Looking for a fun educational summer camp for your children? An innovative summer camp opportunity will be held for the third year in a row at Oakbrook Preparatory School in Spartanburg, SC. Oakbrook is hosting Camp Invention, an educational summer camp for children entering first grade through current 5th graders. Linda Stanley, the camp coordinator at Oakbrook, summarizes the camp as, “Learning 21st century educational skills in a fast paced, fun environment.”
Camp Invention is a nationwide camp that offers unique hands on learning activities which are taught by local teachers. This year’s theme is the Spark Program and will include the following features: the curious cipher club, an atomic journey, wondrous innovations and living designs, power play, and Edison’s workshop. The curriculum is full of age appropriate activities, “Children must tap into their creativity to solve real-world challenges and work as a team to realize problem solving as a portal to discovery.” (Camp Invention)
Creative teaching methods are what lead Linda Stanley to Camp Invention. She thought the camp’s philosophy complimented Oakbrook Preparatory School’s approach to education. Oakbrook is a Christian school that began as The Village School in 1992 (http://www.oakbrookprep.org/abouthome.htm). Rosemary Moore, the school’s founder, was influenced by an English educator who lived in the 1800’s named Charlotte Mason. Mason’s philosophy centers around music, art, living books, nature studies, hands on activities, and can be best summed up by her famous motto, “I am, I can, I ought, I will.”
Camp Invention encourages students to discover their potential just as Charlotte Mason did with her students in the 1800’s. So even though a lot has changed in our world since Mason taught school, some things never seem to change, especially with regard to educating children. Providing students with fun, hands on educational opportunities in a safe atmosphere will always enhance learning. Education should be as Mason thought, ” The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him? “
Oakbrook will host the camp the week of June 20th-24th from 9am to 3:30pm. The school has a capacity of 100 children. The cost of the camp is $215 which includes a Camp Invention T-shirt. You can register online at www.campinvention.org or call 1-800-968-4332.