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Sachem's Summer Enrichment Camp Back Again

Expands during year three to include seventh graders.

Camp Sachem is entering its third year this summer and they plan on expanding the program in 2011.

Children choose two enrichment classes they would like to take and additionally receive music, arts and crafts, computers, and a project adventure class everyday.  This is the first summer they are offering a music class and the directors look forward to its success.  

“The program gives students memorable hands-on educational experiences,” said Leslie Routh, the director of Sachem’s summer enrichment program. “Students are learning new things all day and applying the skills they learned during the school year in a real world setting.  Literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts and technology are integrated in each activity, students just don't realize it.”

Due to popular demand, this year they decided to include students entering seventh grade.

Students build and launch rockets, can be a part of the Sachem Heat newspaper staff, make and fly kites, learn to cook and make candy, build with Legos, and work with technology.

“There is nothing better than to see kids laughing and having fun while learning hands on,” said Jill Rattinger, a teacher in the summer program.

The seventh grade selection includes a robotics class, drama, and a safety class where students will be certified in CPR.

“Summer Enrichment is a program that allows students to bring their creativity to a whole new level,” said Melissa Landro, another teacher in the program. “This hands-on camp is an amazing experience that makes both children and teachers look forward to the summer.”

The program runs from July 5-15 and July 19-29 with days that go from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It's held at Tamarac Elementary School.

"The Sachem Enrichment Camp is a great camp for all elementary students,” said lead counselor Liz Hall. “The staff is wonderful and nice. They put so much effort into the camp to make it a great experience for the students. The kids are always excited to start their day at camp.”

They will be having a parent information session at Samoset Middle School on June 8 in the library for those with questions regarding the new seventh grade classes. 

Brian K June 06, 2011 at 01:22 PM
How to sign up and how much it costs would have been a nice addition to this article.
Chris R. Vaccaro June 06, 2011 at 02:13 PM
The deadline already happened ... that information is irrelevant for when the story printed.
Leslie Routh June 07, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Actually we are still taking applications! You can use this link to view our course catalog and pricing: http://www.sachem.edu/home/pdf/Application%20Booklet%20Meeting%20for%20Summer%202011a.pdf If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at lrouth@sachem.edu Leslie Routh Camp Director
Darcy July 03, 2011 at 09:07 PM
I'm sorry, my son really didn't enjoy this camp last year. He was going into 6th grade and said that it was "baby-ish." That you made up a camp song, and that he felt like everyone was being treated like they were in school. Leslie, I know that you probabaly worked extremely hard on the camp, but I agree, the things I've heard about this camp make it seem like the kids are in school, for TWO weeks of their SUMMER. Maybe next year kids going into 6th and 7th grade shouldn't participate, because of the age.
Kasha Tamaraki July 03, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Darcy - I couldn't agree with you more! My son complained too!
Darcy July 03, 2011 at 09:20 PM
OMG! This camp... not the best one!

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