George Mason Hosts Summer Camp Programs

Posted: March 23, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

George Mason students will not be the only ones taking classes this summer on the campuses. Youth of all ages will be participating in summer camps designed for educational enrichment and recreational fun. Beginning in late June, the camps will include everything from a class on economics to local excursions.

More than 79 camps are being offered during the summer on the Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Campuses, as well as off-campus sites. The age group for the summer camp includes toddlers to 17-year-old youth.

Mason’s summer program includes several new offerings, including a camp at the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, located on the Fairfax Campus, titled “Compucommunicate.” The camp is designed for youth who use augmentative communication devices, a method of communicating other than speech.

The Prince William Campus has camps on the five senses, zoo animals and scrapbooking. The five senses class will introduce participants to games, songs, stories and crafts. Campers enrolled in the zoo-crew class will learn about animals through games, stories and crafts, while campers signed up for a weeklong scrapbooking class will learn how to assemble and maintain scrapbooks.

Aspiring youth artists have a range of options to choose from. Future actors and actresses can enroll in a class that instructs participants in acting, voice, movement, acting for the camera, improvisation and musical theater. Campers with an interest in writing can further their skills by participating in a two-week training camp geared around the creative writing process.

An experimental economics course modeled after the pioneering methods of Professor Vernon Smith, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics, will be offered for rising high school juniors and seniors.

For the active campers, Mason’s Freedom and Aquatic Center will host Camp Freedom, a camp for 6- to 12-year-olds that will include sports, field trips, arts and crafts, music and movies. Not to be outdone, the Excursion Camp for middle schoolers will take participants to a local recreation site, theme park or attraction each day.

For more information, see the summer camps web site or contact Jen LaFreniere at 703-993-1056 or jlafreni@gmu.edu.

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