It’s Never Too Late: Summer Fun Still Going On

7-1-2016 3-03-05 PMSummer does not seem like a good time to learn with the children out of school. But school is not the only way to learn.

This summer, the Center for Lifelong Learning has sponsored several successful camps. Our first camp, Archery Camp, filled quickly and had a waiting list. The kids in that camp learned to shoot arrows and practiced for tournaments.

From Cows to Cotton was almost full as well. We had nine children in that camp. This was a chance for city kids (and farm kids) to get close to animals and crops. The group visited Mrs. Margaret Barnett’s fields where Mr. Darryl Adams was housing some cows. Mrs. Barnett has new born kittens so it was doubly fun to visit and see “farm animals.” We also visited the Tennessee Valley Experimental and Extension Center farm on Mooresville Rd. Mr. Chet Norris explained wheat, corn and cotton crops to us as well as telling us that cows drink a bathtub full of water each day. WOW! At the Farmers Co-op, we picked up some plants to put in our gardens. One student, Raiden, was very excited about his jalapeño pepper. Thanks to Mr. Cooper and Ms Amy, we finished off the camp making home-made butter and ice cream.

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But it is not too late to get into camps. We still have July camps waiting. You can register by phone at 256-233-8260, on the web at, or at our offices 121 South Marion Street.

The week of July 11th, we will offer three camps. The first one is Chess Camp for ages 8-12. The game of Chess focuses on strategies which are long term goals and tactics which are short term goals. This camp is for kids who want to learn chess, and for kids who already know how to play. Camp is scheduled July 11-15, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $45.

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Art Explorers will also be running that week – July 11-15, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This camp will use a variety of media to explore the creative side of the children. Ms. Valerie Alexander has been the teacher for this camp for three years, and always has a great program. The fee is $55.

We will be offering Ancient Art in Decatur for ages 12 and up. This camp is taught by Robyn Locke and will center on hieroglyphs, cave drawings, and famous artists and their techniques. This camp is scheduled July 11-14, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. The fee is $95.

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Two other camps are offered in July – The Great Brick Adventure, ages 5-13, July 18-21, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning, and Gross Science, ages 8-12, July 25-27, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. You can find out more about these camps, and all of our camps, on our web page –

Remember, learning is fun at camp!
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262