Originally created 12/25/05

Discovery camp full of mysteries



While campers at Fort Discovery's holiday camp searched for the missing angel from the Christmas tree, another twist developed in the morning's mystery.

The children, who ranged from kindergartners through fifth-graders, returned to their classroom to find that Myra, the skeleton, had disappeared, and a mysterious note left behind.

Pamela Smith held up a blank piece of paper that had been left under a Santa cap.

She looked puzzled. In chorus, the campers said the note must have been written in invisible ink.

With the lights off and using a black light, Ms. Smith deciphered the note, a clue to Myra's disappearance.Five days of holiday camps were held at Fort Discovery last week, said Lisa Golden, the camp coordinator.

"This is a mini version of what we do in the summer," she said.

Each day had a different theme. "Who Dunit?" camp was held Tuesday.

Through a little bit of science, such as fingerprinting, the campers discovered that Kathy Thibault, the science center's volunteer coordinator, had taken Myra because she needed another body to volunteer.

David Park, a fourth-grader at North Augusta Elementary School, said he enjoys Fort Discovery's camps.

"I learn new things," he said.

In addition to Who Dunit? day, there were days devoted to the science behind sound, sight and air pressure. The camp ended Friday with a potpourri of science experiments.

Mary Dennis, a fourth-grader at Episcopal Day School, said she was having fun at the camp.

"I learned about sound and went to the science show," she said.

The holiday camp wasn't as structured as those in the summer. Children could attend one day or all five, Ms. Golden said.

Since Richmond County pupils didn't get out of school for the holiday until Wednesday, that was helpful for them, she said.

"We didn't want to do a whole week theme," she said.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.