Charlotte Day Camp creates a uniquely valuable summer enrichment program because we are built on a strong Outcomes Focus. We don't just put programs together and hope for the best. There are three specific Program Outcomes that we design our camp to achieve for every camper: Growth, Learning, and Fun (GLF).
When we say Growth, we mean helping campers grow four specific skills that are critical for success in the 21st Century. Learning is all about keeping their minds active during the summer through unique elective programs. And Fun is something we do all day every day at camp. Growth and Learning don’t happen without Fun, and we don’t consider camp a success unless we have achieved all three.
Growth: Practicing the 4 C's
The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21.org) has identified four key skills that they call "Learning and Innovation Skills", and these skills are critical for success in the 21st Century. They are "the 4 C's": Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.
Just like any skill, the 4 C's are developed through practice, and we make sure that campers get plenty of practice. All of our activities are designed with at least one of these skills in mind, and usually more than one. If a counselor wants to try a new activity at camp, we make sure they can articulate how it will help campers practice a particular skill. The best part is that campers are typically having so much fun that they don't even notice that they are practicing critical skills!
Learning: Keeping Camper's Minds Active During the Summer
One of the beautiful things about being in a learning environment with no tests or grades is that campers can learn purely for fun. Campers can dive into to foreign cultures, learn strategic decision-making through board games, explore scientific principles, and practice teamwork and sportsmanship through team sports. Our counselors model curiosity and ask questions to guide campers in exploring each topic.
We believe that an active learning environment is the best place for campers to spend the summer, so we make sure that every one of our programs keeps campers thinking, asking, and exploring.
Fun: We Can't Seem To Stop Having Fun!
Of course, none of the above actually happens at camp if campers aren't having fun while doing it. Fortunately we can make sure that every day at camp is full of fun!
We create a strong community where everyone is welcome and everyone can feel safe in being themselves. Our campers spend all day doing fun activities, making new friends, and spending time with counselor role models. It really doesn't get much better than that.
And that's a good thing, because we know that to take Growth and Learning seriously, we have to make sure that Fun comes first.