous, in honor of our troops, $20

Olivia Singleton, in memory of Ray, $100

Florian F. Ceperley, $50

Doug and Bonnie Fisher, $100

Marie Oxley, in memory of Bill Oxley, $100

Louise Wiseman, in honor of my son Werner, $50

Earle and Barbara Brown, in memory of Laura Thomason, $300

Lorena Ammar, in memory of Mary Ammar, $100

Luther G. Daniel, in honor of Mr. Samuel F. Daniel, $100

Larry Schneider and Helen Chilton, $200

Juanita Ong, in memory of family, $50

Rich and Wilma Naseef, in honor of William and Charlie, $100

Barbara G. Givens, in memory of my husband, James Givens, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Harold R. Fix, $100

Anonymous, in memory and honor of Jesus Christ, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Virginia B. Myers, $50

Mildred F. Rector, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Winifred and Betty, $100

Patrick J. Miller, in memory of Tara, $25

Sue and Ed Baldwin, in honor of Madison, Jaxson and Maddox, $30

Steve Ledahawsky, $150

Kemp Littlepage McElwee, in memory of Collett Smith, $100

Rocky Calabrese, in honor of my sons and daughters, $50

Anonymous, in memory of John C. Steven, $150

Anonymous, in honor of John Hagan, $1,000

Linda L. Bailey, in memory of Richard Bailey, $20

Mark and Ellie Schaul, $100

Norma Parker, in memory of Kenneth E. Parker, $100

Jack Fellure, $25

Steve and Sheila Snodgrass, $100

Randy Curtis, $100

Mrs. F. C. Frostick, $100

Mary E. Stanley, in honor of Abigail and Lydia, $200

Anonymous, in honor of family, $100

Kay Fannin, in memory of Zella Bowman, $75

Anonymous, in honor of Mayford Witt, $100

Sharon Chambers, in memory of Frank Chambers, $50

Martha S. Ammon, $25

James Wilmoth, $50

Elizabeth E. Chilton, in memory and in honor of members of my family, $500

Jeanette Alexander, in memory of John H. Alexander, $50

Asa Holcomb, in memory of Vicky Lynn Holcomb, $25

Joel Metz, $20

Anonymous, in honor of remembering the fun at Carbide Camps, $100

Susan B. Orders, in memory of Bob Orders, $100

Rose Marie Fratino, in memory of my husband, $50

Janet Durbin, in memory of Loretta McCray, $20

Martin Wayne Eich, in memory of Carol Crumrine Eich, $100

Marion Baer, in memory of Frank Baer II, $100

Anonymous, in honor of NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Helen, $150

Barbara R. Lantz, in memory of Cliff, $50

Harry Hunter, in memory of Hershel "Doc" Hunter, $50

Dr. William L. Harris, MD, in honor of my twin brother Robert, a CAMC Cancer Center survivor, $200

Rosaline V. Rowe, $25

Daisy Bennett, $25

Mitzi Orcutt, in memory of Aubrey Orcutt, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Gaia, my cat, $50

Anonymous, in honor of the Weavers, $600

Barbara Murray, $200

Anonymous, in memory of Grace Bartlett, Will Cooke, Matt Poffenbarger and Collett Smith, $100

Fay Jack, in memory of Kenny Jack, $25

Stuart L. Smith, in memory of Carol McHugh Cole, $100

Craig and Sue Selby, $250

Barton and Julie Weese, in honor of all deserving children, $50

Dolores M. Smith, $40

Fred Ferri, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Dave Ong, $200

Rebecca Klemm, in honor of all military, veterans, police, firefighters and EMT's, $100

Kermit M. Parker, $15

Anonymous, in memory of Mildred Hirst and Lelia Landers, $100

John and Kate Owen, $150

Carol Mathis, in memory of my mother, Freda Mae Kinder, $100

Barbara Beury McCallum, in memory of Lawton H. Beury, $100

Chew Chew, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Nell Smith and Barbara Thaxton, $50

Anonymous, in honor of Mary Jean Davis, $50

Carol Mathis, in memory of my mother, Freda Mae Kinder, $100

Betty Lashley, in memory of Phillip Wolford, $50

Mr. and Mrs. AJ Selario, in memory of family members, $100

Linda T. Troutman, $100

Nancy Byard, in memory of Ruth Seacrist, $100

David Costelli, $25

Ann Moody-Calwell, $200

Andrew and Kara Garibian, in memory of J. Michael Summerfield, $25

Bill and Pam Harvit, in memory of Harold Harvit and Ruth Pugh, $1,000

Ann Brotherton, in memory of William Brotherton Jr., $100

The Baileys, in memory of Phyllis Bailey, $50

Robert Spears, $100

Flora Francis, in memory of Bud Francis, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Jean Vealey, $100

Larry Levak, $100

Karen Scherr, in memory of Basil Mullens, $25

Mary Mullens, in memory of Basil Mullens, $15

William L. Duvall, $100

Donna L. Brace, in memory of Kacy Hemli, $25

Children of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church, $75

Anonymous, in memory of Ed, Polly and Quinnie, $200

Nelson N. Spencer, in memory of Marie, $100

William Haas, $25

Jim and Doris Smith, $150

Anonymous, in memory of Bill Herscher, $40

Rose T. Christian, in memory of my daughter and husband, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Bernie Connelly, $100

