Camp Discover is a summer program for students (ages 6-12) that emphasizes community stories, heritage, and learning together. Field trips, books, and photography are three main mediums that campers use to learn, share, and connect. 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 bait, to the Fiery Gizzard Trail. They read books that link those places with the themes of community that underlie Discover Together. Through their own photography, students learn to look carefully at the world around them and to tell their own story.
Camp Discover was 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.
- Develop and pilot a literacy-based curriculum, appropriate for out-of-school time (e.g., summer camp), that features formal and informal activities and emphasizes exploration, sharing, and celebrating community stories and heritage.
- Build feelings of community between children, siblings, teachers, family members, and the community at large. Discover Together's research grounded messages are created for the benefit of community members, teachers, families, and children to both educate and inspire them to act.
- Document community stories and heritage, while building social connections between children, families, educators, and the community.