Concordia readies for summer academic youth camps

Jun. 27, 2017 by Ashley Sava

Katie EvansNext month, Concordia is debuting summer academic youth camps. Two age groups (kindergarten-fourth and fifth-eighth) will be able to participate in the Math/Science with Outdoor Leadership camp or the Arts with Outdoor Leadership Camp.

Summer Camp Coordinator Katie Evans, a 2013 CTX graduate, is eager to return to her alma mater to lead the academic camps.

“I loved Concordia, the professors and the whole experience and I am lucky to be back on campus getting to take it all in again.”

Evans has worked at other camps before, such as Camp Lone Star, a Lutheran outdoor summer camp and retreat facility. A Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences with a minor in religious education helped Evans to open Acts of Love, a Leander, Texas-based program that offers free childcare and services such as a Parent Teacher, health screenings and transportation options to young moms in Leander ISD, so the young moms can return to school, graduate and be in a better position to care for their new family.

“The thing that’s great about this camp is that the environment is outside of the classroom,” Evans said. “Kids spend so much time inside today. They get to safely explore the outdoors here while building on the education they have already received in the classroom.”

Hands-on activities will be a huge part of both academic camps. Those in the math/science camp can look forward to creating rockets out of water bottles and solar oven S’mores. Students in the arts camp will engage in music, creative writing and a tangible art day.

“I’m excited for them to apply the things they’ve learned in school in these new and exciting ways,” Evans said.

Math/Science with Outdoor Leadership

July 17-21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discover the world of math and science in nature. Students will work with a CTX faculty member on activities such as science experiments and nature walks to learn more about math and science in our world. Activities will be connected to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Arts with Outdoor Leadership

July 24-28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discover the liberal arts in our world. Students will collaborate with a CTX faculty member, as well as each other, to strengthen their reading and writing skills through a variety of activities such as poetry and painting. The activities will be connected to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).


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