Learning and growing at Strive summer camp…view video
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Springfield: Involvements with nature, social interactions, sensory skills, and learning new capabilities are just some of the experiences enjoyed at the Strive camp for children with developmental challenges.
For the second year, Strive@CRSI has offered a summer day camp for kids from the ages of 7 to 15 who have been enjoying the six week program held this year at the Christian Heritage Church on Victory Road, June 8 through July 17. The church is donating its space for the program according to Patricia Young, Strive manager in Clark Co.
Some of the activities include:
- Creating a butterfly hatchery starting with a 1cm size larvae in a cup. Each camper named their larvae and they all have been watching their own larvae grow into a butterfly within the netted hatchery.
- Many arts and crafts including making bird feeders using birdseed and peanut butter. Each camper has drawn an image onto sand paper with crayons. The drawings are then transferred onto shirts by using an iron to heat the crayon wax onto the shirts.
- “Cool down” which is an all-inclusive activity where everyone has fun passing or rolling a ball around the circle of participants.
- Sensory-time in a quiet space where some participants enjoy working individually with an iPad.
- Snack-time when campers take turns being a responsible person by passing out food, drinks, napkins, etc.
Weekly field trips are also part of the program. Trips have included going bowling, visiting Young’s Jersey Farm and Dairy, exploring the Boonshoft Museum, and going on picnics in the park.
New this year is a “career discovery” camp for older kids that runs through the end of July. Currently there are two eighteen-year-old participants.
Those interested in attending either camp initially applied with CRSI and the Clark Co. Board of DD determined their eligibility. The county board pays for one half the camp fee and the Springfield Rotary Club and other civic organizations help defray the campers’ portion.