Boyd Community Center offers expanded summer camp options
Aiming for the best of both worlds, organizers of the Boyd Community Center summer camps have revamped the program.
Instead of individual sessions scattered throughout the day, the morning hours will host themed sessions and an added afternoon program will offer an arts and enrichment camp similar to the after-school program that typically takes a hiatus during the summer.
“Families with a parent at home told us that they want thematic camps in the morning that get their kids springing out of bed to explore their passions — be they sports, science or the arts,” said Stephanie Flom, executive director of the center. “Then it's home for lunch and an afternoon at the pool or playing with friends.”
On the other hand, families with working parents expressed a need for their children to have time to play and explore all day.
“This absolutely allows us to better serve families and attract more children to our site,” Flom said.
“It is a very diverse need. Some only need programs in the morning and others would like an option for their children to be in a nurturing environment all day.”
Morning camps at the site along Powers Run Road will focus on three general areas that include sports, science and arts.
“These camps include favorite topics such as flag football, soccer, painting, sculpture, superheroes, princesses and dance,” said Josh Beck, program director.
New this year in the area of science are catchy titles such as “Explode It, Egg Drop E(n)gg-ineering,” and “S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Girls” in partnership with the Pittsburgh-based arts and education group, ASSEMBLE.
Children who stay to play in the Arts and Enrichment afternoon camp will gather in a cozy but activity-filled classroom for both structured and self-directed projects.
Bobbie Cubbage, who works during the school year as a leader of the Arts and Enrichment Camp, has signed on for the summer program extension.
“It is good for parents and good for the center,” she said.
“It will prove that we understand and heard the voice of the working parent.”
Cubbage is one of two leaders of the program. She said it will be similar to the themed after-school program, but there will be fresh and exciting activities, too — all with the focus of fostering creativity and a love of learning.
Cubbage has planned projects that nurture social skills and some that increase students' awareness of sustainability and the environment.
“We will be gardening, making recycled art and soap, playing outdoors and indoors on table-top games,” she said.
Some of her special surprises include chocolate art, knitting, jewelry making and painting.
“So many of our families want to enroll their children in our fabulous morning camps but find it hard because they would have to arrange early pick-ups,” she said. “By extending our afternoons to 6 p.m., their problem is solved.”
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.