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There's a camp for every child's interest

You know, when I was growing up, there were some summer camps. There were camps for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. And there were some church summer camps.

I was never in scouting, so I went to a church summer camp when I was probably around 11. We were living in Arizona, so I think we went to this camp in Flagstaff. It was the first time I'd been away from my family for a week.

It was different, to say the least. We had to help with the cooking and cleaning. We played a lot. The church part wasn't emphasized that much, though I remember some gatherings. It wasn't all day or anything like that, though.

Today's kids have hundreds of camps to attend. There are scholastic ones like math and science. You can learn to sew. Or act.

One year, the writers in the Features department went to summer camp. Of all those camps to choose from, I chose an educational one.

I went to camp at Historic Columbus Foundation.

I'm old, so I can't remember what it was called, but we took walking tours of the Historic District. We learned the architecture of the houses and compared them to each other.

We went inside and made things using uncooked spaghetti, tape and paper towel rolls.

It was fantastic.

Now, HCF is doing something called Box City. And it's the fourth year. I think it started the year after we went to summer camp.

Anyway, kids ages 7-12 learn to plan communities and learn design.

Box City was started by the husband-and-wife team of Ginny and Dean Graves of Kansas City. Ginny is an art teacher and Dean is an architect and they created the curriculum. Kids learn about real estate, architectural design and how to plan a community where you can walk. This year's speakers include Reynolds Bickerstaff and Hal Averett.

The Box City camps are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18-22 and July 9-13 in the gymnasium of the Wynnton Arts Academy, 2303 Wynnton Road.

On the last day, there is an awards ceremony. So it's 11 a.m.-noon June 22 and July 13.

It sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it?

It costs $85; $75 for HCF members.

If you have any questions, call Callie Hecht at 706-322-0756.

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