Years ago, summer camp meant canoeing, swimming and bunk beds. Saying times have changed is a bit of an understatement.
Many camps now help kids stay sharp on academics over summer break. Some of the camps focus on particular skills. It’s a way to introduce children to real-life applications of science, math, music, art, etc., etc., in an alternative forum to the classroom.
This past week, Herald-Sun reporter Laura Oleniacz focused on two of those camps.
Work It! Academy helps children learn mindfulness techniques to help them stay calm and focus on science. The IDEA Summer High School Institute exposes underrepresented minorities to geosciences.
Both open doors to new worlds for young minds. We certainly want the option of having traditional camps, but it’s exciting to see the ever-expanding list of options to stimulate young people during time they are off from school.
With August and a return to school just around the corner for many, we would like to extend this week’s Grit Award to the numerous camps and the people who staff them for helping students in our community continue to learn and grow.