North county summer camp asking for help to repair latest round of vandalism

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - The leader of a north St. Louis County summer camp is hoping donations will fix costly damage. The Big League Leadership Camp rents an old school building on the 1500 block of Chambers Road.

Fox 2 News first reported on damage to the building discovered July 7. It appeared someone took a sledgehammer to toilets and urinals. The building was flooded.

“We believe they came and completely destroyed it basically looking for copper,” said camp CEO Rhonika Jones.

The latest damage was discovered Thursday. Parts of the building’s exterior were damaged in an apparent attempt to find copper. Air conditioning units were also damaged. Jones believes it will take thousands of dollars to make repairs.

Her programs include open gym time for kids, but for now there is no working air conditioning where the kids play basketball.

“I chose this location because I know the kids in this community desperately need a positive place, a safe place they can come and enjoy themselves, and have fun and learn at the same time,” Jones said.

She is also hoping to raise enough money to install a security system that could put an end to the crimes.