John and Nancy Brallier, $100

Bobby F. Lipscomb, $25

Connie Stewart, in honor of Will, Clyde, Drew and Jake, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Harry White, $30

Rob Byers and Tara Tuckwiller, $100

Carole Berger, in memory of C.W. and A.G. Beverage, $50

Carole Berger, in memory of Harry and Mary Jane Berger, $50

Brad and Karen McElhinny, $100

Sally M. Love, in honor of my grandchildren, $200

Carol P. Folden, in memory of my beloved husband, Coach Jay Folden, $100

Anonymous, in honor of Bob and Mary Alice for many years of summer camp, $500

Anonymous, in memory of Bob Orders, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Mary Sellinger, $75

Sadie Ashworth, in memory of family, $25

Bettie and Linda Powers, in memory of Lancelot N. Powers, $100

Eleanor L. Byrnes, in memory of Charles Carte, $50

Lisa McCracken, in memory of Girl Scout Camps Wheelgate and Anne Bailey, $100

Pete and Sally Slicer, $500

Barb Gessner, in memory of Pat Doumaux, $50

Frances G. Hutton, in memory of Bill Goldsmith, $100

Frank and Sally Snyder, in memory of Elizabeth Wansley, $50

Mary Corner, in memory of Raymond White Jr., $50

Maggie Hennessy, $50

Anonymous, in honor of Dr. Cathy Cook Sepko, $25

Karen Townsend, in memory of Robert (Mr. Bob) Dillon, $100

Anspach Law, $200

Dr. Daniel W. Taylor, in memory of Ed and Mary Porter Taylor, $100

Tom and Kay Poole, in honor of the campers, $100

Marian F. Hanna, $35

Elizabeth P. Kenna, in memory of Shirley Moses, $50

Steve and Amy Golden, $200
M. Kelly, in memory of Donald E. Foster, $50

Mary E. Pennington, $100

Molly Gaines, in memory of my husband and daughter, $100

Send a Child to Camp Fund Bake Sale, $140

Paul and Diane Wallace, $200

Carla McClure, in memory of Timothy Wayne Carr, $50

Richard Miller, in memory of Harold E. Lanham, $500

Park Chapman, $50

LaRee Naviaux and Frank D'Abreo, in memory of our parents, $200

Truist, $36

Jay and Camille Arceneaux, in honor of Michelle Arcenaux Proops, $200

Torchbearer Epsilon-Beta Sigma Phi, in memory of Agatha Worley, $125

Jack and Joy Rossi, in memory of our parents, $100

Charles Bockway, in memory of Mildred Miller Bockway, $200

Larry Rowe and Julia Beury, in memory of Norman Jordan, $25

Fred R. Dessinger, MSGT USMCR, in memory of Michael Marshall, $100

Jay and Karen Wilde, in honor of Camp Horseshoe, $50

Richard and Susan Genther, $50

Barbara Givens, in memory of my son, Jim Givens, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Rush and Ruby Butcher and in honor of Ida Mae Hypes, $75

Jan Barton, in memory of Mary Lib Groff, $100

Ray Londeree, in memory of Jan Caye Londeree, $100

Richard and Cheri Bever, $100

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baier, in honor of our great grandson, Chase, $100

Louise Brotherton, in memory of Hardin Brotherton, $100

Joe and Faye Guilfoile, $100

Luci Bachman Miller, in memory of my husband, Cliff "Corky" Miller, $50

Barbara Morton, $25

Julia A. Morton, $20

Anonymous, in memory of our sons, Ron and Steve, $500

Carolyn Morris, in honor of my grandchildren who are blessed they can go to any camp they choose, $20

Jack and Janet Durbin, in memory of our son, Kenny Durbin, $25

Patricia S. Nelson, $100

Annette R. Ferrell, in honor of all children, $100

Anonymous, in memory of "Papa" James E. Hackett, $20

Betty Caplan, $50

Myrtle O'Dell, in memory of John O'Dell, $50

Aliene Lee, in memory of Mrs. Trudie Pates, $25

Jerry and Penny Swan, in honor of our grandchildren, $100

Jack Goldfarb, $25

Elaine Lett, $50

Mary and Gladys Howard, in loving memory of Nick and Rose and two sisters, $100

Mary and Gladys Howard, in memory of sadly missed George N. Howard, $100

Mary Harden, in memory of mom, dad and Steve, $100

Anonymous from Gigi in honor of Ryan, Ava and Lily, $50

Peter Costello, $75

Anonymous (combined), $7,315

Grand total, $29,776

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Fund to send kids to camp exceeds $25K; still time to give http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160609/GZ0104/160609512 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160609/GZ0104/160609512 Thu, 9 Jun 2016 16:54:51 -0400 Donors to the Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund really stepped up this week, giving more than $6,800.

That brings the overall total for the 2016 fund drive to more than $25,700.

Money raised by the fund goes to pay camp tuition costs for kids whose families would like to send them to summer camp, but are having trouble fitting the cost into their budget.

