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Students need stimulation in summer activities

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May 27, 2008

Bainbridge--School's out and kids are ready for a fun-filled summer.  But how do you balance letting them have fun while keeping their minds active all summer?  "Watching television all summer is not the way to be ready for school next year," points out Greg McDonald, Director of Continuing Education at Bainbridge College.

Directors at Camp EXCEL, held every summer on the BC campus think they have the answer.  "We had parents asking for something more intellectually stimulating and Camp EXCEL is our response to that call," McDonald says.

Karlee Guest, an 8th grader who's been coming for years adds, "Out here they keep you're brain working, keep you in check with your education."

It's basically a summer day-camp. Broken into 10 week segments with a different educational topic each week to peak the kids interests.  "'Artist Within' is definitely my favorite, I love that week. You do self-portraits, famous paintings. Things like that are always fun and educational," saiys Guest. 

"We explore the topic more than just doing an arts and crafts project. The children delve deeply into the topic of the day or the topic of the week and learn a lot about it," says McDonald.  Learning about dinosaurs is always a favorite, along with conducting experiments.  "We try to rotate topics in so they don't get old. Because we have a lot of campers that come year after year after year," says McDonald.  

Kids who've been coming to EXCEL since they were small say when they go back to school, they can see a difference in their peers who spend their time differently.  "Some of them because they're not used to writing they're like 'uh I'm tired of writing.' But when you come out here you have to write and you draw. But its fun its not do this do that," said Guest. 

Education may be the top priority, but the kids agree its a lot more fun than school.  "We get to play and run outside and we get to swim. It's just so much funner," said Jared Duke, a 3rd grader.   And once they've had the chance for summer fun, they go back to school maintaining what they learned last year.  In fact, they've probably learned a thing or two more. 

Parents can sign their kids up for the whole summer at camp EXCEL or can chose to do it on a weekly basis. For more information visit their website or call (229)-248-2516.

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