by Geoff Fox
Middle school students in Hancock can now register for summer camps at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.
Registration opened at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 14.
The camp will run the month of July with four different time frames – July 3– 6 (no camp on July 4), July 10-13, July 17-20, and July 24-27. Each day, camp will run for three hours, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
The four classes will be “Global Citizen – A Long Walk to Water,” “Environmental Warriors,” “Sixth Grade Transition Camp,” and “We the People: Getting to Know My State.”
Ruth Bradley and Tina Lourdon will teach the Global Citizen course during the July 3-6 and July 10- 13.
The camp will allow students to discover their importance in the global world by studying excerpts from “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park.
In the course, students would design a service learning project that would support improved water quality in Sudan and could be carried out by Hancock Middle-Senior High School students in the fall.
Students would also be making pencil pouches to send abroad and also make water bottle holders as a reminder of the important contributions they make as global citizens.
This is the only course where students are encouraged to attend both weeks.
Bradley and Lourdon will teach the Environmental Warriors camp as well, which will be held July 17-20.
Students will be exploring their personal, local, and global impact on the environment. They would be collecting and analyzing data from a stream and the school’s yard.
The camp will culminate in an Environmental Round Table where students would propose ideas for improving their contributions to a healthy environment.
A field trip to Camp Harding in Pecktonville is also included in the camp.
The Sixth Grade Transition Camp is exclusive to sixth graders and will help them get a jump-start on the 2023-2024 school year. April Shupp, Michael Leith, and Heather Smith will be teaching the camp during the July 17-20 week.
Students would be learning what it takes to be successful in middle school with activities that include fun games, nature projects, and team-building exercises.
Students would also be introduced to the school’s positive behavior program, counseling services, sixth grade routines, and goal setting processes.
It also allows students to meet their fellow middle schoolers and their teachers.
The final camp would be “We the People: Getting to Know My State,” which will Lourdon will be teaching during the last week of the camp, July 24-27. It’s the only camp offered that week.
Students will be studying the structure of Maryland government and exploring how it has influenced local history.
Students will be adding artifacts to a portfolio in response to the question “Why am I a proud Maryland citizen?”
A guest speaker is planned.
Parents and guardians can register students for these camps by accessing the online camp document at this website address: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSsip FnvXWxQvHGRSYm1fEr0 81CoVGfND4L7A_n7BEG6xjSg/viewform