Although camp season is upon us, there's still time to give.

To donate, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on Gazette-Mail Charities under the News button.

Here's a list of this week's generous donors:

Anonymous, in honor of Dr. Cathy Cook Sepko, $25

Karen Townsend, in memory of Robert (Mr. Bob) Dillon, $100

Anspach Law, $200

Dr. Daniel W. Taylor, in memory of Ed and Mary Porter Taylor, $100

Tom and Kay Poole, in honor of the campers, $100

Marian F. Hanna, $35

Elizabeth P. Kenna, in memory of Shirley Moses, $50

Steve and Amy Golden, $200

M. Kelly, in memory of Donald E. Foster, $50

Mary E. Pennington, $100

Molly Gaines, in memory of my husband and daughter, $100

Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund Bake Sale, $140

Paul and Diane Wallace, $200

Carla McClure, in memory of Timothy Wayne Carr, $50

Richard Miller, in memory of Harold E. Lanham, $500

Park Chapman, $50

LaRee Naviaux and Frank D'Abreo, in memory of our parents, $200

Truist, $36

Jay and Camille Arceneaux, in honor of Michelle Arcenaux Proops, $200

Torchbearer Epsilon-Beta Sigma Phi, in memory of Agatha Worley, $125

Jack and Joy Rossi, in memory of our parents, $100

Charles Bockway, in memory of Mildred Miller Bockway, $200

Larry Rowe and Julia Beury, in memory of Norman Jordan, $25

Fred R. Dessinger, MSGT USMCR, in memory of Michael Marshall, $100

Jay and Karen Wilde, in honor of Camp Horseshoe, $50

Richard and Susan Genther, $50

Barbara Givens, in memory of my son, Jim Givens, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Rush and Ruby Butcher and in honor of Ida Mae Hypes, $75

Jan Barton, in memory of Mary Lib Groff, $100

Ray Londeree, in memory of Jan Caye Londeree, $100

Richard and Cheri Bever, $100

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baier, in honor of our great grandson, Chase, $100

Louise Brotherton, in memory of Hardin Brotherton, $100

Joe and Faye Guilfoile, $100

Luci Bachman Miller, in memory of my husband, Cliff "Corky" Miller, $50

Barbara Morton, $25

Julia A. Morton, $20

Anonymous, in memory of our sons, Ron and Steve, $500

Carolyn Morris, in honor of my grandchildren who are blessed they can go to any camp they choose, $20

Jack and Janet Durbin, in memory of our son, Kenny Durbin, $25

Patricia S. Nelson, $100

Annette R. Ferrell, in honor of all children, $100

Anonymous, in memory of "Papa" James E. Hackett, $20

Betty Caplan, $50

Myrtle O'Dell, in memory of John O'Dell, $50

Aliene Lee, in memory of Mrs. Trudie Pates, $25

Jerry and Penny Swan, in honor of our grandchildren, $100

Jack Goldfarb, $25

Elaine Lett, $50

Mary and Gladys Howard, in loving memory of Nick and Rose and two sisters, $100

Mary and Gladys Howard, in memory of sadly missed George N. Howard, $100

Mary Harden, in memory of mom, dad and Steve, $100

Anonymous from Gigi in honor of Ryan, Ava and Lily, $50

Peter Costello, $75

Anonymous (combined): $1,430

Weekly total: $6,826

Grand total (so far): $25,706

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Camp fund total approaches $19K http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160602/GZ010402/160609876 GZ010402 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160602/GZ010402/160609876 Thu, 2 Jun 2016 21:42:00 -0400 Donors to the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund gave nearly $6,700 this week.

That brings the fund's grand total so far to nearly $18,900.

These gifts from our readers will send numerous children to camp this summer.

Although the camp season is nearly upon us, there is still time to help send even more kids off on a summer-camp adventure. Look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on Gazette-Mail Charities under the News link to give online.

Here's a list of this week's donors:

Carol Mathis, in memory of my mother, Freda Mae Kinder, $100

Betty Lashley, in memory of Phillip Wolford, $50

Mr. and Mrs. AJ Selario, in memory of family members, $100

Linda T. Troutman, $100

Nancy Byard, in memory of Ruth Seacrist, $100

David Costelli, $25

Ann Moody-Calwell, $200

Andrew and Kara Garibian, in memory of J. Michael Summerfield, $25

Bill and Pam Harvit, in memory of Harold Harvit and Ruth Pugh, $1,000

Ann Brotherton, in memory of William Brotherton Jr., $100

The Baileys, in memory of Phyllis Bailey, $50

Robert Spears, $100

Flora Francis, in memory of Bud Francis, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Jean Vealey, $100

Larry Levak, $100

Karen Scherr, in memory of Basil Mullens, $25

Mary Mullens, in memory of Basil Mullens, $15

William L. Duvall, $100

Donna L. Brace, in memory of Kacy Hemli, $25

Children of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church, $75

Anonymous, in memory of Ed, Polly and Quinnie, $200

Nelson N. Spencer, in memory of Marie, $100

William Haas, $25

Jim and Doris Smith, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Bill Herscher, $40

Rose T. Christian, in memory of my daughter and husband, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Bernie Connelly, $100

