Summer Program Rundown: August 8

Summer program summary, August 8:

Knight Lights:
Animal sciences week continued. Campers studied animal senses, enjoyed animal face painting and got a visit from Rowdy, the Rumble Ponies mascot. You can check the District’s Facebook and Twitter pages for photos.

Improv campers conducted exercises to help them become more aware of their movements. They played a game called Pinocchio in which they had to pretend they were a block of wood slowly being carved into a puppet. They had to imagine the feel of each body part as it was being made.

“We can become less clumsy by being more aware of our body and getting a feel for our space,” said teacher Brendan Curtin.

Campers continued to work in mini-studio stations, divided into intermediate and advanced in three media: painting, drawing and clay/sculpture.

Read more here about how some campers are creating Claymation movies for the first time.

Campers are divided into three groups: Black Knights Band, Gold Knights Band and Beginning Band.

The Black Knights Band has experienced, advanced members. They have individual, private study with teachers as they work on pep band music and solos.

The Gold Knights Band is made up of campers entering grades 6-8 who have at least three years of experience. Those campers are working on Windsor Band music.

The beginner musicians are getting a mix of group and individualized instruction. The flute and brass groups are working with a teacher.

Music Tech:
Campers are using the Garage Band program to loop music tracks together to create an electronic composition. They are also using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology to make their own compositions.

Athletic Camps:
Softball camp focused on skills stations today. Offensive stations included bunting and hitting off of a tee. Defensively campers worked on fielding ground balls.

Baseball campers also worked in stations: outfield drills, infield drills, hitting drills, batting practice and a throwing and catching station. The hitting drills included soft toss for some of the younger campers. Camp finished with a half-hour in the high school pool.

As with all of the athletic camps members of varsity and junior varsity teams are helping to teach the campers. Coach Mike Potenza is particularly appreciative of the help he has had in baseball camp. "They're really rocking this camp out. They're doing a great job."

Groups of lacrosse campers rotated among skills stations today that focused on the following: passing, faceoffs, ground balls, shooting and cradling. 2-on-2 drills also allowed players to focus on defensive positioning.

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