Published: July 18, 2013
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If your son or daughter missed the first session of Earth Camp at Hillside Park, which ended on Wednesday, July 17, there's still time to register for session two.
The sixth annual Earth Camp will run from Tuesday, July 30, through Thursday, Aug. 15 and, differing from preceding sessions, this year's camp features a stronger partnership between the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB), which oversees the park, and Keystone College.
"Keystone College has been woven into the proven success and positive reputation of Earth Camp over the past six years," said AAJRB spokesperson Diane Vietz. "From the very beginning of camp, AAJRB and Keystone College have had a cooperative relationship working for middle school-aged youth."
According to Vietz, the AAJRB asked professors at Keystone for their ideas and asked students to participate in the camp as educators and counselors. This year's director is Steve Lott, a science technology teacher at Abington Heights Middle School. Paul Devine, a recent graduate from Keystone College's elementary education and special education program, is his assistant.
Lott explained some of his goals for this year's camp.
"We have fields, trails and a lake that we plan to use," Lott said. "This partnership opens everything up at Keystone as well. We want to be more involved at their campus. We will get guest speakers and guest instructors; one of the goals, as always, is to have it be educational for the kids as well as enjoyable."
Devine mentioned that part of his and Lott's overall vision for the camp is to give participants a greater say in their daily activities.
"I try to see what activities the campers like," he said. "I like to get the campers involved and have them make choices as to what we will do in the day because I want them to feel that they have a voice as well."
Earth Camp registration may be downloaded from www.aajrb.com/earthcamp. Sessions will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday, July 30, through Thursday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $90 per child. Earth Camp is open to students entering fifth, sixth or seventh grade in the fall.
Registration forms are also available at the Clarks Summit Borough Building and at Abington Heights Middle School.