|Camp Sunshine ... with lots of smiles
There isn't much that stops 13-year-old Charlotte Smith when she's got a good idea.Three summers ago, she thought it would be fun to have a summer craft camp for kids, so that's exactly what she did. Camp Sunshine Smiles was born at her house in the country near Galesville.
The first year the campers were mostly her sister and her sister's friends. "We charged $10 the first year, and $25 the second. This year we shortened the name to CampSunshine and charged $30," said Smith. That's per week, not per day. A bargain at twice the price.
With help from camp counselors Sarah Barns and Rebecca Hartge, Charlotte thinks up a lot of activities herself and uses magazines for ideas. Charlotte's mom, Kathy, acts as pool lifeguard and helps out when needed.
The kids' parents are her biggest fans. Camper Kaitlin Stewart's mom, Helen, said that Kaitlin loved the camp. "I don't usually send my kids to camp because I want them for myself during the summer." Here she made an exception, a good one. "The camp was informative. I like the way all the different ages mixed."
"Each year we get more organized. The past two years we did small fairytale plays. This year's production is an American Girl play called Check Under your Bed. The kids worked really hard to put on a performance at the end of the week, costumes and all. They loved it," says Charlotte.
An eighth grader at St. Anne's Day School in Annapolis, Charlotte has more big plans. She loves working with kids and plans to be a pediatrician one day.
No doubt she can do it.
Here are just some of the cool camp activities for kids:
- Mini Summer Olympics: running relay, obstacle course, water balloon tosses
- Make T-shirts: for the Olympics
- Make a pinata
- Put on a play
- Make a picture frame: perfect for a camp picture
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