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Published: Wednesday, 6/9/2010

Monroe County offers 6 multiday summer camps


MONROE - The Monroe County Intermediate School District is offering an opportunity for youngsters to learn while having fun at the same time.

The first of six multiday summer camps sponsored by the intermediate school district that combine education and outdoor activities will begin June 21.

The intermediate school district is introducing a camp for the summer that will give kids hands-on experience in using global positioning system devices.

Geo-Caching is a three-day camp that begins Aug. 10 at the Knabusch Math and Science Center at Bolles Harbor on Waters Edge Drive. It is designed for fourth to sixth graders.

"The camp incorporates the subjects of math, science, and social studies," said Cherie Hunter, a curriculum resource consultant with the district who teaches math and science classes. "I am really anxious to see how this camp goes."

The day campers will get classroom instruction on how to use the Garmin eTrex GPS and map-making with Google Earth. Youngsters will wind up the camp by going on a scavenger hunt in which they will use the GPS device to locate prizes around the Knabusch campus.

The other camps offered by the intermediate school district are:

•Advanced Project FISH Camp and the Archaeology Camp. The five-day programs will begin June 21.

•Beginning Project FISH Camp and the Naturalist: Birds and Insects Camp. It begins Aug. 9 and runs for five days.

•H.I.M.B.Y. (History In My Back Yard), a three-day program that begins Aug. 16.

The camps are designed for children who will attend fourth through seventh grades and are open to students in public, parochial, and charter schools in Monroe County.

The district charges fees ranging from $40 to $75, depending on the camp. Advanced registration is required. More information can be obtained by contacting the intermediate school district at: 734-242-5799.

Advanced Project FISH Camp is an offshoot of the popular Beginning Project Fish Camp, where youngsters learn the rudimentary skills needed for fishing. They learn to bait hooks, cast rods, and remove fish from hooks.

"We begin with the kids casting lines into Hula Hoops. We teach them to tie knots and about the different lures," Ms. Hunter said.

The kids are also fitted with fishing rods and reels and tackle that they get to keep.

Youngsters who sign up for the advanced fishing camp will spend some time out on Lake Erie fishing on charter boats.

"Last year we caught quite a few perch," she said.

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