ORDINARY SUMMER BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURE AT RLC
Area children are invited to spice up the summer with this series of Youth Camps at Rend Lake College.
**"Puppets and Plays," for grades 1-3, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 8, Vocational Building Room 117, $29. Students begin this camp creating a variety of puppets and a miniature puppet theater. The kids conclude the camp by producing a play. This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Brownie Girl Scout Try-It "Puppets, Dolls and Plays."
**"Basketball Camp for Girls," for grades 4-6 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 7-9 (1-4 p.m.) Monday, June 7, through Thursday, June 10, Waugh Gymnasium, $50. Each day, a new fundamental will be covered. This camp sports individual instruction on all phases of shooting, dribbling and ball handling, passing, one-on-one defense and rebounding. Campers will receive a free camp T-shirt. Students will need gym shorts, a T-shirt, sweat socks and basketball shoes.
**"Garbage Pail Science," for grades 3-6, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 7, through Thursday, June 10, Science Building Room 109, $49. Children in this science class have no homework and no paperwork -- just tons of awesome science experiments using "stuff and junk." Children who think science is boring and difficult to understand will change their minds after this course.
**"Astronomy and Space Science," for grades 1-3 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 4-6 (1-4 p.m.), Wednesday, June 9, Science Building Room 120, $21. Launch into learning about the exploration of space beginning with satellites and man’s journeys to the moon and ending with tomorrow’s adventures to the planets. View the sun through a telescope and use a portable planetarium to see the night sky. Discover the major constellations while investigating the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs.
**"Vocal Camp," for grades 1-12, staggered 45-minute sessions beginning at 9:15 a.m., held on Wednesdays from June 9 through July 14, Learning Resource Center Room 107, $77. The RLC Vocal Camp will serve six students for six weeks this summer. Each student will receive an individual lesson from RLC Music Director Julie Wilkerson. Lessons will be scheduled for the first six paid participants who register.
**"Survivor Camp," for grades 4-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, June 10, Vocational Building Room 117, $35. Life on the island can be challenging. Teams will attempt tasks which test their abilities to think fast and create unique solutions to the pitfalls facing them. Kids will race against the clock but won’t have to worry about being voted off -- everyone is important in this camp of logic, skill and fun. Class size is limited. Camp includes lunch.
**"Basketball Camp for Boys," for grades 4-7 (9 a.m.-noon) or grades 7-9 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 14, through Thursday, June 17, Waugh Gymnasium, $50. This camp follows much the same format as the girls camp. Campers will be grouped by age and ability. Students receive a free RLC T-shirt and free admission to all RLC Warrior home games. Students will need gym shorts, a T-shirt, supporters, sweat socks and basketball shoes.
**"Drawing ‘Work-Out,’" for grades 4-6, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18, Vocational Building Room 117, $55. This work-out will not make students sweat and they won’t lift anything heaver than a pencil, marker or chalk, but they will learn warm-ups and develop skills necessary to build strong drawing muscles. With this work-out and plenty of practice, students will be drawing people, places and things more realistically while gaining confidence in their abilities.
**"Weird Science," for grades 1-3, 1-4 p.m., Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18, Advanced Technology Center Room 156, $55. Students in this camp will see volcanoes erupt before their eyes, or watch soup beans turn into plants and see them grow. Kids will experiment with magnets, "slime" and other mysterious things.
**"Weird Science and Technology," for grades 4-6, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18, Advanced Technology Center Room 156 (M/W/F) and Room 175 (T/Th), $55. Students can visit an active volcano, travel through an ancient mummy’s tomb, dive into the ocean’s depths and explore a tropical rain forest using the Internet. Campers will create bubble magnets and "slime" during their hands-on experiments.
**"Golf Camp," for ages 10-17 (boys and girls), 8-11:30 a.m. Monday, June 14, Wednesday, June 16, and Friday, June 18, Rend Lake College Driving Range, $50 per camper or $90 for two campers. This is the most economical way to learn the correct golf swing. Hour-long sessions will instruct children in the full swing as well as chipping, putting and sand skills. Rules, safety and etiquette also will be covered. Participants may bring their own clubs if they wish and should have soft spikes or tennis shoes.
