HARTFORD, Conn., July 27, 2011 – On July 5th, Trinity College’s Dream Camp kicked off its 2011 season with 275 Hartford children, ages 6 to 16, arriving on campus for the five-week summer program, which runs through August 5.
Now in its 14th season, the summer camp and year-round academic mentoring program provides a fun, educational, and safe environment for participating elementary school through high school students.
The camp has an annual return rate of approximately 98 percent. Trinity College students serve as tutors and mentors throughout the academic year, and many remain on campus as Dream Camp counselors during the summer. Twenty-eight percent of Dream Camp staff members are former campers; their success in college and in the leadership role of counselor provides inspiration to young campers.
During the summer, Dream Camp offers classes in creative and performing arts, a “Project Discovery” science exploration class, a “World Tour” program exposing campers to a different country and culture each week, reading, enrichment, health and nutrition, as well as fitness through athletics offerings. The camp takes place on the campus of Trinity College, where campers have access to the many classroom and athletic facilities, as well as meals in the cafeteria.
For the fourth year in a row, Versa Products Company, whose president and CEO, Jan Larsson, is a 1977 Trinity graduate, is supporting the Versa Valves Engineering Internship Program. Two Trinity students serve as mentors introducing a robotics curriculum to about 60 Hartford middle and high school students attending Dream Camp. Versa Products Company is also the lead sponsor of the annual Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest, scheduled for April 2012.
New this year, Dream Campers are learning to play tennis, instructed by two members of Trinity’s Varsity Tennis Team, at the brand-new Paul D. Assaiante Tennis Center, which was funded in part by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, in recognition of its value as a community resource.
Among the chief goals of Trinity’s Dream Camp are to enhance out-of-school educational opportunities for Hartford’s children, build confidence and academic skills, and improve success in school—and, therefore, build interest in pursuing higher education. As campers enter high school and begin considering options for college, Dream Camp’s programs focus more on issues such as college awareness, admissions, SAT prep, and navigating through college and financial aid applications.
One hundred percent of children who have started and finished the Dream Camp and after-school program have gone on to college. Three Trinity students including Matt Noble ’13, Jared Jackson ’14, and incoming first-year Darien Franco ’15, are Dream Camp alumni.
Financial support for Trinity’s Dream Camp is provided by an anonymous Trinity College alumnus, Bank of America Foundation, Inc., J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, New Alliance Foundation, Travelers Foundation, Versa Products Company, and friends of the College.
Every year, Dream Camp has more applicants than space available, with a current waiting list of about 50 children. Contributions are welcome to help make it possible for more children to attend Dream Camp.
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