By Katie Benoit SYRACUSE (NCC NEWS) – The Syracuse YMCA’S Power Scholars Camp keeps children learning even during summer vacation. The camp which began this week, is free of charge and runs until Aug. 11. Power Scholars focuses on reading and math but sports and other creative activities are implemented everyday.
“We make try to make it active, fun, hands on, and really so it can apply to what they are doing in school and help them to retain it,” Alicia Roberson, director of education said.
One creative highlight is scholars will get to write their own story. The story will then be brought to life with pictures, after a field trip to the Apple Store. Scholars also get to help contribute to the community with service projects. Last year the program built a bench for Schiller Park. The children are also encouraged to make new friends and grow as community during meals provided by the camp.
According to the last years YMCA’s report, children in the program made a three month skill gain in both subjects. Studies have shown students without summer learning opportunities regress about two months during vacation. The program has expanded from last year to also include locations at Wilson and Burnet Park. All three locations are at capacity with 25 scholars at each site. For more information on Power Scholars Academy, visit http://www.syracuse.ymca.org/programsyouth-developmentswim-sports-playeducation–leadershipacademic-enrichment/power-scholars-academy.html