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Camps help kids avoid the ‘summer slide’

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

The Moore County Public Library and its staff are always welcoming to youngsters eager to read or work on summer projects. Experts say reading 20 minutes extra each day  during summer break can help students avoid the dreaded 'summer slide.' (MCN File Photo)

The Moore County Public Library and its staff are always welcoming to youngsters eager to read or work on summer projects. Experts say reading 20 minutes extra each day during summer break can help students avoid the dreaded ‘summer slide.’ (MCN File Photo)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Students have now escaped the confinement of their classroom walls for a few weeks of freedom fondly known as “summer vacation.”

Although most children relish being away from school during the warm summer months, according to, children often lose about 2.6 months of math skills over the summer. Some groups of children also lose two months of reading skills.

This leaves both teachers and students having to work overtime catching up once school begins again.

So what’s a parent to do?

Here are some ways to make sure students don’t slip academically during the summer:


Read every day

Read non-fiction, fiction, eBooks, poetry, newspapers and read out loud. For most children, 20 minutes is an appropriate amount of time to read for a child who is an independent reader. Local libraries, such as the Moore County Public Library, have plenty of activities to keep kids busy.

Call the Moore County library at (931) 759-7285 for more information on the programs they offer.


Cook with your children

This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions.  Let your child design the menu, too.  Help your child put together her favorite recipes in a cookbook.


Plant a garden

Your child will gain responsibility and pride as he watches plants grow and thrive.


Take a field trip

Go to a museum, zoo or local park with walking trails.  Keep a journal about your travels. Locally, the Hands-on Science Center offers children of all ages the chance to learn about science in a unique way.

-Play quick games with flashcards to keep math skills sharp.

-Listen to Audio Books during your road trip.

-Take pictures and make a summer scrapbook.

-Enroll in a quality summer program that will provide your child with opportunities to build their critical thinking skills.

The following is a list of local summer camps happening this summer.


Hands-on Science Center summer camps

HOSC in Tullahoma will host summer camps through June and July. All camps are open to graduated kindergarteners through middle school.

Camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $30 a day for members and $35 a day non-members.

Campers are responsible for their lunches. Snacks will be provided by the HOSC.

The following camps will be held through July 22:

June 17: Nature with Tims Ford’s Ranger Philip

June 24: Chemistry: Make magnetic slime.

June 25: Anatomy: Make a 2D model of your own body

June 26: Space: featuring Leesa Hubbard of Sally Ride Science

July 8: Legomania

July 9: Art: Make your own clay

July 10: Technology: Make your own stop-action movie

July 22:  “Wild Things;” Tims Ford’s Ranger Philip returns

The center will also host a computer coding camp for middle and high school students during the week of July 13.

For more information or to reserve a place, please email or call the HOSC at 931-455-8387.


Boy Scouts of America Day Camp:

The Boy Scouts of America’s Middle Tennessee Council based in Nashville is offering an educational and adventurous day camp this June for boys who will be in the first through fifth grades this fall.

“Cubcraft Unplugged!” is the theme of this year’s Cub Scout Day Camps, which is offered in 20 locations throughout Middle Tennessee for four weeks in June. The camps, which run Monday through Friday, are open to boys who are in Cub Scouts and to non-Cub Scouts for an additional fee. Campers may attend any camp, as many weeks as they would like in any location.

Cub Scout Day Camps offer a variety of activities which may include archery, arts and crafts, shooting BBs, field sports, nature, Scout skills and many other themed activities. A special emphasis is placed on safety procedures.

Camps in Tullahoma will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1-5 at the Tennessee Corrections Academy. Camp cost is $80 with an added fee of $5 for non-registered Cub Scouts.

For more information and to register visit


Summer camps at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is offering a variety of summer camp opportunities on the campus of SAS, beginning in June. Registration is open.

SAS Basketball Camp will be held June 1-5 from 9 a.m. to noon. This day camp is for boys and girls in grades 1-8. The cost is $90. Players will work on fundamentals, participate in dribbling and shooting contests, and play full court games. SAS director of athletics and basketball coach Rob Zietler will direct the camp.

SAS Soccer Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 8–12. The cost is $200 for Junior (rising third–fifth-graders) and Youth (rising sixth–eighth-graders). Soccer Camp offers players instruction and drills to promote better ball-handling skills and game strategy. The camp fee includes a camp T-shirt. Campers are expected to bring their own ball. Coach Margot Burns and Coach Harrison Camp may place children in camp divisions by skill level rather than strictly by grade level.

SAS Wrestling Camp is a half-day camp intended for inexperienced wrestlers in grades 1-8. The camp will run June 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $90. Wrestlers will learn new moves and will end the camp with a takedown tournament. SAS wrestling Coach McLain Still directs the camp.

SAS Arts & Outdoors Camp is a full day camp for boys and girls in grades 4-7. The camp will be held June 15-19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. combining art, education, and the outdoors, this camp will engage students in the expansive natural environment of the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee campus. Students will explore, imagine, and create by working with a variety of techniques and materials, including traditional art media, found objects, and natural’s fibers. Cost is $250. SAS faculty and artists Natasha Brunton and Molly Schaefer will direct the camp.

To register for any of these camps or for more information, go to


The Webb School in Summer Program 2015

The school will offer science and technology camps along with outdoor adventure, basketball, lacrosse and soccer, and SAT/ACT prep class will take place June 8-July 16 for rising grades 4-12.

For more on the camps and to register, visit online at or contact Cindy Jones at or call at 389-6003.

—By KALI BOLLE, The Tullahoma News Lifestyles Editor (

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