“Fan into Flame” Summer Enrichment Camp June – August 2018
This years summer program has focused on building relationships, unity and reconciliation. The mantra is that there is only one race, the human race. This year we have served campers representing over 19 different ethnicities, from nations across the globe. We will deliver five action-packed weeks of programming from June 25 to August 16, 2018.
We are no longer seeking high-school interns, college interns, chaperones and volunteers to participate.
Camp schedules are full-day, Monday thru Thursday, from approximately 9:00am to 3:30pm. Program dates are as follows:
Weeks commencing Monday June 18 at our South-side location
Weeks commencing Monday July 9 and 16 at our East-side location
Weeks commencing Monday August 6 and 13 at our South-side location
Who is ready for summer? We know from experience that the summer can be one of the most challenging times of the year for children of low-income apartments, whose parents work and therefore leave children unattended at home. We know that Summer Reading Loss is a major problem for young readers who return to school further behind than when the summer commenced. Why? Because there is no-one to encourage and help them to read books, just for the fun of it, as well as to learn about the world in which they live. So many lack context for what they are reading, which is why we try to expose children to new place and experiences in our holistic summer enrichment program.
Our annual Fan into Flame Summer Enrichment Camp serves children (ages 5 to 14) like Anisha. A 10-year-old Nepali refugee, the first summer in Charlotte, Anisha had nothing to do but play video games with her older brother. She entered school in the fall ill-prepared and wound up failing the third grade despite being tutored. Last summer she attended LHCC’s summer camp, read 12 books, went on multiple educational field trips and also learned to swim. Now she is an honor roll student at Merry Oaks. She attends our weekly tutoring program and is once again looking forward to another great year at school.
What we do over the summer:
Mornings – Character lessons, reading and literacy enrichment (every day of camp), including nutritious breakfast and “home-cooked” lunch
Afternoons – Field trips to Discovery Place, Monkey Joes, various museums, activity centers and sports and swimming facilities, including nutritious snacks and refreshments
Our summer camps are offered at no charge to low income apartment residents, where we have existing partnerships and relationships.
Feedback from 2017 Fan into Flame Summer Campers:
“I rated the summer camp 10 out of 10. I loved it” – Karina R 5 grader
“My favorite things were going to the museums and swimming. I also read 6 books” – Dayanarit M 4th grader
I enjoyed going to the Museum of the New South and learning about history of Charlotte. The camp made my summer fun because I learned a lot of new things” -Ashley M 7th grader
“I enjoyed the devotions, character and object lessons very much” – Zeke G 8th grader
“Summer camp was fun. If I didn’t come, I would’ve been indoors playing video games”. -Jordan 5th grader
“I read over 10 books with book reports. They encouraged me to read chapter books every day” -Matthew M 5 grader
“I didn’t really enjoy reading, but I know it will help me with school” – Danexi – 2nd grader
“My mom loved that I went to camp so that I could learn and not be in the house all day every day” – Wilfredo P 5th grader
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