Wednesday –

The first day of camp at The Discovery Center is always exciting! We were happy to welcome the students from Noah Webster today. We started off the day with an Opening Ceremony designed to get students familiar with The Discovery Center and the rules and expectations here. We all enjoyed lunch (salad, tater tots, chicken nuggets, soup, and fruit) before splitting off into our teams for some team-building activities.

The afternoon was filled with fun and learning as students experienced their first round of academic lessons. Each group will rotate through a series of interactive and engaging academic lessons in the time they are here at The Discovery Center.

After eating dinner (salad, spaghetti, meatball, and garlic bread) we got settled into our cabins and created a Cabin Constitution. We had just enough energy for a quick outdoor activity (involving glowsticks!) before it was time to get ready for bed. Everyone has a 5 minute shower here at The Discovery Center and just like that, our first day of camp was done!

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Friday –

This morning, we had time to pack up our stuff before walking down to breakfast. We began the day with our last Morning Aerobics and Morning Congress before breaking off into our groups for one final Team Time. We all got some really cool bracelets from The Discovery Center that will help us remember our time together.

Before lunch we took a quick survey and academic test to help show how much we learned here. After lunch we had one final opportunity for singing and dancing before saying our good-byes.

It was a great week at The Discovery Center—we made memories and learned lessons that will last a life time!

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Thursday –

Every morning begins the same way here at The Discovery Center: wake-up at 7:30, breakfast at 8:00 followed by Morning Congress and Morning Aerobics. After our morning routine students began their cycle of academic lessons. Each team of students participated in two lesson blocks before lunch.

Today’s academic lesson spotlight:

Progressive City Planners: Working together in small groups, students get to design and create a simulated city. Students must identifying where they would like to place the grocery stores, shopping centers and major roadways as well as jails, garbage dumps, polluting businesses and so on. Students explore the concepts of social justice and environmental racism: when certain groups of people, based on the color of their skin and the amount of money they have, live in polluted and toxic areas that can be harmful to their health.

After lunch we watched a thought-provoking documentary entitled, Mighty Times: The Children’s March. This film shows the true story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 in protest of racial segregation during the Civil Right Movement. Their heroism led to discussions about the ability of today’s young people to be catalysts for positive social change and participate in civic involvement.

The afternoon was full of team-building and Diversity activities. At The Discovery Center we know that in order to be successful in school and beyond it’s important to have the skills necessary to work effectively with people from a variety of different backgrounds. Our activities are specifically designed to help foster open dialogue, healthy approaches to conflict, and the value of individual and group differences which will lead to more productive and inclusive environments.

We did a little more dancing after dinner and then… CAMP FIRE! The camp fire is a favorite activity for staff and students alike. We gather around the fire, share stories, sing songs, enjoy skits, roast marshmallows and make s’mores. It was a great way to end the night before our night time procedure and lights out!

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