Summer camping for all interests in Madison County

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Robert Werden

Robert Werden

Most of us have some fond memories of attending some type of camp during our younger years. I remember attending basketball camp, wrestling camp, soccer camp, church camp and baseball camp. Each of these camps were designed to help me gain a better understanding of what was needed to get better in each of the areas I was interested. Back when I was young, camps were pretty much limited to sports, music and church activities.

Today, our young people have many options to choose from when planning their summer activities. Here at the Madison County Regional Office of Education, we host three summer camps and help sponsor a fourth. Our coordinator, Rachel Lewis, does a tremendous job organizing and administering our camps. We offer Construction Camp, S.T.E.M. Camp and Agriculture Camp. We helped sponsor a History Camp this year, working closely with the Madison County Historical Society. Each camp has sponsors that are invaluable to the success of the camp. We cannot thank them enough.

I have read in the news about all types of camps across Madison County and the region. In addition to the camps our office offers, I am aware of Police Youth Camp, Art Camp, Archery Camp, 3-D Printing Camp, Coding Camp, Drama Camp and even a Dog Training Camp. If your child has an interest, chances are, there is a camp for them.

Over the years, some schools have implemented school calendars that have altered the traditional school year with the summer break. I have remained a fan of the nine-month school year with a summer break. Students and teachers need an extended break from each other. Students need time to explore interests by attending camps and other events. Older students need the chance to obtain employment over the summer months. There are many advantages to summer break, even though child care can be challenging, at times.

Learning is different for all of us. While schools provide most of the educational opportunities for our children, summer provides many other chances for folks to gain knowledge. Camps, family vacations, and summer jobs are a few of the ways students continue to learn while away from the traditional classroom setting. There is educational value in many places, one just needs to search for it.

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