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First lady Nancy Reagan, keeping a year-old promise to...

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MAGGIE JACKSON

DUMFRIES, Va. -- First lady Nancy Reagan, keeping a year-old promise to an underpriviledged child, returned to visit her at a summer camp for inner-city children.

And before she left, the first lady -- who spent five summers at camp herself -- promised to make a third visit.

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Mrs. Reagan, wearing a blue T-shirt campers gave her last year, took a leisurely stroll around Camp Goodwill, set deep in the Prince William Forests Park about 30 miles south of Washington. She walked hand-in-hand with Kathy Gray, 9, the girl she promised to visit, and another escort, Kimberly Southerland, 12, from Takoma Park, Md.

'She's a nice lady, you can't say much more,' said Kathy as Mrs. Reagan climbed back into her polished black limousine after the three-hour outing. 'She would be a good person to talk to if you had troubles.'

Mrs. Reagan brought with her a Washington-based puppet troup, whose skits warned campers against drug abuse. She has adopted an anti-drug crusade in the last year and traveled extensively, visiting treatment centers, schools, and appearing on television.

'(Drug abuse) means more and more to me, each time I go out and see how serious the problem is,' said Mrs. Reagan.

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Each summer, Camp Goodwill and two other camps give 1,200 underpriviledged Washington children two weeks away from the city. The children are referred by social workers.

A 101-year-old private agency, Family and Child Services, Inc., manages the camp with funding from the United Way and the Washington Post's 'Send a Kid to Camp' campaign.

'I love camping,' said Mrs. Reagan. 'But I loved it when I was little too.'

Mrs. Reagan said she spent five summers at Camp Ketchua in upper Michigan.

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