Lincoln's first ever summer program is in full swing! We have partnered with ANESU's Expanded Learning Program to up the ante and create and enriching program for our campers. We are in the middle of our 5th week of camp and will be finishing our program next week. Here in Lincoln our campers are offered a full day experience. They are able to arrive at 7:30 am and are picked up by 5:30 pm. We have broken camp into themes by week so that our campers have a specific focus for games, activities, and arts and crafts.
Our first week was "Welcome Week" where we spent time getting to know campers as well as staff on site. Megan Cowette and Amber Thomas act as co-directors, Meghan Hahr is lead staff, and Abigail Diehl-Noble along with Anne Marie Letourneau are our summer tutors.
The second week of camp we traveled "Around the World" visiting Mexico, China, Italy, and Australia. We learned about the culture of each country and completed a cooking project specific to each country. Campers learned phrases and sayings from each country and we tried to use them in our daily dialogue!
We had a lot of fun during the third week celebrating the birthday of the United States of America. "Party in the USA" had us creating our own American flag out of a twin size sheet, creating toilet paper firecrackers, and baking Abraham Lincoln's favorite spongecake topped with blueberries and strawberries. YUM! We also tried our hands at creating Red, White, and Blue tie-dyed shirts which turned out to be quite a success.
This week we have turned our focus to the Olympics. Every morning at welcome circle we have been exploring the history of the Olympics. During the day we focus on different games and sports that are played during the summer Olympics. Well...except for that water balloon fight : )
As it is our inaugural year we have started out small and hope to continue to grow in the summers to come. We have provided a great foundation mixing in enrichment and continued learning with the ideals of a typical summer camp. We look forward to what future summers may hold!