Green Adventures Stewardship Camp for Middle School Students

Disclaimer: Rec & Ed is a sponsor of the Ann Arbor with Kids Summer Camp Guide. All opinions are 100% my own.

Do you have a middle schooler who would still like to participate in camp. While there are numerous programs for elementary school aged kids, there are fewer options for middle school aged children. Last summer Ann Arbor Rec & Ed piloted a Green Adventures Stewardship camp for middle school students based on the popular Green Adventure Camp for elementary aged students. The program was so popular last year that there will be 8 weeks of the camp for middle school students this summer.

The press release below contains more information on the program

Green Adventure Stewardship Camp Grows to Eight Weeks in 2014
New Middle School Environmental Science Camp Proves Popular

ANN ARBOR, Mich., [May 1st ] – Community Education and Recreation, Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Last summer’s pilot Green Adventures Stewardship Program for middle school students was so popular that Rec &Ed is offering a full 8 weeks in 2014. Based on the award-winning Green Adventure Camp (GAC) model, the Stewardship Program provides opportunities for rising 6th – 8th graders to dive into an engaging, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) curriculum and to develop and practice their leadership skills. All this takes place in a relaxed, summer-camp atmosphere. Campers can enroll in 1-8 weeks of camp.

Our Green Adventure Stewardship Program (GASP) takes the best parts of our K-5 Green Adventure Camp and adds components that are customized to appropriately challenge the older campers. “Each week the GASP activities culminate in mini presentations to the younger campers on permaculture, recycling, the water cycle and other environmental themes. This supports development of leadership skills and allows the middle school students to get some practice public speaking.” says Robin Schultz-Purves, coordinator of the program.

Certified teachers facilitate morning educational sessions based on GAC’s weekly themes. Students try out their new skills in afternoon hands-on field experiences. Students experiment, observe, test and develop problem-solving skills, eventually taking charge of their own learning, whether it is through raising chickens, farming, investigating, or preparing presentations for younger students. This is accomplished through a mix of individual and group experiences and challenges, all in a safe and nurturing environment.

“GAC started in 2008 to respond to requests that Rec & Ed offer an academic enrichment camp. The Green Theme was close to my heart, and lends itself easily to experiential education,” says Schultz-Purves. In the six years Green camp has operated, Rec & Ed has won several Environmental Partnership awards, Waste Knot awards and received grant monies for our Bee curriculum. We pair certified teachers and the district naturalist creating a solid team of educators combined with small group sizes. We also have a support staff of highly qualified district School Age Child Care staff who provide support during the activities

For more information contact: Robin Schultz-Purves Community Education Coordinator purves@aaps.k12.mi.us or 734-994-2300, http://www.aareced.com/reced.home/reced.greencamp/gac_stewardship_camp

As a department of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Community Education & Recreation provides a wide variety of high quality, affordable programs for youth and adults. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for our community through recreation and education.

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