Good Shepherd Episcopal Church to host reading camp

PARKERSBURG — The sixth annual reading camp at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 903 Charles St., is scheduled 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday July 30-Aug. 3.

The free reading camp is for children in grades 1-4 during the last school year who are at least one grade level behind in reading. Space is limited and campers must apply in advance.

The week-long, all-day program is designed to build reading skills, self-confidence and self-esteem in an informal setting. Reading Camp includes 15 hours of small group and one-on-one instruction in key reading skills and afternoon camp-type experiences that reinforce and strengthen academic and social skills.

Afternoon activities are based on the camp theme and include field trips, games, cooking and science experiments. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and all supplies are provided. This year field trips will include visiting the Washington Works Nature Trail as well as the new children’s section at the Parkersburg library.

Applications also are being accepted for volunteers to mentor a group of 2-4 children in the morning or afternoon, help to prepare or serve meals, or help with afternoon activities and prepare supplies. Older teens and young adults are especially encouraged to serve in the afternoon as mentors and counselors, providing the children with appropriate role-models, sponsors said. Most volunteers need to commit to serving at least half a day the entire week with the exception of those helping with one-on-one pleasure reading, sponsors said.

For more information and applications for campers and volunteers, call the church at 304 428-1525 extension 12 or email