Mason Prepares for Summer Camps

Posted: May 30, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Probst

As some Mason students return to campus for summer classes, they will be joined by youths of all ages who will be participating in summer camps designed for educational enrichment and recreational fun.

More than 90 camps will be offered, beginning in late June, on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William Campuses, as well as at off-campus sites. Cooking, self defense and nursing are some of the topics available for campers ranging in age from 2 to 19.

The Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities will host a camp called “CompuWrite” for students with learning disabilities in grades 4 through 8. By combining writing strategies with such available technology as scanners, digital cameras, graphic organizers, the latest software and the Internet, teachers of CompuWrite aim to make writing fun for students having difficulty in the writing process.

For those interested in being in the spotlight, the Prince William Campus will offer two new camps, one on various dance styles and one on how to experience the world of a “superstar.” The Dance Rhythms camp teaches kids new dance styles from Latin to African, and allows them to enjoy dance without the pressure of performing. Glamour Girls camp allows kids to step into the life of a fashion model and use their talent, expressions and creativity to become a “star” with confidence.

Youths who want to spend their summers creatively have many options from which to choose. The Creativity camp encourages campers to use their imaginations to think of the world around them in new ways by using games, photography, art and “human puzzles.” Aspiring chefs can participate in a creative cuisine cooking camp where campers learn to chop, slice and dice to prepare delicious recipes.

Energetic campers can take advantage of the various sports camps offered by Mason’s Freedom and Aquatic Center. In addition to golf, baseball, soccer and wrestling camps, the Aquatic Center will host a Land and Sea Boot Camp involving land and water drills that combine speed and agility with aerobic and muscle conditioning and flexibility training.

The cost and duration of each camp or program varies. For more information, see the summer camps web site.

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