Every summer Dordt faculty, local educators and artists host a week-long camp on campus for junior high students called Dordt Discovery Days. Classes take place in the morning and afternoon each day, and throughout the rest of the day students participate in activities like swimming, devotions, games, and a Sioux Center-wide group scavenger hunt.
When registering, the kids choose two of these classes and activities from a list of 40. Some of these include Crazy Olympics, Golf, Racquetball, a CSI Investigation, Guitar Lessons, Cartooning, Pottery, Stain Glass, Digital Scrapbooking, and even Photography.
This five-day camp, at the end of June, gives kids who have completed sixth, seventh, or eight grade the opportunity to see what it’s like to live on a college campus.
Current Dordt students sticking around this summer will have the opportunity to be camp counselors for Dordt Discovery Days.
Counselors get a chance to help with a variety of fun evening activities led by Student Services. The counselors will chaperone the young campers and live with them in the dorms. In the past, volunteers have called it a fun learning experience for both the campers and the counselors.
Cady Millage, a camp counselor during the summer of 2011, said, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a positive influence in the girls’ lives that I was a counselor for. I also really enjoyed the high level of energy and excitement from the kids. I did activities with them, went swimming, ate, did devotions, and then stayed in Covenant with the girls.”
The camp begins on June 25 and runs until June 29, 2012. Dordt students can get involved by contacting Sita Riblet or Dustin Hamm in student services. Sita is currently taking all applications for counselors.