Summer Camps Begin This Week

Posted: June 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

This week marks the start of many summer camps at George Mason for children of all ages. The lineup includes recreational activities and a variety of day and residential enrichment programs offering fun and educational programs on acting, art, science, computing, cooking, creative writing, dance, drama, and even experimental economics.

The Helen Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities will host the academic assistance programs, CompuWrite, beginning July 5, and CompuTech, beginning July 18, for students in fourth through eighth grade, as well as for people with moderate to severe disabilities. The programs use computers to enhance the writing process and improve written language skills through educational software options and access methods, which can include computer access, recreation and play, and environmental control. Students work on the five-stage writing processes (brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and production) by combining writing strategies with technology tools.

Recreational camps are also offered. Toddlers can learn games from around the world, and older children can take excursions or learn about the earth in an environmental stewardship camp. The Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center on the Prince William Campus provides indoor and outdoor activities such as swimming, sports, arts and crafts, science experiments, and field trips. Campers will visit local natural areas to hike, canoe, play games, and learn basic outdoor survival skills.

For the more sports-minded student, options offered at the Fairfax and Prince William Campuses include inline skating, baseball, basketball, soccer, aquatics, dance, football, horseback riding, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, skateboarding, and paintball.

The cost and duration for each camp or program varies. For more information and a complete list, go to the summer camp web site.

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