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Summer camp a place for young culinary enthusiasts, scientists and outdoor avengers alike

LARKSPUR— Even though it is still winter, there’s snow on the ground and the second semester of school has just begun, Douglas County School District (DCSD) student Cheyenne Scott is already looking forward to summer camp this June. It will be her second year at DCSD’s Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures’ summer camp program— a coed, overnight camp for children ages 10 to 15 years-old that combines outdoor education experiences, leadership training and over 30 daily activities from archery to zip-lining to martial arts and culinary arts.

It was the culinary training opportunity— unique for a summer camp program— that most excited ten-year-old Cheyenne (pictured below).

“My dad told me about it after I got home from school and right away I said, ‘sign me up!’,” she said, crediting her culinary inspiration to her time in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother.

During registration, families have the opportunity to sign their campers up for a specific club that most aligns with their interests and, working with a coach, helps them build new skills. For 2017, offerings include a Thrill Seekers club, a Science club, a Creative Minds club, an Outdoor Avengers club and Team Cuisine.

MORE: Stone Canyon summer camp clubs

In addition to participating in activities and specialty clubs throughout the day, campers begin each day in L.E.A.D. sessions, which stands for Leadership, Empathy, Attitude, and Determination. The sessions may cover a variety of topics such as goal-setting, team-building, trust, public speaking, conflict management and handling adversity. It was this kind of experiential leadership training that intrigued Cheyenne’s mother, Vanessa Scott.

“Cheyenne is in Renaissance Magnet School’s expeditionary learning program, so I thought this experience would be a good add-on to the outdoor education concept,” she said.

Through regular communications by Stone Canyon staff, Vanessa was able to keep up with happenings at the camp.

“They were really good about providing daily updates, sending photos of the kids, telling us what they did all day, so that was really nice to see what was going on,” she said.

Compared to other local summer camp opportunities, Vanessa also felt the $800 price for tuition was fair.

“The price is part of why we chose this camp,” she said. “We had been looking at several other options, and price-to-value we felt this was more in line with what we were thinking.”

Last summer, Cheyenne was the second-youngest camper at Stone Canyon. While this could have been intimidating, Cheyenne felt at ease immediately thanks to the supportive atmosphere  staff create and friendliness of other campers.

“Three girls in the other bunk group and in my bunk patrol were really nice to me— they thought I was really cute because I was one of the youngest there— and they helped me through challenges,” Cheyenne said.

Now that she’s a year older and an experienced camper, what is Cheyenne most looking forward to this June?

She said,“I’m just really looking forward to cooking this summer!”

Four Stone Canyon camp sessions are available beginning mid-June 2017 and registration is now open. Learn more and register here.

January 25, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures

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