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WV National Guard brings fun to kids in flood zone

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Christian Tyler Randolph  Jim Fregonara, of the state Division of Natural Resources, shows campers a black rat snake at an activity station during the National Guard’s Adventure Camp at Coonskin Park on Wednesday.

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Christian Tyler Randolph
Jim Fregonara, of the state Division of Natural Resources, shows campers a black rat snake at an activity station during the National Guard’s Adventure Camp at Coonskin Park on Wednesday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 200 West Virginia National Guardsmen were active Wednesday as flood relief continued in southern parts of the state. But not all jobs were related to clean-up. Many spent their day just having fun with the kids.

Since canceling their Youth Leaders camp, the National Guard held its first of three day camps it will host in the flood affected areas throughout the rest of July. The day camp Wednesday at Coonskin Park was co-hosted by the YMCA and included many activities for the flood victims and YMCA day campers who were invited.

The National Guard originally planned to hold its traditional in-residence Kids Kamp/Youth Leaders program this week at Camp Dawson in Preston County. However, the devastation in southern parts of the state caused them to redirect their efforts…

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