Summer enrichment camps can focus on just about any subject. Cooking, learning the ukulele, creating art projects out of recycled materials and Harry Potter.
Open to students in first through eighth grades, the camps run morning and afternoon sessions, Monday through Friday. The weeklong camps started June 19 and will wrap up July 28.
And while camp is fun, it is also educational.
Quinn Decker, a fifth grader at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, signed up for Brain Teasers with a Twist: A STEM Production. The group of third, fourth and fifth graders build bridges, playgrounds, parachutes and towers using materials that can be found around the house. “I like STEM activities,” Decker said of science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. “I have always enjoyed STEM, science … I want to do it for a career as a scientist or engineer.”
While Brain Teaser participants used pipe cleaners and clay to construct miniature playgrounds on tabletops, down the hall campers in the Art of Recycling camp had their sticks and rags at the ready to create a flag. The recycling camp showed kids how to take materials they would normally step over or toss in the trash and make them into art. Leaves and twigs were glued to construction paper, spelling out the names of the project’s artist. Sharpies used on scraps of fabric — cut up T-shirts bought at a thrift store — were transformed into flags that were attached to sticks collected from outdoors.
Campers choose the Art of Recycling for simple reasons. “I thought it would be fun,” said Vincent Sanders, a fourth grader at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School. “I wanted to make new friends and have fun,” said Casie Pascarella, a fourth grader at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School. “And I like arts and crafts.”
Safe Summer Lifesaving Skills camp is open to middle schoolers looking to learn basic first aid. “I want to start babysitting and I thought first aid will help me,” said Delani Smith, a Benjamin Stoddert Middle School eighth grader. The camp used both practical lessons and those from a book. Campers practiced putting a person in the recovery position and went over the basics of CPR.
Keidrick Cunningham, a fifth grader at Arthur Middleton Elementary School, likes playing football but always wanted to try his hand at the ukulele. “I do like making music,” he said. As a member of the Ukelele Garage Band camp, Cunningham and other campers not only learned songs, but how to compose music on an iPad.
Charles County Public Schools has several camps for students. For a list of offerings, visit http://www.ccboe.com/summercamps/.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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