How many of you went to summer camp when you were a kid? I was lucky enough to grow up in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 lakes, many of which made for great locations for camps. My experience with camp was to say the least a fun one. I attended Luther Crest Bible Camp for three summers in a row when beginning the summer after fourth grade.
We had all kinds of activities that were somewhat centered around learning about God, but for the most part – it was camp! We swam every day, made so many crafts I can’t believe we had room to bring them all home in our duffle bags, put on performances consisting of dancing and singing skits, stayed in cabins that had no bathrooms, air conditioning or a real good screen system so you were on your own to fend off those lovely pests of nature that buzzed around your head as you tried to sleep in the sweltering summer heat. At night there was inevitably some activity that consisted of traipsing off into the woods to have a sing along and roast marshmallows.
Camp was usually attended with a friend or two, but you made so many more friends while you were there, made them friendship bracelets and took down their address so you could write them letters. Yes all of you stunned by that, this was before computers and cell phones and all the other fancy devices graced the average American household.
Now looking to send my own children to camp, I’ve been looking up different options online as I don’t have the background here as I did in Minnesota, in other words, no family history of attending such camps. In doing so, I discovered something that shouldn’t surprise me, but it kind of does - Computer Camps and Technology Courses for Kids & Teens at Prestigious Locations.
According to DigitalMediaAcademy.org, kids and teens can attend summer camps at universities ranging from Stanford and Harvard to the University of British Columbia. Instead of creating simple skits and learning how not to burn a marshmallow, these kids head off for a week or two to learn things like Digital Filmmaking, Game Design, Programming & Robotics, Art & Design, Science & Engineering, and Sports & Technology. They come home with a unique project and the confidence to continue their new skills.
Not that there is anything wrong with the average summer camp, but I think I’m going to look into this a little further. What a confidence booster for any child interested in media!