Camp Discover is a two week-long summer program for students (ages 6-12) that emphasizes community stories, heritage, and learning together. Through field trips, reading, and photography campers learn and connect with each other and their surroundings. Students take field trips to explore places that are unique to the region – from the Dutch Maid Bakery, to a worm farm that supplies the nation with fishing bait, to the Fiery Gizzard Trail. They read books that link the places they visit with the themes of community connectedness imbedded in Discover Together’s mission. Photographing their experiences and participating in guided visual literacy workshops, students learn to look carefully at the world around them, to tell their own stories, and imagine their future.


Camp Discover is designed to accomplish the following goals:

  • Increase awareness about the importance of social skills and social connectedness in fostering capacities for resilience in children and families.

  • Pilot a literacy-based curriculum, appropriate for out-of-school time (e.g., summer camp), that features formal and informal activities that emphasize exploration, sharing, and celebrating community stories and heritage.

  • Foster feelings of connectedness and between children, siblings, teachers, family members, and the broader community. Discover Together's research grounded messages are created for the benefit of community members, teachers, families, and children to both educate and inspire action.

  • Document community stories and heritage, while forging social connections between children, families, educators, and their community.