Well it's official, School is back in! Summer camp officially ended on August 13th, 2010 with just under 1000 kids signing up for camp and having a great time this summer. Whether it was the amazing Operation Purple Military Experience Days (one of which had the Mayor of Gotham City, Nestor Carbonell, visit), the exciting Wizard Week or even the challenging Olympics Week, lots of kids came to camp, had a great time, made new friends and learned new skills. It was a fantastic experience.
And all of those kids are now back to school - but they can still come back to camp! As the school bells ring to get students in their classrooms, the Camp Erdman bell rings getting students to their classrooms - at Camp! During the school year, the amazing 32 acres on the North Shore becomes one enormous interactive classroom. Students learn Beach Ecology on the beach. They learn the composting process hands-on in our garden. They learn how to challenge themselves, reach their goals, and try new things.
YMCA Camp Erdman's school programs fall under two categories: Environmental Education and Leadership. The Environmental Education (EE) program is designed for students in grades one through six and focuses on applying classroom concepts in a real-world setting. The Leadership program is designed for students in middle and high school. It focuses on learning the skills of communication, cooperation, teamwork and trust through various group and individual challenges. Students are then taught how to apply these skills in their day-to-day lives.
"We were hiking just yesterday and one of my girls made a comment that it was the first time she had ever been hiking. She just had the biggest smile on her face doing it." - Ms. Rankin, Nanaikapono Elementary.
"The best [class] was Animal Adaptations. I got to touch a turtle - a real turtle, actually." - Student
For more information on School Programs, please contact Sarah Miller at 637-4615 x.25 or email her by clicking here.
Also on the horizon is Fall School Break Camp from October 3-8, 2010 and Halloween Family Camp October 29-31, 2010. For more information visit www.camperdman.net.
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