John and Nancy Brallier, $100

Bobby F. Lipscomb, $25

Connie Stewart, in honor of Will, Clyde, Drew and Jake, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Harry White, $30

Rob Byers and Tara Tuckwiller, $100

Carol Berger, in memory of C.W. and A.G. Beverage, $50

Brad and Karen McElhinny, $100

Sally M. Love, in honor of my grandchildren, $200

Carol P. Folden, in memory of my beloved husband, Coach Jay Folden, $100

Anonymous, in honor of Bob and Mary Alice for many years of summer camp, $500

Anonymous, in memory of Bob Orders, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Mary Sellinger, $75

Sadie Ashworth, in memory of family, $25

Bettie and Linda Powers, in memory of Lancelot N. Powers, $100

Eleanor L. Byrnes, in memory of Charles Carte, $50

Lisa McCracken, in memory of Girl Scout Camps Wheelgate and Anne Bailey, $100

Pete and Sally Slicer, $500

Barb Gessner, in memory of Pat Doumaux, $50

Frances G. Hutton, in memory of Bill Goldsmith, $100

Frank and Sally Snyder, in memory of Elizabeth Wansley, $50

Mary Corner, in memory of Raymond White Jr., $50

Maggie Hennessy, $50

Anonymous (combined), $1,130

Weekly total: $6,690

Grand total (so far): $18,880

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Buckskin Council provides first camping experience to hundreds of Scouts this summer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160529/GZ01/160529501 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160529/GZ01/160529501 Sun, 29 May 2016 21:04:00 -0400 Rick Steelhammer By Rick Steelhammer Activities ranging from sailing and rock climbing to fishing and nature exploration await youths taking part in Boy Scout and Cub Scout camping programs this summer made available through the Buckskin Council of Boy Scouts of America.

"Camp is an experience unlike anything else that our campers have participated in," said David Leckie, Buckskin Council's director of camping operations.

Many of those taking part in this year's camping program, he said, "will catch their first fish, build their first fire, or spend their first night away from home. All of these experiences strengthen the independence of the scouts and teach them many life skills in communication, teamwork and accountability."

Programs that include STEM education will also be featured at this summer's camps.

Following its 2014 merger with the Tri-State Area BSA Council, Buckskin Council now serves more than 7,000 youths involved in scouting in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia.

This summer, the former Tri-State Area Council's 240-acre Camp Arrowhead near Ona will serve as a resident Boy Scout and a Cub Scout day camp and three-day resident camp under the Buckskin Council umbrella.

Buckskin Council will also operate its Scout Reservation camp at Dilleys Mill in Pocahontas County as a resident camp for Boy Scouts from June 19-July 3, in addition to hosting 12 day camps for Cub Scouts at parks and scouting facilities stretching from Ashland, Ky., to Pineville in Wyoming County from June 6 to July 31.

"Many of our participants return year after year to have new and exciting adventures," Leckie said. "As we forge our path into the future, we continue to offer traditional camping programs, but also add new programs annually."

Programs that include STEM experiential education are a part of this year's camping program, he said.

"The Boy Scout summer camping program is the highlight of the year for many of our scouts, and we ask that you consider supporting one scout for a life-changing experience at camp," Leckie said.

The Buckskin Council camps serve many underprivileged children, creating the need for nearly 300 partial scholarships to make sure those who want to take part are able to do so, he said.

Buckskin Council's camping program is among the camps sponsored this year by the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund.

Donations from readers help provide scholarships to students who might not otherwise be able to afford tuition to this camp and others like it.

To give, fill out the donation coupon below or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp fund: Readers are dedicated to fund http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160526/GZ010402/160529629 GZ010402 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160526/GZ010402/160529629 Thu, 26 May 2016 20:36:44 -0400 Dedications are a way to add even more meaning to a donation to the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund.

Not only are you helping to send a child to summer camp, but you're also recognizing something or someone special in your life.

This week's list of donors dedicate their gifts in honor of passed loved ones, summer camps from their past, inspirational people like NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson, and even a beloved feline.

Now finishing its second week, the fund raised nearly $12,200. Much more is needed.

To give - with or without a dedication - look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo to give online.

Here's a list of this week's donors:

Norma Parker, in memory of Kenneth E. Parker, $100

Jack Fellure, $25

Steve and Sheila Snodgrass, $100

Randy Curtis, $100

Mrs. F.C. Frostick, $100

Mary E. Stanley, in honor of Abigail and Lydia, $200

Anonymous, in honor of family, $100

Kay Fannin, in memory of Zella Bowman, $75

Anonymous, in honor of Mayford Witt, $100

Sharon Chambers, in memory of Frank Chambers, $50

Martha S. Ammon, $25

James Wilmoth, $50

Elizabeth E. Chilton, in memory and in honor of members of my family, $500

Jeanette Alexander, in memory of John H. Alexander, $50

Asa Holcomb, in memory of Vicky Lynn Holcomb, $25

Joel Metz, $20

Anonymous, in honor of remembering the fun at Carbide Camps, $100

Susan B. Orders, in memory of Bob Orders, $100

Rose Marie Fratino, in memory of my husband, $50

Janet Durbin, in memory of Loretta McCray, $20

Martin Wayne Eich, in memory of Carol Crumrine Eich, $100

Marion Baer, in memory of Frank Baer II, $100

Anonymous, in honor of NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Helen, $150

