PEMBROKE — More than 200 children ages 5-18, enjoyed sports, theatre, SAT prep, health careers and leadership experiences at UNCP summer camps this summer.
As the dust settled in August, university administrators evaluated the summer, said Darek Hunt, executive director of the Regional Center. “Our camps allowed us to respond to the communities’ request for an athletic program, a program to help improve college SAT scores, a youth leadership program and a medical careers camp.”
“We were starting from ground zero, so that was challenging,” said Regional Center Assistant Director Mary Beth Locklear, who coordinated the camps. “With a successful summer behind us, we will be ready to make these camps take off… .”
The College Bound: SAT Summer Institute was a two-week immersion experience. The high school students stayed on campus, except for the weekend.
Twenty-two high schools students attended the Medi-Health Camp. The heard from UNCP nursing faculty and local experts like veterinarian Dr. David Brooks and toured healthcare facilities. Three sets of Sports Camps were held. It was a traditional all-sports camp experience, and tons of fun, Locklear said.
More than 60 youngsters, ages 7-15, got the experience of staging a play from start to finish at GPAC’s GCamp, under the direction of Missoula Children’s Theatre, said Patricia Fields, GPAC’s executive director. She says GCamp is an experience for students to find “that star within themselves.”
For information about summer camps, contact the Regional Center at 910-775-4000 or contact GPAC at 910-521-6287. Their websites are at www.uncp.edu.