INA, Ill. (May 1, 2015) – Options abound on the Rend Lake College Ina campus for children of all ages to be active this summer. Eighteen Summer Kids Camps will be offered in June and July to get your student involved in music, art, gardening, martial arts, and much more.
RLC’s Community and Corporate Education Division will welcome some camps back by popular demand, and offer some new activities ranging from crime fighting to making music. Brochures with registration forms and the camp calendar are available online at www.rlc.edu/kidscamps.
- All Can Draw: for grades 5-8 at $60 per camper
9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, in the Vocational Building, Room 118
If you would like to learn techniques and develop skills to help you draw more realistically, this is the camp for you. All materials are provided by Instructor Michelle Montgomery.
- Blastoff! for grades 4-8 at $75
1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, in the Historic Schoolhouse
Instructor Greg Hollmann will help you turn an ordinary summer into another adventure while attending this ultimate science camp. Don’t be concerned if you have attended in the past. Blastoff! has new challenges in store for you in 2015. Participation in this camp will help students in developing a strong sense of self and connection to their environment. Each participant will build and launch their own rocket. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to stimulate and educate young minds.
- Chefs of Tomorrow: for grades 4-6 at $30 per camper, per session
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, June 26, and Friday, July 17, in the Student Center, Culinary Lab
The first Friday, Chefs Robert Wilson and Jeff Fairbanks will teach campers how to make lunch for themselves. There will be a dessert included. For the second session, students will focus on desserts and lunch will be provided. The RLC Culinary Arts instructors will teach campers the basics to begin cooking safely. The instructors will also stress the importance of food sanitation; clean hands, utensils, and work space. Campers will learn how to cook lunch for themselves and maybe even surprise others with their dessert-making skills. Campers will be taking home samples of their creations.
- Crime Fighters: for grades 5-8 at $60 per camper
9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, in the Advanced Technology Center, Room 143
This camp will introduce youth to the criminal justice field. Campers will have hands-on experience with crime scene processing and fingerprinting. Each day, students will learn skills used in today’s crime fighting and learn what it takes to work in law enforcement. This camp is led by RLC’s Criminal Justice Instructor Ron Meek. Various law enforcement professionals will visit the classroom to talk to the students about their experiences and show campers their equipment.
- Garbage Pail Science: for grades 1-6 at $60 per camper
1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 15-18 and/or July 20-23, in the Historic Schoolhouse
If you think science is boring and hard to understand, this class will change your mind forever. No homework, no paperwork, just lots of hands-on science experiments using stuff and junk. Campers will take home a folder with how-to instructions for all camp activities from Instructor Reba Boyer.
- Gardening Safari: for grades 5-8 at $60 per camper
9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, in the Science Building, Room 106
Learn about the fascinating world of gardening from RLC Horticulture Instructor Ryne Fullerton. Experience gardening first-hand and learn how to create your own garden. Learn about raised beds and building vegetable gardens out of pallets. Learn about different foliage and plant leaves as you peer through a microscope to find the plant cells. Learn how to use cuttings from existing plans to grow your own. Campers will take home seeds to plant in their garden.
- Intro to GameMaker: for grades 6-8 at $65 per camper
1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, in the Advanced Technology Center, Room 165
Come explore how computer games work using GameMaker software. Campers will focus on maze games like Pac-Man. This camp is led by RLC’s Computer Programming Instructor Brad Helm.
- Kids Fire Academy: for grades 3-8 at $55 per camper
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, June 23-24, in the Coal Mining Training Center, Room 107
Learn character-building skills and fire safety skills from Southern Illinois F.O.O.L.S. Topics include CPR, First Aid, and fire safety. Campers will participate in hands-on training and team-building activities. This is a really neat opportunity. Campers will also get to see a lot of the equipment firefighters use in emergency situations. Lunch and T-shirt included.
- Kingdom of Art: Vocational Building, Room 118
for grades 1-3 at $60 per camper: 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 15-18
for grades 4-6 at $60 per camper: 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 15-18
Fact, fiction, and art combine as inspiration for young artists as they create royal portraits, design and build castles, and sculpt magical creatures, castles, knights and queens. Campers will also hear stories of enchantment and many delightful things from Instructor Michelle Montgomery. This artistic learning experience is sure to be magical.
- Let’s Get Fit: for grades 2-6 at $40 per camper
9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 15-18 and/or July 13-16, at the RLC Rec
Kids are becoming less active and more sedentary – either playing video games, watching television, or sitting in front of a computer. Let’s Get Fit will show kids that being active is fun with Rec Director Tyler O’Daniel. This camp will introduce kids to an active lifestyle. Campers will participate in several different types of physical activities and learn about nutrition all while having fun. Please wear play clothes, sunscreen, and tennis shoes, and bring swimwear on Tuesday and Thursday.
