January 7, 2019
I’m quite certain most people reading this blog barely remember and lecture, a powerpoint, a mandated book or even the best meal ever served in elementary school. What I would bet is remembered is the trip to the museum, a visit to the local high school or library and if you were lucky enough you definitely remember the time you got to go to camp and be away from your parents for the very first time.
Experiences generate memories but a great task remains for many camps… how do camps keep the passion of science, marine life, the environment etc… fresh in students’ minds long after they return to school? My research has shown both camp directors and teachers want camp to be more than a single experience but both clearly admit time is so limited that neither have the staff or resources to create experiences beyond camp. This research was so frustrating to me that I have decided to do something. Starting a program like Camp Beyond Camp has been a dream of mine for so long. I’m not sure I have always known I would combine my traditional education background with an experiential education connection; however, I always knew there was something missing. When my students returned from a great experience I felt like I didn’t have the know-how or time to keep the magic alive. Life experiences and circumstances made it clear to me that kids and camps deserve more