Barbara R. Lantz, in memory of Cliff, $50

Harry Hunter, in memory of Hershel "Doc" Hunter, $50

Dr. William L. Harris, MD, in honor of my twin brother Robert, a CAMC Cancer Center survivor, $200

Rosaline V. Rowe, $25

Daisy Bennett, $25

Mitzi Orcutt, in memory of Aubrey Orcutt, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Gaia, my cat, $50

Anonymous, in honor of the Weavers, $600

Barbara Murray, $200

Anonymous, in memory of Grace Bartlett, Will Cooke, Matt Poffenbarger and Collett Smith, $100

Fay Jack, in memory of Kenny Jack, $25

Stuart L. Smith, in memory of Carol McHugh Cole, $100

Craig and Sue Selby, $250

Barton and Julie Weese, in honor of all deserving children, $50

Dolores M. Smith, $40

Fred Ferri, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Dave Ong, $200

Rebecca Klemm, in honor of all military, veterans, police, firefighters and EMTs, $100

Kermit M. Parker, $15

Anonymous, in memory of Mildred Hirst and Lelia Landers, $100

John and Kate Owen, $150

Carol Mathis, in memory of my mother, Fred Mae Kinder, $100

Barbara Beury McCallum, in memory of Lawton H. Beury, $100

Chew Chew, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Nell Smith and Barbara Thaxton, $50

Anonymous, in honor of Mary Jean Davis, $50

Anonymous (combined), $2,625

Weekly total, $7,695

Grand total (so far), $12,190

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Norman Jordan camp opens world of arts to kids http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160525/GZ0104/160529698 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160525/GZ0104/160529698 Wed, 25 May 2016 21:59:00 -0400 One attendee of last year's Norman Jordan African American Arts & Heritage Academy camp signed up for the visual-art discipline.

The camp also offers instruction in vocal music, instrumental music, theater and creative writing. Each camper chooses his or her particular interest.

But for this camper, there was an ulterior motive: Visual art means no singing, dancing or reciting anything during the showcase at the camp's conclusion.

Of course, though, as camp is wont to do, last year's experience changed this camper's feelings by the end of the week. He announced that he would take a different discipline at the camp for each of the next four years. And after that, he wanted to be a camp counselor.

The Norman Jordan camp takes place July 11-16 in Morgantown. Campers stay in West Virginia University dorms.

According to organizers, campers take field trips, meet with guest artists, have master classes and study STEM components that illustrate the connection between art and science.

Campers who already are interested in the arts look at the camp as a week of intensive training that enhances what they have already learned. For newcomers, it opens up a world of possibilities in the arts.

The Norman Jordan camp is one the camps sponsored this year by the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund. Donations from readers help provide scholarships to students who might not otherwise be able to afford tuition to this camp and others like it.

To give, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper, or go online, to wvgazettemail.com, and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp Horseshoe offers a safe haven for children overcoming adversity http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160524/GZ0104/160529789 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160524/GZ0104/160529789 Tue, 24 May 2016 21:23:00 -0400 Jennifer Gardner By Jennifer Gardner Children at Camp Horseshoe sometimes have parents in jail or on home confinement. They might be living in foster care or with grandparents. They own few personal items and might routinely not get enough to eat. For some, their arrival at the Tucker County camp is the first time they have been allowed to play outside with others and just be kids.

One camper, Steven, came to camp with his foster parent. At 7, he was short for his age and known to the counselors as one of the shyest, sweetest boys they had ever met.

Upon arrival, he had trouble filling out his pre-camp survey and seemed closed off. The counselors sent him into the field to play Frisbee, where his personality and energy began to show. They say he became a "ball of energy that never stopped."

Throughout the week, Steven became more comfortable playing with other kids and close to those in his cabin. He showed signs of leadership, by leading other campers in air rifle and hiking and he made other children feel welcome, by smiling and sharing hugs when he could.

He excelled in swimming and became a better swimmer throughout the week, using his "floaties" less.

At the end of the week, many of his counselors and fellow campers were sad to see him go. He hopes to come back again this year.

For children at Camp Horseshoe, camp is not only a place for fun, it is a safe haven where they learn valuable skills, the value of civic duty, patriotism and respect.

While many start out as shy or even rebellious, by the end of the week they demonstrate important leadership skills, camp organizers say.

They are provided with clothing and hygiene products, three hot meals a day, and a loving "family" cabin unit.

These stories emphasize how important a summer camp experience can be for children and young adults. But summer camps are not always within the financial reach of families. The Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund is gathering donations from generous readers to help children attend Camp Horseshoe and others like it. To give, fill out the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp Fund: Camp Tomahawk offers children a place to express themselves http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160523/GZ01/160529837 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160523/GZ01/160529837 Mon, 23 May 2016 16:00:47 -0400 Jennifer Gardner By Jennifer Gardner Some children have only dreamed of venturing out of the city streets of Charleston and into the winding hills of West Virginia.

