Little Explorers summer camp recap: Early Enrichment Camp discovers a new name

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The Early Enrichment Camp officially became the Little Explorers Summer Camp this year and it proved to be even more rewarding as children attending discovered what it was like to become everything from a scientist to an athlete to an artist of some kind. Co-directed by Shauna McKee and Allison Gormley, the fourth year of this camp had the most attendees ever.

“Our camp has experienced incredible growth due to the word getting out about how fun and educational our camp is,” said McKee, who is our Lower School education specialist. “Each year, we expand because many of the children who attended our camp at an early age are older. Thus, we went from having a camp for just Pre-K age children to a camp for kids between Pre-K and third grade.”

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Like the Little Captains Camp, Little Explorers incorporates a different theme each week over the month of July.

The first session was called STEAM for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The second week was called Dinosaurs and Volcanoes. The third week was called Master Builders. The fourth week was called Mad Science.

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“Having unique themes each week allows us to incorporate the various curriculum areas in fun and exciting ways,” said Gormley, who will be teaching Pre-K this year.

The camp averaged approximately 30 campers per week and prompted McKee to add student counselors from Farragut’s student body — Casey McKee ‘21, Calli McKee ‘23, Jack Klingel ‘20, Joe Klingel ‘23, Ella Sokolowski ‘21, Jack Sokolowski ‘23, and Mitchell Lewis ‘21.

“Having them assist as counselors not only helped us with organization and structure but it taught them incredible leadership skills that they can use as they mature,” McKee said. “The campers enjoyed having the older kids there at camp because the camp suddenly mirrors a family-like atmosphere.”

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For more information about Little Explorers and the rest of Farragut’s summer programs, visit: https://farragut.org/summer/day-summer-camps-st-petersburg/