Provides an environment safe and secure from danger and adverse behaviors during out of school times.
When school is not in session, working parents or parents trying to further their own educations are faced with a troublesome dilemma – finding a suitable place to leave their children while they are at the workplace or in the classroom. The data show that peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex are between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Children that are unsupervised for long periods of the day are much more likely to spend unhealthy amounts of time playing video games, pursuing unhealthy activities relative to social media, and engaging in poor nutritional habits. With West Virginia currently having the second highest obesity rate in America, it becomes critical for our children to enjoy and participate in the balanced meals and nutritious snacks available each day of summer camp and during all other out-of-school time programming.
Provides an opportunity for all students to participate in hands-on, 21st Century learning skills under the supervision of experienced S.T.E.A.M. trainers.
Tomorrow’s workforce will require new and innovative learning skills that are difficult to obtain in the congested and over-scheduled school day. Summer Camp activities are centered on hands-on, science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics projects that show promise for improving problem-solving skills, increasing volunteerism, and developing a sense of community pride.
Expands the scope of student experience.
Many students, especially those from rural areas such as Wayne County, may never have the opportunity to experience dramatic plays at the Clay Center, visit museums across the area, or participate in group athletic events. Each week, summer camp students swim at Dreamland Pool, take tennis lessons at the Greater Huntington Area Parks, and visit cultural centers such as the Clay Center and the Paramount Arts Theater.
Unfortunately, three quarters of America’s school children are not participating in summer learning programs. Despite the growing awareness that summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap between low-income and high-income youth, the number and percentage of children participating in summer enrichment programs are startlingly low.