Don’t be alarmed if rumors begin circulating of monsters and other mythical creatures hanging around Waverly. Young imaginations and their limitless possibilities will soon be freed at the Waverly Community House (also known as “the Comm”), 1115 North Abington Road.
Camp Create, now entering its 13th year, will be held there in two one-week sessions: Aug. 5 to 9 and 12 to 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. It is open to children with special needs ages 6 to 12 or with equivalent abilities. The cost is $35 per week.
Each session features a different theme, and both include a low-key performance by the children on the last day in front of family and friends. The first is themed “Monsters Art School,” where campers will create monster characters, learn about types of monsters and use their imaginations to create sets, costumes and monster gadgets. The second week is themed “Epic Journey,” where they will create magical characters, costumes, gadgets and sets.
Maria Wilson, executive director at the the Comm, described Camp Create as “a fine art theater camp designed to engage and entertain children who have special needs, including a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.” She explained it is a recreational, not therapeutic program.
“It’s one of the only camps in the area that is especially designed to meet the needs of children who have disabilities and might not enjoy the traditional camp,” she said.
Directed each year by Stephen and Amy Colley and Michaela Moore, Camp Create is funded by donations from various local businesses, organizations and individuals. Wilson said two major supporters are Procter & Gamble and Gerrity’s Supermarkets. A new sponsor this year, according to Moore, is the Abington Heights Civic League.
Moore said Camp Create began in 2000, when Stephen Colley was approached by a local service agency which had a grant available for such a program. He and Amy Colley then met with Moore, who is also owner of the All About Theatre Performing Arts School, and developed the program.
From the first day of camp on, she said, the directors and staff work to build a cohesive group in an environment that is inclusive and safe. Campers receive a tour of the area and a breakdown of the schedule so they know what to expect. The schedule is then closely observed, but the rest is up to the campers.
“It gives them something to make that is theirs and they can own,” said Moore.
For details call 570.586.8191.