While lessons outdoors focus on nature, students are learning much more about science, math, art, music, and technology this summer at a unique summer camp at Keystone College.
Keystone College’s Camp Connections offer students from the Lackawanna Trail and Scranton school districts an opportunity to spend six weeks experiencing hands on, nature focused activities in science and other subjects in the grass and waterways of the campus.
The camp is the result of a partnership between Keystone College and the Friends of the Poor and community organizations which conduct the grant funded camp. Many of the counselors are teachers or education students, and they receive training before the start of the camp.
The children are ages 3 to 11 and are separated into four groups three days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“You really watch them grow … on this vast campus with so many options” said Keely Kettel, camp director.
There is a different theme for each week. The final week of the camp focused on dinosaur digging. Students write in journals every day to grow their literacy skills. They also learn about life lessons and hygiene.