SUMMER DISCOVERY BLOG 2016

Basketball Camp

DRILLS



Forsyth Athletic Director Justin Harris leads basketball camp, this year, with Ryan Howard, Forsyth Grade 3 teacher. We had a big group of campers with lots of counselors to coach and play with the kids. Coach Harris kept the gym hopping with lively sets of drills that sent groups in rotations on various skillbuilding exercises with a motivating, keep-moving soundtrack blasting. 


 

CAMPERS VS. COUNSELORS



Ah, the moment of reckoning: campers vs. counselors games. The first thing you're going to notice is that these basketball games do not comply with NBA rules about number of players per team on the court. Summer Discovery games fall into the free-for-all category, with mass movement up and down the court, and intense competition on a large scale. The great thing is that the counselors play as hard as the campers. It's a blast. [That's Coach Harris at left in a pre-game confab with counselors.]

Posted by Summer on Tuesday August 9, 2016 at 11:20AM
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Camp Collaborations

GALACTIC ADVENTURES CAMPERS STAR IN iMOVIE FILM


One of the fun things about Summer Discovery is the mixing and mingling of different ages and interests. For example, we had a big Galactic Adventures camp and at the same time a group of filmmakers in iMovie camp. These two camps collaborated: the Galactic crowd developed skits that the iMovie camp filmed on a green screen. The filmmakers edited the footage to include Galactic backdrops, audio, and more.


Then, on Friday, the last day of the 1-week session, the whole camp gathered for the premiere of the film. In 5 days, this group of iMovie kids filmed and edited video to produce an 11-minute feature film. Impressive and really fun for all the campers to see a kid production.

 
 

HOME EC CAMP HOSTS PARTY FOR PRE-PRIMARY CAMPERS



Home Ec camp spent the week preparing for the party they hosted for pre-primary campers. They made invitations, sewed napkins and placemats, made placecards, made all the food ("It helps if you wear goggles when you cut the onions," advised one camper.), served their guests, and then presented handmade gift bags to each guest. Then, there was time for the Home Ec campers to field questions from their guests about what they did and how they did it. 

 

Posted by Summer on Sunday August 7, 2016 at 12:34PM
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Houston, we have lift-off!

BLASTING OFF ROCKETS IN FOREST PARK


In Rocketry camp, Summer Discovery aerospace engineers were challenged by teacher Jim McQuaide (high school physics & chemistry) to build rockets that would launch successfully, complete with parachutes for the descent to Earth. Each of these campers had 30 parts to assemble in 17 steps to build the internal mechanics of their rockets. On the fourth day, the rockets were tweaked and painted. Ready for lift-off.

 
 
Finally, on day 5 the whole camp went over to a large field in Forest Park to launch their rockets. After each rocket was set up on the launch pad and wired to the launch control, one press of a button sent the rocket blasting up 800-1200 feet off the ground in a nano-second. If you blinked, you could miss the lift-off. Part 2 of each launch is rocket retrieval. Because these rockets shot up so fast and so high, some of them landed far from the launch pads, in trees or other inaccessible places, some were damaged in the descent. It was an exhilarating experience.

Posted by Summer on Saturday July 23, 2016 at 05:33PM
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