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Virtual, in-person camps being held

Photo by Michele Newbanks Kaelyn Hinton, 10, and Lakin Garvin, 9, brush the hair of Lakin's doll, Leah, on Monday during summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.

Children who are looking for something to do this summer can still sign up for summer camp, with a mix of online and in-person options available.

The Castle Museum is holding a virtual history camp as well as an in-person archeology camp in the next few weeks.

“We’re having our virtual history camp, which is next week,” said Kyle Yoho, the Castle’s education director. “Then we’re having our archeology camp for students in grades 6-8.”

He said the archeology camp is filled, but they are taking names on a waiting list. A second camp may be scheduled this summer. The history camp is for students in grades 3-6.

Kids will be able to take a variety of classes through the virtual history camp. Four classes are offered a day, with 20 classes for the week. Yoho said children can sign up for the entire week for $75, or individual classes for $5 each.

The camp will focus on the years 1860 through the 1870s and will be mostly about the American Civil War.

“These (classes) go through our website,” Yoho said. “They can sign up and pay and they’ll receive information on how to log in through Zoom for those classes.”

Topics including the Underground Railroad, slavery, the beginning of the Civil War and the life of a soldier. Tin-type artist Drew Tanner will make a tin-type in real life and campers will participate in hands-on activities.

“They won’t be just starting at their screens. It will be an activity camp that will keep their attention,” Yoho said.

He noted the archeology camp will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. July 13-16.

Summer camp will also be held at the Ohio River Museum this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pushed back from June to July 28-31, said Le Ann Hendershot, Campus Martius Museum administrator.

The Passport to Fun: Summer Camp at the Museum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ohio River Museum. The cost is $100 per student, or $90 for members. Kids ages 7-12 are invited to participate.

“We’ve had summer camp since 2011 or 2012,” Hendershot said. “We’re thinking a maximum of 10 students in order to keep six feet apart and where kids can still have fun.”

There will be a different theme each day.

Tuesday’s theme will be the forest, with participants learning about birds and worms, forest fires, leaves and invasive species. On Wednesday, wildlife will be covered, including animal tracks, the history of wildlife in Ohio and animal habitats.

Campers will learn about water on Thursday. Topics include making water rainbows, pollution in the watershed and what will sink and what will float. The last day of camp, kids will learn about boats and will tour the W.P. Snyder in the morning, with a Valley Gem boat ride in the afternoon.

Ely Chapman’s Sensational Summer Camp runs through Aug. 14 from 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There are different themes each week, such as learning about national parks, making arts and crafts, and studying the world to find interesting places. Kids will engage in physical activities, along with swimming twice a week. There will be breakfast and lunch, as well as morning and afternoon snacks.

Students can participate in seven programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. Their summer camp runs through Aug. 7. Along with daily activities, there will be field trips such as playing miniature golf, roller skating and swimming at the Marietta Country Club.

This is the first year of camp for Kaelyn Hinton, 10, of Marietta.

“I don’t like how this virus made us all in one room,” she said. “But (it’s good that) we don’t have to have one room for one kid.”

She said one of her favorite things about camp is the field trips, but Lakin Garvin, 9, of Marietta, chimed in that her favorite part is the arts and crafts.

“And we get ping pong. Not everybody gets ping pong,” Hinton said. “And I like that the teachers aren’t rude.”

This is the second year of camp for Garvin.

“It’s Leah’s first day,” she said of her doll. “I have 14 of these dolls, but it’s hard to take care of them all.”

Abbey McNaught, who is interning at the club this summer, is a junior at Marietta College. During the school year, she works at the club. She sat outside to hand out lunches to children in the community. Lunches can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

She said the kids learn a lot during programs such as science, arts and crafts, healthy habits and confidence.

She said they have a capacity to serve 75 kids, but average 35 a day. The lunches she was getting ready for community children are typical school lunches. Sandwiches, fruit and vegetables, along with milk or juice are bagged up for each child.

Those inside the club also get typical school lunches. On Monday, they got grilled cheese sandwiches with their fruits and vegetables.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• The Castle Museum will hold a virtual history camp for students in grades 3-6.

•Their archeology camp will be for students in grades 6-8.

• Passport to Fun: Summer Camp at the Museum will be July 28-31 at the Ohio River Museum.

• Boys and Girls Club of Washington County summer camp will run through Aug. 7.

•Ely Chapman’s Sensational Summer Camp will run through Aug. 14.

Source: Times research.

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