Summer camps to feature careers, interests, and fitness

Summer is just around the corner, and the Knox County Public Schools are kicking off June with camps for students in all grades.

Thanks to a grant received through Career and Technical Education, students will be able to explore, create, and get active in one of four week-long sessions.   The camps are designed to promote careers, spark interest in new hobbies, and encourage students to be active during summer vacation.

Three camps will be held the week of June 10-14.   K-3 students will explore topics such as gardening, animal care, fun and exercise, and culinary food creations.  4th-5th grade students will learn about archery, ATV/cycling safety, tennis, volleyball, and culinary food creations.  Both camps will be held at Knox County Middle School and are open to students at Central Elementary, Dewitt, Flat Lick, Girdler, G.R. Hampton and Lay.   The third camp will be open to all Knox County 6th-12th grade students and will take place at Knox County Area Technology Center.   Students will explore new career interests and build birdhouses, assemble a computer, cut out letters, understand car maintenance, sketch pictures, use software to learn about electricity, and learn basic first aid.

Three additional camps will be held the week of June 17-21K-5 students at Lynn Camp Elementary will be “Hooked on Science” with nationally known science educator Jason Lindsey. Students will also participate in a variety of physical fitness activities coordinated by FRYSC. 6th-12th grade students will build, design, and explore new interests such as robotics, agriculture and floral design, culinary creations, and advertising and promotion.  Both camps are open to Lynn Camp students and will be held at the middle/high school building.  The third camp will be open to Knox County Middle and Knox Central students grades 6th-12th and will be held at Knox Central High School.  Students will learn how banks work, play the role of a store employee, design advertisements and posters, build bottle rockets, and get hands-on with landscaping.

All camps begin at 8:30am each morning and will conclude at 11:45am.  Parents are responsible for transporting their child to the camp site except for Lynn Camp students attending camp at Knox County Area Technology Center.  Those students will be transported from Lynn Camp Middle/High to the ATC.   At 12pm each day students will be transported to the Barbourville Water Park where they can make a splash and get active.  There is no charge for participation in the camp or the water park.   Lunch will be served once students arrive at the park.  Parents may pick up their child from the camp at 11:45am or pick them up from the water park.  FRYSC coordinators will supervise students at the water park until 3pm each day, however, parents may choose to attend with their child and stay until the park closes.   One parent will be admitted for free with each child.

Students must apply to attend the summer camp.  Applications are available from each schools’ FRYSC coordinator or online.  Deadline for applications is May 17, 2013.