Kids cooking up fun at local camp

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - At Gulf Coast State College one camp for kids is serving up smiles.

At Gulf Coast State College, campers at Camp Cupcake are getting a taste of culinary life as mini chefs. (WJHG/WECP)

Camper Elena Perkins said, "We get to bake and draw what we made and it's just really fun."

She's a camper at Camp Cupcake at Gulf Coast State College.

Stephen Withall, the Instructional Coordinator for Culinary and Hospitality at Gulf Coast State College, said, "We're teaching them basics of how to wash your hands, some basic kitchen science, safety in a kitchen, and how to make food from scratch."

They've made things like monkey bread and cupcakes.

"We talk about how the egg works and rising and, you know, we make that from scratch--give them all sorts of sprinkles and options for toppings," said Withall.

On the menu Thursday... pizza!

For some of the children, this camp comes on the heels of what's been a challenging year.

"This gives them a little bit of reprieve from what they have to face and especially during the summer when they're not in school, you know, they don't have the opportunity to maybe go so many places plus there's a lot of extracurricular activities missing," said Withall.

Aside from bringing home delicious memories Chef Steve, as the kids call him, hopes to send them home with life lessons.

Withall said, "Ultimately, we want them to leave with a good impression of 'I can do this. I can make food from ingredients and eat it and it makes me feel good.'"

He's teaching the kids they can have their cupcake and eat it too.

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