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In a study completed by RAND Corporation in 2011, it was found that elementary students lose a month of their skills over the summer months. The decline, however, is more significant for underserved children. Even more alarming, the study showed that summer learning loss has a cumulative effect, which plays a major role in perpetuating the achievement gap. Dream Camp is mitigating the effect of summer learning loss by ensuring that our students stay focused, engaged and are learning during the summer.
Children enrolled in Dream Camp’s Summer Program, the Summer Experience, participate in a unique blend of educational and recreational activities. For five weeks, campers practice sports fundamentals, channel their inner artists with various visual arts, crafts and performing arts projects, and continue to hone their academic skills by taking part in the camp’s literacy curriculum.
|• Swimming (Hartford only)||• Dance|
|• World Cultures and Languages||• True Life Adventures: Gourmet Cooking|
|• Creative and Performing Arts||• Gourmet Cooking|
|• Literary Arts||• Filmmaking|
|• Math Enrichment||• Outdoor Adventure|
|• Leadership Development||• Architecture|
|• Counselors-in-Training||• Organic Gardening (Philadelphia only)|
|• Technical Skill Development||• Music Recording & Production|
Young Leaders Program (YLP) and Mentors in Training (MIT) Programs
Dream Camp’s YLP and MIT Program offer our older teens the opportunity to engage in leadership roles during the summer. Through these unique courses, our students learn how their positive behavior can have a tremendous impact on their younger counterparts. They also learn how to navigate through difficult situations in life outside of Dream Camp by reflecting on how they handled trying interactions with their young campers.