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Monday, August 8, 2011

Field trips, enriching activities highlight final weeks of Soccer & Arts Camp

Written by Lee Goldstein
Soccer & Arts Camp co-coordinator

The final couple weeks at the DC SCORES Soccer & Arts Camp were full of enriching activities, fun and educational field trips and more, leaving campers sad to say goodbye last Friday.

Students participated in drama class throughout Week 5, working with instructors from Young Playwrights Theatre, as the campers learned about improvisation, creating monologues and dialogues, and even performed some original skits at the end of the week!

To keep in the spirit of theatre, and for some dramatic inspiration, campers went to see “Wind and the Willows” at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Md., getting a taste of some true performance, as they were taken on a fantasy journey with “Mole” and “Toad” among other interesting characters. The week was not without further surprises, as
representatives from Clark Construction came by to teach campers about what they do, play some soccer, and help the students build their very own model soccer fields (named DC SCORES Stadium, of course).

The adventures continued the last week of camp, as campers embarked on a journey to the Museum of Natural History, where they explored the exhibits on wildlife and watched an IMAX movie, “Born to Be Wild,” in 3D. Campers giggled away as orangutans provided quite the comedic showing, and they were particularly excited when a group of elephants were taken out to play soccer, as one camper exclaimed, “Hey, that’s funny the elephants are playing soccer just like us!”

Next up on the agenda was an exclusive visit and tour of
FedEx Field, the home of the Redskins, again hosted by our friends at Clark Construction, where the campers were given a VIP tour!

Finally, the DC SCORES campers attended a Washington Nationals game, which for many kids served as their first ever trip to a baseball game. Even through the rain, spirits stayed up as campers cheered on the local team, ate plenty of cotton candy, and danced away to the sounds of the stadium.

One group of campers even made it onto the Jumbotron!

As camp wound down for the summer, we culminated with a fun-filled family cookout, DC SCORES style, at the Marie Reed Learning Center soccer field. Campers grabbed some hot dogs and hamburgers with parents and family, and played soccer all afternoon long.

Through all the trips and exciting activities, the highly touted favorite part of summer camp remained the same from Week 1 through Week 6: “We get to play soccer!” and “Going to the pool is awesome!”

You just can’t beat the combination of soccer and swimming during a long, hot summer.

The elementary school students really enjoyed the opportunity to participate in camp this summer, and were all smiles on the last day out at the Reed field. And all in all, it was a great show. The campers experienced arts and crafts, African drumming, step dancing, theatre, museums, sporting events, and a chance to be themselves and have fun!

A big thank you to everyone who made this year’s Soccer & Arts Camp a success and to all the instructors and guests who stopped by to help out! It truly was an exciting time for the 40-plus DC SCORES campers!

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