Edward Bok Academy will again hold a two-session, two-week day camp this summer at the school called Camp Caloosa under the direction of the school this year and staffed by Lake Wales Charter School teachers and staff.
Classes have been designed to encourage children to develop their creativity, critical thinking skills and self-confidence.
Groups included in the camping program are children who will be entering fifth through the ninth grades in the fall 2014. The children will be divided into two groups for the sessions: fifth and sixth graders and seventh through ninth graders.
Mike Richards, the sixth grade social studies teacher at Bok Academy, and with 15 years teaching experience at Lake Aurora summer camp, was asked to design the program this year. Last year, the program was in a partnership with Polk State College called “Kids at College.”
“We appreciated our partnership with Polk State College,” said Principal Damien Moses of Bok Academy. “But when we had the Camp Bok, our teachers said, ‘Hey, Mr. Moses, I think we can do the summer camp ourselves.’”
Camps will be held on campus at Bok Academy and a Bok Sports Camp at Warner University’s facilities. The camp hours are 90 minutes at Bok camp and the sports camps are two hours in length.
“We have sports, science and ecology and more” Richards said. “I would love to have 250 participants.”
Richards says with it being the first year under Bok management, “It is kind of hard to figure out an idea of what the kids want and more what teachers would take for classes.”
But selections are made and a brochure names the selection of classes including archery, Magic the Gathering (card competition), conversational Spanish, DIY electronics, D and D roleplaying games and Monster Slayers, food science, iMovie on iPads, turn phone photographs into works of art, Indiana Jones artifacts, journalism and news reporting, knitting and crocheting, landscape and modern art, lights camera action, and others. Outdoor adventures challenge the comfort zone and speed and agility training sessions that are offered.
Sports camps will include soccer camp, softball camp, triathlon camp and volleyball camp.
Session one is June 16-26 and session two will be July 7-17; 8:30 a.m. to noon on Bok campus and 8:30-11:30 a.m. at sports camp at Warner University campus. Cost for Bok Campus is $75 per class for a total of $150 (some lab fees required); and sports camps are $125. Registration deadline is June 6. All the brochures for the camp are currently being distributed at the schools. Registration can be mailed or taken to Bok Academy’s office at 13901 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33859.