For over 30 years, summer camp has provided Wayfinders scholars with an opportunity for learning and self-discovery. This summer, all but one of our residential camp partners have closed their doors for in-person camp because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Camp Hanes will open with safety precautions, and 8 of our scholars will attend.) While we are all disappointed that summer camp will not continue as we had hoped, we at Wayfinders have been hard at work reimagining what summer opportunity and programming will look like for our scholars this year.
To provide summer enrichment for our scholars, we have identified 21 local and virtual online camps with 15 partners that scholars can enroll in based on their interests including Duke Summer Session, Wake Forest Summer Immersion, UNCG’s All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp, McColl Center for Arts + Innovation, Discovery Place Science, Athena’s Path Camp, Hero’s Pursuit Camp, Dottie Rose Foundation Camps, and more. Given the new format, scholars can participate in multiple camps this summer. We are excited for our scholars as we believe multiple camps equals multiple chances to stay engaged and to fight summer learning loss. Our older scholars will build skills through internships and employment.
To complement camps, we will host virtual and in-person activities and provide monthly, themed care packages. In May, scholars participated in therapist-led virtual workshops on Coping Skills and Resiliency and received a self-care package that included a journal, mindfulness coloring book, stress ball, and jump rope. Scholars learned the importance of self-love and compassion, and developed skills to help channel emotions and feel better during stressful times, such as journaling, getting outside, and eating and sleeping well. June’s theme, Get Outside and Move!, includes a socially-distanced fitness hike and healthy lifestyle care package. In July, we will focus on Building Bridges Across Difference, and August will bring a focus on Back to School, including necessary supplies. All summer care packages will include books thanks to First Book and Promising Pages.
For further information about our programs, contact Mollie James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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