- Martial Arts: for grades 1-8 at $60 per camper
1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 15-18 and/or July 20-23, at the RLC Rec
Discover martial arts training and improve your health and coordination while learning to work with others. Practice basic calisthenics and stretches and experience beginning stances with Instructor Gary Douglass. Learn fundamental blocks, punches, and kicks that can be combined into self-defense techniques. By the end of this camp, you will feel fit and strong. Wear loose fitting clothes and tennis shoes.
- Me & My Buddy Cake Creations: for grades prek-kindergarten at $15 per camper
9-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, in the Student Center Dining Area
Parents and caregivers will join their favorite little buddy to create a cake with Instructor Beth Mandrell. Children will have fun using icing, candies, and their imaginations to add features to their cakes. Camp will conclude with a parade on campus with the kids passing out some of their creations. Aprons or large T-shirts are encouraged. All tools and supplies will be provided.
- Minecraft: for grades 4-8 at $75 per camper
9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 15-18 and/or July 20-23, in the Vocational Building, Room 103
Students will explore the fundamentals of design creation, building, and three-dimensional space through the video game Minecraft with Instructor Matt Jackson. Campers will use Minecraft to develop and model structures and landscapes. They will be challenged to develop their digital creations in physical form through model building to help better understand the layout of their designs. The crafters will be exposed to new technologies such as 3D printing and digital fabrication. Each camper will leave with models of their creations. Campers will need to get their own Minecraft account prior to camp.
- Musikgarten: $25 per camper, per session; located in the Learning Resource Center, Room 119
Family Music for Babies: ages 0-18 months, 9-10 a.m. Monday-Thursday, June 22-25 / July 13-16
Designed for parents and their babies to take together, this will help you learn how to play musically with your baby. Each class features bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, and other fun activities for the two of you.
Family Music for Toddlers: ages 15 months to 3.5 years, 10-11 a.m., same dates
These classes are action-filled for toddlers – full of energy, often on the move, always exploring and learning – and their parents. Together you’ll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments. Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jungles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars.
Cycle of Seasons: grades prek-kindergarten, 11 a.m.-noon, same dates
Celebrate your preschooler’s growing independence and love of the outdoors with activities involving the four seasons in the Cycle of Seasons. Developed to build attention and self-expression, activities include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement and storytelling. The Cycle of Seasons nurtures your growing child’s ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context.
- Music Makers Intro to Keyboard: for grades 1-4 at $25 per camper
1-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 22-25 or July 13-16, in the Learning Resource Center, Room 211
Small group lessons at the keyboard with Instructor April Tennyson capitalize on your child’s delight in making music with others and allow the children to have success quickly playing songs that they know. Your child will learn to play by ear and to read music. Folk songs that have stood the test of time will be used to introduce your child to the keyboard, resulting in pride and excitement in making music.
- Op! Pop! Splatter Drip! for grades 5-8 at $60 per camper
1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, in the Vocational Building, Room 118
Flex your creativity as you design, print and paint in the style of true American originals such as Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock. Be sure to wear old clothing. It’ll be an op’n, pop’n, splatter’drip’n good time with Instructor Michelle Montgomery.
- Starts and Turns Swim Camp: for grades 1-8 at $30 per camper
1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, June 22-23 and/or July 21-22, in the Aquatic Center
Designed to improve the technique and efficiency of competitive swimming starts and turns, this camp and Instructor Laura Johnston will teach attendees to work the walls to get the best competitive swim edge over the other swimmers. Proper technique will be emphasized daily for both a grab start and track start. Plus, each stroke turn will be practiced and refined both days of the camp. This camp is for those who have swim team experience.
- Survivor Camp: for grades 4-8 at $60 per camper
9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, in the Historic Schoolhouse
Who has the endurance to survive? Come play Rend Lake College’s version of ‘Survivor’ this summer with Instructor Dawn Kovarik. You will learn basic survival skills as you compete to be the ultimate survivor. Even if you have participated before, new activities await you. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes (no sandals), insect repellant, and dress for the weather. We will be outdoors, rain or shine.
Grade level applies to either past or upcoming grade. Payments may be made by check, money order, credit or debit cards, or cash, and must be received at the time of registration. Parents and guardians are responsible for all transportation arrangements to and from camp.
Registration forms are online atwww.rlc.edu/kidscamps. For more information about a camp or to register, contact the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714 or 1380.