For the past two weeks, the Center for Lifelong Learning has been hosting summer camps for children.
Last week there was an archery camp for 8 to 12 year olds. The Archery Camp focused on form and shooting. More than that, the kids learned range safety, eye dominance, and how to set up a shooting range. All of the equipment was provided so kids could come and try archery for the first time. Camp was limited to 20 students, and it maxed out.
This week we have kids in Decatur and in Athens. In Decatur, Ancient Art camp is at the Alabama Center for the Arts. This camp is for 5-7 year olds. They explored cave drawings, investigated hieroglyphs, and even uncover lost civilizations. It was a time for creativity.
The Athens camp, “From Cows to Cotton,” was an exploration of farming. The kids went on field trips every day. Monday, the kids went to the Farmers Co-op. They picked out plants for their garden. We want to thank the folks at the Farmers Coop, John Curtis and Amy Wright, for their help. After the Co-op, the kids went to the extension office to find information about how to plant their new plants. Susan Smith and Camilla Greene were very helpful. They shared pamphlets and talked to the kids about the services they offer.
On Tuesday, the kids enrolled in “From Cows to Cotton” went to visit Mr. Darryl Adams’ cows. Mrs. Wynell Britton helped us find the farm and told the kids about all the things cows provide for us, like, leather, glue, meat, milk and so much more. Mr. Adams let the kids pet on some of the tamer cows and told the kids about moving the cows between the pastures. It was an exciting morning. But that was not the end of it; after visiting the cows, the kids went to Isom’s Orchard. There they were treated with a chance to pick their own peaches!
There are more camps coming at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Next week will feature Stop Motion Animation, ages 8-13 and Smart Photography, ages 10 and up.
July 28-30, we will host the CSI Camp. This camp is for 11-12th grade and college students. The camp is an exploration of forensics – blood, bones, and handwriting. Camp is scheduled from 9:00am – 12:00pm.
Even though the month is over, that does not end the camp opportunities. The month of July we will host five more camps – July 11-15, from 9:00am – 12:00pm; Chess, ages 8-12, Art Explorers, ages 8-12, and Ancient Art, ages 12 and up. July 18-22, from 1:00-4:00pm we will host the Great Brick Adventure for ages 5-13.
Check out the website – www.athens.edu/CLL – or give us a call at 256-233-8262.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262