WAVERLY — Superheros and villains, star power and traps, evil plots and teamwork.
Each child attending Camp Create, a specialized themed day camp for children with special needs, contributed pieces of imagination to an original play, “Superverse,” which they performed for family and friends on July 31 at the Waverly Community House.
Camper Eddie Horgan invented and played the part of “Mr. Eye.”
“He’s a bit quiet,” the 10-year-old said of his character. “He’s a bit loud and quiet at the same time.”
Eddie’s favorite part of Camp Create was, well, Camp Create.
“Basically, I like everything about the camp.” he said. “The painting, the making, the play, the rehearsals, pretty much everything.”
Pat and Ed Horgan, are proud of their son and daughter, Shannon, 12, who also attended the camp.
“It’s the greatest thing to see.” said the father. “All these kids who might have a hard time somewhere else, and they all get together and put on this show.”
Ed believes the best aspect of the camp for the children is “the chance for them to be creative in a very supportive environment,” and his family is “forever grateful” to the camp’s founders, Michaela Moore and Steve and Amy Colley.
Camp Create is now on its 15th year, and the organizers hope to see another 15. This year’s program included two separate weeks of camp, the first from July 13-17 and the second from July 27-31.
Moore, camp director, enjoys seeing the creativity of the campers throughout each week.
“I love the kids’ creative spirits and how they never fail to surprise me with their funny, clever and amazing ideas for the play, their characters and their art projects,” she said. “We sail and laugh through every week of camp.”
It isn’t always smooth sailing, but the children learn and grow through the experience.
“They need to work with others, trust their own ideas and often times speak more than they are used to,” Moore said. “They overcome the fear of a new place and trying something that, for many of them when they first come to Camp Create, is brand new to them. We work very hard to create a feeling of community and that they are working together to create something as a group that also reflects each of their creative ideas.”
Eric and Kathy Turock sent their son Griffin, 6, to Camp Create for the second year this summer and were pleased to see his enthusiasm and confidence grow since last year.
“I cannot be more proud to see him up on stage, to see him not just acting, but interacting with all the other children,” the mother said.
Camp Create is made possible thorough grants and private donations. Those interested in making donations or learning more about the program may contact Moore at 570-586-8099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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