CAN Educational Summer Camps are designed to combat summer loss of learning. With academic rotations and exploration into various educational themes, CAN's campers develop academic skills while also having fun in a safe space with compassionate, caring adults.
Over the summer, 2.6 months of previously learned math skills can be forgotten. To combat this loss, every morning campers participate in a math rotation. They practice math by working in AAPS-aligned ThinkStretch books, use computer programs like Dreambox, play math-based academic board games, such as Sum Swamp, and participate in engaging math-focused activities.
Research shows that if children don't read over the summer, they can lose over 2 months of reading skills. That's why every morning CAN campers participate in a reading rotation. Students read by themselves, with peers, and with volunteers. Campers also read because it's fun!
Campers spend a morning rotation learning how to read and create maps, and exploring the physical and cultural space in their community, state, country, and the world!
At summer camp, campers are given the language and the tools they need help them navigate the social world and better name and manage their emotions.
In the afternoons, campers dive deeper into an educational summer camp theme, such as the human body, animals, or architecture & design. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) skills are much needed in today's society. CAN incorporates STEM seamlessly into its summer curricula as campers dissect owl pellets (pictured), research habitats, or collect data on tastes and textures of new foods!
The CAN Art & Design program wraps STEM into its curriculum as campers participate in collaborative placemaking to create, design, and build various projects.
"For more than 25 million low-income public school students in America, summer is often anything but a vacation. Instead of a relaxing break to explore new interests and places, it's often a time when children, youth, and families struggle to find and afford food to eat and a safe place to be.
Summer learning loss, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. For many young people, the summer 'opportunity gap' contributes to gaps in achievement, employment, and college and career success."