Summer Enrichment Camps Offer Youth Summer Activities

Posted: April 17, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

This July, New Century College will be conducting Summer Enrichment Camps for rising fourth through 10th graders. While building self-esteem, enhancing problem-solving skills, developing leadership and fostering team-building skills, the weeklong camps will introduce students to science and technology, as well as leadership and creativity.

“The camps are really exciting,” says Suzanne Scott, an associate professor of arts and culture and executive director of the camps. She adds that a lot of campers from past sessions are returning because they were so satisfied.

Four camps are being offered this year: New Horizons Leadership Camp (July 10-14); Creativity Camp (July 10-14); Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Camp (July 17-21); and Get Your Hands Dirty Environmental Camp (July 17-21).

The camps use creative learning to educate campers while encouraging interaction and imagination. One such exercise in past sessions had campers analyze magazine ads and films.

“We gave them advertisements in magazines and asked them to rewrite them or watch a film clip and have them reflect on it,” says Scott. This year, the Creativity Camp will encourage campers to take found objects and make something new, she says.

Melanie Szulczewski, director of the SET and environmental camps, believes it’s important to have female scientists within her field. The camps give her a good opportunity to share her passion.

“I like to inspire the same interest in young people,” she says. This year’s camps will cover everything from learning about weather and climate to physics.

All the camps take place on the Fairfax Campus and run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prices range from $375 to $400. Children of Mason employees receive a 10 percent discount.

For more information, contact Scott at 703-993-1819 or by e-mail at sscott3@gmu.edu .

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