Peggy Bohlin, center, organizer of Camp Invention, talks with other organizers Tuesday to prepare for this summer’s camp. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)
Children whose idea of summer camp would be to pretend to crash land on Planet Zak and figure out how to build a spaceship to get home might want to think about Camp Invention.
The summer science-based camp will be back in Roswell this year with its usual sense of adventure and creative ideas, according to organizer Margaret “Peggy” Bohlin.
“It’s everything you’d want your kids to do,” Bohlin said, following another meeting to prepare for this year’s camp.
Bohlin, a teacher who has taught gifted children at Valley View Elementary School in Roswell for the past 11 years, said she originally came up with the idea many years ago.
“I was trying to find something for my son to do,” she said. “I decided it was really a good camp. It’s hands-on.”
Camp Invention was held at Roswell Independent School District facilities for a few years until about five years ago. Now, with a new agreement to hold the camp at Assumption Church on North Kentucky Avenue, Bohlin said the rebirth of the children’s summer activity will be allowed to happen this year.
Qualified educators will teach the classes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 3-7.
Students entering first grade through sixth grade are eligible to attend.
The camp will offer a whole fantasy world of spaceships, crash landings on a distant planet, inventions, teamwork challenges, critical thinking and communication skills, and hands-on problem solving.
“It’s all creation, innovation and problem solving,” Bohlin said. “It’s what science should be.”
Roswell needs some science, she said. With state tests focused mainly on reading and math, Bohlin said students should have an opportunity to learn about the exciting world of science when they are still young.
The hands-on challenge for children who attend is to take ordinary objects and create or invent new ways to use them by using their reasoning skills.
“It’s where they actually get to discover,” Bohlin said. “They have a lot of fun.”
At one of the last camps, held in 2007, children made use of object provided, including radios and VCRs to create a variety of interesting projects.
One 9-year-old girl built a solar-powered device that vacuumed and dusted, and an 8-year-old Texas boy invented a rocket with a sail.
This year’s CREATE program will include: “Problem Solving on Planet Zak,” where kids will learn to create shelter and clothing, find food and build a spaceship to get home; “Saving Sludge City,” a program for campers to construct eco-friendly buildings and transportation, clean the city’s water and find green solutions; “Geo Games,” where students will design sporting and game gear, get wet and go wild with global games fused with high-energy activities; and “I Can Invent: Launchitude,” where kids will put physics to use by taking apart machines and re-engineering them to create duck-chucking tools to destroy opponents’ duck territory.
The cost to attend this year’s weeklong camp will be $205 if signed up by May 30. Any spaces sold after that date will cost $225. Limited scholarships will be available this year.
For scholarship information or any other news about the program, call Bohlin at 575-420-9955, or email her at rpbohlin @pvtnetworks.net. Visit campinvention.org for more information.