Camp fosters youth creativity

Hannah Rockey put the finishing touches on a cardboard ship she built during Camp Invention, being offered this week at Meadowbrook Christian School.

MILTON — More than 80 local students are learning to turn their trash into treasure this week through an educational camp being offered at Meadowbrook Christian School.

Josh Blank, a high school math and science teacher at the school, said this marks the second year which Camp Invention has been offered at Meadowbrook.

Blank noted that the camp is organized by school staff, with curriculum provided by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Eighty-four students in first through sixth grade are participating in the four-day camp, which Blank said is being staffed by seven adults and six high school students.

While a number of camp participants attend Meadowbrook, Blank said students from other area schools are also in attendance. The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) provided funding to help offset the cost of the camp for some students.

On Wednesday, students were using material such as boxes and duct tape to make ships, which they planned on attempting to sail through water today.

Ana Laubauch, one of the camp participants, said making the ship has been her favorite camp activity to date. Though she noted that she’s enjoyed the entire experience.

“You get to make things,” she said, excitedly.

“This is all about expressing creativity,” Blank said, of the camp. “At the beginning of the week, kids brought in some items others might consider junk.”

Throughout the week, Blank said participants learned various things they could make out of items which could be considered trash.

“Last year, we heard from parents whose kids came home (from Camp Invention), they went through the recycling bins and said ‘can we make things from this?’” Blank recalled.

He noted that the students in attendance at the camp were excited to be learning in a fun environment.

“Normally, kids would not be excited to come to school for an eight-hour day,” Blank said. “This is hands-on things we don’t have time for in the classroom.”

The students participating in the camp weren’t the only ones excited about the activities.

Chase Bilodeau, who will be entering 10th grade at Meadowbrook, was enjoying assisting with the camp.

“I like helping out with children,” Bilodeau said. “It’s really fun and a nice camp. I enjoy it and wanted to be a part of it.”

Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email kevin@standard-journal.com.

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