Whether a child is 4 years old or 12 years old, Mansfield ISD’s Camp Destination is ensuring students continue the learning process while participating in hands-on activities throughout the summer.
The camp, which started June 1 and will last through July 30, is housed at J.L. Boren Elementary School. Operating hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.
Camp coordinators say the day is packed with adventure.
“Camp Destination is a place that we hope that the students come to experience things during the summer that are positive and fun and engaging and enriching,” said coordinator Ryan Murphy. “We created the camp to service the parents, but to also make sure the students have a great place to go that is safe and fun.”
Campers rotate through eight learning experiences every day. The various activities focus around science, technology, engineering, art, math and all-around creativity.
Lily Luken, an incoming fifth grader, said her favorite rotation is called Express Yourself.
“We would mostly do crafts and drawings to express what we're thinking and our type of mindset and personality,” she explained.
On top of the daily activities, the students go on weekly field trips to local attractions like the Fort Worth Zoo, Top Golf and Medieval Times.
Camp organizers said they noticed students are making connections, and they’re making positive relationships with staff members too.
“Some of the students actually cry when they get picked up because they don’t want to leave,” said Murphy. “We're thankful that MISD parents trust us with their children that much.”
Camp Destination filled up to its capacity of 150 campers just weeks after registration opened in April. Since coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions have been lifted, the camp is expected to increase its capacity for next year.