Camp Results

Since the Summer Children's Program started in 1969, research and studies have been conducted periodically to evaluate its effectiveness.  The program has been updated and improved over the years to reflect new research and best practices. 

Results

  • All activities are based on empirical research of what works best for different types of children

  • Based on research, activities are structured so that students learn on their own without help, at other times they cooperate with others, and sometimes they compete against one another

  • Training for teachers was implemented around these three types of learning: individual, cooperative, and competitive

  • At first sports were used to teach certain academic subjects, but it was found that children often associate sports with personal failure, poor peer acceptance, staying after school, and being told what to do. "Traditional" sports are no longer utilzed, but ones with no "bad memories" (i.e. archery) are used

  • It has been shown that combining teaching within an activity improves the child's view of learning. For example, a child will have to answer a question before being allowed to get in the pool or to continue partaking in the activity

  • One-on-one individual tutoring also allows students to feel more comfortable learning without being compared to those around them

  • Positive reinforcement is used by rewarding children for improving in various aspects throughout the day such as improving in a subject area or paying attention and participating the entire activity. It teaches the children that being involved and trying to learn is a good thing and improves their attitude towards it

  • Written records are given to parents/guardians and teachers/referral agencies to continue the work at home and in school to help the child become more successful even after leaving the camp

2426 S. English Drive

Lexington, IN 47138

During Summer:   (812) 889-2046

Other Times:           (812) 889-2681