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My middle child is really into baking, and I found myself looking for a cooking or baking camp that he could attend that same week. While there were camps in our area for kids, they all didn’t work out for one reason or another.
On a hot July day, Maudie Johnson, 9, is trying to solve a homicide. She’s bent over a Kindle, comparing and contrasting footprints taken from a crime scene down the hall. Nearby, another child examines what is purported to be blood splatters taken from the wall of the room.
The letter home from summer camp is an American classic. These dispatches from the canoes and crafts backcountry have long been a seasonal ritual cherished by parents on the receiving end.
A century ago, the local YMCA had a summer camp program, but no permanent site. Boys would take streetcars to the end of the line in Hillyard, then set off on an overnight hike to a nearby lake, hauling as much gear as they could. The rest of their supplies were transported by horse-drawn wagon.
The Corbin Art Center, 507 W. Seventh Ave., will have a fine arts and crafts summer camp for ages 3 to 11, beginning July 18. Registration is required for all classes. • Picasso’s Studio, for kids 6-11. Runs July 18-July 22. The class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $107 per person.
Summer seems like a distant memory to most of us – but not 10-year-old Hannah Ellis. When she talked about summer camp, words exploded like a popcorn kernels in a microwave. Breathlessly, she listed her favorite things about her time at Camp Sweyolakan. “I like swimming in the lake, and spending the night and being outdoors and hiking in the woods!”
Every one of the nearly 60 children at Camp Chmepa (je-me-pah) has a similar story. Some lost a parent to cancer. One little boy's mom died in a car crash. Another boy's brother killed himself. Some watched family members die of alcoholism and drug abuse. The details of their stories may differ, but each of the campers - who gathered at the Hospice of Spokane-sponsored camp on Lake Coeur d'Alene last weekend - share this in common: They have all been touched by the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling or someone close to them. And they are all learning how to deal with that loss.