Lasting Impact at LDAWE Summer Camps

Here at LDAWE, we can’t believe that our Summer Enrichment Camps are now complete!  One of the most rewarding things this summer was to hear from the campers and their families regarding what a difference the camps were making in their lives.  Many of the campers made friends and even visited their new friends during non-camp time.  One mother mentioned that after attending just 1 week of camp, her son could now tell time using an analog clock.  A grandmother told us that for the first time ever, her grandson was excited to go to a camp every day (this was unusual since at other places he had refused to even get out of the car).  We hope the lessons learned and the friends made throughout this year’s summer camps have a lasting impact on the campers’ lives.

Week 5 in Essex: Eco-Explorers

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using computers, iPads, a Smart Board, and by playing various games.  This week the campers spent a lot of time outdoors interacting with their environment.  During the week, the campers got to go on nature walks around the school.  During their walks they used their magnifying glasses to find snails, insects, flowers, rocks, and minerals.

Summer Camp Essex

This week the campers also:

  • Made animal sculptures out of their own homemade play dough.
  • Used their homemade play dough to answer math questions.
  • Researched their favourite animals and made posters about their animal.
  • Tested their engineering skills by using recycled products to create race cars.
  • Created scratch art and made handprints to tell all about themselves during arts and crafts time.
  • Played octopus during indoor recess.
  • The last day of the camp was capped off with an outdoor scavenger hunt!

Summer Camp Essex

The campers also watched the animated TV special, “The Lorax,” based on the book by Dr. Seuss.  The story focuses on the consequences that corporate greed can have on our environment.  As a result, the campers participated in a garbage cleanup around the school.

The Lorax at the Essex Summer Camp

 A very special thank you to Mrs. Christina, Mr. Nick, Miss. Sarah, Miss. Hannah, and Miss. Amy for making this year’s camps in Essex so successful for all of the campers!

 

Week 5 in Windsor: The Wacky World of Science

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using computers, iPads, the Smart Board, and by playing various games.  The campers learned all about acids and bases from Mr. Daniel.  The campers had the opportunity to participate in a variety of science experiments, such as:

  • Exploding lunch bags by mixing baking soda and vinegar together
  • Sucking an egg into a bottle by changing the air pressure
  • Watching a volcano eruption by mixing Diet Pepsi and Mentos together
  • Turning our campers into human bubbles
  • Making slime and bouncy balls

One of the most impressive experiments was the volcano eruption.  Watch it below:

One of the campers’ favourite activities during the week was becoming human bubbles!

Summer Camp in Windsor

The last day was a fun day with all kinds of games and activities.  The campers played face the cookie, potato sack races, jumping for donuts, and group hula hoop races.

Windsor Summer Camp

A very special thank you to Mrs. Dana, Ms. Lori, Miss. Kayla, Mr. Daniel, Miss. Maegan, and Miss. Mackenzie for making this year’s camps in Windsor so successful for all of the campers!

All of the staff members of LDAWE would like to wish the campers a wonderful end to your summer vacations and best of luck in school in the fall! We hope to see you again next year!

Fun Filled Week at LDAWE Summer Camps

Wow, here at LDAWE, we can’t believe that the first 3 weeks of our Summer Enrichment Camps are already complete!  Don’t forget, the Campers at both sites have been sharing their thoughts, feelings, and activities throughout the week on our Twitter feed and on Facebook, so please follow these feeds to get the most up-to-date information about what’s happening during the week.

Week 3 in Essex: The Wacky World of Science

Summer Camp Essex

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using computers, iPads, a Smart Board, and various games.  This week the campers were very busy conducting science experiments and learning about different types of science.  This included:

  • Learning about geology while making volcanoes out of paper-mache and watching them erupt (see the video below),
  • Making gooey slime when they were chemists,
  • Learning how to clean up oil spills when they were marine biologists,
  • Making circuits when they were electrical engineers, and
  • Learning about aerodynamics while making paper airplanes.

The most inspiring quote of the week comes from Alyssa:

  • “Never, never give up! My airplane won first place because it went the farthest!”

The theme for next week’s Summer Enrichment Camp in Essex is the Superhero Academy.  Don’t forget, next week’s Camp runs from Tuesday – Friday due to the Civic Holiday on Monday.

 

Week 3 in Windsor: The Amazing Race World Challenge

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using computers, iPads, the Smart Board, and various games.  They became world travellers while visiting Mexico, Egypt, and China.  By the time they got back to Canada, they were exhausted and jet lagged!  Good thing they each made scrapbooks of their journey, so they can remember what they accomplished while on their travels.

Summer Camp Windsor

Throughout the week, the campers competed in the LDAWE version of the TV show, The Amazing Race. Working in pairs, the campers completed academic challenges in 7 minute intervals. When a pair hit a roadblock, they had to complete a physical challenge. The campers won awards for completing various challenges. Congratulations to Trina and Dorothea, who were the winners of the LDAWE Amazing Race World Challenge!

Summer Camp Windsor

Here’s some of the quotes from the campers:

  • “I like how we have to work with teammates and compete against others at the same time!” – Trina
  • “I liked learning about the Mexican tribes!” – Michael W.
  • “I really like the roadblock challenges!” – Connor
  • “It’s awesome how we do challenges and try to get more points than the other teams.” – Daniella
  • “I love this game!” (while playing math war with her teammate) – Micah

The theme for next week’s Summer Enrichment Camp in Windsor is Lights, Camera, Action!.  Don’t forget, next week’s Camp runs from Tuesday – Friday due to the Civic Holiday on Monday.

For more information about our programs, check out our website at www.ldawe.ca.