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Camp Innovation

Camp InnovationCalling all campers ages 6-12! It’s time to register for CAMP INNOVATION Summer 2022. Let your imagination run wild in this week-long series of all-day sessions that will spark curiosity in science with hands-on, interactive programs. This FREE camp is brought to you through our partnership with the Arizona Science Center. Camp begins on Monday, July 11, so put your thinking caps on and get ready for some fun in the Javelina Room at Sedona Public Library in the Village!

Judy Poe, Library Director, said, “I can’t think of a better way to launch the use of our large meeting space than this kids camp.” The Javelina Room is made possible by the commitments of several donors, and it’s just opened and ready for campers and science exploration.

CAMP INNOVATION kicks off this coming Monday, July 11, at 9 a.m. and is recommended for kids in 1st – 5th grades. This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) enrichment opportunity runs for seven hours each day, until 4 p.m., and includes lunch and snacks. Transportation to the camp can be set up during registration. Registration is ongoing, so sign up right away! It’s easy, just call (602) 716-2028.

CAMP INNOVATION Summer 2022 has been made available to kids across the state, including kids in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek, through the Arizona Science Center. Ashely Brooks, Program Manager, said, “Arizona Science Center is thrilled to bring CAMP INNOVATION to Sedona this summer. Our team looks forward to bringing STEM education to Northern Arizona for many years to come.” And we’re thrilled to have them.

Each day, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., campers will engage in hands-on activities both individually and in small groups. They’ll enhance their knowledge of STEM and make connections to academic subjects that will serve as stepping stones toward achieving academic excellence in the upcoming school year. Viviane Kraus, Youth Services Manager at Sedona Public Library said, “This is a fabulous addition to our Summer Reading Program and our ongoing STEM efforts. We are grateful to be included in CAMP INNOVATION 2022.”

Two counselors will lead the group through lessons created at the Arizona Science Center by certified teachers. These lessons use connected concepts revolving around STEM. Activities support standards taught across grade levels to enrich what students have been learning or will be learning during the school year. Campers can look forward to enriching hands-on experiments that will allow them to create lasting relationships with their peers. They’ll use math skills during experimentation for accurate and data-driven conclusions and develop skills related to real-life scenarios.

According to the Arizona Science Center website, this program is possible because of support from the American Rescue Plan Act, and the AZ OnTrack Summer Camp initiative is designed to help Arizona students have fun and stay on track this summer— for FREE. Launched by the Office of Governor Doug Ducey, AZ, in March of this year, the AZ OnTrack Summer Camp initiative will enrich, advance, and connect eligible Arizona students in the ways they need to help them enter the 2022-23 school year with greater excitement and confidence.

“Arizona families have had a trying time these last few years. We are thrilled to be able to relieve the financial cost to families and host our CAMP INNOVATION for 1,800 campers at locations around the state for free,” said Guy Labine, The Hazel A. Hare President, and CEO, Arizona Science Center.

There’s no time to waste! Register today. Space is limited, so sign up right away! It’s easy, just call (602) 716-2028. And remember, if your child needs transportation to the camp, it will be available.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is in the Big Park Community School at 25 W. Saddlehorn Rd. in the Village of Oak Creek. Call 928-282-7714 ext. 8119 for more information or visit our website, on the Events tab, go to SPL in the Village Calendar. Happy Camping!

As published in the Red Rock News

Library News Column for July 1, 2022
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director


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