How would you like to be a kid again? This year, HWS will host the annual Kids College Summer Camp from Monday, July 6 through Saturday, August 8. This five-week series allows children to have fun and stay sharp on their skills over the summer. Each themed week is loaded with fun activities, with academics interwoven throughout to achieve the camp’s main goal of maintaining or improving children’s reading and other academic skills during the summer months.
During the first week of the program, Game Time Week, the kids will get to put their problem-solving and teamwork skills to good use. They can be found competing in a variety of ways, ranging from playing tennis and squash to using their strategy skills in the games of chess and Sudoku. This week, campers will also be able to enjoy a fun-filled day at Roseland Water Park.
The following week, Art Week, features the exciting return of Jon George, a guest artist with clever and inspirational ideas. Campers will work on projects that are not as easily completed outside of Kids Camp, such as making stained-glass windows, sculptures and learning the trade of print making.
Week three, International Week, is a new week for the program and is sure to be a delight for all involved. Each of the age groups will learn a new language and explore many different cultures from around the world. They will also prepare a dish native to a culture, which will be shared at the camp’s own International Fair. They will also take a field trip the New York State Wine and Culinary Center.
The Great Outdoors Week is always a favorite among campers, who this year will explore and learn about saving the environment and going “green.” Guest professors will help the kids conduct experiments that tie into the green projects of HWS. Along with making “Garden Art” stepping stones and outdoor lanterns, campers will hike through Letchworth State Park.
The final week of the program, Celebrate Me Week will sing a different tune this year than in years past. Inspired by American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back,” the campers will conduct “Kids College Gives Back.”
“Kids need to learn that, in order to be successful adults in society, they need to get involved to help make a difference in people’s lives and their own,” says Carin Cunningham, camp co-director. Each group will create a fundraiser for a non-profit organization in Geneva. In a high-spirited competition between groups, the “winner” will be the most successful fundraiser.
The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more details and registration information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Events at (315) 781-3103 or visit the Kids College Web site.