INA, Ill. (May 31, 2012) – Rend Lake College Community and Corporate Education released information on the 2012 Kids Camp line up. A wide selection of camps is being offered with various interests for students from PreK through 8th grades. This year camps will be held the weeks of June 18 -21, June 25-28, July 16-19, and July 23-26.
Ag Camp will be held 9 a.m.-Noon, for grades Kindergarten-3rd and 1-4 p.m. for Grades 4th-8th, Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 in the Applied Science building. Campers will explore the five areas of agriculture: farming, food, fiber, flowers, and forestry. Animal care will be discussed with live animals and a veterinarian, as well as plant and soil science with a horticulturist. Instructor Melissa Lamczyk explains that each day the activities will be geared toward 4H projects. This camp is offered in cooperation with Ag in the Classroom. The cost of the camp is $30.
Animal Science will be offered in two different sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 for grades 1st-3rd and 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, July 23-26 for grades 4th-6th in the Vocational building. Campers will explore animals from head to toe and inside out. They will also learn about animal groups, construct projects, and play animal-related games. Instructor Leslie Prior also plans to conduct some experiments in dissections. The cost of the camp is $60.
Aqua Sports will be offered in two different sessions, 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 or July 23-26 in the Aquatics center. Campers will learn the skills, techniques, and rules of water polo, basketball, golf, and other water games. Campers must be able to swim 25 yards and jump in 7-foot water without fear. Instructor Laura Johnston asks campers to bring a swimsuit and be ready for a splashing good time. This camp is for grades 4th-7th. The cost is $60.
Band Camp will be offered from 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 16-19 in the RLC Theater for grades 5th-6th. This camp will provide an opportunity for musical development. Campers will experience making music with children from other schools, as well as making new friends. At least one year experience in band is required. Instructor Amber Williamson asks campers to bring their instrument and a folding stand. A grand finale concert will be held on Thursday, July 19 at 5p.m. The cost of the camp is $65.
Blastoff! will be held 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, July 16-19, in the Science building. Even campers who have taken this in the past are encouraged to attend again. RLC instructor Greg Hollmann has new challenges in store for campers. This camp will help students develop a strong sense of self and connection to their environment. Each camper will build and launch his or her own rocket. This camp is for grades 5th-8th. The cost is $75.
Cake Creations will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26 for Pre-K-Kindergarten students in the Children’s Library at the Learning Resource Center. Parents/caregivers join their favorite “little friend” to create cupcakes and participate in activities with a “creative food” theme. Instructor Beth Mandrell explains that children will be using icing, cookies, candies, and their imagination to add features to their cakes. The camp concludes with a parade on campus passing out some of their creations. Campers are asked to bring an apron or old shirt to camp. All tools and supplies are provided. The cost is $15.
Chefs of Tomorrow will be held Noon-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 25-28 in the RLC Culinary Arts Lab for ages 12-15. RLC Culinary Arts Instructor, Chef Robert Wilson, will teach food and kitchen safety, how to use kitchen tools and measurements, reading and following recipes, food preparation, time management and organization skills. Campers will learn how to cook family meals by preparing a full meal each day from beginning to end and will take home samples of their creations. The cost is $75.
Comedy Camp will be held 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 23-26 in the RLC Theater. Tracey Webb, RLC theater instructor, explains that campers will master the secrets to sketch and improv comedy, as well as theatrics, through skits and games. At week’s end, campers will display their enhanced focus, creativity, confidence, teamwork, performance skills and sense of humor in a show for family and friends. This camp is for grades 4th-8th. The cost is $60.
Excess Energy will be held in two different sessions. For grades 1st-3rd, it will be held 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 18-21. For grades Pre-K-Kindergarten, it will be held 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, July 16-19. Both sessions will be in the RLC Sports Center. Instructor Kelly Swift-Kelly describes some of the indoor and outdoor activities the campers will participate in include relays, an obstacle course, dancing, and lots of other fun activities for energetic kids. The emphasis will be on fun and fitness, not competition. Campers are asked to wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes. The cost is $60.
Flower Power will be held 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, July 16-19 in the Vocational building. RLC Horticulture instructor, Candy Fitch-Dietz will show campers the fun of gardening in the RLC greenhouse. Campers will have lots of hands-on activities, planting and transplanting garden plants and flowers. They will learn what makes plants grow and how to keep them going. This camp is for grades 1st-3rd. The cost is $60.
Garbage Pail Science will be held in two different sessions; 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 or 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 23-26 in the Historic Schoolhouse. Instructor Reba Boyer explains that campers who think science is boring and hard to understand will have their minds changed forever. She says there’s no homework, no paperwork, just lots of hands-on science experiments using stuff and junk. Campers will take home a folder with how-to instructions for all the camp activities. This camp is for grades 3rd-6th. The cost is $60.
