Huron County Arts Camp offers fun and culture for kids

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts.

The first arts camp was held recently at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event.

Laurie Cook worked earlier this year to secure funding from the Elkton and Pigeon Lions Clubs, and the two dozen spots available for the program quickly filled through word of mouth. Cook said the camp, for children ages 8 to 12, would not have been possible without the generosity of community service organizations.

“They did a beautiful thing for these kids,” she said.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts. The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event. Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp’s public exhibition on the last day of camp.

Mark Birdsall/Huron Daily Tribune

Cook laughed as she described how one camper, a girl she described as ‘shy’, came out of her shell and whispered in her mother’s ear during the drive home after the first day and noted the camp “9.5 out of 10”.

“We have great kids,” Cook said.

The week-long camp included a wide range of activities, including traditional art forms like painting as well as theater and music. Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp’s public exhibition on the last day of camp.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts.  The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event.  Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp's public exhibition on the last day of camp.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts. The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event. Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp’s public exhibition on the last day of camp.

Mark Birdsall/Huron Daily Tribune

Camp attendees were also preparing to put on a play based on a Japanese short story, and Friday afternoon activities also included a performance by the camp’s Junk Yard Band.

The arts camp was taught by several instructors who are current or retired teachers, who spent time planning lessons prior to camp and were willing to lend their expertise.

“We were very lucky to have them,” Cook said.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts.  The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event.  Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp's public exhibition on the last day of camp.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts. The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event. Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp’s public exhibition on the last day of camp.

Mark Birdsall/Huron Daily Tribune

There was a $75 fee to attend camp, but families with more than one registrant paid $50 for each additional child. Cook said the group is working to achieve nonprofit status and scholarships will be available in the future. The organizers also plan to widen the age range for participation with one group for children aged 6 to 9 and one for children aged 10 to 14.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts.  The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event.  Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp's public exhibition on the last day of camp.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts. The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event. Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp’s public exhibition on the last day of camp.

Mark Birdsall/Huron Daily Tribune

This year’s camp included children from Caseville, Pigeon, Bad Ax and Ubly, but Cook said all children are welcome to attend future camps.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts.  The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event.  Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp's public exhibition on the last day of camp.

A dedicated group of people work hard to give the children of Huron County hands-on experience in the arts. The first arts camp was held this week at the Huron County Youth Center, and organizers plan to make it an annual summer event. Mosaics, paintings, textile arts and mixed media were on display at the youth center on Friday during the camp’s public exhibition on the last day of camp.

Mark Birdsall/Huron Daily Tribune

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