COLUMBUS, GA - Columbus State University is the source for a variety of summer camps for children and young teens beginning June 1. Participants can develop skills in sports, arts, math, space science, information technology and more.
For the third straight year, Continuing Education offers its Activ8 program (http://www.activ8er.com), which won the 2009 Georgia Adult Education Association Outstanding Innovative Programming Award. Developed by Continuing Education staff at CSU, Activ8 allows participants to create their own weekly schedules, selecting from course topics designed for age groups 8-11 and 11-14:
• 3 R's: This academic-oriented Activ8 offering adds fun to reading, writing and arithmetic.
• Create-a-lot: Campers will find numerous arts and crafts options in one place.
• Global: Campers take a virtual trip around the world and learn new languages
• iTech: This computer skills course game design.
• Scienceologies: Without textbooks, campers participate in hands-on activities and experiments.
• Showbiz: Campers will explore topics related to the stage or big screen.
• Sports and Dance: Multi-sports and a variety of dance classes will keep you active all summer.
• Trendy: Activities cover "whatever's popular today."
• Ur Life: Classes are designed to make campers' lives better, now and later.
Activ8, which runs through July 30, also includes activities for ages 4-7, plus before-care and after-care service.
Some Activ8 activities will be previewed in a Saturday (May 29) event, "Test Drive Activ8," at the Landings Shopping Center in Columbus. From 8 a.m.-noon, participants can engage in mini take-home projects involving mosaic art pieces, rain sticks, totem banks, sea shell plaques and adventure books. Additionally, a 10-11 a.m. space camp preview will involve rocket building and launching. In addition to the website, call 706-07-8070 for more Activ8 information. A catalog of courses is available for download.
This year's space camps, designed for 5-7 and 8-11 age groups, are BattleZone; Comet Jumpers; Earth, H2O and Beyond; LightSpeeders; RocketBoosters; Sci-Fi Movie Camp; So You Want to be an Astronaut; and Space-O-Rama. The site for the camps will be CSU's Coca-Cola Space Science Center, 701 Front Ave. For more information, go to http://www.ccssc.org/summercamps.html.
For a third time, but after a 2009 hiatus, the College of Education and Health Professions presents Summer Spectacular (http://coe.colstate.edu/summerspectacular). This summer enrichment program for ages 4-11 takes place June 7-July 1 at North Columbus and River Road elementary schools in Columbus. CSU early childhood education students and faculty will direct activities themed "Structures: Ancient and Modern Wonders of the World," 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at both sites. The cost per child is $25 per week. To register, or for more information, visit the website, call 706-569-2888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Athletic Department's sports camps (http://www.csucougars.com/information/camps_clinics) will involve CSU coaches and athletes directing programs covering baseball, softball, basketball, golf, tennis and cheerleading. For more information, in addition to the website, contact Jimbo Davis at 706-568-2317.
CSU's Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative (http://crmc.colstate.edu/camps.asp) will stage a trio of gender and age-specific math camps June 21-25 at Columbus High School, 1700 Cherokee Ave. Activities will connect math with mystery-solving, games, art, technology, sports statistics, architecture and more.
PSI (Problem Solving Investigators) Camp, runs 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. and is designed for students entering grades 3-5. PRIME Camp runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and is for girls entering grades 6-8. POWER Camp, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., targets boys entering grades 6-8.
Early drop-off or late pickup is available for an additional fee. In addition to the website, call the math collaborative at 706-568-2480 for more information.
Source: Columbus State University