INA, Ill. (Aug 7, 2019) - College students might be getting a rest over the summer, but Rend Lake College takes advantage of the break by hosting a variety of summer kids camps to entertain and educate to younger members of the district. Check out some of the best shots for 2019's camps, and keep an eye out for all the fun next year.
Art Exploration: Camp Instructor Sharon Corn Campers taught her campers to experiment with materials and techniques that enhance the communication of ideas through art. Participants explored visual arts through the creation of make-and-take projects. Projects included painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking and more
Blast Off: Camp Instructor Greg Hollmann turned ordinary summer into another adventure with the ultimate science camp. Participants built, decorated and launched their own model rockets that reach heights up to 1000 feet. In addition to building and launching the rockets, participants also viewed videos produced by NASA that highlighted our explorations on other planets, discussed the possibility of life beyond Earth and brought the solar system to scale.
Bertie Hams Chefs of Tomorrow: Each day was a new culinary adventure as each camper learned the basics to begin cooking safely. Under the direction of RLC Chefs Robert Wilson and Jeff Fairbanks, campers were shown how to cook lunch for themselves and surprise others with their cooking skills. Campers even brought home samples of their creations. Bertie Ham was well known for her love and passion for education, cooking and children. Bertie Ham’s Chefs of Tomorrow was sponsored in Bertie’s memory, by her family and friends. Each camper even received some of Bertie’s famous recipes.
Discovery and CTE Exploration: This combination of three separate camps was geared at letting a slightly older camp crew get some up-close experience with a number of potential job opportunities. Campers learned about agriculture, computer science, health care and unmanned aircraft with fun, hand-on activities and the opportunity to talk directly to professionals in the fields.
Let Them Make Cake: Parents/caregivers were able to join their favorite “little friend” to create cupcakes and participate in activities with a “creative food” theme under the direction of Beth Mandrell. Children had fun using icing, cookies, candies and their imagination to add features to their cakes. The camp concluded with a parade on campus where campers passed out some of their creations.
Garbage Pail Science: There was no homework, no paper work—just lots and lots of awesome science experiments using stuff and junk. If campers thought science was boring and hard to understand, this class changed their mind. Campers were even provided a folder of handouts to let them repeat the activities at home.
Martial Arts: Campers discovered their inner warrior with martial arts training and improve their health, coordination and cooperation. Participants practiced basic calisthenics and stretches and were taught the beginning kicks that can be combined into self-defense techniques under the direction of Gary Douglas.
Minecraft: Students were able to explore the fundamentals of design, creation, building, and three dimensional space through the video game Minecraft with Instructor Matt Jackson. Campers utilized Minecraft to develop and model structures and landscapes. Participants were challenged to develop their digital creations in physical form through model building to help better understand the layout of their design. Campers were exposed to new technologies such as 3D printing and digital fabrication.
Outdoor Life: Campers joined park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to participate in some basic outdoor camping skills. Each day the camp was filled with fun activities that helped participants feel more comfortable in the outdoors. Outdoor Life focused on what campers should do if you get “lost” in the woods, taught them to identify some of the things that you should and should not be afraid of and how to signal for help. Rangers showed how to set up the perfect campsite and demonstrated the items needed if spending the night in the woods. Participants were able to try their hand at geocaching (treasure hunting with a GPS) and navigating with a compass and a map, tying knots and making a para-cord bracelet to take home. On the final day of camp everyone played old fashion lawn games and cooked their lunch over a campfire.