Numeracy, literacy and fun continue to be the staples of the GECDSB's Summer Learning Program, Camp Wonder, but there's also robotics, bridge building and basketball to engage and entertain the students who have opted to entend their school years by 3 weeks. The campers spend their mornings in academic programs and the afternoons they go to the University of Windsor or St. Clair College for gym and swim activities.
Camp Wonder is primarily for students who have just completed Grade 2 but this July there's also a pilot program for K-1 students focused on outdoor learning. There's a basketball camp at General Brock PS for junior girls led by former University of Windsor Lancers captain Caitlyn Longmuir. Students at the Brock, Marlborough and West Gate sites are conducting bridge inquiries, inspired by the Gordie Howe bridge project which will soon dominate their neighbourhoods. FNMI students are attending a culturally-connected camp at John Campbell PS and there is a French Immersion program at Bellewood PS.
In all there are approximately 850 youngsters in 36 classes at 23 different sites throughout the GECDSB, including Queen Elizabeth PS and M.D. Bennie PS in Leamington and Essex PS. The camps are being led by 80 qualified teachers and staff members.
The first day of the last 2 weeks of camp have been nicknamed "Marvelous Mondays" which included parent and family engagement opportunities.
Camp Wonder got underway on July 3rd and runs until Friday, July 20th. Follow everything going on throiughout the Summer Learning Program on Twitter with the hashtag #gecdsb2018slp.