This is the case for Angela, a 9-year-old who has never had the chance to go to summer camp, where children are provided the chance to develop both independence, the ability to work effectively alone, and interdependence, the ability to work with others.

Though she may seem shy and quiet to those who have just met her, Angela has found ways to open up and express herself through art at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.

She would love to attend The Salvation Army Camp Tomahawk, where she could participate in craft and art classes, as well as build friendships.

Angela lives with her mother and younger siblings. Her mother's part-time, minimum wage paycheck is hardly enough to pay the bills and put money on the table, let alone attend a week at camp.

The Salvation Army Camp Tomahawk provides an environment for children to learn self-sufficiency and build self-confidence and leadership skills.

These stories emphasize how important a summer camp experience can be for children and young adults. But summer camps are not always within the financial reach of families.

The Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund is gathering donations from generous readers to help children attend Camp Tomahawk and others like it.

To give, fill out the donation coupon below or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp Fund: Clay 4-H helps first-time campers cope with homesickness http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160522/GZ01/160529869 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160522/GZ01/160529869 Sun, 22 May 2016 21:42:00 -0400 Jennifer Gardner By Jennifer Gardner When campers arrive at Clay County 4-H Camp - or any camp, for that matter - it's no surprise when their first words are: "I want to go home."

The camp is the first "away-from-home" experience for many of its first-time attendees.

The communities it brings together tend to be secluded and lack interaction, so there's a mix of cultures within a program such as Clay County 4-H Camp.

This was the case for John, who showed symptoms of homesickness from the moment of arrival. He sought out a buddy. This happened to be a camp counselor named Michael.

John followed Michael from place to place offering to help as much as possible. When he whined about wanting to go home, Michael convinced him time and time again to give it another chance.

Though Michael found it annoying at times, eventually, this became a game between the two. John would come up with creative excuses for why he should go home and Michael would find creative responses. This would make them both smile.

Friday came and John was still at camp.

"John needed someone to bond with just long enough to make it through the homesickness he was experiencing," Michael said. Looking back, he's grateful that he could be that someone.

He ran into John months later at a 4-H meeting and couldn't help but notice how involved he was. John said it creates a sense of pride that makes him wish he could go back to camp and do it all over again.

He expects to see John back at camp this year.

"I just hope that our first exchange does not start with, 'I'd like to go home,'" Michael said.

Clay County 4-H Camp gives its campers the opportunity to grow, make new friends, learn new skills and mature in a positive environment. It's no surprise its volunteers and campers look forward to coming back year after year.

These stories emphasize how important a summer-camp experience can be for children and young adults. But summer camps are not always within the financial reach of families.

The Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund is gathering donations from generous readers to help children attend Clay County 4-H Camp and others like it.

To give, fill out the donation coupon below or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp fund raises $4,500 in first full week of giving http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160519/GZ01/160519428 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160519/GZ01/160519428 Thu, 19 May 2016 21:22:00 -0400 A group of Gazette-Mail readers has stepped up in the first week of the Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund to bring our early total to nearly $4,500.

Those generous gifts will make a lot of kids smile this summer as they head off to camp. But the need in our area is much greater. There are numerous children who need a little help to have a chance at camp.

As you continue to read our accounts of the camps the fund supports and the campers who benefit, please consider a donation to the Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund. Summer will be here before you know it.

To give, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

Here's a list of this week's donors:

James Haught, $200

Anonymous, in honor of our troops, $20

Olivia Singleton, in memory of Ray, $100

Florian F. Ceperley, $50

Doug and Bonnie Fisher, $100

Marie Oxley, in memory of Bill Oxley, $100

Louise Wiseman, in honor of my son Werner, $50

Earle and Barbara Brown, in memory of Laura Thomason, $300

Lorena Ammar, in memory of Mary Ammar, $100

Luther G. Daniel, in honor of Mr. Samuel F. Daniel, $100

Larry Schneider and Helen Chilton, $200

Juanita Ong, in memory of family, $50

Rich and Wilma Naseef, in honor of William and Charlie, $100

Barbara G. Givens, in memory of my husband, James Givens, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Harold R. Fix, $100

Anonymous, in memory and honor of Jesus Christ, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Virginia B. Myers, $50

Mildred F. Rector, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Winifred and Betty, $100

Patrick J. Miller, in memory of Tara, $25

Sue and Ed Baldwin, in honor of Madison, Jaxson and Maddox, $30

Steve Ledahawsky, $150

Kemp Littlepage McElwee, in memory of Collett Smith, $100

Rocky Calabrese, in honor of my sons and daughters, $50

Anonymous, in memory of John C. Steven, $150

Anonymous, in honor of John Hagan, $1,000

Linda L. Bailey, in memory of Richard Bailey, $20

Mark and Ellie Schaul, $100

Trip and Susan Shumate, $200

Anonymous (combined), $825

Weekly total, $4,495

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Camp fund: Kanawha 4-H camp starts a life of success http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160518/GZ01/160519504 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160518/GZ01/160519504 Wed, 18 May 2016 21:26:00 -0400 Jared Casto By Jared Casto Kanawha County 4-H camp can help a child find out where they belong, even in the most extreme circumstances.