Horseback Riding will be offered in four different sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon, Tuesday-Thursday, June 19-21, June 26-28, July 17-19 or July 24-26 at Rend Lake Stables. Campers will ride the Trails of Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. Matched to a suitable mount, campers will learn the proper techniques for saddling, bridling, and riding horses. Riding helmets are not required, but are suggested. Helmets are not provided by the stables. Campers are asked to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and must bring their own beverages/snack each day. Each session will be limited to 7 campers. Transportation to RLC campus will not be provided. This camp is for ages 10-14. The cost is $150.
Inside-Out Computer Camp will be offered in two different sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, June 25-28 or 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 16-19 in the Advanced Technology Center building. Campers will discover the computer from the inside out. They will explore the interior parts of a computer processor. They will connect, install and configure the elements necessary to get a computer up and running. Campers will also learn the basics of word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software. Often considered the best part of this camp, at the end of the camp, campers get to take the computer home with them. This camp is for grades 4th-8th. The cost is $79.
Mixed Martial Arts Camp will be offered in two different sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 or July 23-26 at the RLC Sports Center. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact sport that mixes techniques from different martial arts, wrestling, boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes technique and leverage over strength and retains the original philosophy of controlling and subduing an opponent with humanitarian techniques. MMA increase one’s self-confidence as fundamental blocks, punches, and falls are learned that can be combined into self-defense techniques. Campers are asked to come wearing loose fitting clothes and participate in bare feet. This camp is for grades 3rd-8th. The cost is $60.
Oceans of Art will be offered for grades 4th-6th, 9 a.m.-Noon, and for grades 1st-3rd, 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 16-19 in the Historic Schoolhouse. Instructor Michelle Montgomery will immerse campers in ‘sea’sational stories of the coral reef, ships and sea creatures that will inspire waves of creativity. Campers will enjoy sounds of the sea as they draw, paint and collage oceans of art. The cost is $60.
Outdoor Adventure will be held at the recently renovated Camp Manitowa by Lake Benton. There will be four different weekly sessions to choose from: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 18-21, June 25-28, July 16-19, or July 23-26. This camp will give kids the experience of an overnight camp without spending the night. Campers will choose various activities including the high ropes (challenge course and zip line), low ropes (a team building trail), crafts, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and Rend Lake water activities. This camp is for grades 2nd-7th. The cost is $155, siblings may attend for discounted rate of $75. Campers who register for more than one week receive discounted rate of $75. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch, drinks, sunscreen, insect repellant, and swimming attire each day. (After-camp supervision is also available at $5 per hour paid directly to Camp Manitowa.)
Save the Planet will be held 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 at the Murphy-Wall campus in Pinckneyville. Instructor Elaine Bigham will talk to campers about protecting our earth, recycling and the weather. Campers will create a rain stick, nature walk collage, liter bug and other fun crafts. This camp is for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. The cost is $60.
Starts and Turns Swim Camp will be offered in two different sessions, 1-4 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, June 25-26 or July 16-17 in the Aquatics Center. This camp is designed to improve the technique and efficiency of competitive swimming starts and turns. Campers will learn how to work the walls to get the best competitive swim edge over the other swimmers. Instructor Laura Johnston says that proper technique will be emphasized daily for both a grab start and a track start. In addition, each stroke turn will be practiced and refined both days of camp. This camp is for grades 1st-8th. The cost is $30.
Survivor Camp will be offered 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 outside the Historic Schoolhouse. Campers will play the Rend Lake College version of survivor. They will learn basic survival skills as they compete to be the ultimate survivor. Campers are asked to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes (no sandals), insect repellant, and to dress for the weather. The camp will be outdoors, rain or shine. This camp is for grades 4th-8th. The cost is $60.
Weird Science 1 will be offered in two different sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday, June 25-28 or July 16-19 in the Applied Science building. Campers will see volcanoes erupt, experiment with magnets, bubbles, gak, slime and other mysterious things. Instructor Cathy Sanders encourages campers to join her for a week of discovery during this “hands-on” camp. This camp is for grades 1st-3rd. The cost is $60.
Weird Science 2 will also be offered in two different sessions, 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 25-28 or July 16-19 in the Applied Science building. According to instructor Cathy Sanders, this camp offers more weird experiments, more messes, and more fun. Campers will discover science by using pulleys, hammering, measuring, problem solving, making parachutes, and lots of hands-on activities. This camp is for grades 1st-3rd. The cost is $60.
Parents have the option to extend the camp day by letting their campers attend both a morning and afternoon camp session. RLC staff collect campers at the end of their morning camp, supervise their lunch and take them to their afternoon camp. Supervised Lunch is $3 per day. Parents drop their camper off at their 9a.m. morning camp and pick them up from their afternoon session at 4p.m. Campers need to bring a sack lunch and beverage each day.
For more information or to register, contact RLC Community & Corporation Education at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1267 or 1714.