Creative Arts Camp hosting another summer of theatrical and performing arts fun for kids


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The arrival of June means summer camp season isn’t far behind, and the Creative Arts Camp is gearing up for several weeks of theatrical and performing arts fun.

The eight-week camp offers affordable half and full-day programs for children ages 4 and up, and begins June 22. It will be held at the Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

“It’s one of the oldest performing arts and visual arts camps in southeastern North Carolina,” said Executive Director Susan Habas. “We’ve been doing it since 2000.”

The camp is designed for both kids with a strong theater background as well as those who may be exploring this area of the arts.

“It is a very safe environment for them to play and learn, be with their friends,” she said. “Performing in visual arts has been proven to build self confidence and supports classroom learning as well.”

The camp tries to foster building self confidence and helping children with various forms of self exploration.

“We are a youth theater company and our motto is — we don’t aim for success on stage but success in life — and that’s what we want to do with our creative summer arts campers,” Habas said.

Having fun and creating memories is also fundamental to the annual camp program.

With ongoing concerns about Covid-19, Habas says organizers are closely following guidelines from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We are taking this very seriously,” she said. “The health of our campers and counselors is our number one priority.”

They are following social distancing guidelines, extending drop off and pick up times for parents, and conducting temperature checks and health screenings.

“Typically, at the end of camp, we have a showcase or a full-blown theatrical performance that will be either live streamed, on a video, or reduced audience size as we go through the summer and the mass gathering limits change,” Habas said. “So we’re going to be constantly adapting while adhering to the guidelines.”

With all the challenges caused by the pandemic in recent months, Habas says its important for children to have a safe return to normal.

“We want them to have as much of the normal experiences they should expect to have during childhood as possible while being safe–that’s our number one concern,” Habas said.

To register, go to WilmingtonCommunityArts.org or call 910-341-7860.

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