By Liza Hards, Director of Auxiliary Programs
Summer 2020 brought many changes to our summer programs, available at The Elisabeth Morrow School. There were two camps available to both EMS and non-EMS students: Explorations Online and Explorations On-Site.
Explorations Online, our virtual camp program, allowed students the opportunity to stay connected and engaged through different course offerings, including Radio Drama, Art School for the Masters, Sticky Science, as well as digital photography and web development. With daily fitness options and afternoon choices in art, science, trivia, and even Dungeons and Dragons, students stayed active, both physically and mentally. The students’ pride in their accomplishments and projects was made evident by their chatter each day in our morning and closing meetings.
At the same time, we had more than 70 campers over two, two-week sessions during Explorations On-Site on our beautiful 14-acre campus. Campers engaged in different choices from filmmaking, art, nature explorations, fitness, and STEAM, led by experienced faculty. Following our safety protocols, students were able to interact with one another, get outside, and delight in new activities and adventures. Campers spent time exploring the brook, hiking the campus, and playing on our playgrounds. They were happy to be together, make new friends, and discover new interests.
Teachers reviewed safety protocols daily, and campers practiced social distancing within their group cohorts. It was reassuring to see the children on campus working and playing together each day. It was a learning curve for all of us – as teachers and students – but we learned to navigate within this new normal. Our success is in the laughter and smiles, even underneath the masks!
Whether online or on-site, our campers' love of learning continued to grow and develop in many different ways. This proves that despite the challenging times over the past several months, the EMS community spirit is strong!