Camp Stops Brain Drain

Parents in Marshall County need look no further than their own backyard to find a fun and educational summer camp for their children as the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley’s Camp Cranium expands its offerings at Grand Vue Park.

Camp Cranium will run for two weeks this year for children ages 4-10 at Grand Vue Park. Campers can learn about art, science, nature and healthy eating through various engaging activities and games.

The camp was such a success last year in Moundsville that the museum decided to extend the number of weeks of the camp, Executive Director Patricia Croft said

Now in its eighth year, Camp Cranium began as a camp for kids entering kindergarten to fourth grade held at Fresh Air Farms in Triadelphia as a way to prepare children to go back to school in the fall.

Croft said the museum met with the Marshall County Family Resource Network last year to discuss bringing Camp Cranium to Marshall County because there was a lack of summer camp options for children in the area. Croft said the community’s response to Camp Cranium at Grand Vue Park was strong and in its first year, the camp sold out for the week.

“We want to cater to everyone,” Croft said. “There are a lot of camp options in Wheeling, whereas (in) Moundsville, we are one of the only ones.”

The camp offers a wide variety of activities including watching animal presentations with live animals, nature activities such as hikes, group games, making healthy snacks and visiting the park’s pool.

“Camps are great for kids’ social and emotional growth,” Croft said. “Just trying new activities and being outside is good for them. It’s great for parents too. Summer is a long time to think of activities to do every day, so it’s a good option.”

Croft said more weeks of Camp Cranium at Grand Vue Park might be added next year if registration numbers continue to rise.

Camp Cranium will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16-20 and June 23-27 at Grand Vue Park and July 21-25 and July 29-Aug. 1 at Fresh Air Farms in Triadelphia.

To register, call Patricia Croft at 304-559-4904, or contact through email at

Registration is also available at or at the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley at 1000 Main St., Wheeling.