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Susquehanna University Welcomes Kids to College This Summer

Published on June 10, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Elementary and middle school children can engage in a unique educational experience at Susquehanna University’s Kids’ College during three summer sessions in July and August. Kids’ College is open to all students who have completed grades 2 through 8. The camps are designed to challenge students academically and help them develop their creative, critical thinking and cooperative learning skills in a welcoming educational environment.

July 19-23: Grades 2-5

Morning Session

The morning Kids’ College session will be held from 8:30 a.m.to 12:45 p.m. daily. Fees for both the Primary Kids’ Summer Camp and Intermediate Kids’ Summer Camp packages are $185 per student.

Pre-third graders participating in the Primary Kids’ Summer Camp will engage in the self-contained program, Explore! Learn! Play! Create!, which includes a variety of hands-on, discovery-oriented experiences designed to stimulate curiosity and encourage a more personal involvement in learning.

The Intermediate Kids’ Summer Camp for students who have completed grades 3 through 5 features a three-session package, including the workshops Popcorn! Peanuts! Cracker Jacks!, Spend Awhile on the Nile and The OOOHs and AAAHs of Architecture.

Popcorn! Peanuts! Cracker Jacks! will immerse campers in the art and science of magic, balloon art, clown tricks, carnival games and a variety of stimulating activities that encourage participants to think, imagine and create in the spirit of circus fun.

Spend Awhile on the Nile is a simulated travel experience that introduces participants to the everyday life and customs of the ancient Egyptians. Learning opportunities include traditional arts and crafts, a taste of local costumes and cuisine, and the archeological sites and sounds of this unique culture.

The OOOHs and AAAHs of Architecture is a hands-on, interactive workshop that lets campers investigate a wide range of both natural and man-made structural designs, including beehives, bridges, skyscrapers and treehouses. This workshop includes a little bit of math, science and history with an engaging creative twist.

Afternoon Session

Students will have the option of continuing their day at camp to explore an afternoon special interest topic. The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. daily, includes a brown-bag, supervised lunch and costs $70.

Afternoon sessions from which students may choose include Encore!, an interactive workshop presenting theater games and improvisational techniques; Journey to Japan, an opportunity to explore the daily life, language and traditions of the Japanese culture; Let’s Get Creative and Write!, which uses improvisational illustrations, cartooning and a variety of writing tricks to help campers ignite their storytelling abilities; and Junkyard Art, and arts and crafts workshop using recycled materials for drawing, painting, building and sculpting projects.

August 2-6: Grades 6-8

Morning Session

Junior Writers’ Workshops for middle school students will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon daily. Students will work closely with trained instructors and Susquehanna creative writing majors to develop communication and writing skills and build confidence. The fee for the workshop is $170 per student. Students attending the writers’ workshop also will have the option of continuing their day at the teen camp to explore the afternoon’s special interest topic.

Afternoon Session
The optional afternoon session, Curtain Up!, will be held from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $70.

Participants in this interactive workshop will stretch their potential through creative dramatics. A variety of theatrical games and improvisational techniques will help campers to get into character.

August 9-13: Grades 3-5

Held from 8:30 a.m. to noon daily, the Junior Writers’ Workshop offered the previous week to middle school students is adapted for students who have completed grades 3 through 5. No afternoon session is available.

All sessions are held on the campus of Susquehanna University. Because of the interactive nature of the activities, the number of campers in each grade level is limited to 15. For more information on Kids' College, or to register, call the Office of Conference and Event Management at 570-372-4354 or visit www.susqu.edu/about/KidsCollege.asp.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Karen M. Jones



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