Iowa Central to offer Youth Summer Camps

by Neale Adams
Posted on 5/13/2014


Iowa Central Community College is building upon its successful summer camp offerings of the past few years by offering a series of camps aimed at both boys and girls ranging in ages from third grade all the way up through high school. The camps are built to provide exposure into different academic areas by making learning fun with hands-on projects and tasks that will make the student think as well as excite them about the possible career fields that are available in our area. Don’t worry if cost is an issue for you and your family, because all of these camps will be offered at no cost to the student.

Returning for another year is  probably the most popular and successful camp that Iowa Central offers, which is DIVATech, a camp aimed directly at young women and exposing them to what is considered as non-tradition career fields, such as Welding, Electrical Technology, Robotics and Automation, Carpentry, Automotive Technology and Process Technology, just to name a few. Students will spend 3 days moving around the Iowa Central campus, spending time in each of the different Career and Technical Education (CTE) lab spaces, using the equipment, building, fabricating and painting different projects, many of which they are allowed to take home with them at the end of the camp. There are two camps available in this format, with the first being for High School girls being held June 16th-18th, and the second aimed at Middle School girls, June 18th-20th.

Due to the large success of DIVATech, we will also be offering a similar camp for middle school boys. This CTE Camp will show and expose students to all of the vocational programs and career fields that Iowa Central has to offer. Similar to DIVATech, students will spend time in numerous programs working with equipment and creating projects to excite them about vocational education. Boys Middle School CTE Camp will be held July 14th-16th.

Triton Tech Science Camp will be held for boys and girls entering grades 7-10. Students will experience numerous field trips and labs that range from crime scene investigation, anatomy and physiology of micro-organisms, disease spread simulation, drug research and development, a plant treasure hunt at Kennedy Park, and a field trip to Henry Doorly Zoo.  Triton Tech Science Camp will run June 9th-12th.

If you love taking pictures, Iowa Central’s Third Annual Photography Camp is for you! The three days will be full of hands-on, valuable, easy-to-understand methods and procedures that will improve your photography and make picture-taking even more fun! To top it all off, students will travel to the Blank Park Zoo for a chance to take some of the most amazing photographs! Instructors Howard Haase and Dale Wooten will explain to students how to understand your camera’s settings and lenses, take better action/sports photos, recognize the techniques of taking great people pictures, and enhance photographs with software.  Students may bring their own camera or use our Super Canon Digital SLR. Photography camp will be held August 13th-15th (2nd session, 1st is full), with registration limited to the first 24 participants. Click here for more information.

Entrepreneurship Camp is a 3-day camp, which will be held August 4th-6th aimed to show students that if they wish to start up their own business at some stage in their life, there are resources available to help, and to plant the seed that the dream of owning a business can become a reality.  Throughout the camp, students will come up with a product, put together a business plan, create a marketing plan and marketing materials, and hold an informative session on the last day to present their products with their marketing plan.  Students will learn how to develop a business, acquire funding and manage a company; skills that are extremely transferable to management positions even if the student does not become a small business owner.

New to the camp offerings this year is two Creative Culinary Camps. Both camps will be offered during the week of June 23rd-26th in the newly renovated Culinary Center on the Iowa Central Campus. In the morning, middle school boys and girls will join Chef Michael Hirst, Chef Geoffrey Phillipson, Chef Christina Murray and Master Baker Tom Pritchard as they learn different culinary and baking techniques to master in the kitchen, as well as explore the fundamentals such as measuring and reading recipes while discussing the importance of nutritional values and information.  The morning session is available to middle school boys and girls looking to learn more about food, nutrition and cooking skills, while the afternoon session will be open for a Parent/Child cooking school to share the bond of cooking between parent and child. Come in and share time with your son or daughter while cooking, baking, and having fun in the kitchen.

Wrapping up the camp offerings will be two Art Camps July 22nd-24th for middle school boys and girls, and July 29th-31st for high school boys and girls. These camps will expose students to various areas of the art field.  Students will utilize their creative side in a camp designed to allow students to create and articulate through art work.  The middle school camp will focus on effective communication through visual arts.  Students will spend each day on a different medium:  drawing, painting, and ceramics.  Afternoons will be spent working in teams to address fun visual communication challenges.  Using the same three mediums, the high school camp will explore the expressive possibilities of mixed media.  Students will also collaborate with their peers in group activities designed to foster expressive communication.

Through a combination of different funding streams, all of these academic camps are available free of charge to registered participants. For more information, or to register students for a camp, please contact Heather Bacon at 515-574-1293.