Mere weeks before camp, two little girls lost their father. Stricken with grief and attempting to cope, the girls made a decision to attend Kanawha County 4-H camp. The structured, positive environment allowed the girls to make new friends and experience a sense of belonging.

In the years following, the girls continued to attend, eventually growing into strong adults - one a successful nurse and the other a recent graduate of West Virginia University. These young women represent the lasting effects that the leadership and life-building skills learned at Kanawha County 4-H camp can have, even in the face of crippling loss.

Additionally, 4-H camp has the ability to change a child's demeanor for the better, mostly rooted in the leadership and group activities that take place during the week.

Kids who attend will have the opportunity to join one of four "tribes," with each one providing a consistent group for campers to grow up with. A child also will take three classes that appeal to their individual interests, such as archery, outdoor cooking, art, cross-stitching and robotics.

Often, participation can result in the reduction of negative behavior by the end of camp.

A troubled child who began attending at the age of 9 is evidence of the favorable impact Kanawha County 4-H camp can have. Throughout his years at camp, this child developed leadership skills and model behavior, overcoming the obstacles he had upon arrival. Last year, his success at Kanawha County 4-H camp was awarded with a scholarship to a state 4-H camp.

"We never know where these kids are coming from," said a camp counselor. "This week may provide youth the only opportunity to experience stable caring adults, eat three meals a day and live in a safe environment."

These stories emphasize how important a summer camp experience can be for children and young adults. But summer camps are not always within the financial reach of families.

The Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund is gathering donations from generous readers to help children attend Kanawha County 4-H camp and others like it.

To give, fill out the donation coupon at right. To give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp Fund: Camp Kismet offers kids a destiny of food and fun http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160517/GZ01/160519583 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160517/GZ01/160519583 Tue, 17 May 2016 16:52:32 -0400 Jake Jarvis By Jake Jarvis Counselors at Camp Kismet watched in confusion as James returned to the lunch line for a second, third, fourth, fifth time. Could he really be that hungry?

As it turns out, he wasn't.

The boy stored extra food away in his backpack to bring to his mother, who didn't have much to eat at home, once the camp ended.

"On the last day of camp, we made sure his family was loaded down with any and all food we had left over," said Kelly Murdock, the camp's director.

Camp Kismet, located in Fayetteville, is unique to other camps because it is open only to children who qualify for free meals at school. One hundred campers from ages 5 to 12 go there for a summer vacation away from any troubles they might have at home and to have fun making new friends.

Sometimes, kids from low-income families are the last to make friends at school or on the playground. "At Camp Kismet, they are the first," Murdock said.

Murdock recalls countless other families struggling to make ends meet who have benefited by sending their children to the camp.

There, they get a new pair of shoes each year and a new backpack full of school supplies.

"When going over the applications for these families, I am shocked by the amount of their monthly income and the number of people living in their household," Murdock said.

Camp Kismet isn't just a place for children to get three square meals. Kids there spend the summer swimming, making s'mores, horseback riding and laughing with new friends.

Since all of the children who attend the camp come from low-income families, the Gazette Charities' Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund is looking for donations from our generous readers so that more children can attend the camp and take part in the life-changing experience.

To donate, readers can fill out the donation coupon below or go online, to wv gazettemail.com, and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp fund: Camp High-Tor becomes child's 'happy place' http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160516/GZ01/160519635 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160516/GZ01/160519635 Mon, 16 May 2016 16:46:19 -0400 Laura Haight By Laura Haight When 6-year-old Brandon's father died from a drug overdose, everything changed in his life.

On the day of the funeral, Brandon's mother took him to Tri-County YMCA Camp High-Tor, in Hurricane. Camp High-Tor was the only place where Brandon felt safe. Camp High-Tor was his happy place.

The love and support from counselors, staff and other campers comforted Brandon, and immersed him in a community full of love and support.

With the help of Camp High-Tor - one of the camps supported by the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund - Brandon was able to cope with the death of his father. Although things will never again be the same for him, he knows he will be able to return to the comfort of Camp High-Tor during the summer months each year.

Camp High-Tor, a 52-acre camp serving children from kindergarten to age 17, focuses on "unplugging" children and engaging them in activities away from technology.

Angel Anderson, family services director at the Tri-County YMCA, said time away from tablets, cellphones and computers is crucial to a child's development.

"The pressure on children today to take in information and perform well on tests is overwhelming. On top of that, they spend their free time on what we call 'screen time,' " Anderson said. "The biggest downfall to that is that children are not developing the social and emotional skills that we as humans need to function in everyday society."

Anderson said Camp High-Tor gives children what they're missing.

This rings true for Hannah, 9, who rarely spoke to others or participated in group activities.

For Hannah, attending Camp High-Tor was out of her comfort zone.

After a few short weeks at Camp High-Tor, though, Hannah was talking, sharing and excitedly participating in all camp activities. Hannah's mother was shocked at the rapid development and said she didn't think her daughter would have developed in a different environment.

These stories emphasize how important a summer-camp experience can be for children and young adults. But summer camps are not always within the financial reach of families.

The Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund is gathering donations from generous readers to help children attend Camp High-Tor and others like it.

