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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:46

MHC Summer Science camp covers every gamut possible for children of all ages

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The Medicine Hat College is generally filled with students in their late teens to mid-twenties trying to grasp that next level of learning.


This summer camp has its first scheduled class starting June 30 and ending in August.
Logan Bodnaruk, who is interning with Continuing Studies, says the camps are fun while at the same time they should be somewhere the youngsters can learn.
Bodnaruk is helping with camp programming as the summer science camp intern/co-ordinator and is excited about the slate of activities which will meet every participant. There is everything from a C.S.I.-themed camp to a Cooking with Class which is taught by executive chef Tim Shorno from Cheesecake Café.
It would be extremely difficult not to find something for anyone from a toddler to a teenager to enjoy.
In total, there are about 70 themes available.
Bodnaruk acknowledges a particular camp’s availability will depend on the number of people registered. If there are not enough people within a class, it will not be held. However, there are experienced leaders/instructors in place for each of them.
“It’s geared towards kids promoting creativity and it will keep the kids engaged,” explains Bodnaruk who points to a thick binder which has ideas and suggestions from parents and instructors from last year of what works, what might be a good idea for the future and some which didn’t work quite as well.
“(Each class is) packed full of different activities.”
There are five areas of concentration with numerous themes throughout the summer:
• arts: lil’ superheros lil’ princesses, art adventure, pee wee picasso, duct tape mania, theatrics camp, stomp art, documentary video for teens, shutter bug;
• science: lil’ scientists, Lego 101, Gross Out Science, Spy Science, Bug Out Scien’twists, Astro Adventures, Robotics, human physiology;
• sports: golf lessons, play yoga, play fun, play sports, play elite athletes, soccer, volleyball, basketball, play/run/jump/throw, play F.A.M.E.;
• conservatory: making music, music creativity, summer songbirds, operetta, band camp, guitar camp, hip hoppin’, movin’ and groovin’; and
• more: dessert wars, Canada D’Eh, Minute to Win It, Harry Potter, Pirate Camp and Junk Box Wars.
Also new to the calendar are camps that align with popular programming at MHC, for example: Documentary Video for Teens (Visual Communications), Human Physiology- How the Body Works (Health Sciences) as well as Band Camp (Conservatory of Music and Dance).
Bodnaruk says the instructors who range from college professors, retired teachers, college students (with an education-background) as well as experts in the field are all in control of putting their programs together.
Bodnaruk doesn’t want to “micromanage” but they do send her their plans. She says Savannah Symmonds, who held her title last year, is helping her out this year in both getting the word out and co-ordinating the classes.
Another aspect of the classes which is exciting is the fact there is a mixture of students from both urban and rural as well as various socio-economic classes.
“It gives them diversity,” says Bodnaruk who herself grew up on a farm near Medicine Hat, but is now a Behavioural Neuroscience student at McGill University in Montreal.
She says experiencing the best of both worlds and the diversity in the activities and people can only help a young person grow.
Anyone interested in learning more about the teen camps is encouraged to visit: www.mhc.ab.ca. Calendars for the children’s summer camps can also be viewed on the website. As space is limited, people are encouraged register early as class size is limited. To reserve a seat phone 403-529-3844 or register online.

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