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Weston Kids are Model Campers

WESTON, Conn. – Parents have had to clear out bookshelves in their homes to make room for models their kids bring home from camp, according to Weston camp instructor Adam Bartley.

"Some of the kids have come back and shown me easier, better ways to build the models,” said the Weston resident, who is an instructor at Fun with Karate, Models, Science and Magic–a camp provided by the Weston Youth Services Department. “Even at 30 years old, I'm still learning," he said as he pieced together a model of the Empire State Building.

The campers make one or two models a day and get to take them home to keep. "That's the best part," Bartley said.

A young camper named Harrison stopped working on his model and walked over to another camper, Eddie, to help with his.

"That's my favorite–to see the lightbulb go off and see kids working. It's great," said Bartley.

This is Bartley's fifth year with the camp and he said the projects "keep getting better and better." On Tuesday, the campers were building dinosaurs, cars, horses, bird houses and more. Some of the models take 10 minutes to complete, while others can take days.

Bartley made his way around each table, helping girls and boys piece together model cars and open bottles of glue. The camp runs from June 27 through July 8 for students entering grades one through three.

What's your favorite camp in Weston? Leave your comments below.

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