Now that it’s August, families across North Carolina are busy preparing for the coming school year. From scissors to laptop computers, we’ll scurry around town for the last minute supplies needed for a successful school year. For many children, 2012 summer camps in the state parks helped sharpen minds during the break and gave an added boost to self-esteem.
At William B. Umstead State Park, the Full Circles Foundation held its first overnight summer camp for at-risk teenage girls. This week-long camp emphasized the importance of personal, community, and environmental health. In addition to the usual camp activities such as canoeing, cooking and crafts, these campers likely learned just as much by persevering through the August heat, ticks and severe afternoon thunderstorms.
For the third summer, the Society for Hispanic Professionals offered a science enrichment camp for middle school students. The camp brought 25 students to four different state parks where they conducted scientific experiments involving water quality and wetland plants.
Of course Haw River State Park, where our Summit Environmental Education Center is located, is “camp central” when school is out. The park held three day camps including one focusing on geology – called “A Rockin’ Good Time” of course. And, 44 campers, ages eight to 88, attended two Grand Camp sessions. This popular camp gives grandparents (or other significant relative) and grandchildren the unique opportunity to explore together. As one grandmother told us, “I’ve attended the past two years and I can honestly say that Grand Camp is the highlight of my relationship with my grandson.”
The North Carolina state parks system wishes our students a successful 2012-13 school year. We hope to see you often on field trips and weekends, and again during the summer of 2013.
Here’s a small gallery from the summer experiences. Click any image to begin.