Three sessions of nIc Character Camp for children in K-4th grades will be presented by the nonprofit nIc Foundation this summer.
The day camp format includes drama, music, dance, storytelling, writing, social skills, manners and etiquette, nature, citizenship, decision making, and community service.
The sessions will run Monday through Thursday during the weeks of June 13-16; July 18-21; and August 1-4 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Children may sign up for one, two, or three weeks of the nIc Character Camp. The camp is open to children living in the area and those who may be visiting family members in the area.
Snacks and lunch will be provided by Clintonville’s restaurants and churches including Amico’s; Culvers; Christ Congregational UCC; United Methodist Church; and Christus Lutheran Church.
All camps will meet at the Christ Congregational UCC at 70 S. Main Street in Clintonville. The cost is $24 per child for each session.
The theme for June nIc Character Camp is “It’s Me!” and will focus on the positive character traits and values of self-worth and family and belonging. Special activities include Science Discoveries with Greg Rose; Beading with Tami McGee; Art Mediums with Roxy Jungwirth; Writing and Publishing with Tricia Rose; and Magic the show horse with Karen Rogers. Children will learn about fairness through a hula hoop competition.
The theme for July is “Celebrate America” and will focus on the positive character traits and values of patriotism and citizenship. Special activities include Mosaic Design with Polly Goodell; Card Making with Patricia Schley; Protecting Our Country with Beth Karlson; and visits with Magic and Karen Rogers and Alpaca Friends with Gordy Zachow. Children will work in teams learning about charting and graphing through a bean bag competition.
The theme for August is “Our Environment” and will focus on the positive character traits and values of compassion, caring, and kindness. Special activities include Butterflies/Moths Exploration with Sanny Oberhauser; Natural Weaving with Jerry Smith; Photography with Ed Johnson; Building Bird Houses with Al Mattson; Bird Cake Recipe with Octe Mattson; Hand Sewing with Mary Kautz; Scavenger Hunt and Bee Hummers with Elisha Writt; and a return visit from Magic and Karen Rogers.
In each camp there will be a special focus on manners and etiquette. Children will learn how to set a fun and modern dining table; how to meet and greet adults; how to respond to questions asked by adults; and how to answer and take clear phone messages.
As part of community service, children will share their best writing in a journalism article about someone they know who has “good character” that will be published in the Clintonville Chronicle. Hand designed and created cards will be shared with residents at Pine Manor and special letters and artwork will be sent to the LCPL Eric A. Palmisano, USMC, Care Package Project to be sent overseas to our troops. Bird houses will be shared with Navarino Nature Center.
Each day children will walk over to the camp’s reserved shelter at Olen Park where they have the opportunity to participate in group games such as dodge ball, baseball, relay races, and tag. Children may also fish in the winding shallow waters, climb and swing at the playground and play a game of tennis.
For more information and to register for one of the nIc Character Camps, contact Lynn Marcks at 715.823.4829 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration fees must be received the week before the start of each camp.
The nIc Foundation is established in honor and memory of murder victim Nicolas Resch. The foundation promotes violence prevention education initiatives throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. To learn more about the nIc Foundation’s projects and initiatives, visit the website at www.nicfoundation.org.