To give, fill out the donation coupon below. To give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp fund: Teen Institute teaches kids about leadership http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160515/GZ01/160519658 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160515/GZ01/160519658 Sun, 15 May 2016 21:02:00 -0400 Jared Casto By Jared Casto Susie was in her comfort zone, shying away from the fun activities surrounding her. She had just arrived at Regional Teen Institute, a camp that introduces 70 young people to leadership qualities that encourage them to refrain from addictive substances and negative life influences.

While she entered camp timidly, Susie emerged as a leader, developed lifelong friendships and became knowledgeable about vital drug abuse and bullying prevention techniques.

At the end of Teen Institute, Susie made the decision to become a member of the Youth Staff, which consists of previous attendees of Teen Institute in grades 9-12, so that she could be a mentor to other young campers.

"I want to be able to help other youth come out of their shells, like I did," Susie said.

Similarly, Corey, a long-term camper, said that Teen Institute gave him life skills and lasting friendships that he doesn't believe he would have cultivated otherwise. Corey attended the camp for three years as a camper and five years as a member of the Adult Staff.

"Without what I have learned from Teen Institute, I most likely would not have healthy friendships, especially the ones I made at camp, or have seen life from a better angle," Corey said.

Samantha, a 13-year attendee of Teen Institute, could vouch for the camp giving her the opportunity to see life from a better angle. As a 10th grader, her father, a longtime smoker, passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Samantha was able to draw from this experience and encourage others to avoid the use of tobacco products.

"I was able to use my personal experience with my dad to inform the campers of the real consequence of addiction," Samantha said.

While campers eventually have to pack their bags and leave Jackson County's Rippling Waters Campground, Teen Institute doesn't end when they arrive home. This year, Teen Institute will be encouraging campers to join or start a Students Against Destructive Decisions organization at their school so that students may be active in prevention programs all year.

These stories emphasize how important a summer camp experience can be for children and young adults. But summer camps are not always within the financial reach of families.

The Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund is gathering donations from generous readers to help children attend the Teen Institute camp and others like it.

To give, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper. To give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp fund: Academic Tune-Up helps kids succeed in the classroom http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160512/GZ01/160519845 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160512/GZ01/160519845 Thu, 12 May 2016 12:09:26 -0400 Lydia Nuzum By Lydia Nuzum When Annie first started Academic Tune-Up's specialized tutoring for dyslexic students last June, she had trouble reading the most basic words.

Annie was withdrawn and sad at the start of her eight weeks of lessons, but soon she began reading in earnest instead of guessing at words.

Annie continued her lessons into the school year, and her reading skills are now on par with the other second-graders in her class.

She will return to Academic Tune-Up this summer, where she and dozens of kids like her will gain more confidence in their reading skills.

The Appalachian Reading Center hosts the Academic Tune-Up Camp each summer at its offices in South Charleston, offering tutoring classes for students who need special attention during the summer break to help them catch up in reading and language skills.

The camp immerses students in reading and writing activities through individualized lessons, with a focus on students who have experienced years of frustration with spelling and reading.

Annie was able to attend the Academic Tune-Up summer program thanks, in part, to a scholarship from the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund. This year, the Appalachian Reading Center hopes to fund 14 partial scholarships for low-income children who want to attend the camp.

To help a child attend the Academic Tune-Up Camp, or another camp like it, fill out the donation form below. To give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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Camp fund: YWCA's Mel Wolf camp helps kids feel welcome http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160512/GZ01/160519909 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160512/GZ01/160519909 Thu, 12 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Gazette-Mail Charities is working to send kids to summer camp this year. This is the first of a series of stories highlighting the camps supported by the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund and the positive environment they create for West Virginia's children. Please consider a donation today!

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Eight-year-old John didn't want to attend the YWCA's Mel Wolf Child Development Center Summer Camp. His mother brought him to the camp's Charleston location several times before camp started, to help him get over his reluctance.

But John remained clearly uncomfortable with the idea, and when the first day of camp arrived, he didn't play with the other children. He wasn't very receptive to the counselors.

One counselor persisted, though, finally getting John to open up about his feelings. It turns out that, at his previous summer-long program, John was bullied by some of the other kids. He didn't want that to happen again.

The counselor assured him that the Mel Wolf camp was different, and the pair began a few days of one-on-one interaction. Soon, the counselor brought in other children, pairing up kids with common likes. For John, that was Legos, something another boy at the camp loved, as well.

John slowly began to open up and branch out from the counselor. He began making friends and particularly enjoyed the camp's field trips. In fact, John enjoyed the camp so much that he didn't want it to be over - today, he is part of Mel Wolf's after-school program.

This story illustrates how important a summer camp experience can be for a child. But not every family can afford a camp's tuition and fees. The Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund seeks to solve that problem by gathering donations from generous readers and funding as many camp scholarships as possible.

At Mel Wolf, 80 percent of the enrolled children come from low-income homes. Money received from the camp fund are used to help with the cost of field trips for the campers, camp organizers said.

"Field trips show the children the beauty of our state and introduce and engage them in new educational and cultural experiences and adventures," said Jenna Elmore, a camp organizer.

To help children attend the Mel Wolf camp, and others like it, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper. To give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the camp fund logo.

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