The camp’s inaugural week began with children experiencing the wonder of books—working together to create their own masterpieces while participating in the Southwest Library’s story time. Campers, aged two and a half to seven, are also taking advantage of the new renovations at Randall Recreation Center to fully enjoy one of the Southwest’s most beloved playgrounds.
Campers are introduced to helpful people in the neighborhood thus highlighting integral members of the adult community (including the men and women who serve the police department, fire department, armed forces, and library). The children have the opportunity to learn about key transportation around the District and will pay visits to the Waterfront subway station, DC Vehicle Inspection Station and waterfront.
To beat the summer heat, water is a prevalent theme for the summer. Beginning with an exploration of aquatic animals, especially those seen at the marina and Southwest Duck Pond, we then explored the properties of water by splashing around at Canal Park and Yards Park. After building their own boats, campers will have the opportunity to visit the USS Barry during this community treasure’s last summer at Navy Yard.
The best part of the summer is the wonderful opportunity for campers to be exposed to the Spanish language. Everyday activities from lunch time to art projects present new interactions in the language. Our camp culminates in a celebration of Spanish language and culture, with campers exploring the rich history and customs of various Spanish-speaking countries through books, music and art.