For six weeks in late June through early August, the D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC) 2017 day camp program hosted more than 900 students from Bergen County, the greater New York City metro area, and around the world including the United Kingdom, China, and Korea. The American Camp Association-accredited program has developed a reputation as an area leader in summer programming for Preschool through Grade 12.
D-E 360° SC Director Sherronda Brown, in her welcome letter to registered families, noted, “We believe that learning should tap into students’ multiple intelligences. With us, young people develop a wide array of skills and interests, from learning about the techniques of working in a particular medium to transforming ideas about life in their community. What better time than summertime, for young people to be explorative in these ways!”
Our youngest campers enrolled in the Discoveries, Adventures & Junior Summer Day Camp program learned each week about “Habitats of the World”—exploring the biology and ecology of animals in Polar Regions, “Wild Wetlands” and Rainforests (to name a few). Students enjoyed a variety of hands-on activities that had them building igloos, creating animal masks inspired by animals found in the Amazon, and pretending to be penguins in water play on Mr. Rocky’s Field. Field trips to interesting destinations such as the American Museum of Natural History and Greenwood Gardens rounded out the students’ weekly experiences.
Thanks to dozens of “a la carte” Enrichment offerings, which ranged from 3D Printing, Debate, and French Café Cooking to Model Rocketry, Watercolors, and Zentangles, and our Academic Enrichment and Scholars programs, students in Grades 5 through 12 were able to explore a variety of fun activities, and in some cases earned school credit and built confidence for later academic courses this fall. “Immersives” provided a more intense option for those who wanted to “dive deeply” into their passions, guided by expert teachers. STEM Challenge, Entrepreneurs Academy, and Young Visionaries courses were offered once again this year, and new athletics “academy” offerings in fencing (led by Durkan Academy, a US Fencing Olympic Team training center) and tennis (led by former Olympic athlete Tsolak Gevorkian) were similarly very popular. String Society also celebrated its tenth anniversary year (click here to read). This year a new weeklong STEM Institute, the creation of D-E Technology Director Trevor Shaw working together with technology education guru Kevin Jarrett, attracted an enthusiastic group of teachers to learn project-based learning techniques hands-on. By all accounts the D-E 360° slogan to “Learn Boldly” was resonant with our “campers” of all ages.
For more information about D-E 360° and to enjoy weekly highlights and video clips from Summer Connections 2017 visit de360.d-e.org.