Sowhat’s new for
Shaker camps in 2014?
Overall, what we’re trying to do is take a
look at what makes them successful and see
how we can make them more successful. At
our traditional camp, there are two sections
based on age: a camp for kindergartners
through second grade, then a third- through
eighth-grade camp. We’re looking at some
value-added programming, including a
program called Munchie Magic. This will
be offered each week at the third-through
eighth-grade camp. That’s an age where kids
begin to experiment with food, so this is a
way for campers to start learning how to
cook by making fun, cool snacks.
There are other value-added opportunities
out there, so we’re taking a look at what
parents want. We have a community service
camp Teens Learning to Connect, which we
plan to revamp for 2014. It’s an opportunity
for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15
to earn some community service credit and
to learn to give back at a young age.
We’re also exploring how to restructure
our math camp to be more engaging and
enriching. Right now, that camp meets the
needs of first through third graders, but we’d
like to expand the audience for that program.
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Alexandria Nichols, at Thornton Park,
learning to ice skate.