A record 47 area campers have enjoyed this year's Camp Corwith, a two-week experience at St. Anne's-Belfield School that is offered free of charge to boys and girls who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a summer camp.
"We work with four different organizations to bring kids here," explained camp director and St. Anne's-Belfield School physical education teacher Brooke Canova.
"Some of our kids come from the southern end of the county so kids who go to after school programs at Red Hill Elementary School and Scottsville Elementary School come here. We're also connected with the Southwood community and the Boys' & Girls' Club there, and we've been working with International Neighbors for the last two years. And then we've also made a connection downtown with City of Promise."
Campers begin each day with a physical education game followed by breakfast, and then take part in a number of activities. Outdoor games, arts and crafts, fields trips to Chris Greene Lake, Amazement Square, and Mint Springs, and even a few afternoon movies round out their schedules.
First year camper Grace D., a rising fourth grade student at Greenbriar Elementary School, has particularly enjoyed the fun she's had with fellow campers, and the field trip to Amazement Square.
"It was really fun, we got to jump around and go through tunnels and stuff," she said. "If anyone told me they wanted to come to Camp Corwith I would say 'Y-E-S'!"
New to Camp Corwith this year is participation in The Hexagon Project, which invites young people across the globe to use art to reimagine how social and global challenges can be addressed.
"Hexagons are kind of like a beehive, how they connect," explained camp counselor Noelle Robinson '22.
"So it's something that is connecting to people around the world who have also done this project. Basically we're going to take a hexagon and draw something in it according to the theme we pick. Other kids have done 'diversity' or 'inclusion,' or just other things from their parts of the world that can connect to other people."
When completed, Canova is hoping to find a permanent display for the Hexagon Project artwork in the St. Anne's-Belfield School Learning Village.
"This is a fun camp that's inclusive, we're just here to have a good time," summarized Robinson. "If you want two weeks of fun, meeting other kids or playing with kids around your area, it's a lot of fun."
Camp Corwith is named for Corwith Davis '95, who passed away in 2012, and made possible by donors to the Camp Corwith Fund.
Photos from this year's camp are available on the School's SmugMug account.