It’s time again for students to sign up for summer camps. The Blount County Education Foundation, in conjunction with many partners, has made it possible for academic camps to be held throughout the county at no cost to the student. Thanks to the Blount County Board of Education Summer Feeding Program, many of the camps will also provide breakfast and/or lunch.
A wide variety of the camps are planned around the theme of STEM>STEAM>STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math). Due to a new grant from the Alabama Arts Education Alliance, this year’s lineup includes an expanded list of art camps. Blount County Education Foundation executive director Mitchie Neel said, “We are very excited to be able to add more arts camps to our options this year. Our arts camps are always so popular, and this new grant from Alabama Arts Education Alliance has helped us expand these opportunities.”
Through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for STEAM activities, and the support of HomeTown Bank, the other camps also provide great activities that run from May 28 through July 25. All camps will provide educational activities to allow students to remain connected to learning this summer.
Some of the camps offered this year include Lion King camp, Kids’ Day on the River, STEaMY Summer Days, S.L.I.M.E. Camp, Chefs in the Kitchen, and MUSIC Symposium.
Thanks to the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Blount County Literacy Council, and the Alabama Arts Alliance, students from Appalachian, Blountsville Elementary, Cleveland Elementary, Hayden Primary, Hayden Elementary, Locust Fork Elementary, and Southeastern can attend the Summer Library Access experience in June. The one-week camps run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day with breakfast and lunch provided. The camp will follow the STREAM theme.
For those students from Appalachian, Blountsville, Cleveland, and Susan Moore who might be interested in a six-week camp, the Susan Moore Dreamcatchers Camp will run from June 2 through July 13 at Susan Moore School.
Students will participate in daily sessions in reading, math, library/STREAM, and enrichment (art, STEM, theater, and Spanish.) Several field trips are planned. Neel said, “Students make great academic gains as a result of participation in this camp plus get to experience the arts in new and fun ways.”
The Dreamcatchers Camp is made possible through grants provided by the United Way SAIL (Summer Adventures in Learning) Coalition, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Alabama Arts Alliance.
In addition to the support of the above agencies, supplies and resources for all of the programs are provided through grants from Cawaco RC&D and Dollar General Foundation.
Neel said, “We could not provide these high quality and engaging summer activities without the support of these great organizations and foundations. As a result of their support, Blount County students get to have great summer learning activities at no cost to them. The Board of Education is a tremendous partner to us in providing these activities, and we simply could not have the programs without their unending support.”
To sign up for any of the free camps, go to www.blountboe.net and click on the Summer Registrations link in the Quick Links list.