**"On Your Toes and All That Jazz," for grades 1-3 (9 a.m.-noon) or 4-7 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18, Rend Lake College Theatre, $55. Children will learn to develop balance, coordination, flexibility and an appreciation of expressive and creative movements during this camp. Students should wear leggings, tights or shorts with slippers or bare feet.
**"Softball Camp," for girls ages 9-14, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, June 21, through Wednesday, June 23, RLC Softball Field, $45. Children will learn the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, base running and the mental aspects of the game. Students should bring their own ball gloves and tennis shoes or rubber cleats.
**"Martial Arts for Beginners," for grades 1-3 (9 a.m.-noon) or 4-7 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, June 21, through Friday, June 25, Waugh Gymnasium, $55. Participants will discover martial art training and improve their health and coordination while learning to work with others. Basic calisthenics, stretches and beginning stances will be covered. Students will learn fundamental blocks, punches and falls which can be combined into self-defense techniques. Students should wear loose-fitting clothes and participate in bare feet.
**"Building Your Own Computer," for grades 4 and up, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, June 21, through Wednesday, June 23, Advanced Technology Center Room 163, $70. Learn how to build a computer from the ground up. Students will assemble working computers from base components. Learn about various computer parts and their functions and how to safely and effectively connect the parts into a working machine to take home at the end of camp.
**"Art to Wear," for grades 1-3, 1-4 p.m., Thursday, June 24, and Friday, June 25, Vocational Building Room 117, $21. This camp was designed for kids who love jewelry and wearable art. Students should plan on creating beaded bracelets, decorating shoelaces, making hair scrunchies, painting faces and much more during this cool camp. This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Brownie Girl Scout Try-It "Art to Wear."
**"Out of this World Art," for grades 1-3, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, Vocational Building 117, $49. Listen to the stories of the moon, stars and aliens while creating art out of this world. Imaginations will blast off as children draw, paint and collage outer space art.
**"Cheerleading Camp," for grades K-8 (1-4 p.m.) and middle school squads (9 a.m.-noon), Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, Waugh Gymnasium, $34. This course is led by RLC Cheerleading Coach Bobbi Shadowens and the RLC Cheerleaders. During this four-day camp, participants will discover cheers, chants and spirit dances while earning prizes. Squad cheerleaders will receive advanced instruction on floor cheers, basic stunting, dance and voice projection, and will compete for best all-around squad, most spirited and much more. Jumping and yelling are more than okay at this camp.
**"Volleyball Camp," for grades 4-6 (9 a.m.-noon) or 7-9 (1-4 p.m.), Monday, July 12, through Thursday, July 15, Waugh Gymnasium, $40. Instruction will be given on the basics of passing, setting, hitting and blocking. Fundamental offensive and defensive principles also will be taught. All campers receive RLC Volleyball Camp T-shirts and free passes to all Lady Warrior volleyball games for the 2004 season.
**"Sign Language," for grades 1-3, 1-3 p.m., Monday, July 26, through Friday, July 30, RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus Room 101, $47. Children in this class will learn how to speak without using their voices. American Sign Language is a fun way to talk with your hands. Students will learn the alphabet and simple signs so they can speak to others without ever saying a word aloud.
**"Animated Story Adventures," for grades 2-4, 9 a.m.-noon Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 6, RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus Room 102, $55. Students will design their own animated, action-packed stories using PowerPoint and an active imagination. Youngsters will create tales with objects that move, fly and disappear. Their keepsake stories will be saved on a compact disc and can be taken home.
On any camp day, children attending both morning and afternoon sessions can bring a brown bag lunch and 65 cents for a drink. They will be supervised by Rend Lake College students, who will give the youngsters a tour of the campus and drop them off with their afternoon instructors.
For additional information about these Youth Camps or to register a child, contact Community Education Director Dawn Gibson at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267, or Christie Cochrane, Administrative Assistant for the Center for Business Services, at Ext. 1714, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321. Registration also can be completed on-line at www.rlc.edu>Community Outreach>Community Education>Register Online.