The campers at YMCA day camp Seven Springs at St. James Elementary School and Camp Creekside at the Lincolnton YMCA learned the ins and outs of the media.
This weekâ€™s camp theme â€œExtra, Extra Read All About Itâ€ had the children making magazine collages, performing news broadcasts, writing articles and learning how a newspaper is put together.
â€œThe kids find it really fascinating to learn about the media and the different types of things involved in it,â€ said Melony Hipp, YMCA program director.
Jack Golightly conducts an interview with camp counselor Amber Parker. Chris Dean / LTN Photo
For many of the children, the week was an eye-opening experience.
â€œIf we didnâ€™t have any reporters, we wouldnâ€™t know about basketball games or other things,â€ said camper Alex Loper. â€œWe wouldnâ€™t have anything to look at in newspapers.â€
Seven-year-old Connor Anderson knew what type of news items he would like to cover.
â€œCrimes, because it would be fun to go up to police and talk to people,â€ he said.
Tyler Rhodes, Justin Rhodes and Jarvis Roseman discuss sports during their segment of the YMCA camp newscast. Chris Dean / LTN Photo
Though she was more interested in becoming a veterinarian, 7-year-old Kaley Courson though it would be fun to talk to all the different types of people a reporter work with.
â€œThey get to go to different types of places that no one gets to go,â€ she said.
The YMCA day camp runs all summer, Monday through Friday at St. James and the YMCA in Lincolnton. Theme weeks this summer include â€œAround the World in Five Daysâ€ and â€œCamp Idolâ€ among others.
The following are some of the campersâ€™ written responses to why they have enjoyed their camping experience.
(Editorâ€™s note: The campersâ€™ comments are presented intact, without editing for spelling, grammar, et al.)
I love camp because I love the skites, I love dodge ball and I love the counselors.
â€” Rachael Elizebeth Lindsay, Age 8
I love camp because on Tuesday and Thursday we play dodge ball. Also I like water day, and crazy hair, crazy hat. Also on Tuesday and Thursday swimming too. Also we song sing.
â€” Justin Rhodes, Age 10
I love camp because, on the 2 T days we swim and we are supost to wear funny stuff every day of the week. Also I like water day and crazy Friday. My favorite thing to do in the gym is dodge ball and kick ball. I love most of the songs we sing. Thatâ€™s why I love camp.
â€” Tyler Rhodes, Age 12
The most funst thing about camp is cat in caneli And my second favorite then is smirk.
â€” Austin, Age 10
I love camp because we go to the YMCA twise a week. And swim and I like water day. I love some of the songs.
â€” Connor Anderson, Age 7
I love camp beacause we go swimming every Tuesday and Thursday. And I like to have fun catching grasshopers outside too.
â€” Rylie Bragg, Age 8
I love camp. Camp is fun because we get to go swimming. And at the first week I came I thought that I would have no friends but now I have some friends.
â€” Alex Loper, Age 9
I love camp. I love Tuesdays and Thursdays cause we go swimming.
â€” Megan T., Age 9
I love camp fun. I like to swim and having candy day.
â€” Jack S., Age 4
Camp I love!
â€” Evan P., Age 6
Staff Writer Katie Rozycki contributed to this story.
by Mary Williams