Camp Invention, being offered for the third summer at the Crowder College Cassville Center, provides area children with an affordable, inventive and educational summer camp experience.
The week-long program, which runs from July 28 through Aug. 1, will promote "green thinking" with activities designed to support this year's theme of recycling and ecology-minded brainstorming. Campers will search for ways to clean up the water in imaginary Lake Lucky and also build fantasy inventions and machines with recycled materials.
Camp Invention participants rotate through five learning modules each day. One of the sessions, called Saving Sludge City, allows campers to create water filters and other techniques to clean up the city, eventually building a whole new green city.
Another module, called Recess Remix, promotes physical activity as campers participate in fun, energetic games that require teamwork and problem solving.
"The kids just love camp," said Angela Seymour, Crowder College Cassville Center director. "We have a lot of returning campers who give us a lot of positive feedback."
This year, Rosetta Rose, a recent Crowder College graduate who majored in education, will be serving as camp director. She will be assisted by a team of certified teachers, counselors and volunteers.
Seymour, whose own son has attended camp for the past two summers, said she believes in the Camp Invention program because it requires the children to problem solve and learn to work in teams and as individuals.
"Camp Invention gets the kids to think and work toward a solution," said Seymour. "The activities build imagination and help them with problem solving. They get to learn, imagine, create and expand their brains, and they have fun doing it."
Due to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, Camp Invention in Cassville is offering area children a special scholarship rate. Campers can attend the five day, all-day program for $80. The normal registration fee for the camp is $205.
Camp Invention, which is open to students entering first through sixth grades, is limited to 110 children. The first 60 who register will receive a free T-shirt.
For a registration form or more information, drop by Crowder College Cassville Center, visit Cassville@crowder.edu or call 847-1706. Camp Invention registration forms are also available at local elementary schools.
Camp Invention is a program of Invent Now Kids, which is a division of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. The hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunity is also supported by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
For more information, call 1-800-968-4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.